03/06/2013 11:52 EST | Updated 05/06/2013 05:12 EDT

Quebec labour minister admits welfare cuts blunder

Quebec Labour Minsiter Agnès Maltais is acknowledging she made a mistake last week when she failed to announce proposed changes to the welfare system.

In an interview with the Canadian Press, Maltais admitted she dropped the ball by neglecting to take the time to explain the changes to social assistance before leaving to meet with her federal counterpart Diane Finely in Ottawa.

The changes were not publicly announced by the Parti Québécois government; rather, they were quietly mentioned in the Gazette Officielle, a provincial government publication.

As it stands, a single-person household gets $604 a month on social assistance.

For households with young children, or for individuals 55 years old and up, an extra $129 is normally tacked on.

As of June 1, the bonus will jump to $195.

However, in order to qualify for the bonus, couples with children under the age of five will have to register with Emploi Quebec for job-finding activities.

Additionally, the age of eligibility will be pushed to 58 from 55.

No change is expected for single-parent homes.

The changes aren't retroactive and will only affect new applicants.