In 1934, the Department of Indian Affairs introduced relief funding caps which were tied to family size. This created a universal value scale, and was the first major change to relief funding since the relief scale had been put in place. In a circular to all Indian Agents dated 10 February 1934, A.F. MacKenzie authorizes the agents "to place on food relief Indians who are indigent and who are unable to obtain employment at the following rates: minimum allowance ($4/month), 2 or 3 persons in the same family ($6/month), 4, 5 or 6 persons in the same family ($7/month), 7 and 8 persons in the same family ($9/month), 9 and 10 persons in the same family ($10/month). Add $1.00 supplementary for each person in a family above ten persons. Please furnish the Department with a list of those Indians who are receiving relief in excess of the above rates at the end of each month, showing number in family and amount of expenditure."
1934 would have fallen in the middle of the great depression, meaning that relief and assistance for families would have been extremely dire during this period.