The BC Budget for 2019 has announced the following increases to the benefits rate effective April 1, 2019:
- Increasing the income and disability assistance rates by $50 per person
- Investing $26 million towards helping remove barriers to people accessing supports (i.e. mental health, older adults, etc). Including helping people obtain identification to access services, and extending shelter rates to those paying room and board to a family member.
This increase should automatically appear on recipients’ cheques on March 20, 2019.
For more information: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019FIN0019-000248