As previously announced by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, changes to the assistance rates as well as earning exemptions will come into effect on October 1, 2017.

In summary,

•   The income assistance support rate will increase by $100 per client

°   A single individual on income assistance will receive $710

°   A single individual on disability assistance will see a new monthly rate of $1,133

°  Two PWD clients in a family unit will receive a $200 support increase

 

•   For individuals on income assistance, earning exemption will increase by $200 a month without any impact on their payment

°   A single individual on income assistance will be able to earn up to $400

°   Families with children on income assistance will be able to earn up to $600

°   Families with a child with a disability will be able to earn up to $700

 

•   For individuals on disability assistance, the annual earning exemption will increase by $2,400

°   A single individual with PWD designation will be able to earn up to $12,000 annually

°   A couple where one has PWD designation will be able to earn up to $14,400 annually

°   A couple where both has PWD designation will be able to earn up to $24,000 annually

*This change applies to the current year.  If the individual has already reached their current maximum earning exemption, they will be reassessed under the new exemption amount.


For the official news report from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, click here.

For the full explanation on Annual Earnings Exemptions from the Ministry, click here.

For the updated Benefit Rate Table from our Resource Page, click here.

 

Assistance Rate Increase - Effective October 1, 2017

2 thoughts on “Assistance Rate Increase - Effective October 1, 2017

  • November 7, 2018 at 1:29 PM
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    November 7, 2018

    To whom it may concern,
    Why is it that when you on PWD you can make 1200 month and on CPPD you can only make 5,500 and PWD you make more on your monthly cheque. I just don’t get this, I have work since I was sixteen and now I am sixty two. Can I switch to PWD? Looking forward hearing from you.

    Thank You,
    Addie

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    • November 9, 2018 at 10:22 AM
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      Hello Addie,

      A PWD requirement is needing assistance with daily living activities from another person/animal/device, it is not focused on your ability to work. You can earn as a single person $12,000 *per year*. The Ministry understands that people on disability’s earnings can fluctuate throughout the year, meaning they may make $2,000 one month and another month they may not be able to work at all, which is why the earning exemption is yearly.

      A CPPD requirement is the disability prevents you from being able to work at any job on a regular basis which is why the yearly earning exemption is lower ($5,500).

      There is the possibility if you aren’t receiving the full amount of the possible assistance you may be eligible for on PWD, then you may be able to apply to receive a top up to the allowable amount for your family unit (ie. a single person may receive up to $1133.42 per month). If you would like more information about your specific situation you can always email askanadvocate@sourcesbc.ca or call the Ministry at 1-866-866-0800 (push 2 then 1 then 1 to get a human faster).

      Warmest Regards,
      Ask An Advocate Team

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