COVID-19 BC Provincial Support

Updated: June 21, 2021 To help British Columbians deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the provincial government has introduced the following benefits: Provincial Updates for Individuals: Provincial benefits for businesses: For more provincial benefits and programs, click here.

COVID-19 Federal Support

Updated: February 19, 2021 To help Canadians deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has introduced the following benefits: Federal Updates for Individuals: Federal Support for Businesses: For more information on federal benefits that are available, click here.

Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction COVID-19 Response Plan

Updated: December 11, 2020 Due to the current circumstances of COVID-19, the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction has made the following changes to their services to provide more support to clients and staff: For more information on additional assistance available through the British Columbia provincial government, click here.

January 2020 – Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Updates

Effective January 1st 2020 Clients will no longer be required to apply for Early CPP (CPP before the age of 65)   The 2 Year Financial Independence requirement has been removed from Ministry policy There has been an increase to the amount of time clients can live together from three months to 12 months, before having their assistance reduced to …

MARCH 2021 – MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY REDUCTION UPDATE

The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction announced the following increases starting on the April 2021 payment: An increase of $175 for those on Income and Disability assistance. An increase of $50 to the Senior’s Supplement. An increase of $20-$115 for Income and Disability assistance living in special care facilities. For more information, click here.

February 2021 – Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Update

BC Recovery Benefit The Ministry announced that as of February 2021, all those who receive Income, Disability or Hardship assistance and those who receive the Senior’s Supplement will automatically be paid the BC Recovery Benefit if they haven’t already received it. However, this is applicable to those who were also receiving one of these four benefits in December 2020 or …

January 2021 – Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Update

Effective January 01st, 2021 The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction has increased the Earning Exemptions for those receiving Income and Disability Assistance. The tables below show the new earning exemptions based on the type of assistance one is receiving. The table below shows the earning exemptions for those on Income Assistance (IA) dependent on their family size. Classification …

MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY REDUCTION POLICY UPDATES – May 2020

Effective May 26th, 2020 The title “Refugee Claimant” has been changed to “Refugee Claimant or Person Applying for Protection” to align with federal terminology. Applicants who are victims of family violence and have applied for a Temporary Resident Permit are now exempt from the citizenship requirements while their federal application is being processed. These applicants are also exempt from SIN requirements. …

BC Human Rights Survey

The BC Human Rights Commissioner (BCOHRC) would like to know how human rights are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They would like to know whether you: Have access to accurate and up-to-date public health information Are able to practice social distancing or self-isolation due to your current housing situation Are being turned away from work due to suspected COVID-19 …

Sources Rent Bank Now Serving Langley

Sources BC’s Rent Bank is now assisting Langley residents The Sources Rent Bank may issue low income individuals and families a one-time crisis loan for up to $1,200 for a single person or up to $1,600 for a family. The loan may be used for rental arrears or utility arrears and in special circumstances they may also provide a damage …