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

Updated: October 08, 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.

COVID-19 Federal Support

Updated: October 05, 2020 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 additional resources available in Canada, click here. Source:

COVID-19 BC Provincial Support

Updated: September 14, 2020 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 a list of shelters in BC, click here. For a list of additional resources available in BC, click here. For more information, 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 …


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 …

December 2019 – Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Updates

Effective December 02, 2019 Sponsorship Undertaking Default An applicant whose sponsorship has defaulted may still be eligible for Income Assistance or disability assistance even if the sponsor cannot be contacted due to health and safety concerns. The applicant however, will have to meet all other eligibility criteria. For more information, click here. Effective December 09, 2019 Support for Alcohol and …

Tenancy Webinar

The Ask An Advocate team is pleased to announce that we have launched our first recorded webinar titled Tenancy Overview. This webinar provides basic information on topics such as the Residential Tenancy Branch and Act, rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords, eviction notices, dispute resolutions and more. Watch the webinar below or click here.

View Royal New Housing Project

A new 150 housing units has been approved in View Royal that will be able to house mixed income families. The project is being funded by the Regional Housing First Program and will provide A minimum of 44 affordable homes, 74 near-market-price homes and 34 shelter-rate homes rented at the provincial income assistance rate of $375 per month. The …