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. https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019MAH0098-001661 The …

BC Rent Bank

The Vancity Community Foundation in partnership with funding provided by the Province of BC to help support existing Rent Banks in BC. Rent banks may provide repayable loans to individuals and families at risk of eviction for housing crises. In addition to providing loans, the rent banks may be able to assist with: Advocating on behalf of tenants Mediating between …

Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Updates

Effective July 1, 2019 Identification Supplement: Individuals who either receive Ministry assistance may be eligible for an ID supplement to assist with accessing services in BC. Moving, Transportation & Living Costs: The moving supplement will also now include all places in BC. Eligibility for moving supplement may now include a much wider range of reasons. If clients are unable to …

Income Assistance and Disability Benefits Increase

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 …

B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit

According to the B.C. Budget for 2019 the budget is introducing a new child benefit starting October 2020 that will provide families with: One child: up to $1,600 per year Two children: up to $2,600 per year Three children: up to $3,400 per year to help with the child’s upbringing. Families consisting of a child under 18 years old earning …

B.C. Student Loan Interest Eliminated

Starting February 19th 2019, all B.C. student loans will stop accumulating interest and there will be no more B.C. student loan interest. By doing this it is estimated to save students around $2,300 over 10 years (if they have a loan of $28,000) according to the budget estimate. For more information, click here.

Emergency Home Repairs Crisis Supplement

A crisis supplement for emergency home repairs is not available through the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction may be provided to recipients if all of the following criteria have been met: The requirements for a crisis supplement have been met The emergency repairs are at the applicant’s place of residence The recipient’s place of residence is owned by …

Crisis Supplement For Food Policy Change

On December 1st 2018, several important changes were introduced by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction regarding crisis supplements: The maximum amount of a crisis supplement for food has increased from $20 to $40 per person per month. There is no longer a limit on the amount of crisis supplements a person or family unit can request in …

Recent changes to the Residential Tenancy Act

On May 17, 2018, several important changes were introduced to the Residential Tenancy Act. To highlight some of these key changes, 1)    If a landlord wishes to end a tenancy for demolition, renovation or repair, or conversion of the rental unit, the landlord must now provide 4 Month Notice to end tenancy while tenants have 30 days to dispute …

Latest Changes to the Tenancy Laws in BC

The Residential Tenancy Branch of British Columbia has made changes to the tenancy laws, which came into effect on December 11, 2017. As quoted from the Ministry website: “Changes to the legislation include limiting the use of vacate clauses in new and existing fixed-term tenancy agreements, limiting rent increases between fixed term tenancy agreements with the same tenant, and strengthening …