Income Assistance Basics:

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This course is designed to teach you about the basics of Income Assistance (IA). It will provide an overview of the program including eligibility requirements, application process, and appeal process. It will also discuss pertinent issues including income and assets, employment plan, living arrangement, supplements and benefits. ~ 4 hours
Module 1 Overview
Unit 1 Welcome
Unit 2 Prior Knowledge Quiz
Unit 3 Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
Unit 4 Income Assistance Program Overview
Unit 5 Regular Income Assistance
Unit 6 QUIZ
Module 2 Eligibility for Income Assistance
Unit 1 Eligibility
Unit 2 2 Year Independence Requirement
Unit 3 Citizenship Requirement
Unit 4 Underage Applicants
Unit 5 Living on a Reserve
Unit 6 Being a Student
Unit 7 Sanctions
Unit 8 QUIZ
Module 3 Applying for Income Assistance
Unit 1 Documents Needed
Unit 2 Application
Unit 3 What's Next?
Unit 4 QUIZ
Module 4 Employment Plans and Related Issues
Unit 1 Employment Plan
Unit 2 Quitting or Refusing a Job
Unit 3 Reduction of Benefits
Unit 4 QUIZ
Module 5 Living Arrangements
Unit 1 Dependency Relationship
Unit 2 Roommates, Room and Board, Living with Parents
Unit 3 QUIZ
Module 6 Income and Assets
Unit 1 Earned and Unearned Income
Unit 2 Earnings Exemption
Unit 3 Assets
Unit 4 Monthly Report
Unit 5 QUIZ
Module 7 Medical Benefits and Supplements
Unit 1 Medical Benefits
Unit 2 General Supplements and Programs Overview
Unit 3 Health Supplements Summary
Unit 4 Crisis Supplements Overview
Unit 5 Moving Costs
Unit 6 Security Deposits
Unit 7 QUIZ
Module 8 Hardship Assistance
Unit 1 Hardship Assistance Overview
Module 9 Appeal
Unit 1 Appeal Process: Stage 1
Unit 2 Appeal Process: Stage 2
Unit 3 Appeal Process Summary
Unit 4 QUIZ
Module 10 Review
Unit 1 Review
Unit 2 QUIZ
Unit 3 Feedback

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Training Invitation

Ask An Advocate is now offering drop in training at the Newton Resource Centre in Surrey, B.C.

We will be hosting our third session which will be on TENANCY BASICS (6 hour course) with a certificate of completion at the end for service providers. Email us at for more information and to register.

Date: Wednesday, August 14th 2019

Time: 9am-4pm

Location: Sources Newton Resource Centre (#102 13771 72A Ave, Surrey BC)

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