The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction has announced a rate increase for income and disability assistance that will take effect on October 1, 2017.

  • Starting with the Sept. 20, 2017 payment, people on income assistance and disability will receive an additional $100 a month
  • The new monthly rates will increase to $1,133 for an individual receiving disability assistance(while not using bus pass) and $710 for an individual receiving income assistance.
  • The Ministry’s Policy and Procedures Manual will be updated to reflect these changes for October 1 implementation

The News Release can be viewed here: Information Bulletin/News Release

Support Rates for Income and Disability Assistance Will Increase

12 thoughts on “Support Rates for Income and Disability Assistance Will Increase

  • August 22, 2017 at 12:59 PM
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    what will the rate be if both are receiving disability assistance

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    • March 20, 2018 at 3:17 PM
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      Total benefits for a couple both with PWD designation will be: $1973.06

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  • October 4, 2017 at 1:18 PM
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    The increases were well needed. Receipents should receive every year!

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  • October 4, 2017 at 5:44 PM
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    Thank you for the increases

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  • December 9, 2017 at 11:25 PM
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    Does this include all of the province’s, or just BC?

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    • December 12, 2017 at 10:29 AM
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      Person with Disabilities (PWD) designation provides assistance and supplements to BC residents. This is provincial disability benefit; the increase is for just BC.

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  • February 2, 2018 at 2:04 PM
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    I need help contacting and communicating with Government about my current information. Can you help me? Donna

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  • March 22, 2018 at 11:41 PM
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    To bad for us Landlords did not get Rent Freeze as rents increased with our rate increase…
    We are no further ahead….

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    • March 22, 2018 at 11:44 PM
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      Sorry for “Fat Fingers”, should be a comma between “us, Landlords”…

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  • June 10, 2018 at 2:23 AM
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    Can your bc pwd be transfered to alberta ?

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    • June 21, 2018 at 4:20 PM
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      Hello,
      When moving to another province, MSP coverage will continue for the remainder of the month plus an additional two months. Do note that prescription coverage ends the day you leave the province. Application for medical coverage should be done immediately upon arrival to your new province. Also, be aware that PWD is only recognized in BC; if you move to another province you will have to apply for disability under the disability program offered in that province.
      AskAnAdvocate Team

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