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Community Update: Changes to Disability Tax Credit Certificate

Posted on February 28, 2017 by DABC Several changes were recently made to the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) Certificate which is used to apply for the DTC. New Address for DTC Applications One significant change is that residents of BC are now instructed to send their DTC applications to the Winnipeg Tax Centre. Previously BC residents were instructed to send these applications to the Surrey Tax Centre. The Winnipeg Tax

Work experience funding boosts Kootenay social enterprises

Creston Monday, February 27, 2017 9:00 AM Two Kootenay-based social enterprises are getting a face lift while seven job-seekers are gaining valuable work experience in the process. The Province is providing $240,171 in combined funding for two separate projects that will renovate buildings owned by the Kootenay Region Association for Community Living in Creston and the Trail Association for Community Living, allowing them to better serve their communities. The work

B.C.’s minimum wage increases on Sept. 15, 2017

Victoria Monday, February 27, 2017 10:15 AM In accordance with a commitment made in May of 2016, the B.C. government will increase the minimum wage by 50 cents to $11.35 an hour, effective Sept. 15 of this year, to better reflect the province’s overall economic growth and ensure all workers benefit from B.C.’s thriving job market. The new rate includes a 20-cent increase based on the BC 2016 Consumer Price

Province, Rick Hansen Foundation team up on housing accessibility

News Release Burnaby Thursday, February 23, 2017 2:45 PM The Province is providing the Rick Hansen Foundation with $9 million to further their work building accessibility in B.C. Finance Minister Michael de Jong made the announcement on behalf of Social Development and Social Innovation Minister Michelle Stilwell today. The funds will be used to create and administer two housing and infrastructure programs that will reduce barriers for people with disabilities.

New integrated online tool makes applying for income and disability assistance easier

Information Bulletin Victoria Thursday, February 23, 2017 2:00 PM Government is making it easier for British Columbians to apply for income and disability assistance online, thanks to a new integrated tool being launched on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. The Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation is combining its online application tool (the Self Serve Assessment and Application or SSAA) and its online client services portal (My Self Serve or

Government increases child benefit exemptions

Victoria Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:00 PM As part of Budget 2017, the Province is investing $8 million over three years to increase child benefit exemptions for people who receive income or disability assistance. As of April 1, 2017, the Canada Pension Plan disabled contributor’s child benefit, foster-care payments, and Public Guardian and Trustee payments for children will all be exempt from calculations of income and disability assistance. These changes

$140 million to improve access, target key mental-health initiatives

  A new mental-health digital hub that will make it easier for thousands of British Columbians to find the services and supports closest to them is among various targeted initiatives totalling $140 million over three years under Budget 2017 to support those with mental-health and substance-use challenges. The new resources will focus on prevention and early intervention, housing, enhanced treatment and supports, and better integration and access to services. “We’ve

BC Budget 2017

Selfadvocatenet.com 2017 coverage of B.C.Budget this is the place for all details what in budget for people with disabilities stay tune as we get details this place it will be posted When we get estimates in ministries or anything in question period related to disabilities will be posted here as we get them     Auditor General report released     Finance Minister Michael de Jong will present British Columbia’s

BC announces 2017 Disability Benefit rates: How will $1.61/day improve the lives of British Columbians with disabilities?

Summary: Inclusion BC has been working to advance the Premier’s promise to make BC the most progressive province in Canada for people with disabilities by 2024. Friday’s surprise news of a $50/month hike to PWD benefits, on its own, does little to advance the plan, raising the question: Is this it? February 17, 2017 New Westminster, BC—– How does $1.61/day improve the lives of people with disabilities in British Columbia

Province increases disability assistance rates

Victoria Friday, February 17, 2017 1:30 PM For the second year in a row, government is increasing disability assistance rates by investing $199 million over three years. This investment is in addition to the $170 million announced last year to increase disability rates. It will benefit about 107,000 people with the persons with a disability (PWD) designation. As of April 1, 2017, disability assistance rates will rise by $50 per

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