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TELUS launches Internet for Good pilot to support 18,000 British Columbian families

TELUS announced today a new pilot program that will offer low-cost Internet service to low-income single-parent families across the province on income or disability assistance. In the coming weeks, approximately 18,000 single-parent families currently receiving assistance from the province will receive a coupon code in the mail. The code will allow them to activate TELUS’ offer of Internet service for $9.95 a month. This innovative pilot program is entirely funded

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  Plan Institute, Disability Alliance of BC, and the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society have united to launch a new program designed to help British Columbians with disabilities learn about and access tax benefits that will help them save for the future. As part of this initiative, Plan Institute is distributing a one-time $150 gift to help low-income British Columbians to start growing their RDSP, thanks to the support of the Vancouver Foundation. About

New Tax AID DABC video

Posted on October 7, 2016 by DABC         Since July 2015, Tax AID DABC advocates have helped British Columbians receiving provincial disability assistance to file their income taxes so that they can take full advantage of all the benefits and credits available to them. As of October 2016, Tax AID DABC advocates have helped more than 335 clients to file 931 years of taxes and access over

$1 million supports students with special needs at unique independent schools

The Province is providing an extra $1 million to boost its support for special needs students attending specialized independent schools in B.C. The funds are more than doubling the number of designated Special Education Schools (SES) from six to 15, and providing $2,000 to support each qualified student. Education Minister Mike Bernier made the announcement today joined by the Federation of Independent School Associations, along with students and staff at

Creating jobs for people with disabilities, increasing accessibility in B.C.

A new Job Creation Project with the Rick Hansen Foundation will increase accessibility in British Columbia communities and provide work experience for up to 14 people with disabilities. The Province is providing more than $675,000 through the Community and Employer Partnerships fund to support the project, which will contribute to improved participation in the labour market for people with disabilities in British Columbia – a key priority of Accessibility 2024,

New motorcycle permit for people with disabilities launched

Thanks to the launch of a new motorcycle permit for people with disabilities, created by SPARC BC and supported by the provincial government, more people will be able to make use of designated parking spots, which will allow them to have access to parks, recreational facilities and services in their communities. While motorcycles are not always top of mind when people think about designated parking for people with disabilities, SPARC

Creating better access to tech employment

This news release has been edited for accuracy A study that will help create improved access to engineering and technology employment opportunities for people with disabilities is being launched in the Lower Mainland. The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of B.C. (ASTTBC) association is receiving more than $40,000 to look at different barriers to employment, as well as new opportunities, for people with disabilities to work in the tech industry.

Maternity and parental leave benefits exempted for people on assistance

On Oct. 1, 2016, the Province will make Employment Insurance (EI) maternity and parental benefits and EI benefits for parents caring for critically ill children fully exempt for people on income and disability assistance. These changes will benefit about 200 parents on income and disability assistance each year and provide additional financial support while they are caring for a new-born, newly adopted, or critically ill child. B.C. is only the

Increases to Persons with Disabilities Rates (PWD) on the Horizon

Summary: On September 15, Finance Minister Michael de Jong presented BC’s Fiscal Update, signaling that the government is looking at PWD rates in the next provincial budget. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New Westminster, B.C. – On September 15, Finance Minister Michael de Jong presented BC’s Fiscal Update, signaling that the government is looking at PWD rates in the next provincial budget. “Rates must be increased and maintained at a level that

B.C. makes largest housing investment ever in province’s history

  The Government of B.C. is committing $500 million to ensure more British Columbian families have access to affordable rental housing, the largest housing investment in a single year by any province in Canada. A total of 2,900 rental units will be created, in partnership with non-profit societies, local governments, government agencies, community organizations and the private sector. This is in addition to $355 million announced earlier this year in

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