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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

Inclusion B.C. Important Updates

Hi Everyone,                                                  September has arrived with the usual flourish. Or perhaps tornado. I hope you all had some rest this summer.   I want to update you all on a few important developments:   Community Inclusion Advocate – the position has been posted and we are recruiting for a 4 day/week position . I have attached the Job Description for you. This position is will work from our

Streamlined Access to Disability Assistance

Legislation that makes it easier for some people with disabilities to receive disability assistance is now in effect. As of Sept. 1, people in the following provincial or federal programs will complete a much simpler Persons with Disabilities (PWD) application process: Community Living BC (CLBC) The Ministry of Children and Family Development At Home Program BC PharmaCare Plan P – Palliative Care Canadian Pension Plan – Disability Because these people

Raise the Rates Leave our Bus Pass Alone UPDATE

SelfAdvocatenet.Com Coverage  As you all know Sept 1st 2016 BC Bus Pass changes in effect A Recap as they unfold  so far that came out will be all on this page as its unfolds is the place you will be updated on reaction of  B.C. Govt decision to change way BC Bus Passes are issued.     to Feb 2016 the BC Govt Budget Document Then when go to changes

Community Update: Changes to PWD application process

    Dear Community Partner, Beginning September 2016, new measures will be introduced which will make it easier for some people to apply for the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) designation:   Streamlined Application Process for Prescribed Classes   Individuals enrolled in the following programs: –      BC Pharma Care Plan P (Palliative Care Benefits); –      Ministry of Children and Family Development At Home Program; –      Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) Programs;

DABC Community Update PWD Rates and Transportation Support Allowance

August 2016   In June, we sent you an update about the changes to the bus pass program for people receiving the Persons with Disabilities benefit (PWD). These changes begin on September 1st 2016. We thought you would find it useful to see the new PWD rate system as it incorporates the $52 Transportation Support Allowance. This table shows the new maximum support, shelter, and transportation support allowance rates for

The Riot Newsletter Winter 2016 . We Belong From Sea to Sea to Sea! Or do we?

We Belong From Sea to Sea to Sea! Or do we? For this issue, we teamed up with People First of Canada (PFC for short) for the first ever Canadian issue of The Riot. In this Maple Leaf Edition, PFC members shared their stories of belonging. You might find that no matter where you live, people with disabilities want the same things – to be included in community life, be

Medical assistance in dying

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 1:45 PM The B.C. government has passed a regulation which requires that all deaths that are the result of medical assistance in dying (MAiD) be reported to the BC Coroners Service. Parliament last month changed federal legislation to permit medical assistance in dying in specific circumstances. The federal government has indicated it will work with the provinces and territories to develop regulations ensuring the consistent reporting

Tax-filing program pays off for people with disabilities

  Friday, July 15, 2016 11:00 AM Hundreds of British Columbians receiving disability assistance have more money in their pockets as Disability Alliance BC marks the one-year anniversary of its free tax-filing service. In July 2015, thanks to funding from the Vancouver Foundation, Disability Alliance BC launched the Tax Assistance and Information for People with Disabilities (Tax AID DABC). After just one year, the program has already helped more than

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