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 are already eligible for a comparable government program for persons with disabilities, they will only need to complete a brief application form and will not have to provide additional assessments by medical practitioners in order to obtain the PWD designation.
Initially, about 1,000 people each year will benefit from the change, most of whom will be youth transitioning into CLBC services.
They will still need to apply for assistance and meet all other eligibility criteria.
The changes reduce red tape for people with disabilities and their families, and will also cut paperwork for doctors and other health-care professionals.
Government will also work to identify other provincial and federal programs to help even more people in the future.
The change is part of government’s commitment to reduce red tape, and also reflects feedback received from people with disabilities and disability organizations during the consultations on Accessibility 2024, government’s 10-year action plan to reduce barriers and create more accessible, inclusive communities.