Providing income supports, asset limits and earnings exemptions to people with disabilities that recognize their unique circumstances.
B.C.’s disability assistance system best recognizes the unique circumstances of persons with disabilities in Canada by 2024.
How We Measure Success
Comparison of B.C.’s income supports, asset limits and earnings exemptions to other provinces.
- Increased disability assistance for people with a Persons with Disabilities (PWD) designation by $50 each month
- Increased child benefit exemptions for people who receive income or disability assistance
- Simplified the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) application process for people already in comparable federal and provincial programs
- Fully-exempted Employment Insurance (EI) maternity and parental benefits and EI benefits for parents caring for critically ill children for people on income and disability assistance
- Fully-exempted child-support payments for families receiving income and disability assistance, adding $13 million in income each year to more than 3,300 families on assistance
- Increased Annualized Earnings Exemptions to make it easier for people receiving disability assistance to earn money
- Increased asset limits on disability assistance from $5,000 to $100,000 for a single person and from $10,000 to $200,000 for a family where two people have the Persons with Disabilities designation, allowing people to receive cash gifts or inheritances with no impact on their assistance, provided they remain within the asset limit
- Improving access to disability assistance, particularly for youth transitioning to Community Living BC, through the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act
- Repealed the lifetime ban for clients who have committed fraud, responding to the requests from stakeholders during Accessibility 2024
- Consulted on family maintenance payments for families receiving disability assistance
Read more about what we've done over the last year in the Year Two Progress Update.