BC Employment & Assistance Policy & Procedure Manual

Welcome to the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation BC Employment and Assistance (BCEA) Policy and Procedure Manual.

The BCEA Policy and Procedure Manual is a one-stop source for all BCEA policy, procedure and program information.

BCEA policy and procedure information is organized by Category. Each Category has a set of Policy Topics. To view an expanded list of available Policy Topics, click on the appropriate Category.

Topics provide related content such as an overview, policies, procedures, and links to relevant acts, regulations, contacts, rate tables and resources.

For more information on how to use the BCEA Policy and Procedure Manual, please visit our Navigation & Search Tips page.

For a preview of regulatory changes which will come into effect September 1, 2016, please see the following links: EA Regulations  and EA PWD Regulations.

What's New

Effective: September 21, 2016

Case Administration

Support and Shelter

The Family Composition policy on determining eligibility based on family unit, including determining if two persons are residing together and assessing for a marriage-like or dependency relationship has been updated. The Persons Fleeing Abuse policy on eligibility for policy exemptions and supplements has also been updated for applicants or recipients who are fleeing abuse.

Support and Shelter

Effective January 1, the Ministry of Health introduced new client rates for residential care services and assisted living services in BC. Policy, procedures, and the rate table have been updated to reflect this change.

Effective: September 1, 2016

Case Administration

Application & Intake

Eligibility

PWD Designation & Application

Support & Shelter

General Supplements & Programs

Health Supplements & Programs

Hardship Assistance

Decisions, Reconsideration & Appeal

Compliance & Debt Management

Beginning September 1, 2016, recipients who have the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Designation and are receiving disability or hardship assistance will receive a $25 monthly increase, and a $52 Transportation Support Allowance (TSA).  The TSA can be provided as cash or as an in-kind bus pass with a value of $52.

Effective: September 1, 2016

Application and Intake

PWD Designation & Application

Starting September 1, 2016, the ministry will introduce a simplified process to apply for the Person with Disabilities (PWD) designation for individuals who have already been approved for certain federal or provincial disability programs. Under this new process, applicants already eligible for one of the following programs will complete the new 2-page PWD Designation Application – Prescribed Class form:

  • Community Living BC (CLBC) – (including Personal Supports Initiative (PSI) which provides services to adults with FASD and Autism who have been assessed as having significant limitation to adaptive functioning)
  • MCFD’s At Home Program (including Medical Benefits and Respite Benefits)
  • Ministry of Health’s BC Palliative Care (PharmaCare Plan P)
  • Canada Pension Plan – Disability Benefits

Effective: July 25, 2016

General Supplements and Programs

The federal government has increased the maximum national child benefit supplement rates effective August 1, 2016. The General Supplements and Programs Rate Table has been updated to reflect this increase in the Family Bonus Supplement.

Effective: July 18, 2016

Eligibility

General Supplements and Programs

Policy is clarified that insurance benefits can be considered an award and exempt up to the family’s asset level.

Eligibility

Policy is clarified that insurance benefits can be considered an award and exempt up to the family’s asset level.

Policy has been updated to reflect that the Canada Child Benefit is exempt and has replaced the Canada Child Tax Benefit and the Universal Child Care Benefit.

Effective: July 13, 2016

Eligibility

Policy has been amended to clarify that the assets of a patient controlled by a committee do not count towards a client’s asset limit.  

Effective: June 27, 2016

General Supplements and Programs

For dogs that are to undergo a certification test administered by the Justice Institute of BC, the Guide Dog or Service Dog Supplement may be issued up to 2 months before the date of the test in order to help cover the travel costs and certification test fee. 

Effective: March 18, 2016

Hardship

Compensation paid to children of a deceased worker under section 17 or 18 of the Workers Compensation Act is now exempt as unearned income and an asset.

Verification and Eligibility  

Compensation paid to children of a deceased worker under section 17 or 18 of the Workers Compensation Act is now exempt as unearned income.

Effective: January 25, 2016

Decisions, Reconsideration & Appeal

Policy and procedure updates include general clarification, including what to do with respect to decisions that cannot be reconsidered.

General Supplements

  • Camp Fees
    • Note: Effective May 2, 2016: renamed to Camp Fees Supplement

Topic has been updated to clarify eligibility for reconsideration and appeals.

Effective: January 18, 2016

General Supplements

This amendment to the Guide Animal Supplement follows changes made to the Guide Dog and Service Dog Act through the Ministry of Justice. Effective January 18, 2016, the guide dog and service dog supplement of $95 per month may be provided to eligible handlers for the maintenance of retired certified guide or service dogs in addition to active certified guide or service dogs.

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