Transitional Transportation Support

Overview

The Transitional Transportation Support (TTS) ensures continuity of transportation supports when the Transportation Support Allowance (TSA) is no longer paid.

The TSA of $52 is provided to applicants or recipients with the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) designation in a family unit who is receiving disability assistance. The TSA can be provided as cash or as an in-kind bus pass.

Policy

Effective September 1, 2016

When a recipient leaves disability assistance, the TSA is no longer paid and the client receives the TTS according to the table below.

The TTS has a value of $52 and may be provided as a $52 cash payment or in-kind as a bus pass with a value of $52.  The TTS is provided to recipients who leave disability assistance for the following reasons:

 

Reason for leaving disability assistance

 

Period of TTS

 

 

A family unit in receipt of disability assistance that ceases to be eligible for disability assistance and transitions to Medical Services Only (MSO) as a result of employment income.

 

Recipients who transition to MSO due to exhausting their annual earnings exemption (AEE) receive TTS until they return to disability assistance in the new exemption year.  For example, if a recipient exhausts their AEE in June 2017 and transitions to MSO in July 2017, they will receive TTS from July 2017 until February 2018.  At the end of February they transition back to disability assistance and receive the TSA for the March benefit month.

 

 

A family unit in receipt of disability assistance that ceases to be eligible for disability assistance and transitions to MSO because a person in the family unit is age 65 or older and must be in receipt of a qualifying federal benefit

 

Recipients who leave disability assistance for these reasons may receive TTS as cash until the end of that calendar year. For example, if a recipient transitions to MSO in June 2017, they may receive TTS from June 2017 until December 2017.

 

Recipients who choose a bus pass may keep their bus pass until the end of the calendar year, although the authority for the bus pass switches from TSA to the low-income seniors bus pass program (see BC Bus Pass Program). There is no fee for this bus pass in the calendar year in which the recipient turns 65.

 

In the next calendar year, the senior will be eligible for the seniors bus pass for an annual fee of $45.

 

A family unit in receipt of disability assistance that ceases to be eligible for disability assistance and transitions to MSO as a result of a pension or other payment under the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).

 

 

Recipients who leave disability assistance for this reason may receive TTS until the end of that calendar year.

 

A family unit in receipt of disability assistance that ceases to be eligible for disability assistance and transitions to MSO for a reason not listed above.

 

 

Recipients who leave disability assistance for this reason may receive TTS until the end of that calendar year.

 

A family unit ceases to be eligible for disability assistance for other reasons (e.g., non-exempt income or assets that exceed their eligible limit).

 

 

Recipients who leave disability assistance for this reason may receive TTS until the end of that calendar year.

Effective: September 1, 2016

The Transitional Transportation Support is not provided under the authority of the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act. Therefore the reconsideration and appeal provisions of Section 16 of the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act do not apply. [For more information, see Related Links – Reconsideration].

Procedures

Effective September 1, 2016

When a recipient leaves disability assistance, the Transportation Support Allowance (TSA) is automatically replaced by the Transitional Transportation Support (TTS) to continue providing the in-kind bus pass or cash payment of $52, whichever the person prefers.

Medical Services Only (MSO) recipients can switch between the in-kind bus pass or cash payment, but will have to notify the ministry of their choice before the 5th of the month.

EAWs are to submit SRs to record the recipient’s choice and processing will take place through automated batch jobs.

Note: Staff should confirm the TTS end date is February 28 for MSO-AEE exhausted cases, and December 31 for all other scenarios.