Overview of BCEA Program

Overview

The BC Employment and Assistance program assists British Columbians by helping people move from income assistance to sustainable employment, and by providing income assistance to those who are unable to fully participate in the workforce.

The ministry has a responsibility to ensure that available resources go to those people who need them most. That is why applicants are expected to take advantage of all other sources of income and assets before qualifying.

Individuals, such as people with disabilities who are able to work, are supported by specialized employment programs that assist them. Continuous assistance is also available to those in need who are not expected to gain independence through employment.

Personal responsibility and active participation are the key principles of the BCEA program. Employable applicants are expected to look for work before they receive assistance. People receiving income assistance are expected to complete an Employment Plan, seek work and participate in employment programs, so they may reach their goal of self-reliance, where able.