Substance Abuse Treatment Funding

It takes courage and determination to overcome substance use problems. Financial assistance is available to employees who have been approved to attend an abstinence-based residential treatment program for drug or alcohol dependency/abuse.


Employees can receive funding in two ways:

  1. Treatment grant - a grant of up to $5,000 is available to employees who personally contribute the first $3,000 (through the treatment loan, or other sources). The grant does not need to be repaid
  2. Treatment loan - an interest-free loan, up to a maximum of $3,000

The total amount of funding employees receive cannot exceed the estimated cost of treatment, up to a maximum of $8,000.


The Substance Abuse Treatment Funding program is open to employees who meet the following criteria:

  • Regular full- and part-time employees, at work or in receipt of long term disability or Short Term Illness and Injury Plan benefits, or
  • Long-term auxiliary employees who have worked 1,827 hours in 15 months, or 1,200 hours in the last 12 months where the employee has worked three consecutive years as an auxiliary without loss of seniority, or
  • Auxiliary employees who have worked three consecutive years without loss of seniority and who have worked at least 700 hours in the last 26 pay periods and
  • Have been referred to an eligible substance abuse treatment program by their attending physician, an Occupational Health Nurse or a Morneau Shepell counsellor

Outpatient treatment, treatment for behaviour addictions and transportation to and from treatment facilities are not covered through this program.


You must sign an agreement that you will repay the loan within 18 months. If you leave the BC Public Service before the loan is repaid, loan repayment becomes due at the time your employment ends. Payroll or long term disability benefit deductions are the primary methods of repayment.