BC Employment & Assistance Policy & Procedure Manual

Welcome to the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction 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.

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What's New

Effective: April 3, 2018

Employment Programs, Planning & Exemptions

Policy and procedures have been updated to change adjudicator to supervisor and clarify that the suspension of an Employment Plan (EP) refers to suspending the conditions within an existing EP.

Effective: April 1, 2018

General Supplements & Programs

The rate table has been updated to reflect increase in federal OAS/GIS rates, effective April 1, 2018.

Effective: March 27, 2018


Clarification that clients who use a Part 2 form to apply for income assistance are required to serve a one-month waiting period before being eligible for the earnings exemption, and clients who do not use a Part 2 form to apply for income assistance are not required to serve a one-month waiting period.

Effective: January 1, 2018

Support & Shelter

General Supplements & Programs

Compliance & Debt Management

The Transportation Support Allowance is being rolled into the rate for disability assistance, and will no longer be referenced as a distinct part of the client’s support amount. A new Transportation Supplement has been created that functions as other general supplements. The Transportation Supplement is separate from the actual disability and hardship rate, and is available to all PWD clients. 

OIC #414 (B.C. Reg. 193/2017) amended the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulations.

General Supplements & Programs

The Transitional Transportation Support (TTS) is provided in specific scenarios when a person leaves disability assistance in order to continue their transportation supplement. This is necessary to ensure that the bus pass continues to function as an “annual” pass.

The bulk of the policy for the TTS will move under the new Transportation Supplement topic, under General Supplements. The TTS will remain as a short description for the next year or so, and will be retired after that. 

General Supplements & Programs

  • Special Transportation Subsidy

The Special Transportation Subsidy topic is being retired. The subsidy was replaced by a rate increase in September 2016.