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: May 1, 2022

Support & Shelter

Policy and rate tables have been updated to clarify the implementation of a minimum shelter allowance for income assistance, disability assistance, and hardship assistance recipients.  Recipients receiving a comforts allowance are not eligible for the minimum shelter allowance.

Policy and procedures have also been updated to reflect that a “place of residence” is not limited to living arrangements in places such as houses or apartments for the purposes of determining actual shelter costs.

Hardship Assistance

Where an applicant resides with the sponsor, only the minimum shelter allowance may be provided unless the sponsor is also receiving assistance.

Effective: March 23, 2022

Case Administration

Policy and procedures on setting signals for the purpose of establishing eligibility have been amended to apply the principles of administrative fairness providing recipients with as much notice as possible to respond to and resolve requests for information.

Effective: January 1, 2022

Support & Shelter

The Ministry of Health introduced new client rates for Community Care Residential Facilities in BC effective January 1, 2022. The monthly rate has been increased to $1,237.20 (was previously $1,204.90). There has been no increase to other per diems.