BCEA Streamlined Application (Returning within Six Months)

Overview

The streamlined application process is available to applicants returning to income assistance or disability assistance within six months. Eligibility for assistance is determined, at the ministry's discretion, with the monthly report form, rather than the two-stage application process.

Policy

Effective: January 1, 2020

Under the streamlined application process, a family unit that includes a person who received income assistance or disability assistance in at least one of the preceding six calendar months, at the ministry’s discretion, can apply for assistance by submitting the Monthly Report Form (HR0081), rather than the Application for Assistance Part 1 and Part 2 (HR0080B and HR0080).

The three-week work search that is part of the two-stage application process is not required.

As a former recipient can return to income assistance or disability assistance at any time during a month, the HR0081 is not required to be submitted by the 5th of the month as it is for ongoing recipients.

Effective: January 1, 2020

If approved for income assistance or disability assistance under the streamlined application process, the effective date of eligibility is the date of submission of the Monthly Report Form (HR0081).

Effective: January 1, 2020

When an applicant returns to income assistance or disability assistance under the streamlined application process, income received in the month of application is considered to determine eligibility. This includes income received up to the date of submission of the HR0081 and any ongoing income that is expected later in that month.

Income and asset exemptions are the same as under the two-stage application process. However, the one month wait for earnings exemptions is not required.

Any changes to assets are to be reported on the HR0081 and will affect eligibility if their value exceeds the exemption levels.

[See Rate Tables and Related Links - Income Treatment & Exemptions, Assets & Exemptions]

 

Procedures

Effective: January 1, 2020

If a family unit received income assistance or disability assistance in at least one of the preceding six calendar months, and the family unit is applying for assistance by submitting the Monthly Report Form (HR0081), ministry staff may request information and forms in addition to the HR0081.

If a family unit’s composition has changed, follow the established process for adding or removing spouses and dependent children.

A case must be open in order to facilitate the streamlined application process. If the family unit’s case has closed, follow the established process for re-opening the case. This may require the submission of the EA/EAPWD Review form (HR0080R) or a full re-application (HR0080 and HR0080B), to obtain declarations, consent, and acknowledgement of rights and responsibilities.