B.C. Government announces permanent increase to disability and income assistance rates

The Government of British Columbia has announced a permanent increase to disability and income assistance rates in the province. Beginning in April, income and disability assistance will rise by $175 per month and the increase will automatically be applied to people’s cheques.

With the increase, a single person who receives Persons with Disabilities (PWD) assistance will now receive $1,358.42. A couple who receives PWD assistance will now receive $1,947.56.

“This past year has been challenging for everyone, and especially so for those British Columbians already relying on assistance to make ends meet,” said Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “Now that we are seeing signs of some economic recovery from COVID-19, it’s essential we provide the stability of a permanent rate increase for people and families, including 49,000 children who live in poverty.”

You can click here to read the full news release, including information about increases to the seniors’ supplement and the comfort allowance for people on income assistance living in special care facilities.

The final $150 payment of the temporary BC Recovery Supplement was included on disability and income assistance cheques in March.

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