Seniors Program: Tea, Talk and Crumpets - Wednesday, October 18th

Seniors Program: Tea, Talk and Crumpets
Topic:
Facilitation Skills Training
Speakers: Karen Lai and Lydia Luk
When: Wednesday, October 18th, 1:30-4:00 pm.
Where: Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre
RSVP to Dan Chalcraft: community@bccerebralpalsy.com/604-408-9484
Light refreshments provided!

Community Update: New Transportation Supplement Introduced

October 2017

Dear Community Partner,

Effective January 1st 2018 PWD recipients will receive a $52 increase to their monthly benefits.  This increase comes in the form of a new transportation supplement. People with the PWD designation who receive a monthly bus pass and those without a monthly bus pass will both get this $52 increase.

The change in the maximum rate for shelter, support, and transportation for a single person will be:

  Current Rate January 1st 2018 Rate
No Bus Pass $1,133 $1,133 + $52 (transportation supplement)
With Bus Pass $1,081 $1,133

DABC is extremely pleased with this change and congratulates the Honourable Shane Simpson, Minister for Social Development and Poverty Reduction, for his leadership. The new transportation supplement will help improve the financial security and independence of many British Columbians with disabilities.

Additional Information

  • The BC Bus Pass can be used in both BC Transit and TransLink areas.
  • People receiving PWD can continue to switch between a bus pass and cash transportation supplement on a monthly basis.
  • People receiving the Comforts Allowance and Room and Board benefits will also receive this increase.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Advocacy Access Program at 604-872-1278 or 1-800-663-1278.

Best regards,

Sam Turcott, Advocacy Access Program Director

Fact Sheet: The Annual BC Bus Pass Program and the new Transportation Supplement for People on Disability Assistance

The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction has released the following fact sheet on the $52 transportation subsidy for people receiving provincial disability assistance that was announced yesterday.


The Annual BC Bus Pass Program and the new Transportation Supplement for People on Disability Assistance

Beginning January 1, 2018, people receiving disability assistance, with the Person’s with Disabilities (PWD) designation, will get an extra $52 each month for a new transportation supplement.

The supplement creates fairness and will help people connect with their community, giving them freedom to work, shop, and participate in social activities.

How to use the Transportation Supplement for an annual bus pass:

  • If someone with a disability who is on assistance would like an annual bus pass they can contact the Ministry of Social Development at 1-866-866-0800 or visit the BC Bus Pass Program website.
  • If someone already has an annual BC Bus Pass and they want to keep it, they can. They don’t have to contact the ministry. Beginning with the January 2018 payment they will no longer have $52 deducted from their support payment.
  • The BC Bus Pass can still be used in both TransLink and BC Transit areas.

How to use the Transportation Supplement for other transportation needs:

  • If someone does not want or need a bus pass they can use the supplement to pay for other transportation costs (for example, HandyDART or a taxi).
  • They don’t have to contact the ministry the $52 Transportation Supplement will be automatically added to the January 2018 payment.

More information about the supplement:

  • As people’s needs may change over time the new supplement will provide flexibility. People can apply for the BC Bus Pass at any time during the year. They can also cancel their bus pass at any time and use their supplement for other transportation needs.

Why government made this change:

  • Transportation is important to everyone on disability assistance.
  • Government consulted with stakeholders and asked for their advice on the best approach to improve the system of transportation supports.

For more information:

Go to: www.buspass.gov.bc.ca or call: 1-866-866-0800

To download the fact sheet, please click here.