Prince George Groups Receive Emergency Preparedness Training

The BCCPD delivered the Prepare to Survive – Prepare to Help workshop in Prince George on the 1st of March. Seventeen people – staff and clients – from seven disability organizations participated in the one-day workshop. The workshop involved interactive exercises and emergency scenarios and was very well received.

For more information about the Prepare to Survive workshop, contact Karen Martin,

Money-saving resources and tips

dollar signThe BCCPD recently facilitated a Money Skills workshop developed by Family Services of Greater Vancouver.

Workshop participants shared many great resources and money-saving tips:

  • Clothes on Wheels: Free clothing –
  • Free Geek: Volunteer for 24 hours to get a free computer – – 1820 Pandora Street, Van. 604-879-4335
  • UBC Dental School: Cheap and/or free dental work-
  •– Internet for as little as 24.95
  • Magazine & Comic Book Emporium (Broadway/Granville) – Cheap magazines (new: 50 cents)
  • Dollarama: $1 store ($1 Shoe laces, $2 organic soup, pickled beets, Kalamata olives, hats gloves with double layers ($1.25)
  • majicJack: Make long distance phone calls cheaply –
  • Volunteer at thrift stores for 24hrs of service and receive a 40% discount
  • Volunteer at discount food outlets (Quest) and receive free food
  • FREE! – Free stuff in your area –
  • Check out the ‘FREE’ column on Craigslist
  • The Bay has a food floor on the lower level and it usually has discount dairy and perishables
  • Green tea leftovers can be used for acne treatment

Many thanks to all our workshop participants and Family Services of Greater Vancouver.

“Welfare Challenge” group challenges BC to match Alberta’s disability rates

Raise the Rates
Can you Live on $610 a month?

Media release
February 12th, 2012

Raise the Rates, the BC coalition that challenged MLAs to live on the welfare rate of $610 a month issued a new challenge today:

“We challenge the BC government to immediately raise disability rates to the Alberta level of $1588 per month,” said Andrina Perry of Raise the Rates.  “There is no reason for BC residents who have a disability to have their health issues compounded by trying to live on the mere $906 that they get in BC.”

Raise the Rates wants the BC government to increase all income assistance benefits, including those for single parents and single people, to levels that are adequate to live on.

“People with disabilities in BC are living in poverty,” said Robin Loxton of the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities.  “We call on the BC government to immediately increase BC’s disability rates.”

“If BC copied the Alberta increase it means people with disabilities like me could go to the community fitness gym for physiotherapy without taking the money out of our food budgets,” said Brenn Kapitan. “It would mean I could get a massage for my inflamed joints, have a longer life expectancy and reduce my risk of cancer.”

Alberta also increased the amount of earnings that people with a disability can keep from $400 a month to $800.


Raise the Rates:

Jean Swanson,  604 729 2380
Bill Hopwood,  778 686-5293 (cell),  604 738-1653
Raise the Rates Website:
MLA Welfare Challenge Website:

BC Coalition of People with Disabilities:  Robin Loxton:  778 879 9207


For information on the Alberta increase: