Happy Holidays!

Disability Alliance BC’s office will be closed for the holidays from Thursday, December 19th – Wednesday, January 1st. It will reopen on Thursday, January 2nd.

From all of us at DABC, we wish you a happy and peaceful holiday season and all the best in the new year!

Community Update: Requirement for Ministry Clients to Apply for CPP Early Retirement Benefits Removed

The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR) has sent out a letter to their clients that as of January 1, 2020 the Ministry will no longer require clients between the ages of 60 and 64 to apply for federal early Canada Pension Plan (CPP) retirement benefits in order to be eligible for income or disability assistance or to avoid a reduction in the amount of their assistance.

If you will be under 65 years of age as of January 1, 2020, you may be able to cancel your early CPP retirement benefits if it has been within six months since the first payment. You also may be able to withdraw your CPP early retirement application if you have not yet received a payment.

Please be aware that if you cancel your early CPP retirement benefits you will have to repay the federal government for any amounts you have received and the MSDPR will not give you the money back.

DABC Video Project: Injury and Impacts: Stories of Disability and Road Safety

DABC has created a series of 4 short videos that raise awareness about the impacts of road accidents on people’s lives through the personal stories of people with disabilities who acquired their disability because of a road accident. Meet Johanna, Andrea, Julie and Kam and hear about their personal journeys of how they have adapted, and how they continue to be active, contributing members in their communities.

To view the videos, visit DABC’s Youtube Channel (click here).

These videos were produced with the support from ICBC‘s Community Grants Program.