Update to Ministry brochure (RDSP clarification)

If you received a T5 this year from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, please note, due to some misinterpretation, the Ministry has issued a revised brochure, clarifying the age criteria for the Registered Disability Savings Plan and applicable grants. For the up-to-date brochure, click here: https://bit.ly/2F0zktH

Right to Dispute Dental Denials

Pacific Blue Cross administers the Ministry’s dental program.  If you are on welfare and have dental coverage through the Ministry (see note below), your dentist applies to Pacific Blue Cross for payment for any dental work you need done.

If Pacific Blue Cross denies coverage for dental work you need, you have the right to apply to the Ministry for reconsideration of that decision.  You also have the right to appeal it to the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal.

Ask your dentist to inform you right away if Pacific Blue Cross has denied a dental service and contact an advocate for assistance.

You can find an advocate through PovNet’s web site:


Here is a link to the Pacific Blue Cross website:


Note: How much dental coverage you have varies with the kind of welfare benefits you receive.  People on PWD and PPMB benefits have access to more dental coverage than adults on income assistance.   For more information, see the LSS publication “Welfare Benefits” at pages 49 to 52. 


Work-Able Graduate Internship Program for People with Disabilities

We have received the following information from BC Public Service:

Work-Able Graduate Internship Program for People with Disabilities

BC Public Service
Multiple Locations

Salary $1,761.54 bi-weekly
Multiple Locations –  Abbottsford, Burnaby, Courtenay, Kamloops, Kelowna, Maple Ridge, Nanaimo, Penticton, Prince George, Smithers, Surrey, Vancouver, Victoria

21 Temporary Part/Full-time Position from September 3, 2019 to August 28, 2020

The Work-Able Internship Program is a paid twelve month BC Public Service work experience program for recent post-secondary graduates who self-identify as having a disability. This unique program provides learning, coaching and mentorship throughout the internship and interns will gain valuable skills and public service experience.

We offer extensive training, growth and development opportunities, a competitive salary and a balance between work and life commitments. We are committed to continuing to be an employer of choice and providing a professional environment where ideas work.

To be eligible for the Work-Able Internship Program you must:

  • Self-identify as a person with a disability;
  • Reside in B.C.; and
  • Have completed the graduation requirements for a 2-year Diploma, Associate Degree, Under-graduate Degree or a Graduate Degree from a recognized post-secondary institution between the dates of April 1, 2016 and September 3, 2019.

This is a challenging and rewarding program where you will gain an increased understanding of public service roles and learn about possible future employment opportunities with the provincial government. Visit our Career Page to find out more.

To learn more and apply before April 30, 2019, please go to:


 Attention: only applications submitted through the BC Public Service’s employment website (see link above) will be accepted.