Free Money Skills Workshop Series- Register Now

The program is presented by Family Services of Greater Vancouver and sponsored by Vancity. The series is designed to help participants increase their money management knowledge and confidence. In this 3-Session workshop series you will learn about:

Budgeting: Track your earning and spending and be in control of your money.
Banking: Choose the options that are right for you, reduce fees and save money.
Credit: Build and maintain a good credit history and deal with debt.
Consumerism: How to be in charge of your own spending.

Register early, space is limited. To sign-up, you must attend all three sessions.

COST: Free
WHEN: Aug. 16; Aug. 23, Aug. 30 (all Tuesdays)
TIME: 1pm- 3pm
WHERE: Disability Alliance BC, #204- 456 West Broadway in Vancouver
REGISTER:
Call Val at: 604-875-0188 or email: feedback@disabilityalliancebc.org

Tax AID DABC is One Year Old Today!

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Last July, thanks to generous funding from the Vancouver Foundation, Disability Alliance BC launched its  provincial program Tax Assistance and Information for People with Disabilities (Tax AID DABC). The program’s focus is to help people receiving Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers to Employment (PPMB) who have not filed their income taxes for multiple years to catch up on their taxes.

Over the past year, Tax AID DABC’s advocates have:

  • Helped over 277 clients to file multiple years of taxes
  • Filed over 730 years of taxes
  • Helped clients from across BC to access over $470,000 in tax credits and benefits
  • Answered hundreds of tax inquiries by email and over the phone

This year, we are expanding our provincial scope and will reach out to more communities across BC, particularly those in the North, the Interior, and Northern Vancouver Island. We can conduct remote tax filings for clients, or work with community groups to organize and deliver workshops across BC.

We welcome your referrals to Tax AID DABC. To speak to a Tax AID advocate, please call our Advocacy Access line at 604-872-1278 (Toll-free 1-800-663-1278) or email taxaid@disabilityalliancebc.org.

For more information on setting up a workshop in your community, please email Program Manager Sam Turcott at sam@disabilityalliancebc.org.

If you would like us to send you a brochure or poster, please email Chloe at chloe@disabilityalliancebc.org.  More information about the program is also available on our website: https://taxaiddabc.org/


The Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation has issued this release about Tax AID DABC, in recognition of its first anniversary:

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016SDSI0036-001288

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New Guide: Disclosing Your Disability: A Legal Guide for People with Disabilities in BC

Do you know your legal rights around disclosing your disability?

Through DABC projects, it’s become clear to us that many people with disabilities do not understand their legal rights and responsibilities around disclosure of their disability in the context of employment. We have created a new guide Disclosing Your Disability: A Legal Guide for People with Disabilities in BC to inform and assist people with disabilities. This valuable legal resource goes step-by-step through the planning and decision-making necessary when considering disclosure to an employer.

The guide is available online here: http://tinyurl.com/zg734c7. A limited amount of hard copies are also available. If you would like us to mail you a copy, please contact Val at 604-875-0188 or email feedback@disabilityalliancebc.org.

We would like your feedback on the guide, through a short online survey. If you reply by July 6 /16, your name will be entered in a raffle for one of two $20 gift certificates for London Drugs or Starbucks. Take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YCK8XMD.

Thank you very much to the Law Foundation of BC for making this guide possible.

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