BC government announces temporary additional supports for people receiving income assistance and PWD

We are pleased to see that the provincial government has just announced temporary exemption of EI and the new federal Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) from clawback from income assistance (IA) and PWD. An automatic $300 crisis supplement will be provided for the next three months to people on IA and PWD who are not receiving EI or the CERB. We will share more details about these new measures as that information becomes available.

We hope the federal and/or provincial government will be providing comparable supports to people who receive federal disability assistance (CPP-D). DABC will be advocating that this gap be addressed.

For more information: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/income-assistance/on-assistance/covid

Read the news release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020SDPR0012-000620