New Homeowner Grant Application Process

From the Ministry of Finance:

Attention!
Effective 2021 – New Homeowner Grant Application Process

The home owner grant is available to eligible homeowners who pay property taxes.

Effective 2021, homeowners in municipalities no longer apply for the home owner grant through their municipal office. Everyone now applies directly to the province using a new online system that’s easy to use. The system will be available in early 2021.

Although the application process has changed, program details and eligibility requirements have not changed. The new system helps ensure homeowners receive their full grant entitlement, including the additional grant for seniors or persons with a disability. It also helps process applications faster and reduce fraudulent applications.

Important: Early applications are not being accepted at this time. To be notified when the system goes live, subscribe to our What’s New in BC Property Taxes page: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/…/tax…/whats-new/property-taxes.

For more information about the home owner grant visit: gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant.

Download a PDF of the notice here.

DABC joins other disability organizations to advocate for vaccine distribution

On December 18, DABC sent a letter on behalf of 15 organizations to Adrian Dix, BC’s Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s Provincial Health Officer, to advocate for priority of vulnerable people with disabilities within BC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy.

Specifically, we wish to ensure that people living and working in the followig settings be included in the list of priorities to receive the first wave of COVID-19 vaccine distribution:

  • People living and working in group homes and other home-based support service settings; and
  • People detained involuntarily under the Mental Health Act and health care providers working in psychiatric settings.

Letter to Minister Dix and Dr. Henry: https://disabilityalliancebc.org/?attachment_id=6221

Happy holidays and DABC office closure

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Season’s greetings to you and yours!

From all of us at Disability Alliance BC, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season and all the best in the new year! We know this has been a particularly challenging year and we thank you for your support over the year, and your patience as we temporarily navigate new ways of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Please note that our office will be closed for the holidays from Monday, December 21st – Friday, January 1st. It will reopen on Monday, January 4th. During this time, we will only be responding to very urgent messages. All other messages will receive a response as soon as possible after we reopen. We will not be updating or checking social media during the holiday closure.

If you have reached out to our Access RDSP team for assistance with the DTC application prior to the Dec 31st application deadline to be eligible for the $600 federal COVID-19 payment, please email  rdsp@disabilityalliancebc.org and you will receive a response shortly. You can also try out our DTC online app, which is a self-help tool designed to give your healthcare provider the information they need to fill out the DTC Certificate application form: https://disabilityalliancebc.org/dtc-app.

Plan Institute also has helpline advisors that can help people over the break. They can be reached at 1-844-311-7526.  

See you in 2021!