Community Update: New PWD Earnings Exemption

On November 21, 2012, the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) announced the first phase of annualized earnings exemptions for people who are receiving the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefit. The idea of an annualized earnings exemption was proposed by a number of disability groups. The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities is pleased that MSD has acted on this recommendation.

The annual earnings exemptions will be phased in over the next year. In the first phase, which goes from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013, 5,000 people receiving PWD will be invited to participate. In the second phase, starting in January 2014, the annual earnings exemptions will be available to everyone receiving PWD.

As noted, only about 5,000 people will be part of the first phase of the new annualized earnings exemption. They will be receiving a letter from MSD in the near future, inviting them to participate in the new program. Participation is optional. According to MSD, participants in the first phase must have:

  • Had the PWD designation for at least the past 12 months
  • Received PWD in at least the past two consecutive months
  • In at least one of the past 12 months, had earnings over $500 for families with one adult receiving PWD and $750 for families where both adults are receiving PWD.

These are the annualized earnings exemptions maximums, announced by MSD for the period of January 1st to December 31st:

  • $9,600 for one-adult families, where the adult is receiving PWD
  • $12,000 for two-adult families, where only one adult is receiving PWD
  • $19,200 for two-adult families, where both adults are receiving PWD

For more information:

The link to the provincial government’s news release on the annualized earnings exemption is:

You can also contact Advocacy Access at 604-872-1278 or toll free 1-800-663-1278

The Role of Dogs Research Study

Do you have an opinion about the impact of canine friendship on the lives of people withFreckle disabilities/chronic health conditions? A new research project called “The Role of Dogs” is seeking input from people with disabilities living with service dogs OR PET DOGS as well as non-dog owners.

This study is being conducted by a research group at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis. If you have questions, contact Mariko Yamamoto, PhD at

To participate in the anonymous survey you must be 18 years or older and either:
1) a person with a disability OTHER than visual or hearing disabilities, or
2) a family member of service dog partners

For this study, service dogs are defined as “dogs that have received specific training to assist their partners with disabilities other than visual or hearing disabilities.”

Survey for people with disabilities:

Survey for caregivers/family members of service dog partners:

Kindly share this information with others who may be interested in participating.

Celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities!

Mark your calendars: the City of Vancouver’s 6th annual celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities is Monday, December 3 at the Roundhouse Community Centre (Pacific @ Davie).

FREE entry, 1-7pm, everyone welcome. Come celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities! Enjoy live performances, food, art displays, door prizes, and much more. For more information see or call (604) 873.7799