Province announces more funding for accessibility and inclusion projects

Kicking off AccessAbility Week, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson announced last week that the provincial government will, for the third year in a row, provide funding to community projects that improve accessibility and inclusion. The grants will be disbursed by Disability Alliance BC.

From the Province’s news release:

“Disability Alliance BC is thrilled to be distributing another round of grants to community organizations across B.C. to promote accessibility and inclusion in the province,” said Justina Loh, executive director of DABC. “In the past two years, we have seen some very innovative and creative projects come to life, and we have seen the number of people impacted by these community projects. We look forward to supporting more organizations across the province and hope that new organizations apply for funding this year.”

Plan Institute is looking for a Disability Planning Helpline RDSP Advisor

The following is taken from Plan Institute’s blog:

We are looking for a Disability Planning Helpline RDSP Advisor to join our team!

This position will support individuals with disabilities, families, and professionals requesting assistance on the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) through our Disability Planning Helpline. You will join a team of like-minded Helpline Advisors who support individuals across Canada with questions about the RDSP, the Disability Tax Credit, estate planning, advocacy approaches, government benefit programs, social network building, and more. Our Helpline Advisors bring a wealth of professional experience and lived experience, having lived with or supported family members who have a disability.

We are seeking an additional advisor who will support individuals in queries on the RDSP and related services primarily via the phone or email. Our Helpline provides individuals with a call-back service, allowing us to understand their case fully, triage as appropriate, and provide individuals with the right advice at a convenient time. Whilst call volumes can fluctuate, Plan Institute directly manages incoming queries, ensuring the appropriate Helpline Advisor can provide support.

To learn more about this position and to apply, click here.

Note re: tax filing/GST

If you haven’t filed your 2019 income taxes yet, don’t panic! Your GST will be processed based on the 2018 tax year.

The CRA has provided the following info:

  • Due to the change in the tax deadline from April 30 to June 1, 2020, we expect many will need to take advantage of the extended deadline. Therefore, if the 2019 tax return is not assessed, and to allow time to calculate benefits and/or credits for the July to September 2020 payments, payment amounts will be based on information from 2018 tax returns.
  • If you receive an estimated benefit and/or credit payment based on your 2018 tax return(s), you’re still required to file your 2019 income tax return.

More info:

If you haven’t filed your 2019 taxes or other tax years, please contact Tax AID. We offer year-round services.