Province extends $300 temporary crisis supplement

The Province of BC is extending the temporary $300 crisis supplement for recipients of the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefit and provincial income assistance (IA).

The supplement will continue to be automatically applied to cheques issued Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.

The Province’s news release also clarifies that the recently announced $600 federal crisis supplement will be fully exempt for people currently receiving provincial assistance. This one-time crisis supplement will be issued to recipients of the Canada Pension Plan or Quebec Pension Plan disability benefits, disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs Canada and disability tax credit certificate holders.

For more information, read the Province’s news release:

Community Update - Accessibility Project Grant Call for Proposals 2020

Accessibility Project 2020 banner. Image reads: "Accessibility Project Grant 2020 Now Open!"

Dear Community Partner,

Disability Alliance BC is pleased to announce today, August 14, 2020 a Call for Proposals (CFP) for projects that promote greater accessibility and inclusivity for people with disabilities in BC communities. 

BC celebrated its first annual Accessibility Week from May 27th to June 2nd, 2018. As part of the Province’s goal to improve accessibility for people with disabilities in BC, DABC was selected by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR) to disburse funding to community based “Accessibility Projects.” With the successful administration of the Accessibility Project grants in 2018 and 2019, DABC was again selected to administer Accessibility Project 2020.

Accessibility Projects must focus on at least one of the following:
– Accessible employment;
– Accessible emergency planning and response;
– Accessible arts, culture and tourism;
– Accessible sports and recreation;
– Accessible education and learning;
– Accessible community participation.

Funding of $10,000 to $40,000 per project will be disbursed to a maximum of $450,000. Proposals are due by October 9th, 2020 and funding for successful projects will be disbursed in early 2021. 

For complete details about eligible organizations and projects, and to access the Call for Proposals (CFP), Application Form, and accompanying documents, please visit our website:

DABC Webinar: Human Rights & Essential Support Persons in Healthcare Settings during the Pandemic Crisis

In British Columbia, hospitals and other healthcare settings have changed their visitor policies due to the pandemic crisis. This webinar, hosted by DABC staff lawyer Andrew Robb, addresses the rights of people with disabilities to have their essential support person(s) or caregiver(s) with them in hospitals, despite restrictive visitor policies.

A transcript of the webinar is available here: Transcript of Essential Support Persons webinar.