Life on welfare: separating fact from fiction

The following letter was published on The Vancouver Sun’s website today, in response to a January 26 article titled “BC welfare rates are adequate.”


“The authors believe that $1,800 a month is enough to pay for the basic needs (shelter, food and clothing) of a family of four.

They refer to Chris Sarlo’s “basic needs” measurement to support their position.

What they fail to mention is that a paper published by the University of Calgary in September 2011 (Income Support for Persons with Disabilities), using Sarlo’s measurement, concluded “the level of support provided to disabled persons in B.C. is disturbing; it falls slightly below that measure of income required to meet basic

Given that the provincial disability benefit rate is $300 a month more than basic assistance, it is hard to fathom how the authors can conclude B.C.’s welfare rates are adequate.

Neither the basic assistance rate nor the disability benefits rate provide people enough money to live with dignity.”

Jane Dyson Executive director, BC Coalition of People with Disabilities

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Updated CPP-D Guides now available in Chinese, English and Punjabi

cpp graphicWe have updated our CPP-D self-help guides and they are now available in Chinese and Punjabi, as well as English. This project was made possible through the generous support of the Notary Foundation of BC and the Law Foundation of BC.

Our four CPP-D guides are:

  1. Benefits Checklist
  2. Application Guide
  3. Appeal Guide: Part 1 – The Reconsideration Request
  4. Appeal Guide: Part 2 – Appealing to theCanada Pension Review Tribunal

These resources are designed to help people apply for or appeal the denial of CPP-D. The checklist explains what other programs CPP-D recipients may be eligible for. All the guides can be accessed from at

Order Hard Copies

If you would like hard copies of the guides, we will mail them to you free of charge. Please contact Val at 604-875-0188 or at to place your order.

If you have any questions about CPP-D, please contact our Advocacy Access Program at 604-872-1278 or 1-800-663-1278 and ask to speak to a CPP-D advocate.

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Community Advisory Re: Canada Pension Plan Disability

documentWe have been advised by Canada Pension Plan (CPP) that it has determined the Third Party Administration Act is not being properly applied.

Lawyers advising CPP have said that a third party cannot make a Reconsideration Request of a CPP denial on behalf of someone unless they have a Power of Attorney or some other type of legal authority from that person.

Even if a client signs the CPP Authorization to Communicate, they still have to provide a written request.

This means that if an advocate assists someone with a Reconsideration Request, they need to provide a letter signed by their client stating the client wishes to request a reconsideration of their CPP disability benefits denial, and that they authorize the advocate to represent them.

If you have any questions about this change, please contact the BCCPD’s Peter Beaudin at