Annual Earnings Exemption for Provincial Disability Benefits Increased

Annual Earnings Exemption for Provincial Disability Benefits Increased

Effective October 1, 2017, the Annual Earnings Exemption (AEE) limit will increase by $2,400 for each person receiving Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefits. This earnings exemption allows people receiving PWD benefits to make money from employment over the calendar year without a reduction of their benefits. The AEE does not apply to money received from most other sources such as Canada Pension Plan benefits or Old Age Security benefits. The new AEE limits will be:

1. Single person with a disability: $12,000
2. Couple, one person with a disability: $14,400
3. Couple, both people with a disability: $24,000

The increase in the AEE rate means that some people who previously exceeded their AEE limit earlier in 2017 may be eligible for a top-up of benefits. They are encouraged to contact the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction for further information.

Disability Alliance BC applauds these changes and the leadership taken by the Hon. Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction in recognizing the social and economic value of supporting people with disabilities in the workforce.

Additional Information

For further information, please contact Sam Turcott, Director of Advocacy Access at 604-872-1278 or toll free 1-800-663-1278.

Disability Employment Month Workshop

Guest Speaker: Joyce Carlson

Believe and Achieve

WHEN: September 12th, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

WHERE: New Powell River Public Library #100 6975 Alberni St.

Joyce is a board member of inclusion Powell River and was in the newspaper business for 45 years. She has faced and overcome challenges in her own life and has promoted opportunities within her business for people who faced barriers to employment. She is happy to share some stories with the attendees at this workshop and her belief that everyone has something of value to offer.

Sponsored by : Employment Services, inclusion Powell River

Why B.C. Needs a Disabilities Advocate

As inclusion Powell River constantly looks to create improvements in the lives of our clients and staff, inclusion will be seeking out information and new ideas. As part of this endeavour, inclusion Powell River will be perusing periodicals periodically and will be promptly posting these articles.
The following is an article entitled, “Why B.C. needs a disabilities advocate” By Chandar S. Sundaram, that appears in today’s Times Columnist newspaper.
Chandar S. Sundaram is a Victoria-based historian, teacher and author. He had a stroke in early infancy.

inclusion Powell River Helps Celebrate Cranberry Lake 75 Anniversary!!

On Sunday, August 13th some of our fine folks from the Cranberry Preschool joined in the festivities celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Cranberry Lake! We at inclusion Powell River would like to congratulate everyone in Cranberry for 75 years of community spirit! To find out more about  the Cranberry Preschool check out our website
and to learn about Cranberry’s history follow this link from the Powell River Museum

Summer Picnic!

On July 20th inclusion Powell River held the 2017 Summer Picnic! People from all over our community came to enjoy good food, great company and the refreshing sea air. We want to thank all those that came and helped out. A special thank you to Mark Brown and Carley Shelton for organizing and running the show. Also thank you to Safeway and Aaron Service and Supply for their generosity. This is the first year Safeway has helped sponsor our picnic and Aaron’s has been a long time partner. The Let’s Talk Trash Team helped us out with making it a Zero Waste event as well. We thank them all and hope to continue to work with them in the future.

BC Disability Pride Celebration and March!

On June 15th inclusion Powell River joined in celebration with folks from all over the province in the first BC Disability Pride Celebration and March. Celebrating the full citizenship of Canadians of all abilities, they marched from Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza to Brighouse Park.

The local media in Nanaimo covered the group from Clay Tree Society and their participation in the march.

BC Election 2017: TV Leaders Debate Tonight!!

Inclusion BC sent in questions for the BC political leaders’ debate, which will be televised this Wednesday, April 26, from 6:30 – 8 PM, on all major TV and radio stations.

Question 1: Will you support an increase in PWD monthly rates to $1,200/month in 2017, with yearly cost of living increases and portable housing subsidies that cover actual housing costs?

Question 2: How would your party address the chronic shortfall in CLBC funding and the need for an independent external review of CLBC?

Do you have a question? Email it to:

Advancing inclusion in BC Election 2017:
Our BC Election 2017 Toolkit has info and tips to help you make a difference when BC votes on May 9, including:
Schedule of candidate debates around BC
Priority issues & questions for candidates
Take action: Election activities
How to register & vote
Resources & where to get more info…

Giroday, Paul Emmanuel July 2, 1964 – April 16, 2017


On April 16, we lost our beloved Paul. He passed away at Powell River General Hospital surrounded by family. Paul was born in Dawson Creek on July 2, 1964, but was a Powell River resident from July 1968 ever after. He was predeceased by his dad Michael (2002) and is survived by his mother Shirley, siblings Lesley (Greg), Ian (Sheryl), Neil, Patrick (Rita) and Robert, and his nephews and niece David, Blair, Daniel, Matt, Nolan and Cara. Paul loved his nephews and niece dearly and they always looked forward to receiving his unique Christmas and birthday gifts. Until the last few years, Paul was a great walker and was seen and well-known around town. He also loved his drives around Powell River with his dad, and in more recent years with his mom and/or siblings. With his passing, the Eagles have lost their greatest fan, and shares in Coca-Cola will dip quite a bit. Paul looked forward to his daily Coke and newspaper. He also liked the occasional Labatt’s Blue. Paul loved rock and roll music and had a vast record collection. He also loved America and often expressed his wish to live in California. He had some great trips to New York City, California and to Aunt Dolly and Uncle Bill’s acreage outside Toronto where he spent many hours “teaching the shickens to crow.” Paul suffered many illnesses and setbacks throughout his life. He endured them with a stoic courage. He spent most of his adult life in community care with Inclusion Powell River (formerly PRACL). Paul’s family is forever grateful for the love and care he received from his caregivers, past and present. A big thank-you as well to doctors Dohm, Burns and Murphy for their care of Paul over the years, and to staff at Powell River, Lions Gate, Vancouver General and St. Paul’s hospitals, where he spent far too much time. To those of you who gave Paul a kind word or gesture over the years, we thank you. A gathering in remembrance of Paul will take place between 1:30-4:30 pm on Friday, May 5, at Jean Pike Centre, 7055 Alberni St, Powell River. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Inclusion Powell River.