Update from the Ministry of Social Development & Social Innovation:
The Province has just announced an increase to disability assistance rates.
- As of April 1, 2017, disability assistance support rates will rise by $50 per month, an annual total of $600.
- Once the increase takes effect, a single person with the PWD designation will receive up to $1,033 per month in disability assistance, up from $983.
- A couple in which both are PWDs will receive an additional $100 per month, for a total of up to $1,773.
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Applications are now open for this year’s CLBC / BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) scholarship fund. Recipients are eligible for up to $2,500 each to attend job-related skills training, post-secondary courses or community recreation activities, or to offset the indirect costs of attending a post-secondary institution. The $100,000, five-year fund was established as part of the 2012 collective agreement between CLBC and the BCGEU, and began awarding scholarships as of 2014.
Information on the scholarship is now available on the CLBC website at www.communitylivingbc.ca/scholarship and the online application form can be accessed here. The deadline to submit an application is March 31, 2017.
For more information on the HandyDART Survey Results, go to this link.
Disability payments should be boosted in next BC Budget, advocates and experts say. For more information, click on the link below.