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Online Resources - BC Employment & Assistance

Online Resources

Welcome to the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation Online Resource.

The Online Resource (OLR) is a one-stop source for all BCEA policy, procedures and program information for eligibility for ministry employment and assistance programs.

For access to the index, click here.

Information in the Online Resource is organized into Topic Categories.

  • To view an expanded list of available Topics, click on the appropriate category and then on the desired topic to have its home page displayed.
  • Topic home pages provide an overview and links to relevant acts and regulations, policy, procedures, contacts, rate tables and resources for the public, such as fact sheets and brochures.
  • Topics are updated regularly to provide the most current information available.

For more information on how to use the Online Resource and the index, please visit our Navigation Tips page.

Table of Contents listing all the Topics of the OLR is also available to assist you. You can open this Table of Contents and go directly to any Topic home page.

What's New

August 19, 2014

Hardship

This topic has been updated to clarify that money paid or payable from a fund established by the government of British Columbia, the government of Canada and the City of Vancouver in relation to a recommendation in the final report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry is also exempt as income and an asset  for hardship assistance.

August 12, 2014

Verification and Eligibility

Procedures have been amended in this topic to provide information on the online fraud allegation reporting form for public use. The link to the website for the online form has also been added to Resources for Clients.

Procedures have been further amended in this topic to provide greater clarity on the years of access authorized by both the previous and current CRA consent forms, as well as to provide additional information regarding allegations of undeclared income.

July 31, 2014

Application

This topic has been updated to add domestic violence resources to Resources for Staff and Resources for Clients.

General Supplements

This topic has been updated to reflect that a Credit Memo Service Request is to be initiated for debt reversal when a utility security deposit is issued in error or cancelled.

July 21, 2014

Verification and Eligibility

Policy has been updated regarding when a trustee allocates trust income to a client on their tax return, without actually paying the income to the client.

July 18, 2014

General Supplements

The federal government has increased the maximum national child benefit supplement rates. The General Supplements Rate Table has been updated to reflect this increase in the Family Bonus Supplement.

July 10, 2014

Employment Planning and Exemptions

Employment Programs and Community Services

Topics have been updated to reflect changes to employment-related procedures and resources.

July 2, 2014

General Supplements

Rate table has been updated to reflect an increase in federal OAS/GIS rates, effective July 1, 2014.

June 26, 2014

Application

Policy and procedures have been updated to align with changes to intake.

June 10, 2014

Employment Planning and Exemptions

Employment Programs and Community Services

Program Administration

Topics have been updated to reflect the removal of the Employment Readiness Information Questionnaire (ERIQ) from the Self Serve Assessment and Application (SSAA) tool.

May 30, 2014

Verification and Eligibility

The BCEA Student Eligibility Matrix in Resources for Staff has been revised for more clarity regarding ASETS and EPBC training and includes an overview of income exemptions for student funding.

May 26, 2014

Verification and Eligibility

Policy was clarified to indicate that all persons residing in halfway houses are not eligible for assistance.

May 21, 2014

Health Supplements and Programs

Medical Services Only eligibility review dates have been updated.

May 5, 2014

Program Administration

Responsibilities of Supervisors and EAWs as they relate to accountability and reporting have been updated.

April 17, 2014

Health Supplements and Programs

The Overviews in these topics have been updated to reflect the conclusion of the Equipment and Assistive Technology Initiative. Resources for Clients have also been updated to include a link to the Work BC website.

April 14, 2014

Program Administration

Procedures and Forms and Letters have been updated to reflect the removal of two financial management template letters.

March 25, 2014

Decisions, Reconsideration, and Appeal

Policies and procedures have been updated in regard to the effective date of eligibility for reconsideration decisions, effective December 13, 2013.

March 17, 2014

Verification and Eligibility

Policy has been updated to reflect that money paid or payable from a fund established by the government of British Columbia, the government of Canada and the City of Vancouver in relation to a recommendation in the final report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry is exempt as income and as an asset.

March 3, 2014

Health Supplements and Programs

This topic has been updated to reflect that PWD clients who leave assistance for family maintenance are eligible for Medical Services Only.

February 28, 2014

Verification and Eligibility

Procedures, Resources for Staff, and Resources for Clients have been updated with regard to BC Housing’s Rental Assistance Program (RAP) and Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER).

February 6, 2014

Verification and Eligibility

The Living Arrangements topic has been clarified for assessing marriage-like relationships.  Staff should consider whether a person’s disability explains the financial, social and family-like aspects of a relationship.

January 1, 2014

Verification and Eligibility

Effective January 1, the Ministry of Health introduced new client rates for residential care services and assisted living services in BC. Policy, procedures, and the rate table have been updated to reflect this change.

January 20, 2014

Verification and Eligibility

This topic has been updated to reflect the continuation of the Annual Earnings Exemption (AEE) for the 2014 calendar year.

Health Supplements and Programs

This topic has been updated to reflect the 2014 review date for Annual Earnings Exemption (AEE) clients who have exhausted their earnings exemptions and now are receiving medical services only.