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Online Resource – Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

Online Resource

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

July 20, 2015

General Supplements

Policy has been clarified that if an applicant or recipient is eligible for the pro-rated or full amount of income assistance or disability assistance for December, they are eligible for the Christmas Supplement.

July 13, 2015

Verification and Eligibility

Asset policy has been clarified to indicate that locked-in RRSPs and Registered Retirement Income Funds are not considered available assets and clients are not required to unlock them.

June 15, 2015

Verification and Eligibility

The Verification topic has been renamed Information and Verification and now includes policy on the use and limits of the authority under Section 10.

May 25, 2015

Verification and Eligibility

Policy updates include clarifying when the ministry can provide special care facility user charges and the comforts allowance. 

Policy and procedures have been updated to clarify when direct deposit can be set up.

May 6, 2015

Verification and Eligibility

Persons with Disabilities Designation

The Assets table has been enhanced to increase clarity by including more information, and a link to the table has been added to Resources for Clients to improve accessibility of this information.

May 1, 2015

Application

Verification and Eligibility

General Supplements

Family Maintenance Program

As of May 1, 2015, clients are no longer required to assign their family maintenance rights to the ministry. If a client would like ministry help with obtaining a maintenance order or written agreement, the client may assign their maintenance rights to the ministry if they meet certain criteria. Clients will also have the option to cancel an assignment at any time by providing written notice to the ministry. Clients may choose to enrol their maintenance order with the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP) or may choose to withdraw from this service by contacting FMEP.

OIC #182 (B.C. Reg. 62/2015) amends both the Employment and Assistance Regulations and the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulations.

April 28, 2015

Health Supplements and Programs

Procedures have been clarified for when a recipient requires ongoing non-local non-emergency medical transportation within B.C.

April 21, 2015

Health Supplements and Programs

All requests are now approved via Purchase Authorization by Health Assistance Branch (HAB) and all invoices for payment must be directed to HAB.

April 10, 2015

Program Administration

Policy and procedures have been clarified regarding the process to follow when an applicant or recipient requires a sign language interpreter.

April 1, 2015

Verification and Eligibility

Hardship

Policy has been updated to exempt as an asset and income the BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit, for income, disability, and hardship assistance.

Health Supplements and Programs

As of April 1, 2015, individuals eligible for hearing instruments will no longer need to contact the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (SDSI) to request hearing instruments. This includes new requests, repairs, replacements, bone anchored hearing aids, and cochlear implants. The service provider will work directly with Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) to start the process of determining eligibility.

March 27, 2015

Health Supplements and Programs

Policy has been updated to include guidelines for the use of non-contracted medical equipment service providers.

March 23, 2015

Persons with Disabilities Designation

This topic has been updated to provide additional information for staff who are providing income supports to youth with special needs who are transitioning from government care.

March 18, 2015

Health Supplements and Programs

This topic has been updated to clarify that persons leaving Hardship Assistance are not eligible for MSO.

March 9, 2015

Health Supplements and Programs

The Overviews in these topics have been updated to reflect that the Equipment and Assistive Technology Initiative (EATI) program ended on August 29, 2014. The ministry will fund equipment/technology repairs for all former participants until March 31, 2015, and expects to refer participants to other programs and services after March 31, 2015.

January 28, 2015

Verification and Eligibility

Policy has been updated to clarify eligibility for assistance due to payments made by a committee from assets held by a client versus payments made by a committee from a client's trust.

January 19, 2015

Verification and Eligibility

Employment Strategy for Persons with Disabilities

Health Supplements and Programs

Effective January 1, 2015, the annual earnings exemption (AEE) has been expanded to all PWD cases. PWD cases will no longer have a monthly earnings exemption. All clients receiving disability assistance will automatically be set up with the AEE beginning in 2015 – no registration is required. Policies and procedures in these topics have been updated accordingly.

OIC #666 (BC Reg. 226/2014) amended the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation effective January 1, 2015.

January 1, 2015

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 9, 2015

Verification and Eligibility

Policy has been updated to allow a supervisor to use their discretion to accept other proof of identity for a dependent child.

January 7, 2015

Verification and Eligibility

Students' Assistance policy has been clarified to indicate that EPBC supports (excludes living supports) are not considered income and now includes a full list on what is exempt when the income is from government training and other programs.