Emergency Support For
Persons With Disability (PWD) Assistance
The Province of British Columbia is helping people with disabilities by giving them extra money during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a stressful time for everyone, but for those struggling to put food on the table at the best of times, it is important that we ensure there are no additional barriers to get what they need to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.
$300 extra per month on PWD during COVID-19 Crisis
What This Means: You will get an extra $300/month on your PWD Cheque
British Columbia will provide an automatic $300-monthly COVID-19 crisis supplement for the next three months for everyone on income assistance or disability assistance who is not eligible for the emergency federal support programs (including the Canada Emergency Response Benefit). This extra $300 will be added directly to your provincial support cheque starting with the April 22, 2020 payment. (It is automatic so you don’t need to apply!) The supplement will be provided for April, May, and June.
PWD Exemption for Employment Insurance
What This Means: If you lose your job and get Employment Insurance (EI), you will still get the same PWD payments
For people in B.C. currently receiving income assistance or disability assistance, the Province will temporarily exempt federal employment insurance benefits, including the new $2,000 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). These payments will be fully exempted for the next three months, so people receiving income assistance and disability assistance in B.C. will benefit from these new emergency federal support programs, without any reductions to their monthly assistance payments.
$52 Transportation Supplement
What This Means: The money from your Bus Pass — $52/month — will be added to your monthly PWD Cheque
With the current province-wide suspension of BC Transit and Translink bus fares, the Province will also provide the $52 Transportation Supplement to all BC Bus Pass Program users receiving income assistance and disability assistance for the duration of the fare suspension. This will be included in the April cheque and for each subsequent month while the fare suspension remains in place.
“We are putting in place measures that complement the federal crisis measures to support our most vulnerable populations and ensure they do not fall deeper into poverty as a result of COVID-19,” said Minister Simpson.