Province Increases Provincial Disability Benefit Rates

From the BC Government website:

“For the second year in a row, government is increasing disability assistance rates by investing $199 million over three years.

This investment is in addition to the $170 million announced last year to increase disability rates. It will benefit about 107,000 people with the persons with a disability (PWD) designation.

“As of April 1, 2017, disability assistance rates will rise by $50 per month, or an annual total of $600. Once the increase takes effect, a single person with the PWD designation will receive $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 $1,773.

The increase in disability assistance rates complements a number of changes the Province has made over the last few years to further support people with disabilities, including:

  • Raising asset levels for people with the PWD designation to the highest level in Canada (along with Alberta);
  • Annualizing earnings exemptions to $9,600 per year, so people with disabilities can have more flexibility in their work schedule;
  • Exempting child maintenance and federal Employment Insurance maternity and parental benefits for people receiving income or disability assistance; and,
  • Launching the Single Parent Employment Initiative to reduce barriers to employment for single parents on income or disability assistance. Since its launch in September 2015, more than 4,375 single parents have become involved in the initiative and more than 830 have already found employment.

The increase also supports Accessibility 2024, government’s 10-year action plan to make B.C. the most progressive jurisdiction in Canada for people with disabilities and continues government’s ongoing efforts to remove barriers for people with disabilities.”

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New paper from the Broadbent Institute: Toward Adequate Income Assistance for People with Disabilities in British Columbia


“British Columbia has a long way to go towards providing an adequate and dignified standard of living to persons with disabilities. In Toward Adequate Income Assistance for People with Disabilities in British Columbia, Broadbent policy fellow and Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy, Michael Prince, shows that despite a modest increase in the income assistance rate in 2016, persons with disabilities have seen a stealthy decline in assistance rates since 2007.

Current rates leave those on this assistance unable to meet the basic necessities of living. To tackle the systemic disadvantage and indignity facing persons with disabilities in BC, the report calls for a bold plan of social policy that can close the poverty gap and ensure BC’s income assistance system is the best in Canada by 2024.”

Read the paper here:

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Step Up for Women’s Equality – CEDAW Implementation Letter

DABC has signed on to West Coast LEAF’s letter calling for BC leaders to commit to implementing the recent United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) recommendations.

The letter can be viewed here:

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Access RDSP

Since September 2016, DABC, Plan Institute and the BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) have been helping clients to access the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) and the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) through our Access RDSP program. Access RDSP is generously funded by the Vancouver Foundation.

For more info, download the poster or visit


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2017 Skiing Is Believing! Introductory Adaptive Cross Country Ski and Biathlon Clinic

Looking for a new challenge?  Looking for a new activity to help you stay fit?  If you’ve never tried cross country skiing, this winter is the best time to do so!  Learn from BC Para-Nordic Team Coach and from former Paralympians.  (If you’ve skied before and want to come back to the sport, this invite is for you too!)

Join us on Saturday February 11th for an introductory ski clinic and optional Biathlon clinic.

Cost for the clinic is $25 per para-skier (must be 10 years of age or older).  You may bring one guide/support person/family member for free!  Included in the fee is ski equipment rental, trail pass and coaching for you and your guide/support person.

Where: Whistler Olympic Park

When: Saturday February 11, 10am to3pm (not including travel time to/from Vancouver) and Saturday February 11, 10am to 3pm (not including travel time to/from Vancouver).  Skiing in the morning and optional biathlon session in the afternoon.

Registration:  Deadline for registration is February 4th.  Register

Minimum mobility standards:

-   Wheelchair users: Able to transfer with minimal assistance and have enough upper body strength to move your own bodyweight in a sled. Support staff does not push or tow athletes in our programs.

-   Standing skiers:  includes Blind/Visually impaired as well as amputees, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, etc.  Able to stand and walk at least 400m with or without walking aids such as a cane or crutches but without assistance from another person.

Questions? Email questions to

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Casting Notice

DABC has received the following information:

TV Series
Large Network seeking:

Man in his 30s-­40s with a developmental disability
An excitable, strong willed man who loves his family.

Girl around age 15 with a developmental disability
An exuberant, chatty girl who is dealing with the fate of her

We are looking for a truly special, gifted
man and girl who want to participate in a
very exciting television show!

If interested, please contact:
Jackie Lind Casting
Phone: 604 454 4105

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