VICTORIA, B.C. – Over 300,000 British Columbians will benefit from one of the largest-ever permanent increases to income assistance, disability assistance rates and the senior’s supplement.
Payments will start to be issued in April. For individuals on income and disability assistance, they’ll automatically receive a permanent $175 per month increase. This will be the third increase in rates since July 2017.
“This past year has been challenging for everyone, and especially for those British Columbians already relying on assistance to make ends meet. Now that we see signs of some economic recovery from COVID-19, it’s essential we provide the stability of a permanent rate increase for people and families, including 49,000 children who live in poverty,” says Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.
Along with the income and disability assistance rates increasing, for the first time since introduced in 1987, there will be an increase in the senior’s supplement of $50. Now the maximum rate for a single person has increased from $49.30 to $99.30 per month. This helps to benefit up to 20,000 more low-income seniors and will support around 80,000 seniors.
For those on income assistance and living in special care facilities, their comforts allowance will increase by $20 to $115 per month, allowing people to buy basic personal items.
Effective April 2021, a single person on income assistance will receive $935 per month, and a single person on disability assistance will receive $1,358.42. A couple on income assistance will receive $1,427.22 per month, while a couple on disability assistance will receive $1,947.56.
More information can be found on the Province’s website.