We hope that all of you are staying safe during this very stressful time of COVID-19.
Here are some links to resources that will provide you with up to date information that will be helpful.
- CISS WorkSafeBC Safety Plan – Click Here
- Public Health Authority of Canada – To go to their site – Click Here!
- BC Centre for Disease Control – To go to their site – Click Here!
- Government of Canada Travel Advisories – For information on travel advisories – Click Here!
- World Health Organization (WHO) – For the latest WHO News – Click Here!
COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool: Click Here!
Person With Disabilities Check Information
- $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.