How do I apply for welfare online? Use: Your Welfare Rights: How to Apply for Welfare
Do I qualify for Income Assistance on Reserve? Read: Income Assistance on Reserve in British Columbia
How do I know if I am eligible for Disability Assistance? BC Government: Disability Assistance
Who can help me navigate the government maze!!? a Community Advocate
As someone living with a disability, am I entitled to any tax credits? Disability Tax Credit
I currently receive the Persons with Disabilities benefits. What will happen to my income when I turn 65? Transition from PWD Benefits to Old Age Benefits
Employment Insurance (EI) provides temporary financial assistance to unemployed Canadians who have lost their job through no fault of their own, while they look for work or upgrade their skills.
Canadians who are sick, pregnant, or caring for a newborn or adopted child, as well as those who must care for a family member who is seriously ill may also be receive financial support through Employment Insurance.
Applications are done online. If you need help, call Employment & Social Development Canada at 1-800-206-7218. You can apply online at any Service Canada Centre using one of the many Internet kiosks available. Go here: To find out when your local Service Canada Centre is open.
Please ask a librarian if you need help accessing the form. For more information, especially on the legalities, go to Clicklaw's Legal Help Guides for Employment Insurance
In BC, the Income Assistance Program (also called welfare) provides support and shelter assistance for those who are eligible. For most people the program is temporary, but for some it may be a long-term need.
You may be eligible if you are:
To apply, go to the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
If you can’t complete the application online, call 1 866 866-0800 or visit your local office.
Welfare rules are tricky. For help applying try reading Legal Services Society's publication Your Welfare Rights: How to Apply for Welfare publication. It also provides information on how to appeal a ministry decision. The Central library has print copies that you can keep on level 2.
Also, because of your disability, you need:
Apply online through the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
If you need help applying, The Disability Alliance BC helps people with disabilities to obtain BC disability benefits. They also help with the application process. Go to their Help Sheets page and you will find answers to a variety of questions like: how to appeal the denial of the PWD benefit; People with disabilities on Reserve; Rate Amounts; and more.
For further information Clicklaw offers multiple help guides on the topic of assistance for people with disabiities