Income assistance and other benefits available.

Living with a chronic pain condition can impact your financial situation. Find programs that offer income assistance and other benefits.

Prescription drugs and medical supplies

PharmaCare helps B.C. residents with the cost of eligible prescription drugs and certain medical supplies. Coverage is based on your family’s net income.  For details, visit PharmaCare.

Employment and income assistance

  • B.C. Employment and Assistance Program
    Eligibility is based on your income and assets. Find a self-assessment tool and application online.
  • Persons with Disabilities Assistance
    Provides disability assistance and supplements. Assistance to persons with disabilities is subject to both income and asset eligibility criteria and the payment of assistance is based on an individual's ongoing financial eligibility. Find a self-assessment tool and application online.
  • Service Canada: Employment Insurance (EI) Sickness Benefits
    Temporary financial assistance for those unable to work because of sickness, injury or quarantine.
  • Service Canada: Disability Benefit
    For people who have contributed to the Canada Pension Plan and who are not able to work regularly at any job because of a disability. It is not designed to pay for medications and assistive devices.
  • Disability Tax Credits
    Tax credits and deductions are available for persons with disabilities, their supporting family members, and their caregivers.

Housing

  • Home Owner Grant
    Home owners with a disability or home owners living with a relative or spouse with a disability are eligible for the additional home owner grant.
  • Property Tax Deferment Program 
    A low-interest loan program that assists qualifying homeowners in paying the annual property taxes on their homes.
  • Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program  
    Provides financial assistance to help eligible low-income seniors and people with disabilities with home modifications for accessible, safe and independent living in B.C.

Transportation

  • Bus Pass Program 
    Offers a reduced cost, annual bus pass for low income seniors and individuals receiving disability assistance from the Province of B.C. Passes are valid in communities serviced by B.C. Transit or TransLink. HandyDart is not included in this program.
  • TransLink HandyCard
    For those with a permanent physical or cognitive disability that makes it difficult to use the public transit system without assistance. Discount allows you to travel for concession fares and if you’re accompanied by someone to assist you, they can ride for free.
  • Parking permit for people with disabilities
    A permit to park in designated parking stalls to access buildings and services in the community.
  • Federal Excise Gasoline Tax Refund Program
    For those with a permanent mobility impairment and cannot safely use public transportation as certified by a qualified medical practitioner. You can apply for a refund of part of the federal excise tax on the gasoline you buy.
  • Motor vehicle insurance
    ICBC offers a 25 per cent discount on basic Autoplan insurance to persons with a disability – even if you don’t drive the vehicle you’re insuring.
  • BC Ferries
    Discount fares for residents of B.C. who have a permanent disability.

Assistance with advocating for benefits

  • Disability Alliance BC 
    Offers free one-to-one assistance with provincial and federal disability benefits.
  • Newton Advocacy Group
    Provides advocacy for people on income assistance. 604-596-2311.

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