Your Welfare Rights: Welfare Benefits

This plain language booklet gives basic information about:

  • the types of monthly welfare benefits that are available;
  • benefits called supplements, including housing-related supplements, a wide range of health supplements, subsidies for families with children, and employment-related supplements;
  • how to apply for a supplement if you qualify; and
  • how to appeal a ministry decision.

It also includes where to get help if you have a problem getting monthly welfare benefits or a supplement.

Welfare Benefits is the second booklet in the series Your Welfare Rights. The other booklets are How to Apply for Welfare and When You're on Welfare. The series replaces the booklet Your Welfare Rights: A Guide to BC Employment and Assistance.

See also: Income Assistance on Reserve in British Columbia

Rates and policies update

Since this booklet was published, the BC Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction has increased assistance rates and updated various welfare policies. See the ministry's website for details.

This publication is for people who are comfortable reading and may have some legal knowledge.

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