Your Welfare Rights: When You're on Welfare

Rules and responsibilities

This plain language booklet tells you what you need to know when you're on welfare, including:

  • what the ministry might ask you to do and how you might do those things,
  • what might happen if you don't follow the ministry's rules,
  • income and assets you can have and still get welfare,
  • your employment-related responsibilities, and
  • how to appeal a ministry decision.

It also includes where to get help if you have a problem getting your welfare payment.

When You're on Welfare is the third booklet in the series Your Welfare Rights. The other booklets are How to Apply for Welfare and Welfare Benefits. 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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