Contents



Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

Employment and Assistance Regulations

The following legislation is provided for information purposes only, they are not to be used for appeal purposes.

Part 1 - Interpretation

1 Definitions
2 Persons who have persistent multiple barriers to employment

Part 2 - Eligibility for Income Assistance

Division 1 - Applications and Applicant Requirements

3 Repealed
4 Process for assessment of eligibility for income assistance
4.1 Application for income assistance - stage 1
4.2 Application for income assistance - stage 2
4.3 Repealed. (B.C. Reg. 313/2007)
4.4 Repealed. (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)
5 Applicant requirements
6 Repealed. (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)
7 Citizenship requirements
7.1 Exemption from citizenship requirements

Division 2 - Income and Asset Restrictions

8 Effect of applying for other sources of income
9 Requirement to apply for CPP benefits
10 Limits on income
11 Asset limits
12 Asset development accounts
13 Assets held in trust for person receiving special care
13.1 Temporary exemption of assets for person applying for disability designation or receiving special care

Division 3 - Specific Circumstances of an Applicant or Recipient that Affect Eligibility

14 Effect of strike or lockout on eligibility
15 Effect of being in prison or other lawful place of confinement
16 Effect of family unit including full-time student
17 Effect of recipient being absent from BC for more than 30 days
18 Requirement for 2 years employment

Division 4 - Assignment of Maintenance Rights

19 Definitions for Division
20 Categories of persons who must assign maintenance rights
21 Categories of maintenance rights
22 Notice of assignment
23 How long an assignment is in effect
24 Terms to be included in the assignment
25 Failure to comply with terms of assignment

Division 5 - Amount and Duration of Income Assistance

26 Effective date of eligibility
27 Repealed
28 Amount of income assistance

Part 3 - Other Factors That Affect Eligibiltity for Income Assistance or Hardship Assistance

Division 1 - Factors Related to Employment and Employment Plans

29 Consequences of failing to meet employment-related obligations
30 Consequences if dependent youth fails to enter into or comply with employment plan

Division 2 - Factors Related to Income and Assets

31 Effect of failing to pursue or accept income or assets or of disposing of assets

Division 3 - Factors Related to Providing Information and Verification

32 Consequences of failing to provide information or verification when directed
32.1 Consequences for providing inaccurate or incomplete information
33 Monthly reporting requirement
34 Requirement for eligibility audit
34.1 Eligibility audit for income assistance under section 6

Division 4 - Effect on Eligibility of Convictions or Admissions

35 Criminal Code convictions
36 Convictions under the Act or the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act
37 Declaration under section 15 (3) of the Act respecting judgment
38 Consequences for conviction, etc. under a former Act

Division 5 - Outstanding Arrest Warrants

38.1 Consequences in relation to outstanding arrest warrants

Part 4 - Hardship Assistance

39 Hardship assistance-eligibilty and limitiations
40 Rules about applications, payments, etc.
41 Applicants who do not meet requirement for social insurance number or proof of identity
42 Repealed
42.1 Applicants who fail to provide sponsorship information
43 Applicants who have applied for income from another source
44 Family units that have excess income
45 Applicant on strike or locked out
46 Family units that have excess assets
47 Family units ineligible or declared ineligible under section 38 [consequences for conviction, etc. under a former Act]
47.1 Family units ineligible or declared ineligible in relation to convictions or judgments
47.2 Applicants who do not meet work search requirements

Part 5 - Supplements

Division 1 - Supplements - Family Unit Eligible for Income Assistance

48 Supplement for purchase of co-op housing shares
48.1 Pre-Natal Shelter Supplement
49 Christmas supplement
50 Repealed (B.C. Reg. 196/2012)
51 Repealed
52 Repealed (B.C. Reg. 148/2011)
53 Clothing supplement for people in special care facilities
53.1 Transportation to special care facilities supplement
54 Reconsideration or appeal supplement

Division 2 - Supplements - Family Unit Eligible for Hardship Assistance

55 Supplement to obtain proof of identity

Division 3 - Supplements - Family Unit Eligible for Income Assistance or Hardship Assistance

56 Supplements related to employment plan
56.1 Confirmed job supplement
57 Supplements for moving, transportation and living costs
58 Supplement to pay a security deposit
58.1 Supplement to pay a utility security deposit
59 Crisis supplement
60 Advance for lost or stolen family bonus cheque
61 Supplement for delayed, suspended or cancelled family bonus
62 Guide animal supplement
62.1 School start-up supplement (B.C. Reg. 196/2012)
63 Repealed

Division 4 - Supplements - Persons who Demonstrate Eligibility

64 Provincial senior's supplement
65 Burial or cremation supplements
66 Bus pass supplement

Division 5 - Health Supplements

66.1 Eligible for medical services only
67 General health supplements
67.1 Optical supplement
67.2 Eye examination supplements
68 Dental supplements
68.1 Crown and bridgework supplement
69 Denture supplements
70 Emergency dental and denture supplements
71 Orthodontic supplement
72 Dental and optical supplements - healthy kids program
73 Diet supplement
74 Nutritional supplement
74.01 Tube feed nutritional supplement
74.1 Infant Health Supplement
75 Natal supplement
76 Health supplement for persons facing life threatening health need
77 Supplement for alcohol or drug treatment
77.01 Transition - continued eligibility

Division 6 - Supplements - Eligibility for Employment-related Programs

77.1 Eligibility for self-employment program
77.2 Business Plan
77.3 Monthly report

Division 7 - Consequences in Relation to Outstanding Arrest Warrants

77.4 Supplement to prevent undue hardship while dealing with outstanding arrest warrant
77.5 Transportation Supplement

Part 6 - Reconsideratons and Appeals

78 Definitions for Part
79 How a request to reconsider a decision is made
80 Time limit for reconsidering decision
81 Decisions that may not be appealed
82 Prescribed qualifications for members, vice-chairs and the chair of the tribunal
83 Rate of remuneration
84 Commencing an appeal
85 Time period for scheduling and conducting hearing
86 Procedures
87 Notice of determinations and reasons
88 Confidentiality

Part 7 - General and Transitional Provisions

89 Deductions for debts owed
90 Prescribed enactments for purposes of sections 28 (1) (b) and 29 (2) of the Act
90.1 How assistance is provided
91 Repealed
92 Replacement of lost or stolen assistance cheque
93 Transitional benefit to attend mental health activity centre
94 Transition in respect of the change to asset limits
95 Transition in respect of repealed provisions
Schedule A - Income Assistance Rates
Schedule B - Net Income Calculation
Schedule C - Health Supplements
Schedule D - Hardship Assistance
Schedule E - Employability Screening Test
Schedule F - Burial and Cremation Costs

Part 1 - Interpretation

Definitions

1 (1) In this regulation:

"Act" means the Employment and Assistance Act;

“application for a child in the home of a relative income assistance form” Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

"application for income assistance" Repealed. (B.C. Reg. 304/2005)

"application for income assistance (part 1) form" means an application for income assistance (part 1) form specified by the minister; (B.C. Reg. 304/2005) (B.C. Reg. 84/2012)

"application for income assistance (part 2) form" means an application for income assistance (part 2) form specified by the minister; (B.C. Reg. 304/2005) (B.C. Reg. 84/2012)

"asset" means

(a) equity in any real or personal property that can be converted to cash,

(b) a beneficial interest in real or personal property held in trust, or

(c) cash assets;

"assistance" means income assistance, hardship assistance or a supplement;

"basic child tax benefit" means the Canada child tax benefit minus the national child benefit supplement;

"BC basic family bonus" means an amount calculated for the purposes of section 10 (3) (a) of the Income Tax Act;

"BC earned income benefit" means an amount calculated for the purposes of section 10 (3) (b) of the Income Tax Act;

"Canada child tax benefit" means an amount deemed to be an overpayment on account of a person's liability for the taxation year determined under section 122.61 of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and includes the child disability benefit; (B.C. Reg 461/2003)

"cash assets" in relation to a person, means

(a) money in the possession of the person or the person's dependant,

(b) money standing to the credit of the person or the dependant with

(i) a savings institution, or

(ii) a third party

that must pay it to the person or the dependant on demand,

(c) the amount of a money order payable to the person or the dependant, or

(d) the amount of an immediately negotiable cheque payable to the person or the dependant;

"child disability benefit" means a supplement to the Canada Child Tax Benefit received by families with a child who meets the criteria for the Disability Tax Credit provided under the Income Tax Act (Canada);
(B.C. Reg. 461/2003) (B.C. Reg. 256/2004)

"child benefits cheque" means a cheque for one, or the sum of two or more, of the following:

(a) the BC basic family bonus;

(b) the BC earned income benefit;

(c) the basic child tax benefit;

(d) the national child benefit supplement;

"child in the home of a relative" Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

"Community Living BC" means Community Living British Columbia established under the Community Living Authority Act; (B.C. Reg. 192/2006)

"disability assistance" has the same meaning as in the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act;

"earned income" means

(a) any money or value received in exchange for work or the provision of a service,

(b) Repealed (B.C. Reg.197/2012)

(c) pension plan contributions that are refunded because of insufficient contributions to create a pension,

(d) money or value received from providing room and board at a person's place of residence, or

(e) money or value received from renting rooms that are common to and part of a person's place of residence;

"employment-related program" means any of the following categories of programs that are established or funded under section 7 of the Act:

(a) employment search;

(b) training;

(c) job placement;

(d) self-employment;

(e) volunteer;

"enquiry form" Repealed. (B.C. Reg. 304/2005)

"family bonus" means an amount consisting of the sum of the BC basic family bonus and the national child benefit supplement;

"former recipent" means an applicant or recipient who, before making the current application under the Act or receiving the current income assistance under the Act, previously received

(a) income assistance under the Act or a former Act, or

(b) disability assistance under the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act or under a former Act within the meaning of the Act;

(B.C. Reg.197/2012)

"full-time student" has the same meaning as in the Canada Student Financial Assistance Regulations (Canada);

"funded program of studies" means a program of studies for which student financial assistance may be provided to a student enrolled in it;

"minister" , in relation to a power, duty or function that the minister has delegated under section 34 of the Act to another person, includes that other person;

"national child benefit supplement" means the amount that is 1/12 the value of “C” in the formula calculated under section 122.61 of the Income Tax Act (Canada); (B.C. Reg.197/2012)

“nurse practitioner” has the same meaning as in the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation; (B.C. Reg. 317/2008)

"parent", in relation to a dependent child, includes the following other than for the purposes of sections 20 [categories of persons who must assign maintenance rights] and 65 [burial or cremation supplements] of this regulation and section 6 [people receiving room and board] of Schedule A of this regulation:

(a) a guardian of the person of the child, other than

(i) a director under the Child, Family and Community Service Act, or

(ii) an administrator or director under the Adoption Act;

(b) a person legally entitled to custody of a child, other than an official referred to in paragraph (a) (i) or (ii);

(c) if the child is a dependent child of a parenting dependent child, a person who is the parent of the parenting dependent child;

(B.C. Reg.197/2012)

"parenting dependent child" means a dependent child who is the parent of a dependent child; (B.C. Reg.197/2012)

"part-time student" has the same meaning as in the Canada Student Financial Assistance Regulations (Canada);

"private hospital" means a private hospital licensed under the Hospital Act;

"registered education savings plan" means a registered education savings plan as defined by section 146.1 of the Income Tax Act (Canada); (B.C. Reg. 305/2005)

"sole" , in relation to an applicant or a recipient, means the applicant's or recipient's family unit includes no other applicant, recipient or adult dependant;

"special care facility" means a facility that is a licensed community care facility under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act or a specialized adult residential care setting approved by the minister under subsection (3); (B.C. Reg. 86/2005)

"student financial assistance" means funding provided to students under the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act (Canada);

"transient" means a person who

(a) has no dependent children,

(b) has no fixed address, and

(c) in the minister's opinion, is not taking up permanent residence in the community in which the person submits an application for income assistance (part 2) form; (B.C. Reg. 304/2005)

"unearned income" means any income that is not earned income, and includes, without limitation, money or value received from any of the following:

(a) money, annuities, stocks, bonds, shares, and interest bearing accounts or properties;

(b) cooperative associations as defined in the Real Estate Development Marketing Act; (B.C. Reg. 518/2004)

(c) war disability pensions, military pensions and war veterans'allowances;

(d) insurance benefits, except insurance paid as compensation for a destroyed asset;

(e) superannuation benefits;

(f) any type or class of Canada Pension Plan benefits;

(g) employment insurance;

(h) union or lodge benefits;

(i) financial assistance provided under the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act or provided by another province or jurisdiction;

(j) workers'compensation benefits and disability payments or pensions;

(k) surviving spouses’ or orphans’ allowances; (B.C. Reg. 363/2012)

(l) a trust or inheritance;

(m) rental of tools, vehicles or equipment;

(n) rental of land, self-contained suites or other property except the place of residence of an applicant or recipient;

(o) interest earned on a mortgage or agreement for sale;

(p) maintenance under a court order, a separation agreement or other agreement;

(q) education or training allowances, grants, loans, bursaries or scholarships;

(r) a lottery or a game of chance;

(s) awards of compensation under the Criminal Injury Compensation Act or awards of benefits under the Crime Victim Assistance Act, other than an award paid for repair or replacement of damaged or destroyed property; (B.C. Reg. 344/2004)

(t) any other financial awards or compensation;

(u) Federal Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement payments;

(v) financial contributions made by a sponsor pursuant to an undertaking given for the purposes of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) or the Immigration Act (Canada);

(w) tax refunds; (B.C. Reg.197/2012)

"unfunded program of studies" means a program of studies for which a student enrolled in it is not eligible for student financial assistance.

(2) For the purposes of the Act and this regulation, if a child resides with each parent for 50% of each month under

(a) an order of a court in British Columbia,

(b) an order that is recognized by and deemed to be an order of a court in British Columbia, or

(c) an agreement filed in a court in British Columbia,

the child is a dependent child of the parent who is designated in writing by both parents.

(3) For the purposes of the definition of "special care facility", the minister may approve as a specialized adult residential care setting a place that provides accommodation and care for adults and for which a licence under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act is not required. (B.C. Reg. 86/2005)

(4) The definition of “parent” in subsection (1) applies for the purposes of the definition of “dependent child” in section 1 (1) of the Act. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

Persons who have persistent multiple barriers to employment

2 (1) To qualify as a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment, a person must meet the requirements set out in

(a) subsection (2), and

(b) subsection (3) or (4).

(2) The person has been a recipient for at least 12 of the immediately preceding 15 calendar months of one or more of the following:

(a) income assistance or hardship assistance under the Act,

(b) income assistance, hardship assistance or a youth allowance under a former Act,

(c) a disability allowance under the Disability Benefits Program Act, or

(d) disability assistance or hardship assistance under the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act.

(3) The following requirements apply

(a) the minister

(i) has determined that the person scores at least 15 on the employability screen set out in Schedule E, and

(ii) based on the result of that employability screen, considers that the person has barriers that seriously impede the person's ability to search for, accept or continue in employment,

(b) the person has a medical condition, other than an addiction, that is confirmed by a medical practioner and that,

(i) in the opinion of the medical practitioner,

(A) has continued for at least one year and is likely to continue for at least 2 more years, or

(B) has occurred frequently in the past year and is likely to continue for at least 2 more years, and

(ii) in the opinion of the minister, is a barrier that seriously impedes the person's ability to search for, accept or continue in employment, and

(c) the person has taken all steps that the minister considers reasonable for the person to overcome the barriers referred to in paragraph (a).

(4) The person has a medical condition, other than an addiction, that is confirmed by a medical practitioner and that,

(a) in the opinion of the medical practitioner,

(i) has continued for at least 1 year and is likely to continue for at least 2 more years, or

(ii) has occurred frequently in the past year and is likely to continue for at least 2 more years, and

(b) in the opinion of the minister, is a barrier that precludes the person from searching for, accepting or continuing in employment. (B.C. Reg. 263/2002)

Part 2 - Eligibility for Income Assistance

Division 1 - Applications and Applicant Requirements

Pre-application requirements

3 Repealed. (B.C. Reg.304/2005)

Process for assessment of eligibility for income assistance

4 The eligibility of a family unit for income assistance must be assessed on the basis of the 2-stage process set out in sections 4.1 and 4.2. (B.C. Reg. 304/2005)

Application for income assistance - stage 1

4.1 (1) The first stage of the process for assessing the eligibility of a family unit for income assistance is fulfilling the requirements of subsection (2). (B.C. Reg. 304/2005)

(2) The applicants for income assistance in a family unit

(a) must complete and submit to the minister an application for income assistance (part 1) form and must include as part of the application

(i) the social insurance number of each applicant in the family unit who is a person described in section 7 (2), and (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(ii) the information, authorizations, declarations and verifications specified by the minister, as required in the application for income assistance (part 1) form,

(b) subject to subsections (4) and (6) must (B.C. Reg. 85/2012) (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(i) complete searches for employment as directed by the minister for the applicable period under subsection (2.1) immediately following the date of the application under paragraph (a), or (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(ii) demonstrate that each of the applicants has completed a search for employment satisfactory to the minister within the 30 day period prior to the date of the application under paragraph (a),

and in either case provide information about and verification of the searches for employment, in the form specified by the minister. (B.C. Reg. 98/2009)

(2.1) The applicable period for the purposes of subsection (2) (b) (i) is

(a) 3 weeks, if any applicant in the family unit is a former recipient, and

(b) 5 weeks in any other case.

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(3) Subsection (2) does not affect the minister's powers under section 10 of the Act. (B.C. Reg. 304/2005)

(4) Subsection (2) (b) does not apply to a person who

(a) is prohibited by law from working in Canada,

(b) has reached 65 years of age,

(c) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

(d) has a physical or mental condition that, in the minister's opinion, precludes the person from completing a search for employment as directed by the minister,

(e) is fleeing an abusive spouse or relative, or

(f) Repealed. (B.C. Reg. 6/2008)

(5) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 6/2008) (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(6) Subsection (2) (b) does not apply to a sole applicant who

(a) has a dependent child, or

(b) provides care to a foster child or a child in their care under an agreement referred to in sections 8 or 93 (1) (g) (ii) of the Child, Family and Community Service Act (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

if the child has not reached 3 years of age. (B.C. Reg. 99/2009)

Application for income assistance - stage 2

4.2 (1) In this section, "applicant orientation program" means a program established by the minister to ensure that applicants are provided with information about their rights and obligations under the Act, including but not limited to information about all or any combination of

(a) rules about eligibility for income assistance or supplements,

(b) the process of applying for disability assistance,

(c) required employment search activities, community based job search resources and ministry and community programs,

(d) mutual obligations of the minister, applicants and recipients,

(e) employment plans,

(f) the minister's authority to collect and verify information, and

(g) the availability of alternate resources, such as, federal programs and other Provincial programs. (B.C. Reg. 304/2005)

(2) The second stage of the process for assessing the eligibility of a family unit for income assistance is fulfilling the requirements of subsection (3). (B.C. Reg. 304/2005)

(3) Subject to section 47.2 (2), on completion of the first stage process provided for in section 4.1, the applicants for income assistance in the family unit must complete and submit to the minister an application for income assistance (part 2) form and must include as part of the application (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(a) proof of the identity of the persons in the family unit and of their eligibility under the Act,

(b) subject to subsection (5), proof that the applicants have each completed an applicant orientation program, and (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

(c) the information, authorizations, declarations and verifications specified by the minister as required in the application for income assistance (part 2) form. (B.C. Reg. 304/2005)

(4) Subsection (3) does not affect the minister's powers under section 10 of the Act. (B.C. Reg. 304/2005)

(5) Subsection (3) (b) does not apply to a person who

(a) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

(b) has reached 65 years of age,

(c) is not described in 7 (2) [citizenship requirements] and is in a family unit that satisfies the requirement under section 7 (1), or (B.C. Reg. 198/2012)

(d) has a physical or mental condition that, in the minister's opinion, precludes the person from completing an applicant orientation program. (B.C. Reg. 304/2005)

Repealed

4.3 Repealed. (B.C. Reg. 313/2007)

Application for income assistance for a child in the home of a relative

4.4 Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

Applicant requirements

5 (1) For a family unit to be eligible for income assistance or a supplement, an adult in the family unit must apply for the income assistance or supplement on behalf of the family unit unless

(a) the family unit does not include an adult, or

(b) the spouse of an adult applicant has not reached 19 years of age, in which case that spouse must apply with the adult applicant.

(2) A child who is not residing with his or her parent is not eligible to receive assistance unless, after reasonable efforts by the minister to have the parent assume responsibility for the financial support of the child, the minister decides to grant income assistance to the child. (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

(3) If a family unit includes a parenting dependent child, an application under subsection (1) may include in the family unit both the parenting dependent child and his or her dependent child. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(4) Despite subsection (1), if

(a) a parenting dependent child is a dependent youth residing with his or her parent, and

(b) the parent of the dependent youth is a recipient under the Act or a recipient within the meaning of the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act,

the dependent youth may apply for income assistance or a supplement for a family unit composed of the dependent youth and any dependant of that dependent youth.

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(5) The minister may provide income assistance or a supplement to a family unit described in subsection (4) if the minister considers that this is appropriate in the circumstances. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(6) If income assistance or a supplement is provided to a family unit described in subsection (4), the minister may not provide income assistance or a supplement on account of a person in that family unit as part of any other family unit.

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

Child in the home of a relative

6 Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

Citizenship requirements

7 (1) For a family unit to be eligible for income assistance at least one applicant or recipient in the family unit must be

(a) a Canadian citizen;

(b) authorized under an enactment of Canada to take up permanent residence in Canada;

(c) determined under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) or the Immigration Act (Canada) to be a Convention refugee;

(d) in Canada under a temporary residence permit issued under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) or on a minister’s permit issued under the Immigration Act (Canada);

(e) in the process of having his or her claim for refugee protection, or application for protection, determined or decided under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada); or

(f) subject to a removal order under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) that cannot be executed.

(B.C. Reg. 69/2008)

(2) If a family unit satisfies the requirement under subsection (1), income assistance and supplements may be provided to or for the family unit on account of each person in the family unit who is

(a) a Canadian citizen,

(b) authorized under an enactment of Canada to take up permanent residence in Canada,

(c) determined under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) or the Immigration Act (Canada) to be a Convention refugee,

(d) in Canada under a temporary resident permit issued under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) or on a minister's permit issued under the Immigration Act (Canada), (B.C. Reg. 198/2012)

(e) in the process of having his or her claim for refugee protection, or application for protection, determined or decided under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada), (B.C. Reg. 252/2005)

(f) subject to a removal order under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) that cannot be executed, or (B.C. Reg. 69/2008)

(g) a dependent child.

(3) If a family unit includes a person who is not described in subsection (2),

(a) the person's income and assets must be included in the income and assets of the family unit for the purposes of determining whether the family unit is eligible for assistance, except as otherwise provided in this regulation, and

(b) the family unit is not eligible for any income assistance under Schedule A, hardship assistance under Schedule D or supplements under Division 1, 2, 3 or 5 of Part 5 of this regulation on account of or for the use or benefit of that person.

Exemption from citizenship requirements

7.1 (1) Despite section 7 (1), a family unit that does not satisfy the requirement under that section is eligible for income assistance if the minister is satisfied that all of the following apply:

(a) the applicant is a sole applicant or, in the case of a recipient, the recipient is a sole recipient;

(b) the applicant or recipient has one or more dependent children who are Canadian citizens;

(c) the applicant or recipient has separated from an abusive spouse;

(d) the applicant or recipient has applied for status as a permanent resident under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada);

(e) the applicant or recipient cannot readily leave British Columbia with the dependent children because

(i) a court order, agreement or other arrangement with respect to one or more of the dependent children provides custody, guardianship or access rights to another person who resides in British Columbia and leaving British Columbia with the dependent children would likely contravene the provisions of the court order, agreement or other arrangement,

(ii) another person who resides in British Columbia is claiming custody, guardianship or access rights with respect to one or more of the dependent children and the person’s claims have not yet been resolved, or

(iii) the applicant or recipient, or a dependent child of the applicant or recipient, is being treated for a medical condition and leaving British Columbia would result in imminent danger to the physical health of the applicant, recipient or dependent child.

(2) If a family unit satisfies the requirement under subsection (1), income assistance and supplements may be provided to or for the family unit on account of

(a) the sole applicant or sole recipient in that family unit, and

(b) each person in the family unit who is a dependent child.

(B.C. Reg. 198/2012)

Divison 2 - Income and Asset Restrictions

Effect of applying for other sources of income

8 (1) For the purposes of subsection (2), "income" does not include

(a) earned income described in paragraphs (a), (d) or (e) of the definition in section 1, or

(b) income exempt under section 1 of Schedule B.

(2) A family unit is not eligible for income assistance if an applicant in the family unit has applied for income from another source.

Requirement to apply for CPP benefits

9 If a family unit includes a recipient who may be eligible for a benefit under the Canada Pension Plan (Canada), for the family unit to continue to be eligible for income assistance, the recipient, when requested by the minister, must complete a Consent to Deduction and Payment under the Canada Pension Plan (Canada) directing that

(a) an amount up to the amount of income assistance provided to or for the family unit from the date that the recipient becomes eligible for the Canada Pension Plan benefit be deducted from the amount of that benefit, and

(b) the amount deducted be paid to the minister. (B.C. Reg. 463/2003)

Limits on income

10 (1) For the purposes of the Act and this regulation, "income" , in relation to a family unit, includes an amount garnished, attached, seized, deducted or set off from the income of an applicant, a recipient or a dependant.

(2) A family unit is not eligible for income assistance if the net income of the family unit determined under Schedule B equals or exceeds the amount of income assistance determined under Schedule A for a family unit matching that family unit.

Asset limits

11 (1) The following assets are exempt for the purposes of subsections (2) and (2.1):

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(a) clothing and necessary household equipment;

(b) subject to subsection (2.3), one motor vehicle used for day to day transportation needs if (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(i) the equity in the motor vehicle does not exceed $10 000, (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(ii) the motor vehicle has been significantly adapted to accommodate the disability of a recipient in the family unit;

(iii) the motor vehicle is used to transport a disabled dependent child, or

(iv) the motor vehicle is used to transport a disabled foster child, if the child is in the care of the applicant or recipient;

(B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

(c) a family unit's place of residence;

(d) money received or to be received from a mortgage on, or an agreement for sale of, the family unit's previous place of residence if the money is

(i) applied to the amount owing on the family unit's current place of residence, or

(ii) used to pay rent for the family unit's current place of residence;

(e) a Canada child tax benefit; (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(f) a goods and services tax credit under the Income Tax Act (Canada);

(g) a tax credit under section 8 [refundable sales tax credit], 8.1 [low income climate action tax credit] or 8.2 [BC harmonized sales tax credit] of the Income Tax Act (British Columbia); (B.C. Reg.180/2010)

(h) an uncashed life insurance policy with a cash surrender value of $1500 or less;

(i) business tools;

(j) seed required by a farmer for the next crop-year;

(k) basic breeding-stock held by a farmer at the date of the applicant's submission of the application for income assistance (part 2) form, and female stock held for stock replacement; (B.C. Reg.304/2005)

(l) essential equipment and supplies for farming and commercial fishing;

(m) fishing craft and fishing gear owned and used by a commercial fisher;

(n) prepaid funeral costs;

(o) individual redress payments granted by the government of Canada to a person of Japanese ancestry;

(p) individual payments granted by the government of Canada under the Extraordinary Assistance Plan to a person infected by the human immunodeficiency virus;

(q) individual payments granted by the government of British Columbia to a person infected by the human immunodeficiency virus;

(r) individual payments granted by the government of Canada under the Extraordinary Assistance Plan to thalidomide victims;

(s) money that is

(i) paid or payable to a person if the money is awarded to the person by an adjudicative panel in respect of claims of abuse at Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and drawn from a lump sum settlement paid by the government of British Columbia, or

(ii) paid or payable to or for a person if the payment is in accordance with the settlement agreement approved by the Supreme Court in Action No. C980463, Vancouver Registry; (B.C. Reg. 276/2004)

(t) money paid under the 1986-1990 Hepatitis C Settlement Agreement made June 15, 1999, except money paid under section 4.02 or 6.01 of Schedule A or of Schedule B of that agreement;

(u) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(v) money paid to a person in settlement of a claim of abuse at an Indian residential school, except money paid as income replacement in the settlement;

(w) post adoption assistance payments provided under section 28 (1) or 30.1 of the Adoption Regulation, B.C. Reg. 291/96;

(x) for a recipient who is participating in a self-employment program funded or established by the minister under section 7 of the Act,

(i) up to a maximum of $5 000 kept by the recipient in a separate account described in section 4 (2) (b) (ii) of Schedule B, and

(ii) up to a maximum of $50 000, or a greater amount approved by the minister, consisting of

(A) the value of assets used by the recipient in operating a small business under the self-employment program, and

(B) a loan that is not greater than the amount contemplated by the recipient's business plan, accepted by the minister under section 77.2 of this regulation, and received and used for the purposes set out in the business plan; (B.C. Reg. 462/2003)

(y) assets exempted under

(i) section 12 (2) [asset development accounts],

(ii) section 13 (2) [assets held in trust for person receiving special care], or

(iii) section 13.1 (2) [temporary exemption of assets for person applying for disability designation or receiving special care];

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(z) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

(aa) payments granted by the government of British Columbia under section 8 of the Child, Family and Community Service Act [agreement with child's kin and others];

(bb) payments granted by the government of British Columbia under the Ministry of Children and Family Development's At Home Program. (B.C. Reg. 115/2003)

(cc) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 85/2012) (B.C. Reg 209/2003)

(dd) payments granted by the Government of British Columbia under an agreement referred to in section 93 (1) (g) (ii) of the Child, Family and Community Service Act, for contributions to the support of a child. (B.C. Reg. 209/2003) (B.C. Reg. 197.2012)

(ee) payments granted by the government of British Columbia under the Ministry of Children and Family Development's

(i) Autism Funding: Under Age 6 Program, or

(ii) Autism Funding: Ages 6 - 18 Program.

(B.C. Reg. 22/2005)

(ff) funds held in a registered education savings plan. (B.C. Reg. 305/2005)

(gg) payments provided by Community Living BC to assist with travel expenses for a recipient in the family unit to attend a self-help skills program, or a supported work placement program, approved by Community Living BC.(B.C. Reg. 192/2006)

(hh) a Universal Child Care Benefit provided under the Universal Child Care Benefit Act (Canada). (B.C. Reg. 250/2006)

(ii) money paid by the government of Canada, under a settlement agreement, to persons who contracted Hepatitis C by receiving blood or blood products in Canada prior to 1986 or after July 1, 1990, except money paid under that agreement as income replacement. (B.C. Reg. 165/2007)

(jj) funds held in, or money withdrawn from, a registered disability savings plan; (B.C. Reg. 362/2007) (B.C. Reg. 20/2013)

(kk) a working income tax benefit provided under the Income Tax Act (Canada). (B.C. Reg. 48/2008)

(ll) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 180/2010)

(mm) the climate action dividend under section 13.02 of the Income Tax Act; (Reg. 94/2008)

(nn) money paid or payable to a person under the Criminal Injury Compensation Act as compensation for non-pecuniary loss or damage for pain, suffering mental or emotional trauma, humiliation or inconvenience that occurred when the person was under 19 years of age. (B.C. Reg. 87/2008)

(oo) money that is paid or payable to or for a person if the payment is in accordance with the settlement agreement approved by the Supreme Court in Action No. S024338, Vancouver Registry. (B.C. Reg. 242/2010)

(pp) payments granted by the government of British Columbia under the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Family Support Services program; (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

(qq) payments granted by the government of British Columbia under the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Supported Child Development program; (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

(rr) payments granted by the government of British Columbia under the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Aboriginal Supported Child Development program, (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

(ss) a tax refund; (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(tt) a BC basic family bonus. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(uu) money paid or payable from a fund that is established by the government of British Columbia, the government of Canada and the City of Vancouver in relation to recommendation 3.2 of the final report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. (B.C. Reg. 31/2014)

(1.1) Despite subsection (1), assets described in subsection (1) (x) (ii) (A) are not exempt under subsection (1) (i), (j), (k), (l) or (m). (B.C. Reg. 462/2003)

(2) A family unit is not eligible for income assistance if any of the following apply:

(a) subject to paragraph (c), a sole applicant or sole recipient has no dependent children and has assets with a total value of more that $2 000;

(b) subject to paragraph (c), an applicant or a recipient has one or more dependants and the family unit has assets with a total value of more than $4 000;

(c) an applicant or a recipient receives accommodation and care in a private hospital or a special care facility, other than an alcohol or drug treatment centre, or is admitted to a hospital for extended care, and

(i) has no dependants and has assets with a total value of more than $5 000, or

(ii) has one or more dependants and the family unit has assets with a total value of more than $10 000.

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(2.1) Despite subsection (2), a family unit that includes an applicant or a recipient who has applied for and has not been denied, or who the minister is satisfied has a genuine intention to apply for, designation as a person with disabilities under section 2 of the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act may receive income assistance, subject to all other eligibility criteria, if the family unit has assets with a total value of no more than

(a) $5 000, if the applicant or recipient has no dependants, or (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(b) $10 000, if the applicant or recipient has one or more dependants. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(2.2) For the purposes of subsection (2.1), in addition to the assets described in subsection (2.1) (a) or (b), the family unit may own one motor vehicle generally used for day to day transportation needs.

(2.3) Subsection (1) (b) does not apply to a family unit to which subsection (2.2) applies.

(B.C. Reg. 86/2008)

(3) The minister may authorize one or more of the following:

(a) that for a family unit that includes a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment or a person who has reached 65 years of age, the total cash surrender value of an uncashed life insurance policy of an applicant or recipient is not to be included as an asset for the purposes of subsection (2) for the period specified by the minister;

(b) that saleable acreage and buildings owned by an applicant or recipient are to be treated as though they were the place of residence of the applicant's or recipient's family unit for the period specified by the minister.

(4) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

Asset development accounts

12 (1) In this section,

"asset development account" means a savings institution account that is

(a) established exclusively for the purpose of enabling an applicant or a recipient to participate in an asset development account program, and

(b) comprised exclusively of deposits of money contributed by an applicant or a recipient and additional amounts that

(i) are contributed by or through the operator of the asset development account program, and

(ii) equal the percentage of the applicant's or recipient's contributions established for the applicant or recipient under the program;

"asset development account program" means a saving program that is

(a) designed to assist individuals to achieve savings for the purposes of future self-sufficiency or future enhanced self-sufficiency, and

(b) approved by the minister for the purposes of this regulation.

(2) For the period that an applicant or recipient is participating in an asset development account program, the applicant's or recipient's asset development account is exempt as an asset for the purposes of section 11 (2) and (2.1) [asset limits]. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(3) If an applicant or recipient does not use all or part of the money contributed to an asset development account for the purposes specified under the program, subsection (2) ceases to apply to that portion of the money not used for those purposes.

Assets held in trust for person receiving special care

13 (1) In this section, "disability-related cost" means the cost of providing any of the following to a person receiving accommodation or care in a private hospital or a special care facility, other than a drug or alcohol treatment centre:

(a) devices, or medical aids, related to improving the person's health or well-being;

(b) caregiver services or other services related to the person's disability;

(c) education or training;

(d) any other item or service that promotes the person’s independence. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(2) For a person

(a) who is receiving accommodation or care in a private hospital or special care facility, other than a drug or alcohol treatment centre, or to whom section 11 (2.1) applies, and

(b) who complies with subsection (4), (B.C. Reg. 86/2008)

up to $200 000, or a higher limit if authorized by the minister under subsection (3), of the aggregate value of the person's beneficial interest in real or personal property held in one or more trusts, calculated as follows: (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(c) the sum of the value of the capital of each trust on the later of April 26, 1996 or the date the trust was created, plus

(d) any capital subsequently contributed to a trust referred to in paragraph (c)

is exempt for the purposes of section 11 (2) and (2.1) [asset limits]. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(3) If the minister is satisfied that, because of special circumstances, the lifetime disability-related costs of a person referred to in subsection (2) will amount to more than $200 000, the minister may authorize a higher limit for the person for the purposes of subsection (2). (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(4) A person referred to in subsection (2) who has a beneficial interest in one or more trusts must keep records of the following and make the records available for inspection at the request of the minister:

(a) for a trust created before April 26, 1996, the capital of the trust on that date;

(b) for a trust created on or after April 26, 1996, the capital of the trust on the date the trust was created;

(c) the amount of capital contributed in each subsequent year to a trust referred to in paragraph (a) or (b);

(d) all payments made after April 26, 1996 to or on behalf of the person from a trust in which that person has a beneficial interest.

(5) For the purposes of this section, the real or personal property of a "patient", as defined in the Patients Property Act, is to be treated as if the real or personal property were held in trust for the patient by the patient's committee.

Temporary exemption of assets for person applying for disability designation or receiving special care

13.1 (1) In this section:

"person applying for a disability designation" means a person to whom section 11 (2.1) applies;

"person receiving special care" means a person to who is receiving accommodation or care in a private hospital or special care facility, other than a drug or alcohol treatment centre.

(2) During the exemption period described in subsection (3), an asset received by a person applying for a disability designation or by a person receiving special care is exempt for the purposes of section 11 (2) and (2.1) [asset limits] if the minister is satisfied that the person intends to

(a) establish a registered disability savings plan or trust, and

(b) contribute some or all of the asset to the registered disability savings plan or trust.

(3) The exemption under subsection (2) starts on the date the person receives the asset and ends 3 months after that date unless

(a) the exemption period is extended to a later date under subsection (4), or

(b) the exemption ceases to apply under subsection (5).

(4) The minister may extend the exemption period to a specified date if the minister is satisfied that the person is making reasonable efforts to establish a registered disability savings plan or trust.

(5) The exemption under subsection (2) ceases to apply if

(a) the person contributes all of the asset to a registered disability savings plan or trust, in which case the exemption ceases to apply to the asset on the date of the contribution,

(b) the person contributes a portion of the asset to a registered disability savings plan or trust, in which case the exemption ceases to apply to that portion on the date of the contribution, or

(c) the minister becomes aware of information that, in the minister’s opinion, indicates that

(i) the person does not intend to contribute any portion of the asset to a registered disability savings plan or trust, in which case the exemption ceases to apply to the asset on the date specified by the minister, or

(ii) the person has contributed some of the asset to a registered disability saving plan or trust but does not intend to contribute any remaining portion of the asset to a registered disability savings plan or trust, in which case the exemption ceases to apply to the remaining portion on the date specified by the minister.

(6) Amounts expended from an asset to which the exemption under subsection (2) applies are deemed to be money or value received from a trust within the meaning of paragraph (1) of the definition of “unearned income” in section 1 (1).

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

Division 3 - Specific Circumstances of an Applicant or Recipient That Affect Eligibility

Effect of strike or lockout on eligibility

14 A family unit is not eligible for income assistance if an applicant is on strike or locked out.

Effect of being in prison or other lawful place of confinement

15 A person is not eligible for income assistance or supplements while the person

(a) is detained in a lawful place of confinement, such as a federal or provincial correctional institution, jail, lockup, prison or camp, or

(b) is absent from a lawful place of confinement under a temporary absence program and is residing at a halfway house that is funded, sponsored or contracted for by the federal, or a provincial, government.

Effect of family unit including full-time student

16 (1) A family unit is not eligible for income assistance for the period described in subsection (2) if an applicant or a recipient is enrolled as a full-time student

(a) in a funded program of studies, or

(b) in an unfunded program of studies without the prior approval of the minister.

(2) The period referred to in subsection (1)

(a) extends from the first day of the month following the month in which classes commence and continues until the last day of the month in which exams in the relevant program of studies are held, and

(b) is not longer than one year. (B.C. Reg. 284/2003)

Effect of recipient being absent from BC for more than 30 days

17 The family unit of a recipient who is outside of British Columbia for more than a total of 30 days in a year ceases to be eligible for income assistance or hardship assistance unless the minister has given prior authorization for the continuance of income assistance or hardship assistance for the purpose of

(a) permitting the recipient to participate in a formal education program,

(b) permitting the recipient to obtain medical therapy prescribed by a medical practitioner, or

(c) avoiding undue hardship.

Requirement for 2 years employment

18 (1) For the purposes of section 8 (1) (a) of the Act, an applicant must have been employed for remuneration for at least 840 hours in each of the 2 consecutive years.

(2) For the purposes of section 8 (1) (b) of the Act, an applicant must have earned remuneration for employment of at least $7000 in each of the 2 consecutive years.

(3) Section 8 of the Act does not apply to the family units of the following categories of applicants:

(a) applicants who have not reached the age of 19;

(b) applicants who are pregnant;

(c) applicants who have a medical condition that, in the opinion of the minister,

(i) will prevent the applicant from working for at least the next 30 days, or

(ii) has prevented the applicant from working for a total of at least six months of the 2 years immediately preceding the date of the applicant's submission of the application for income assistance (part 2) form; (B.C. Reg. 304/2005)

(d) applicants with dependent children;

(e) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

(f) applicants who have a foster child;

(g) applicants who were supported by an employed spouse for at least 2 years;

(h) applicants who were supported by an employed spouse for a portion of a two year period and met a requirement of section 8 (1) of the Act for the balance of the two year period;

(i) applicants who were incarcerated in a lawful place of confinement for at least 6 months of the 2 year period immediately preceding the date of application for income assistance;

(j) applicants who were in the care of a director under the Child, Family and Community Service Act or who had an agreement with a director under section 12.2 of the Child, Family and Community Services Act until the applicant's 19th birthday;

(k) applicants who

(i) have separated from an abusive spouse, or

(ii) changed place of residence to flee an abusive relative, other than a spouse,

within the past 6 months if, in the minister's opinion, the applicant's ability to work is consequently impaired;

(l) applicants who have been awarded a 2 year diploma or certificate, a bachelors degree or a post-graduate degree from a post-secondary institution;

(m) applicants who have persistent multiple barriers to employment;

(n) applicants who reside with and care for a spouse who has a physical or mental condition that, in the minister's opinion, precludes the applicant from leaving home for the purposes of employment.

(o) applicants who are providing care for a child under an agreement referred to in section 8 of the Child, Family and Community Service Act; (B.C. Reg. 331/2003)

(p) applicants who are providing care for a child under an agreement referred to in section 93 (1) (g) (ii) of the Child, Family and Community Service Act. (B.C. Reg. 331/2003)

(4) Section 8 of the Act does not apply to the family units of applicants if, in the minister’s opinion,

(a) the applicant, due to circumstances beyond the applicant’s control, has been prevented from searching for, accepting or continuing employment, and

(b) the family unit will otherwise experience undue hardship.

(B.C. Reg. 279/2009)

Division 4 - Assignment of Maintenance Rights

Definitions for division

19 In this Division:

"assignment" means an assignment of maintenance rights to the minister;

"assignor" means a person who has made an assignment;

"child support" means child support within the meaning of Division 2 of Part 7 of the Family Law Act; (B.C. Reg. 363/2012)

"child support service" has the same meaning as in section 153 of the Family Law Act; (B.C. Reg. 363/2012)

"debtor" has the same meaning as in section 1 (1) of the Family Maintenance Enforcement Act;

"director of maintenance enforcement" has the same meaning as "director" in section 1 (1) of the Family Maintenance Enforcement Act;

"maintenance" has the same meaning as in section 1 (1) of the Family Maintenance Enforcement Act;

"maintenance agreement" means a written agreement containing provisions respecting the payment of maintenance;

"maintenance order" has the same meaning as in section 1 (1) of the Family Maintenance Enforcement Act;

"maintenance rights" means any of the maintenance rights set out in section 21 [categories of maintenance rights];

"spouse" includes a former spouse.

Categories of persons who must assign maintenance rights

20 (1) For a family unit to be eligible for income assistance or hardship assistance, an applicant or recipient in the family unit who is in any of the following categories and who has for himself or herself or for a dependant a maintenance right described in section 21 [categories of maintenance rights] must disclose and assign, in the form specified by the minister, that maintenance right to the minister:

(a) a spouse;

(b) a spouse who has one or more dependent children from a former relationship;

(c) a person who has never been a spouse and has one or more dependent children;

(d) a person under 19 years of age who is not residing with his or her parents;

(e) a spouse

(i) who has one or more children from a former relationship who no longer are dependent children, and

(ii) is owed arrears under a maintenance order or maintenance agreement in respect of one or more of those children;

(f) a person who

(i) has never been a spouse,

(ii) has one or more children who no longer are dependent children, and

(iii) is owed arrears under a maintenance order or maintenance agreement in respect of one or more of those children.

(B.C. Reg. 39/2009)

(2) The requirement to assign maintenance rights applies to each person in a family unit who

(a) is a person described in section 7 (2) [citizenship requirements], other than a dependent child referred to in paragraph (g) of that section, or

(b) is a person described in section 7.1 (2) (a) [exemption from citizenship requirements].

(B.C. Reg.198/2012)

Categories of maintenance rights

21 The following categories of maintenance rights must be assigned to the minister:

(a) the right to make an application under an enactment of British Columbia for a maintenance order;

(b) the right to enter into a maintenance agreement;

(c) the right to make or defend an application for variation of a maintenance agreement or maintenance order;

(d) the right to receive payment under

(i) a maintenance agreement or maintenance order, or

(ii) a maintenance order made under the Divorce Act (Canada) or otherwise;

(e) the right to enforce a maintenance agreement or maintenance order;

(f) the right to file a maintenance agreement with a court in British Columbia;

(g) the right to file an extra-provincial maintenance order with a court in British Columbia;

(h) the right to file or withdraw a maintenance order under the Family Maintenance Enforcement Act;

(i) the right to make payment arrangements with the debtor for the recovery of arrears.

Notice of assignment

22 (1) Before taking any steps to enforce maintenance rights assigned under this Division, the minister must give written notice of the assignment to the person against whom the minister intends to exercise the assigned maintenance rights.

(2) A person to whom notice of assignment is given under subsection (1) must promptly serve the minister with a copy of any application made by the person to vary, rescind or suspend a maintenance order or to reduce or cancel arrears of payments under a maintenance order.

(3) The minister's inability, after reasonable effort, to give notice under subsection (1) does not affect the validity of proceedings under this Division.

(4) Notice under subsection (1) may be given by ordinary mail.

How long an assignment is in effect

23 (1) An assignment under this Division ends when

(a) the assignor no longer receives income assistance or hardship assistance,

(b) all income assistance and hardship assistance provided to the assignor's family unit in place of maintenance has been recovered by the minister, and

(c) the assignor receives notice from the minister that the assignment has ended.

(2) Despite subsection (1), an assignment under this Division that would otherwise have ended under subsection (1) continues in force if the minister and assignor agree in writing to the continuation.

(3) An assignment under this Division that is continued under subsection (2) ends if the minister or the assignor delivers written notice by ordinary mail to the other of the termination.

(4) If an assignor no longer receives income assistance or hardship assistance and amounts owing to the government under this Division still remain unrecovered, then, despite section 21 [categories of maintenance rights], only the following maintenance rights remain in effect under the assignment:

(a) the right to withdraw a maintenance order under the Family Maintenance Enforcement Act;

(b) the right to receive payment of maintenance arrears that are owed to the government under an assignment;

(c) the right to defend an application to reduce or cancel arrears of maintenance owed to the government;

(d) the right to make arrangements with the debtor for payment of arrears of maintenance owed to the government;

(e) the right to enforce the maintenance order with respect to arrears owed to the government

Terms to be included in the assignment

24 An assignment under this Division must include all of the following terms:

(a) the assignment of the categories of maintenance rights set out in section 21 [categories of maintenance rights];

(b) authorization by the assignor that

(i) the minister may provide to the director of maintenance enforcement any information necessary for the filing, enforcement and monitoring of payments made under the assignor's maintenance order,

(ii) the director of maintenance enforcement may provide to the minister

(A) any information that affects eligibility for income assistance or hardship assistance, and

(B) information about the payment, monitoring or enforcement of the assignor's maintenance order, and

(iii) the minister may obtain or search court documents required to exercise the rights assigned;

(iv) the minister may provide to the child support service any information necessary for the purpose of recalculating child support under a maintenance agreement or a maintenance order that is assigned to the minister, and

(v) the child support service may provide to the minister any information regarding the recalculation of child support under a maintenance agreement or maintenance order that is assigned to the minister; (B.C. Reg. 313/2006)

(c) agreement by the assignor to cooperate with the minister and the director of maintenance enforcement as necessary to obtain, vary or enforce the assignor's maintenance agreement or maintenance order including

(i) providing any information and verifications relating to the debtor's name, address, employer and salary,

(ii) providing the names, ages and custody, guardianship or residency arrangements of all children of the union, (B.C. Reg. 363/2012)

(iii) attending at all appointments, meetings and court proceedings relating to the assigned rights when requested to do so by the minister or the director of maintenance enforcement, and

(iv) providing the court file number and style of proceeding of any maintenance orders in existence; (B.C. Reg. 147/ 2010)

(c.1) agreement by the assignor to cooperate with the minister and the child support service as necessary for the purpose of recalculating child support; (B.C. Reg. 313/2006)

(d) acknowledgment by the assignor that

(i) he or she cannot take any of the actions or enter any agreements related to maintenance that are set out in the assignment as long as the assignment to the minister is in effect, unless authorized in writing by the minister, and that to do so without authorization will affect the assignor's eligibility for income assistance or hardship assistance,

(ii) if legal counsel for the government has brought or is defending a proceeding on the assignor's behalf, the legal counsel is solely counsel for the government and there is no solicitor-client relationship between that counsel and the assignor,

(iii) only the minister can forgive, reduce or otherwise vary arrears of maintenance owed to the government, and

(iv) no agreement to cancel or reduce arrears owed to the assignor under the assignor's maintenance agreement or maintenance order will be made by the government without the assignor's consent;

(e) the assignment will continue in effect after the assignor no longer receives income assistance or hardship assistance if there are still arrears of maintenance unrecovered by the government and, so long as there are arrears, the assignor acknowledges that only the government is entitled to

(i) withdraw a maintenance order under the Family Maintenance Enforcement Act,

(ii) receive payment of maintenance arrears that are owed to the government under an assignment,

(iii) defend an application to reduce or cancel arrears of maintenance owed to the government,

(iv) make arrangements with the debtor for payment of arrears of maintenance owed to the government, and

(v) enforce the maintenance order with respect to arrears owed to the government;

(f) the assignment ceases to have effect when

(i) income assistance and hardship assistance are no longer provided to the assignor's family unit and there are no arrears unrecovered by the government, and

(ii) a written notice of termination of the assignment is sent to the assignor at the last known address of the assignor shown on record with the ministry.

Failure to comply with terms of assignment

25 (1) If an assignor who is receiving income assistance or hardship assistance fails to comply with the terms of an assignment as prescribed in section 24 (c) [terms to be included in the assignment], the assignor's family unit may be declared ineligible for income assistance or hardship assistance.

(2) This section does not apply if the minister is satisfied that the failure of the assignor to comply with the terms of the assignment is beyond the control of the assignor.

Division 5 - Amount and Duration of Income Assistance

Effective date of eligibility

26 (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), (2.01), (2.1), (3.01) or (3.1) a family unit is not eligible for income assistance or supplements in respect of a period that occurred before the date the minister determines the family unit is eligible for the income assistance or supplements, as applicable. (B.C. Reg. 340/2008) (B.C. Reg. 264/2013)

(2) A family unit becomes eligible

(a) for a support allowance under sections 2 and 3 of Schedule A on the date of the applicant's submission of the application for income assistance (part 2) form, (B.C. Reg. 304/2005)

(b) for a shelter allowance under sections 4 and 5 of Schedule A on the first day of the calendar month that includes the date of the applicant’s submission of the application for income assistance (part 2) form, but only for that portion of that month’s shelter costs that remains unpaid on the date of that submission, and (B.C. Reg. 304/2005)

(c) for income assistance under sections 6 to 10 of Schedule A on the date of the applicant’s submission of the application for income assistance (part 2) form, (B.C. Reg. 400/2007)

(d) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

(2.01) If the minister decides, on a request made under section 17 (1) [reconsideration and appeal rights] of the Act, to provide a supplement, the family unit is eligible for the supplement from the earlier of

(a) the date the minister makes the decision on the request made under section 17 (1) of the Act, and

(b) the applicable of the dates referred to in section 80 of this regulation.

(B.C. Reg. 264/2013)

(2.1) If the tribunal rescinds a decision of the minister refusing a supplement, the family unit is eligible for the supplement on the earlier of the dates referred to in subsection (2.01). (B.C. Reg. 340/2008) (B.C. Reg. 264/2013)

(3) If a family unit includes a person who qualifies as a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment, the family unit becomes eligible to receive income assistance at the rate specified under Schedule A for a family unit that matches that family unit on the first day of the month after the month in which the minister determines that the person qualifies as a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment.

(3.01) If the minister decides, on a request made under section 17 (1) of the Act, that a person qualifies as a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment, the person’s family unit becomes eligible to receive income assistance at the rate specified under Schedule A for a family unit that matches that family unit on the first day of the month after the month containing the earlier of

(a) the date the minister makes the decision on the request made under section 17 (1) of the Act, and

(b) the applicable of the dates referred to in section 80 of this regulation.

(B.C. Reg. 264/2013)

(3.1) If the tribunal rescinds a decision of the minister determining that a person does not qualify as a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment, the person’s family unit is eligible to receive income assistance at the rate specified under Schedule A for a family unit that matches that family unit on the first day of the month after the month containing the earlier of the dates referred to in subsection (3.01). (B.C. Reg. 340/2008) (B.C. Reg. 264/2013)

(4) If a family unit that includes a person who qualifies as a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment does not receive income assistance at the applicable rate under Schedule A from the date the family unit became eligible for it, the minister may backdate payment but only to whichever of the following results in the shorter payment period:

(a) the date the family unit became eligible under subsection (3) or (3.1), as applicable, for the applicable rate; (B.C. Reg. 340/2008)

(b) 12 calendar months before the date of payment.

(5) A family unit is not eligible for any assistance in respect of a service provided or a cost incurred before the calendar month in which the assistance is requested.

Time limits for income assistance

27 Repealed (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(B.C. Reg.62/2010) (B.C. Reg. 48/2010) (B.C. Reg. 87/2005) (B.C. Reg. 160/2004) (B.C Reg 116/2003)

[am. B.C. Regs. 116/2003, Sch. 1, s. 1; 374/2003; 160/2004, s. 1; 87/2005, s. (a); 48/2010, Sch. 1, s. 1 (b) and (g).]

Amount of income assistance

28 Income assistance may be provided to or for a family unit, for a calendar month, in an amount that is not more than

(a) the amount determined under Schedule A, minus

(b) the family unit's net income determined under Schedule B.

Part 3 - Other Factors That Affect Eligibility for Income Assistance or Hardship Assistance

Division 1 - Factors Related to Employment and Employment Plans

Consequences of failing to meet employment-related obligations

29 (1) For the purposes of section 13 (2) (a) [consequences of not meeting employment-related obligations] of the Act,

(a) for a default referred to in section 13 (1) (a) of the Act, the income assistance or hardship assistance provided to or for the family unit must be reduced by $100 for each of 2 calendar months starting from the later of the following dates:

(i) the date of the applicant's submission of the application for income assistance (part 2) form under this regulation; (B.C. Reg. 304/2005)

(ii) the date the default occurred, and (B.C. Reg. 263/2002)

(b) for a default referred to in section 13 (1) (b) of the Act, the income assistance or hardship assistance provided to or for the family unit must be reduced by $100 for each calendar month until the later of the following occurs:

(i) the income assistance or hardship assistance provided to the family unit has been reduced for one calendar month;

(ii) the minister is satisfied that the applicant or recipient who committed the default is demonstrating reasonable efforts to search for employment.(B.C. Reg. 263/2002)

(2) The reduction under subsection (1) applies in respect of each applicant or recipient in a family unit who does anything prohibited under section 13 (1) [consequences of not meeting employment-related obligations] of the Act.

(3) For the purposes of section 13 (2) (b) [consequences of not meeting employment-related obligations] of the Act, the period of ineligibility for income assistance lasts

(a) for a default referred in to section 13 (1) (a) of the Act, until 2 calendar months have elapsed from the later of the following dates:

(i) the date of the applicant's submission of the application for income assistance (part 2) form under this regulation; (B.C. Reg. 304/2002)

(ii) the date the default occurred, and (B.C. Reg. 263/2002)

(b) for the default referred to in section 13 (1) (b) of the Act, until the later of the following has occurred:

(i) the family unit has been ineligible for income assistance for one calendar month;

(ii) the minister is satisfied that the applicant or recipient who committed the default is demonstrating reasonable efforts to search for employment. (B.C. Reg. 263/2002)

(4) Section 13 [consequences of not meeting employment-related obligations] of the Act does not apply to a family unit of an applicant or recipient who is in any of the following categories:

(a) Repealed (B.C. Reg 116/2003);

(b) sole applicants or sole recipients who have at least one dependent child who

(i) has not reached 3 years of age, or

(ii) has a physical or mental condition that, in the minister's opinion, precludes the sole applicant or recipient from leaving home for the purposes of employment;

(c) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010);

(d) sole applicants or sole recipients who have a foster child who

(i) has not reached 3 years of age, or

(ii) has a physical or mental condition that, in the minister's opinion, precludes the sole applicant or recipient from leaving home for the purposes of employment;

(e) persons who receive accommodation and care in a special care facility or private hospital;

(f) applicants or recipients admitted to hospital because they require extended care;

(g) persons who reside with and care for a spouse who has a physical or mental condition that, in the minister's opinion, precludes the person from leaving home for the purposes of employment;

(h) applicants or recipients in a family unit that includes only applicants or recipients who are

(i) Repealed. (B.C. Reg. 160/2004)

(ii) persons who are participating in a treatment or rehabilitation program approved by the minister, if their participation in that program, in the minister's opinion, interferes with their ability to search for, accept or continue in employment,

(iii) persons who have separated from an abusive spouse or relative within the previous 6 months, if, in the minister's opinion, the abuse or the separation interferes with their ability to search for, accept or continue in employment,

(iv) persons not described in section 7 (2) [citizenship requirements], or

(v) persons who have persistent multiple barriers to employment;

(vi) persons who have reached 65 years of age; (B.C.Reg. 116/2003)

(i) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010);

(j) sole applicants or sole recipients who are providing care under an agreement referred to in section 8 [agreements with child's kin and others] of the Child, Family and Community Service Act for a child who

(i) has not reached 3 years of age, or

(ii) has a physical or mental condition that, in the minister's opinion, precludes the sole applicant or recipient from leaving home for the purposes of employment; (B.C. Reg. 331/2003)

(k) sole applicants or sole recipients who are providing care under an agreement referred to in section 93 (1) (g) (ii) [other powers and duties of directors] of the Child, Family and Community Service Act for a child who

(i) has not reached 3 years of age, or

(ii) has a physical or mental condition that, in the minister's opinion, precludes the sole applicant or recipient from leaving home for the purposes of employment. (B.C. Reg. 331/2003)

Consequences if dependent youth fails to enter into or comply with employment plan

30 For the purposes of section 9 (5) [employment plan] of the Act, if a dependent youth fails to enter into or comply with the conditions in an employment plan when required to do so by the minister, the income assistance or hardship assistance provided for each calendar month to the dependent youth's family unit may be reduced by $100 until the dependent youth enters into, or complies with the conditions in, an employment plan.

Division 2 - Factors Related to Income and Assets

Effect of failing to pursue or accept income or assets or of disposing of assets

31 (1) For the purposes of section 14 (3) (a) [consequences of not accepting or disposing of property] of the Act in relation to a failure to accept or pursue income, assets or other means of support referred to in section 14 (1) (a) of the Act, the amount of a reduction is $100 for each calendar month for each applicant or recipient in the family unit and the period of the reduction is

(a) if the income, assets or other means of support are still available, until the failure is remedied, and

(b) if the income, assets or other means of support are no longer available, for one calendar month for each $2000 of the value of the forgone income, assets or other means of support.

(2) For a family unit that is declared ineligible under section 14 (3) (b) of the Act for income assistance or hardship assistance because an applicant or recipient in the family unit failed to accept or pursue income, assets or other means of support referred to in section 14 (1) (a) of the Act, the period of ineligibility is,

(a) if the income, assets or other means of support are still available when the declaration is made, until the failure is remedied, and

(b) if the income, assets or other means of support are no longer available when the declaration is made, one calendar month for each $2000 of the value of the forgone income, assets or other means of support.

(3) For the purposes of section 14 (3) (a) of the Act in relation to the family unit of an applicant or recipient who has disposed of real or personal property for consideration that, in the minister's opinion, is inadequate,

(a) the amount of the reduction is $100 for each calendar month for each applicant or recipient in the family unit, and

(b) the period of the reduction is one calendar month for each $2000 of the value of the forgone consideration.

(4) For the purposes of section 14 (3) (b) of the Act in relation to the family unit of an applicant or recipient who has disposed of real or personal property for consideration that, in the minister's opinion, is inadequate, the period of the ineligibility is one calendar month for each $2000 of the value of the forgone consideration.

(5) For the purposes of section 14 (2) (a) of the Act, the period of ineligibility is 2 calendar months for each $2000 of the value of the real or personal property that was disposed of to reduce assets.

Division 3 - Factors Related to Providing Information and Verification

Consequences of failing to provide information or verification when directed

32 (1) For the purposes of section 10 (4) [information and verification] of the Act, the period for which the minister may declare the family unit ineligible for assistance lasts until the applicant or recipient complies with the direction.

(2) For the purposes of section 10 (5) [information and verification] of the Act,

(a) the amount by which the minister may reduce the income assistance or hardship assistance of the dependent youth's family unit is $100 for each calendar month, and

(b) the period for which the minister may reduce the income assistance or hardship assistance of the dependent youth's family unit lasts until the dependent youth complies with the direction.

Consequences for providing inaccurate or incomplete information

32.1 If the minister determines under section 15.1 (1) of the Act that the minister may take action under section 15.1 (2) of the Act in relation to a family unit, the income assistance or hardship assistance provided to or for the family unit may be reduced by $25 for

(a) a first determination, for the next 3 calendar months for which income assistance or hardship assistance is provided to or for the family unit, starting with the first calendar month

(i) following the calendar month in which the minister made the determination, and

(ii) for which income assistance or hardship assistance is provided to or for the family unit,

(b) a second determination, for the next 6 calendar months for which income assistance or hardship assistance is provided to or for the family unit, starting with the first calendar month

(i) following the calendar month in which the minister made the determination, and

(ii) for which income assistance or hardship assistance is provided to or for the family unit, and

(c) a third or subsequent determination, for the next 12 calendar months for which income assistance or hardship assistance is provided to or for the family unit, starting with the first calendar month

(i) following the calendar month in which the minister made the determination, and

(ii) for which income assistance or hardship assistance is provided to or for the family unit.

(BC Reg. 193/2006)

Monthly reporting requirement

33 (1) For the purposes of section 11 (1) (a) [reporting obligations] of the Act,

(a) the report must be submitted by the 5th day of each calendar month, and

(b) the information required is all of the following, as requested in the monthly report form prescribed under the Forms Regulation, (BC Reg. 334/2007)

(i) whether the family unit requires further assistance;

(ii) changes in the family unit's assets;

(iii) all income received by the family unit and the source of that income;

(iv) the employment and educational circumstances of recipients in the family unit;

(v) changes in family unit membership or the marital status of a recipient.

(vi) any warrants as described in section 15.2 (1) of the Act. (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

(2) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

Requirement for eligibility audit

34 (1) For the purposes of auditing eligibility for assistance or ensuring a recipient's continuing compliance with the Act and the regulations, the minister may do either or both of the following:

(a) require the recipient to attend in person on the date, and at the ministry office, specified by the minister;

(b) require the recipient to complete a form specified by the minister for use under this section and deliver the form to a ministry office specified by the minister. (B.C. Reg. 84/2012)

(2) A recipient who is required under subsection (1) (b) to complete a form but who is not required to attend in person at a ministry office must deliver that form to the specified ministry office within 20 business days after being notified of the requirement to complete the form.

(3) Delivery of the form under subsection (2) may be made by

(a) leaving it with an employee in the ministry office, or

(b) mailing it to that office.

(4) A family unit ceases to be eligible for assistance if

(a) a recipient in the family unit fails to attend in person at the ministry office when required to do so by the minister under subsection (1) (a), or

(b) a recipient in the family unit fails to complete and deliver the form when required to do so by the minister under subsection (1) (b).

(5) Repealed. (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

Eligibility audit for income assistance under section 6

34.1 Repealed. (B.C. Reg. 400/2007) (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

Division 4 - Effect on Eligibility of Convictions or Admissions

Criminal Code convictions

35 For the purposes of section 15 (5) (b) [consequences for conviction or judgment] of the Act, assistance provided for a calendar month to or for a family unit that includes one or more persons who have been convicted under the Criminal Code in relation to obtaining money under the Act or the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act by fraud or false or misleading representation must be reduced

(a) if the family unit includes a sole applicant, or sole recipient, who has been convicted as described, and one or more dependent children, by $100,

(b) if the family unit includes two applicants or recipients, only one of whom has been convicted as described, and no dependent children, by $300,

(c) if the family unit includes two applicants or recipients, only one of whom has been convicted as described, and one or more dependent children, by $100, and

(d) if the family unit includes two applicants or recipients both of whom have been convicted as described, and one or more dependent children, by $200.

Convictions under the Act or the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act

36 For the purposes of section 15 (5) (b) [consequences for conviction or judgment] of the Act, assistance provided for a calendar month to or for a family unit that includes one or more persons who have been convicted of an offence under the Act or the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act must be reduced for the applicable period,

(a) if the family unit includes a sole applicant, or a sole recipient, who has been convicted as described and one or more dependent children, by $100,

(b) if the family unit includes two applicants or recipients, only one of whom has been convicted as described, and no dependent children, by $300,

(c) if the family unit includes two applicants or recipients, only one of whom has been convicted as described, and one or more dependent children, by $100, and

(d) if the family unit includes two applicants or recipients both of whom have been convicted as described, and one or more dependent children, by $200.

Declaration under section 15 (3) of the Act respecting judgment

37 If the minister has made a declaration under section 15 (3) [consequences for conviction or judgment] of the Act in respect of a family unit, for the purposes of section 15 (5) of the Act, the family unit's assistance for a calendar month must be discontinued or reduced as follows for the period specified:

(a) if the family unit includes only one or more applicants, or recipients, who have had judgment given against them, and includes no dependent children, the family unit is not eligible for income assistance,

(i) after a first judgment, for 3 calendar months,

(ii) after a second judgment, for 6 calendar months, and

(iii) after a third or subsequent judgment, for 12 calendar months;

(b) if the family unit includes a sole applicant or sole recipient who has had a judgment given against him or her, and includes one or more dependent children, the assistance provided to or for the family unit must be reduced by $100

(i) after a first judgment, for 3 calendar months,

(ii) after a second judgment, for 6 calendar months, and

(iii) after a third or subsequent judgment, for 12 calendar months;

(c) if the family unit includes two applicants or recipients, only one of whom has had judgment given against him or her, and includes no dependent children, the assistance provided to or for the family unit must be reduced by $300

(i) after a first judgment, for 3 calendar months,

(ii) after a second judgment, for 6 calendar months, and

(iii) after a third or subsequent judgment, for 12 calendar months;

(d) if the family unit includes two applicants or recipients, only one of whom has had judgment given against him or her, and includes one or more dependent children, the assistance provided to or for the family unit must be reduced by $100

(i) after a first judgment, for 3 calendar months,

(ii) after a second judgment, for 6 calendar months, and

(iii) after a third or subsequent judgment, for 12 calendar months;

(e) if the family unit includes two applicants or recipients, both of whom have had judgment given against them, and includes one or more dependent children, the assistance provided to or for the family unit must be reduced by $200

(i) after a first judgment, for 3 calendar months,

(ii) after a second judgment, for 6 calendar months, and

(iii) after a third or subsequent judgment, for 12 calendar months.

(B.C Reg. 193/2006)

Consequences for conviction, etc. under a former Act

38 (1) For the purposes of this section,

(a) “benefit month” means a month for which, but for this section or a declaration under this section, a family unit would otherwise be eligible for income assistance or a supplement, and

(b) the 3 benefit months referred to in subsections (2) and (3) need not be consecutive.

(2) The family unit of an applicant or recipient is not eligible for income assistance or supplements for 3 benefit months if the applicant or recipient

(a) was convicted of an offence under section 22 (1) of the BC Benefits (Income Assistance) Act, section 11 (1) of the Disability Benefits Program Act or section 13 (1) of the BC Benefits (Youth Works) Act, as those provisions read immediately before their repeal, or

(b) was convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code in relation to obtaining, by fraud or false or misleading representations, money under a former Act or the Disability Benefits Program Act.

(3) The minister may declare a family unit ineligible for income assistance or supplements for 3 benefit months if a court gives judgment in favour of the government in an action for debt against an applicant or a recipient in the family unit for money obtained under a former Act or the Disability Benefits Program Act to which he or she was not entitled, unless the money was paid in error. (BC Reg. 193/2006)

(4) No family unit is, or may be declared, ineligible under this section on the basis of a conviction secured or a judgment given before March 13, 1997. (BC Reg. 193/2006)

Division 5 – Outstanding Arrest Warrants

Consequences in relation to outstanding arrest warrants

38.1 Section 15.2 [consequences in relation to outstanding arrest warrants] of the Act does not apply to a family unit of an applicant or recipient for whom a warrant for arrest within the meaning of section 15.2 of the Act has been issued and who

(a) is pregnant,

(b) is in the end stage of a terminal illness, or

(c) is under 18 years of age.

(BC Reg. 73/2010)

Part 4 – Hardship Assistance

Hardship assistance - eligibility and limitations

39 (1) For a family unit to be eligible for hardship assistance, the family unit

(a) must be ineligible for income assistance for one or more reasons set out in sections 41 to 47.2, and (B.C. Reg. 102/2008) (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(b) must not be ineligible for income assistance for any other reason. (B.C. Reg. 161/2004)

(2) A family unit that is eligible for hardship assistance must be provided with hardship assistance

(a) in accordance with Schedule D,

(b) only for the calendar month that includes the date of the applicant’s submission of the application for income assistance (part 2) form, and (B.C. Reg. 304/2005)

(c) only from the date in that calendar month on which the minister determines that the family unit is eligible for hardship assistance, subject to

(i) section 4 (2) of Schedule D for hardship assistance provided under sections 41 to 47.1 and

(ii) section 4 (3) of Schedule D for hardship assistance provided under section 47.2.

(B.C. Reg. 161/2004) (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(3) A family unit to which hardship assistance has been provided for 3 consecutive calendar months because of the circumstances described in

(a) section 41, 44 or 46, or

(b) section 43, unless the source is employment insurance,

is not eligible for hardship assistance under any of those sections for the 3 consecutive calendar months immediately following those 3 consecutive calendar months of receipt. (B.C Reg. 161/2004)

(4) If

(a) hardship assistance has been provided to a family unit under section 47.2 for the calendar month referred to in subsection (2) (c) of this section,

(b) the family unit continues to be ineligible for income assistance because a member of the family unit has not satisfied the requirement under section 4.1 (2) (b) respecting the completion of searches for employment, and

(c) the member of the family unit who has not satisfied that requirement is, if applicable, taking the steps to satisfy the requirement as directed by the minister,

hardship assistance may be provided under section 47.2 for a further 2 consecutive calendar months following the initial calendar month for which the hardship assistance in provided.

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

Rules about applications, payments, etc.

40 Subject to this Part, the following sections apply in respect of hardship assistance:

(a) section 4 [application and applicant orientation requirements];

(a.1) section 4.1 [application for income assistance – stage 1];

(a.2) section 4.2 [application for income assistance – stage 2]; (B.C. Reg. 313/2007)

(b) section 5 [applicant requirements];

(c) section 7 [citizenship requirements];

(c.1) section 7.1 [exemption from citizenship requirements]; (B.C. Reg. 198/2012)

(d) section 8 [effect of applying for other sources of income];

(e) section 9 [requirement to apply for CPP benefits];

(f) section 10 [limits on income];

(g) section 11 [asset limits].

Applicants who do not meet requirement for social insurance number or proof of identity

41 The minister may provide hardship assistance to a family unit that is not eligible for income assistance because of the failure to provide a social insurance number or proof of identity required under section 4.1 (2) (a) (i) or 4.2 (3) (a) [application and applicant orientation requirements] if (B.C. Reg. 313/2007)

(a) the minister considers that undue hardship will otherwise occur, and

(b) the minister is satisfied that the applicant is making every effort to supply the social insurance number or proof of identity.

Repealed

42 Repealed (B.C. Reg. 69/2008)

Applicants who fail to provide sponsorship information

42.1 The minister may provide hardship assistance to the family unit of an applicant described in section 7 (1) (a) or (b) [citizenship requirements] that is not eligible for income assistance because of the failure to provide the information and verifications required under section 4.2 (3) (c) [application requirements] for the minister to determine whether unearned income described in paragraph (v) of the definition in section 1 (1) of “unearned income” is available to the family unit, if (B.C. Reg. 313/2007)

(a) the minister considers that undue hardship will otherwise occur, and the minister is satisfied that the applicant is making every effort to supply the information and verifications. (B.C Reg. 161/2004)

Applicants who have applied for income from another source

43 The minister may provide hardship assistance to a family unit that is not eligible for income assistance because an applicant has applied for income from another source if

(a) the minister considers that undue hardship will otherwise occur, and

(b) the applicant provides the type of security specified by the minister for the repayment of the hardship assistance.

Family units that have excess income

44 The minister may provide hardship assistance to a family unit that is not eligible for income assistance because the income of the family unit exceeds the limit under section 10 [limits on income] if

(a) the minister considers that undue hardship will otherwise occur,

(b) the applicant provides the type of security specified by the minister for the repayment of the hardship assistance,

(c) the family unit includes one or more dependent children, and

(d) the income that causes the family unit to be ineligible for income assistance could not, in the minister’s opinion, reasonably be expected to be used to meet the family unit’s basic needs.

Applicant on strike or locked out

45 The minister may provide hardship assistance to a family unit that is not eligible for income assistance because an applicant is on strike or locked out if

(a) the minister considers that undue hardship will otherwise occur,

(b) the applicant provides the type of security specified by the minister for the repayment of the hardship assistance, and

(c) the applicant satisfies the minister that the financial assistance that the applicant who is on strike or locked out is eligible for from his or her trade union, combined with the other resources of the family unit, is inadequate to meet the basic needs of the family unit.

Family units that have excess assets

46 The minister may provide hardship assistance to a family unit that is not eligible for income assistance because the assets of the family unit exceed the applicable limit under section 11 (2) and (2.1) [asset limits] if (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(a) the minister considers that undue hardship will otherwise occur,

(b) the applicant provides the type of security specified by the minister for the repayment of the hardship assistance,

(c) the applicant satisfies the minister that

(i) the assets that caused the family unit to be ineligible are not immediately available to meet the family unit’s basic needs, and

(ii) every effort has been made and continues to be made to sell the assets, and

(d) the family unit

(i) includes one or more dependent children, or

(ii) includes only persons who have reached 65 years of age or persons who have persistent multiple barriers to employment.

Family units ineligible or declared ineligible under section 38 [consequences for conviction, etc. under a former Act]

47 The minister may provide hardship assistance to a family unit that is ineligible or declared ineligible under section 38 [consequences for conviction, etc. under a former Act] if

(a) the family unit includes one or more dependent children,

(b) the minister considers that undue hardship will otherwise occur, and

(c) the applicant provides the type of security specified by the minister for the repayment of the hardship assistance.

Family units ineligible or declared ineligible in relation to convictions or judgments

47.1 (1) In the circumstances described in subsection (2), the minister may provide hardship assistance to a family unit that under section 15 (5) (a) [consequences for conviction or judgment in relation to Act] of the Act is not eligible for income assistance because it includes only

(a) persons convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code, this Act or the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act in relation to obtaining money under this Act or the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act by fraud or false or misleading representation,

(b) persons convicted of an offence under this Act or the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act, or

(c) persons in respect of whom

(i) a court has given judgment in favour of the government in an action for debt for obtaining income assistance, hardship assistance or a supplement under this Act or disability assistance, hardship assistance or a supplement under the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act, for which he or she was not eligible, and

(ii) the minister has made a declaration under section 15 (3) of the Act.

(2) The minister may provide hardship assistance to a family unit described in subsection (1) if the minister considers that otherwise

(a) the family unit will experience undue hardship, and

(b) the physical health of a person in the family unit will be in imminent danger.

(B.C. Reg. 102/2008)

Applicants who do not meet work search requirements

47.2 (1) The minister may provide hardship assistance to a family unit that is ineligible for income assistance because a member of the family unit has not satisfied the requirement under section 4.1 (2) (b) respecting the completion of searches for employment, if

(a) the applicants who submitted the application for income assistance (part 1) form also submit to the minister an application for income assistance (part 2) form that, subject to this section, complies with section 4.2, and

(b) The minister considers that

(i) any person in the family unit has an immediate need for food or shelter or needs urgent medical attention, and

(ii) undue hardship will occur if the hardship assistance is not provided.

(2) An applicant may submit an application for income assistance (part 2) form under subsection (1) (a) for the purpose of applying for hardship assistance even though the requirements under section 4.1 (2) (b) respecting the completion of searches for employment have not been satisfied.

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

Part 5 – Supplements

Division 1 – Supplements – Family Unit Eligible for Income Assistance

Supplement for purchase of co-op housing shares

48 (1) To enable the family unit of a recipient of income assistance to obtain residential accommodation, the minister may provide a lump sum to or for the family unit for the purchase of membership shares in a cooperative housing association.

(2) A lump sum may be paid under subsection (1) only if

(a) the family unit has received income assistance or disability assistance for at least the 3 previous calendar months, and

(b) the recipient agrees in writing to repay the lump sum.

(3) The amount of the lump sum under subsection (1) is limited to the smaller of the following:

(a) $850;

(b) 50% of the cost of the membership shares.

(4) For the purposes of subsection (2),

“disability assistance” includes a disability allowance under the Disability Benefits Program Act as it read immediately before its repeal;

“income assistance” includes

(a) income assistance under the BC Benefits (Income Assistance) Act as it read immediately before its repeal, and

(b) a youth allowance under the BC Benefits (Youth Works) Act as it read immediately before its repeal.

Pre-natal shelter supplement

48.1 (1) The minister may provide a pre-natal shelter supplement in accordance with section 4 (6) of Schedule A if the supplement is provided to a sole recipient without dependants who is a recipient of income assistance under section 2 [monthly support allowance], 4 [monthly shelter allowance] or 6 [people receiving room and board] of Schedule A.

(2) The sole recipient is eligible to receive the pre-natal shelter supplement while she is pregnant, as confirmed in writing by a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner or a registrant of the College of Midwives of British Columbia.

(B.C. Reg. 88/2008) (BC Reg. 73/2010)

Christmas supplement

49 (1) The minister may provide an annual Christmas supplement to or for a family unit that is eligible for income assistance, other than income assistance under section 10 of Schedule A. (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

(2) The minister may specify

(a) the amount to be provided as a Christmas supplement which may be different for different categories of family units, and

(b) the time when the supplement is to be provided.

School start-up supplement

50 Repealed (B.C. Reg. 196/2012)

 

Travel supplement

51 Repealed (B.C. Reg. 192/2006)

Community volunteer supplement

52 Repealed (B.C. Reg. 47/2008) (B.C. Reg. 148/2011)

Clothing supplement for people in special care facilities

53 The minister may provide a supplement to or for a family unit that is eligible for income assistance for the purchase of necessary clothing for a recipient in the family unit who resides in a special care facility, except an alcohol and drug treatment centre, if

(a) clothing is not provided in the facility,

(b) there are no funds available from the recipient’s comforts allowance to purchase the clothing, and

(c) there are no resources available to the recipient’s family unit to pay for the clothing.

Transportation to special care facilities supplement

53.1 (1) Subject to subsection (2), the minister may provide a supplement to a recipient who is eligible for income assistance for transportation to a special care facility that is an alcohol or drug treatment centre.

(2) A supplement may be provided under this section only

(a) if the recipient receives the minister’s approval before incurring the transportation costs,

(b) if there are no resources available to the recipient’s family unit to cover the transportation costs, and

(c) for the least expensive appropriate mode of transportation.

(B.C. Reg. 57/2007)

Reconsideration or appeal supplement

54 (1) For the purposes of this section a reconsideration or appeal is determined when

(a) a decision of the minister or a decision of the tribunal has been made in the reconsideration or appeal, if the decision can be implemented without a further decision as to amount, or

(b) if a decision of the tribunal requires a further decision of the minister as to amount, the decision of the minister as to amount has been made.

(2) The minister may provide a supplement to or for a family unit that is eligible for income assistance if a recipient in the family unit delivers a request for a recon-sideration under section 79 [how a request to reconsider a decision is made] or an appeal form under section 84 [commencing an appeal] in respect of a decision that resulted in a discontinuation or reduction of income assistance or a supplement but only if the recipient agrees in writing to repay the amount of the supplement paid under this section.

(3) A supplement under this section may be provided for the shorter of

(a) the period between the date a request or appeal form is delivered and the date that the reconsideration or appeal is determined, and

(b) the period between the date the income assistance or supplement was reduced or discontinued and the date that the reconsideration or appeal is determined.

(4) A supplement under this section is limited to the following amounts:

(a) if the request for a reconsideration or the appeal form is in respect of a decision that resulted in a discontinuation of income assistance or a supplement, the amount of the discontinued income assistance or supplement;

(b) if the request for a reconsideration or the appeal form is in respect of a decision that resulted in a reduction of income assistance or a supplement, the amount by which the income assistance or supplement was reduced.

(5) If the determination of a reconsideration or appeal that rescinds the decision being reconsidered or appealed did not require a further decision of the minister as to amount, the amount of a supplement provided under this section is not repayable and must be considered to have been paid in place of

(a) the discontinued income assistance or supplement, or

(b) the amount by which the income assistance or supplement was reduced.

(6) If the determination of a reconsideration or appeal that rescinds the decision being reconsidered or appealed required a further decision of the minister as to amount, the recipient must repay the difference between

(a) the total amount paid to the recipient under this section for the period under subsection (3), and

(b) the total amount of any adjustment in favour of the recipient under the deter-mination for the same period.

Division 2 – Supplements – Family Unit Eligible for Hardship Assistance

Supplement to obtain proof of identity

55 The minister may provide a supplement to or for a family unit that is eligible for hardship assistance to cover the cost of obtaining proof of the identity of a person in the family unit that is required for the family unit to be eligible for income assistance.

Division 3 – Supplements – Family Unit Eligible for Income Assistance or Hardship Assistance

Supplements related to employment plan

56 (1) The minister may provide any of the following supplements to or for a family unit that is eligible for income assistance or hardship assistance to assist an applicant, a recipient or a dependent youth in the family unit to participate, in accordance with an employment plan, in an employment-related program:

(a) up to $100 for each calendar month to assist with transportation and attendance costs associated with participating in the employment-related program;

(b) the costs of tuition, books and supplies required to participate in the employment-related program;

(c) up to $200 for the cost of safety clothing required to participate in the employment-related program if the employment-related program is a workplace training or work experience program.

(2) The minister may provide a supplement to or for a family unit that is eligible for income assistance or hardship assistance of up to $100 for each calendar month to assist an applicant, a recipient or a dependent youth in the family unit to partic-ipate, in accordance with an employment plan, in a volunteer incentive program as preparation for employment.

(3) Only 6 monthly payments may be made under subsection (2) to or for a family unit in respect of an applicant, recipient or dependent youth over any period of 36 consecutive calendar months, beginning with the calendar month for which the family unit first received the supplement on account of the applicant, recipient or dependent youth, unless the minister authorizes up to 6 more monthly payments.

Confirmed job supplement

56.1 The minister may provide a supplement of up to a maximum of $1000 to or for a family unit that is eligible for income assistance or hardship assistance if

(a) a recipient in the family unit obtains confirmed employment that, in the opinion of the minister, will enable the family unit to become independent of income assistance or hardship assistance,

(b) in the opinion of the minister, the recipient requires transportation, clothing, tools or other employment-related items in order to commence the employment, and

(c) there are no resources available to the family unit to cover the cost.

(B.C. Reg. 312/2002)

Supplements for moving, transportation and living costs

57 (1) In this section:

“living cost” means the cost of accommodation and meals;

“moving cost” means the cost of moving a family unit and its personal effects from one place to another;

“transportation cost” means the cost of travelling from one place to another.

(2) Subject to subsections (3) and (4), the minister may provide a supplement to or for a family unit that is eligible for income assistance, other than as a transient under section 10 of Schedule A, or hardship assistance to assist with one or more of the following:

(a) moving costs required to move anywhere in Canada, if a recipient in the family unit is not working but has arranged confirmed employment that would significantly promote the financial independence of the family unit and the recipient is required to move to begin that employment;

(b) moving costs required to move to another province or country, if the family unit is required to move to improve its living circumstances;

(c) moving costs required to move within a municipality or unincorporated area or to an adjacent municipality or unincorporated area because the family unit’s rented residential accommodation is being sold or demolished and notice to vacate has been given, or has been condemned;

(d) moving costs required to move within a municipality or unincorporated area or to an adjacent municipality or unincorporated area if the family unit’s shelter costs would be significantly reduced as a result of the move;

(e) moving costs required to move to another area in British Columbia to avoid an imminent threat to the physical safety of any person in the family unit;

(f) transportation costs and living costs required to attend a hearing relating to a child protection proceeding under the Child, Family and Community Service Act, if a recipient is given notice of the hearing and is a party to the proceeding.

(h) transportation costs, living costs, child care costs and fees resulting from

(i) the required attendance of a recipient in the family unit at a hearing, or

(ii) other requirements a recipient in the family unit must fulfil

in connection with the exercise of a maintenance right assigned to the minister under section 20 [categories that must assign maintenance rights]. (B.C. Reg. 275/2004)

(3) A family unit is eligible for a supplement under this section only if

(a) there are no resources available to the family unit to cover the costs for which the supplement may be provided, and

(b) a recipient in the family unit receives the minister’s approval before incurring those costs.

(4) A supplement may be provided under this section only to assist with

(a) the cost of the least expensive appropriate mode of moving or transportation, and

(b) in the case of a supplement under subsection (1) (f) or (g), the least expensive appropriate living costs. (B.C. Reg. 275/2004)

Supplement to pay a security deposit

58 (1) In this section:

“cooperative association” means a cooperative association as defined in the Real Estate Development Marketing Act; (B.C. Reg. 518/2004)

“security deposit” means a security deposit as defined in the Residential Tenancy Act, or an amount required by a cooperative association to be paid by a recipient to the cooperative association for the same or a similar purpose as a security deposit under the Residential Tenancy Act. (B.C. Reg. 518/2004)

(2) The minister may provide a security deposit to or for a family unit that is eligible for income assistance or hardship assistance if

(a) the security deposit is necessary to enable the family unit to rent residential accommodation,

(b) the recipient agrees in writing to repay the amount paid under this section, and

(c) the security deposit does not exceed 50% of one month’s rent for the residential accommodation.

(3) The minister may recover the amount of a security deposit provided under subsection (2) by deducting $20 for each calendar month, or a greater amount with the consent of a recipient, from income assistance or hardship assistance provided to or for the family unit starting with the income assistance or hardship assistance provided for the calendar month following the calendar month during which the security deposit is paid.

(4) The minister must not provide more than 2 security deposits to or for a family unit unless

(a) only one of the security deposits has not been recovered or repaid,

(b) the family unit requires up to one more security deposit to change rented residential accommodation

(i) because the recipient is separating from an abusive spouse, or

(ii) because the family unit’s rented residential accommodation

(A) is being sold or demolished and a notice to vacate has been given, or

(B) has been condemned, or

(c) the minister is satisfied that the family unit is homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. (B.C. Reg. 315/2008)

(5) For the purposes of subsection (3), “security deposit” includes a security deposit provided on or after April 1, 2002 under the

(a) Income Assistance Regulation, B.C. Reg. 75/97,

(b) Youth Works Regulation, B.C. Reg. 77/97,

(c) Disability Benefits Program Regulation, B.C. Reg. 79/97, or

(d) Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation.

Supplement to pay a utility security deposit

58.1 (1) In this section, “utility security deposit” means an amount required by a utility provider of electricity or natural gas services to secure payment for the provision of residential electricity or natural gas services to a family unit.

(2) The minister may provide a utility security deposit to or for a family unit that is eligible for income assistance or hardship assistance, in an amount not to exceed the minimum amount required by a utility provider from a recipient, if

(a) the utility security deposit is necessary to enable the family unit to obtain or continue to obtain the services of the utility, and

(b) the recipient agrees in writing to repay the amount paid under this section.

(3) The minister may recover the amount of a utility security deposit provided under subsection (2) by deducting $20 for each calendar month, or a greater amount with the consent of a recipient, from income assistance or hardship assistance provided to or for the family unit starting with the income assistance or hardship assistance provided for the calendar month following the calendar month during which the utility security deposit is paid. (B.C. Reg. 312/2006)

Crisis supplement

59 (1) The minister may provide a crisis supplement to or for a family unit that is eligible for income assistance or hardship assistance if

(a) the family unit or a person in the family unit requires the supplement to meet an unexpected expense or obtain an item unexpectedly needed and is unable to meet the expense or obtain the item because there are no resources available to the family unit, and

(b) the minister considers that failure to meet the expense or obtain the item will result in

(i) imminent danger to the physical health of any person in the family unit, or

(ii) removal of a child under the Child, Family and Community Service Act.

(2) A crisis supplement may be provided only for the calendar month in which the application or request for the supplement is made.

(3) A crisis supplement may not be provided for the purpose of obtaining

(a) a supplement described in Schedule C, or

(b) any other health care goods or services.

(4) A crisis supplement provided for food, shelter or clothing is subject to the following limitations:

(a) if for food, the maximum amount that may be provided in a calendar month is $20 for each person in the family unit,

(b) if for shelter, the maximum amount that may be provided in a calendar month is the smaller of

(i) the family unit’s actual shelter cost, and

(ii) the maximum set out in section 4 of Schedule A or Table 2 of Schedule D, as applicable, for a family unit that matches the family unit, and

(c) if for clothing, the amount that may be provided must not exceed the smaller of

(i) $100 for each person in the family unit in the 12 calendar month period preceding the date of application for the crisis supplement, and

(ii) $400 for the family unit in the 12 calendar month period preceding the date of application for the crisis supplement.

(5) The cumulative amount of crisis supplements that may be provided to or for a family unit in a year must not exceed the amount calculated under subsection (6).

(6) In the calendar month in which the application or request for the supplement is made, the amount under subsection (5) is calculated by multiplying by 2 the maximum amount of income assistance or hardship assistance that may be provided for the month under Schedule A or Schedule D to a family unit that matches the family unit.

(7) Despite subsection (4) (b) or (5) or both, a crisis supplement may be provided to or for a family unit for the following:

(a) fuel for heating;

(b) fuel for cooking meals;

(c) water;

(d) hydro.

(B.C. Reg. 12/2003)

Advance for lost or stolen family bonus cheque

60 (1) The minister may provide a supplement to or for a family unit that is eligible for income assistance or hardship assistance as an advance for a lost or stolen family bonus cheque if

(a) the minister is satisfied that an unendorsed child benefits cheque, the payee of which is a person in the family unit, has been lost or stolen,

(b) the minister considers that the advance is immediately needed for basic needs of food, clothing or shelter,

(c) the minister is satisfied that any steps necessary for replacing the cheque have been or will be taken, and

(d) a recipient in the family unit does either or both of the following:

(i) agrees in writing to repay the advance;

(ii) authorizes deduction of the amount of the advance from subsequent payments of assistance.

(2) The amount that may be advanced under subsection (1) is all or part of the amount of the lost or stolen child benefits cheque that is attributed to family bonus.

(3) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

Supplement for delayed, suspended or cancelled family bonus

61 (1) In this section, "maximum national child benefit supplement", in relation to a family unit, means the amount the family unit would receive for a calendar month as the national child benefit supplement if

(a) the family unit were entitled to receive the national child benefit supplement for the calendar month, and

(b) the income of the family unit, for the purposes of calculating the national child benefit supplement, were zero.

(2) The minister may provide a supplement to or for a family unit that is eligible for income assistance or hardship assistance if

(a) payment of the family bonus for a calendar month to a person in the family unit is delayed, suspended or cancelled under the Income Tax Act (Canada) or the Income Tax Act (British Columbia) for any reason other than that

(i) the person refuses to apply for the family bonus,

(ii) the person refuses to provide information necessary to determine eligibility for the family bonus, or

(iii) the person refuses to accept the family bonus, and

(b) the minister considers that the supplement is immediately needed for basic needs of food, clothing or shelter.

(3) The amount that may be provided for a calendar month as a supplement under subsection (2) is equal to

(a) the maximum national child benefit supplement, minus

(b) the family bonus, if any, received by the family unit for the preceding calendar month.

(B.C. Reg. 286/2003) (B.C. Reg.62/2010) (B.C. Reg.197/2012)

Guide animal supplement

62 The minister may provide a supplement of $95 for each calendar month to or for a family unit that is eligible for income assistance or hardship assistance for the maintenance of a guide animal if the guide animal is

(a) certified under the Guide Animal Act, and

(b) used by a person in the family unit.

(B.C. Reg. 59/2007)

School start-up supplement

62.1 (1) The minister may provide an annual school start-up supplement to or for a family unit that is eligible for income assistance or hardship assistance if the family unit includes a dependent child who is attending school full time.

(2) The minister may specify

(a) the amount to be provided as a school start-up supplement, which may be different for children of different age groups, and

(b) the time when the supplement is to be provided.

(B.C. Reg. 196/2012)

Canada Pension Plan adjustment supplement

63 Repealed (B.C. Reg. 52/2005)

Division 4 – Supplements – Persons who Demonstrate Eligibility

Provincial senior’s supplement

64 (1) The minister may provide a Provincial senior's supplement to a family unit for any of the following:

(a) a person who receives the federal guaranteed income supplement,

(i) both spouses of a couple if one spouse receives the federal guaranteed income supplement and the other spouse receives the federal spouse’s allowance.

(2) A family unit becomes eligible for a Provincial senior’s supplement on the first day of the calendar month following the calendar month in which a person referred to in subsection (1) became eligible for the federal guaranteed income supplement.

(3) If the first payment of the Provincial senior’s supplement is made after the date on which the family unit became eligible for it under subsection (2), the family unit is eligible to receive payments for the period before that date only for the shorter of the following periods:

(a) the period since the date the person became eligible;

(b) 12 calendar months.

Burial or cremation supplements

65 (1) In this section:

“extraprovincial transportation”, with respect to a person who dies in Canada but outside British Columbia, means transporting the deceased person’s body within the province or territory in which death occurred for the purposes of providing a service described in paragraph (b) or (c) of the definition of “funeral costs”;

“funeral costs” means the costs of the following items, as set out in Schedule F:

(a) intraprovincial transportation costs;

(b) services of a funeral provider, as defined in the Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Act;

(c) cremation or burial of a deceased person’s body or remains, including the cost of a casket or urn;

“interprovincial transportation” means preparing the deceased person’s body for transport to British Columbia and transporting the body to British Columbia;

“intraprovincial transportation” means transporting a deceased person’s body within British Columbia for the purposes of providing a service described in paragraph (b) or (c) of the definition of “funeral costs”;

“responsible person”, with respect to a deceased person, means,

(a) a spouse of the person,

(b) in the case of a minor, a parent of the person, or

(c) in the case of a person sponsored to immigrate to Canada under the Immigration Act (Canada) or the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada), a sponsor or co-sponsor of the person, if the undertaking given or co-signed by the sponsor is still in effect.

(B.C. Reg. 63/2010)

(2) If neither the estate of a deceased person nor any responsible person has the resources available to pay any of the following costs when payable, the minister may provide a supplement for those costs in the circumstances specified: (B.C. Reg. 63/2010)

(a) necessary funeral costs, if

(i) the person died in British Columbia, and

(ii) the burial or cremation is to take place or has taken place in British Columbia;

(b) necessary funeral costs and, with the prior approval of the minister, the necessary interprovincial transportation costs, if (B.C. Reg. 63/2010) (B.C. Reg. 79/2010)

(i) the person died in Canada but outside British Columbia,

(ii) immediately before the death, the deceased person was a recipient of income assistance, disability assistance or hardship assistance, and

(iii) the burial or cremation is to take place or has taken place in British Columbia;

(c) with the prior approval of the minister, the necessary extraprovincial transportation costs and necessary funeral costs, if (B.C. Reg. 63/2010)

(i) the person died in Canada but outside of British Columbia,

(ii) immediately before the death, the deceased person was a recipient of income assistance, disability assistance or hardship assistance, and

(iii) the burial or cremation is to take place in the province or territory in which the death occurred;

(d) necessary funeral costs, if

(i) the person died outside British Columbia, or in the case of a recipient of income assistance, disability assistance or hardship assistance, died outside of Canada

(ii) immediately before the death, the person was ordinarily resident in British Columbia, and

(iii) the burial or cremation is to take place or has taken place in British Columbia.

(3) For the purposes of subsection (2), funeral costs and interprovincial transportation and extraprovincial transportation costs are necessary if the minister determines that (B.C. Reg. 63/2010)

(a) the item or service in relation to which a supplement is requested is a necessary item or service, (B.C. Reg. 63/2010)

(b) the item or service is or was appropriate, and (B.C. Reg.63/2010)

(c) Repealed (B.C. Reg.63/2010)

(3.1) The amount of a supplement payable under subsection (2) is,

(a) in respect of a funeral provider’s fee for services, an amount that is, in the opinion of the minister, the lowest reasonable cost,

(b) in respect of a particular item or service that is a funeral cost, other than a service included in a funeral provider’s fee for services,

(i) the cost for the item or service set out in Schedule F, or

(ii) if there is no cost set out for the item or service in Schedule F, the cost that is, in the opinion of the minister, the lowest reasonable cost for that item or service, and

(c) in respect of interprovincial transportation or extraprovincial transportation, the cost that is, in the opinion of the minster, the lowest reasonable cost.

(B.C. Reg. 63/2010)

(4) The amount of a supplement paid under this section is a debt due to the government and may be recovered by it from the deceased’s estate.

(B.C. Reg. 313/2007)

Bus pass supplement

66 (1) The minister may provide a supplement to or for a family unit, other than the family unit of a recipient of disability assistance, that contributes $45 to the cost, to provide an annual pass for the personal use of a person in the family unit who

(a) receives the federal spouse’s allowance or federal guaranteed income supplement,

(b) is 60 or more years of age and receives income assistance under section 2 [monthly support allowance], 4 [monthly shelter allowance], 6 [people receiving room and board] or 9 [people in emergency shelters transition and houses] of Schedule A, or

(c) is 65 years of age or more and meets all of the eligibility requirements for the federal guaranteed income supplement except the 10 year residency requirement.

(2) In this section, “annual pass” means an annual pass to use a public passenger transportation system in a transit service area established under section 25 of the British Columbia Transit Act.

Division 5 – Health Supplements

Eligibility for medical services only

66.1 For the purposes of this Division, a person may be eligible for medical services only if

(a) the person is part of a family unit that ceased to be eligible for income assistance as a result of

(i) an award of compensation under the Criminal Injury Compensation Act or an award of benefits under the Crime Victim Assistance Act made to the person or another member of the person’s family unit, and the person was eligible for health supplements under section 2 [general health supplements] or 3 [medical equipment and devices] of Schedule C on the date the person’s family unit ceased to be eligible for income assistance, or

(ii) a payment made to the person or another member of the person’s family unit under the settlement agreement approved by the Supreme Court in Action No. S50808, Kelowna Registry, or

(b) the person, on the date of the person’s 65th birthday, was

(i) a recipient of income assistance under section 2 [monthly support allowance], 4 [monthly shelter allowance], 6 [people receiving room and board], 8 [people receiving special care] or 9 [people in emergency shelters and transition houses] of Schedule A, and

(ii) eligible for health supplements under section 2 [general health supplements] or 3 [medical equipment and devices] of Schedule C, and the person’s family unit ceased to be eligible for income assistance on that date.

(B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

General health supplements

67 (1) Subject to subsection (1.1), the minister may provide any health supplement set out in section 2 [general health supplements] or 3 [medical equipment and devices] of Schedule C to or for a family unit if the health supplement is provided to or for a person in the family unit who (B.C. Reg. 89/2005) (B.C. Reg. 67/2010)

(a) is a recipient of income assistance under section 2 [monthly support allowance], 4 [monthly shelter allowance], 6 [people receiving room and board] or 9 [people in emergency shelters and transition houses] of Schedule A if

(i) any person in the family unit is a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment, and

(ii) the recipient does not receive a federal spouse’s allowance or guaranteed income supplement benefits,

(iii) Repealed

(B.C. Reg. 57/2007)

(b) is a recipient of income assistance under section 8 [people receiving special care] of Schedule A, (B.C. Reg. 89/2005)

(c) is a dependant of a person referred to in

(i) paragraph (b), (B.C. Reg. 89/2005)

(ii) paragraph (f), if the dependant was a dependant of the person on the day the person reached 65 years of age and remains a dependant of that person, (B.C. Reg. 89/2005)

(iii) paragraph (g), if the dependant was a dependant of the person on the day the person’s family unit ceased to be eligible for income assistance as a result of a payment made to the person or another member of the person’s family unit under the settlement agreement approved by the Supreme Court in Action No. S50808, Kelowna Registry, or

(iv) paragraph (h), if the dependant was a dependant of the person on the day the person’s family unit ceased to be eligible for income assistance as a result of an award of compensation under the Criminal Injury Compensation Act or an award of benefits under the Crime Victim Assistance Act made to the person or another member of the person’s family unit, and

(A) if the dependant is under age 65, the family unit is receiving premium assistance under the Medicare Protection Act, or

(B) if the dependant is aged 65 or more, any person in the family unit is receiving the federal spouse’s allowance or the federal guaranteed income supplement,

(B.C. Reg. 67/2010) (B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(d) Repealed (B.C. Reg.62/2010),

(e) is a dependent child of a recipient of income assistance or hardship assistance, (B.C. Reg. 89/2005)

(f) was on the day the person reached 65 years of age

(i) a recipient of income assistance under section 2 [monthly support allowance], 4 [monthly shelter allowance], 6 [people receiving room and board], 8 [people receiving special care] or 9 [people in emergency shelters and transition houses] of Schedule A, and (ii) eligible for health supplements under section 2 [general health supplemenst] or 3 [medical equipment and devices] of Schedule C, (B.C. Reg. 89/2005)

(g) meets the following requirements:

(i) has not reached 65 years of age;

(ii) is a part of a family unit that ceased to be eligible for income assistance as a result of a payment made to the person or another member of the person’s family unit under the settlement agreement approved by the Supreme Court in Action No. S50808, Kelowna Registry;

(iii) was eligible for health supplements under section 2 or 3 of Schedule C on the day the person’s family unit ceased to be eligible for income assistance. (B.C. Reg. 89/2005)

(h) meets all of the following requirements:

(i) is part of a family unit that ceased to be eligible for income assistance as a result of an award of compensation under the Criminal Injury Compensation Act or an award of benefits under the Crime Victim Assistance Act made to the person or another member of the person’s family unit;

(ii) was eligible for health supplements under section 2 or 3 of Schedule C on the day the person’s family unit ceased to be eligible for incomeassistance. (B.C. Reg. 170/2008) (B.C. Reg. 67/2010)

(iii) either

(A) if the person is under age 65, the family unit is receiving premium assistance under the Medicare Protection Act, or

(B) if the person is aged 65 or more, any person in the family unit is receiving the federal spouse’s allowance or the federal guaranteed income supplement.

(B.C. Reg. 89//2005) (B.C. Reg.57/2007) (B.C. Reg. 170/2008) (B.C. Reg. 48/2010) (B.C. Reg. 67/2010) (B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(1.1) A person eligible to receive a health supplement under subsection (1) (c) (ii) or (f) may receive the supplement

(a) while any person in the family unit is receiving the federal spouse’s allowance or the federal guaranteed income supplement, and

(b) for a maximum of one year from the date on which the family unit ceased to be eligible for medical services only.

(B.C. Reg. 67/2010) (B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(1.2) A person who was eligible to receive a health supplement under subsection (1) (c) (iv) or (h) but ceases to be eligible for medical services only may continue to receive the supplement for a maximum of one year from the date on which the family unit ceased to be eligible for medical services only. (B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(2) Subject to subsection (3), the minister may provide any health supplement set out in section 2 [general health supplements] or 3 [medical equipment and devices] of Schedule C to or for a family unit if the health supplement is provided to or for a recipient in the family unit who

(a) has received income assistance under the BC Benefits (Income Assistance) Act or the Act continuously from March 31, 1997 and on March 30, 1997, was eligible under section 37 (1) (a) of the BC Benefits (Income Assistance) Regulations, B.C. Reg. 272/96, as it read on March 30, 1997, for the health care services and benefits referred to in that provision, or

(b) is a dependant of a recipient referred to in paragraph (a).

(3) Subsection (2) applies only until the earlier of the following dates:

(a) the date the recipient ceases to receive income assistance;

(b) the first day of the calendar month after the minister makes a determination that the recipient, or any dependant of the recipient other than a dependent child, is capable of accepting employment.

(4) A person referred to in subsection (1) (c) (ii), (iii) or (iv), (B.C. Reg. 67/2010) (f), (g) or (h) ceases to be eligible for any supplement under this division if the person’s family unit takes up residence outside British Columbia. (B.C. Reg. 89/2005) (B.C. Reg. 170/2008) (B.C. Reg. 67/2010)

Optical supplements

67.1 (1) Subject to subsection (1.1), the minister may provide any health supplement set out in section 2.1 [optical supplements] of Schedule C to or for a family unit if the supplement is provided to or for a person in the family unit who is (B.C. Reg. 67/2010)

(a) a recipient of income assistance under section 2 [monthly support allowance], 4 [monthly shelter allowance], 6 [people receiving room and board], 8 [people receiving special care] or 9 [people in emergency shelters and transition houses] of Schedule A,

(b) a recipient of hardship assistance, other than under section 42 [applicants who do not meet citizenship requirements],

(c) a dependent child of a recipient referred to in paragraph (a) or (b),

(d) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

(e) a person who was a recipient of income assistance under section 2 [monthly support allowance], 4 [monthly shelter allowance], 6 [people receiving room and board], 8 [people receiving special care] or 9 [people in emergency shelters and transition houses] of Schedule A on the day he or she reached 65 years of age and was eligible for supplements under section 2 [general health supplements] or 3 [medical equipment and devices] of Schedule C on that day,

(f) a dependant of a person referred to in paragraph (e), if the dependant was a dependant of the person on the day the person reached 65 years of age and remains a dependant of that person, or

(g) a person referred to in section 67 (1) (c) (iv) or (h), if

(i) the person is under age 65 and the family unit is receiving premium assistance under the Medicare Protection Act, or

(ii) the person is aged 65 or more and any person in the family unit is receiving the federal spouse’s allowance or the federal guaranteed income supplement.

(B.C. Reg. 67/2010) (B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(1.1) A person eligible to receive a health supplement under subsection (1) (e) or (f) may receive the supplement

(a) while any person in the family unit is receiving the federal spouse’s allowance or the federal guaranteed income supplement, and

(b) for a maximum of one year from the date on which the family unit ceased to be eligible for medical services only.

(B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(1.2) A person who was eligible to receive a health supplement under subsection (1) (g) but ceases to be eligible for medical services only may continue to receive the supplement for a maximum of one year from the date on which the family unit ceased to be eligible for medical services only. (B.C. Reg. 67/2010) (B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(2) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 67/2010)

Eye examination supplements

67.2 (1) Subject to the limits set in this section, the minister may provide a health supplement under section 2.2 [eye examination supplements] of Schedule C to or for a family unit if the supplement is provided to or for a person in the family unit who is

(a) a recipient of income assistance,

(b) a recipient of hardship assistance, other than under section 42 [applicants who do not meet citizenship requirements], or

(c) a person referred to in section 67 (1) (c) (iv) or (h), if

(i) the person is under age 65 and the family unit is receiving premium assistance under the Medicare Protection Act, or

(ii) the person is aged 65 or more and any person in the family unit is receiving the federal spouse’s allowance or the federal guaranteed income supplement.

(B.C. Reg. 67/2010) (B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(3) A person referred to in subsection (1) is not eligible for more than one health supplement under section 2.2 of Schedule C in any 24 calendar month period.

(4) A health supplement under section 2.2 of Schedule C may be provided only if payment for the service is not available under the Medicare Protection Act. (B.C. Reg. 236/2003)

(5) A person who was eligible to receive a health supplement under subsection (1) (c) but ceases to be eligible for medical services only may continue to receive the supplement for a maximum of one year from the date on which the family unit ceased to be eligible for medical services only. (B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

Dental supplements

68 (1) Subject to subsection (2), the minister may provide any health supplement set out in section 4 [dental supplements] of Schedule C that is provided to or for a family unit if the health supplement is provided to or for a person in the family unit who is (B.C. Reg. 67/2010)

(a) a person referred to in section 67 (1) (a), [general health supplements], (B.C. Reg. 170/2008) (B.C. Reg. 67/2010) (B.C. Reg. 79/2010)

(a.1) a person referred to in section 67 (1) (f), (B.C. Reg. 67/2010)

(a.2) a person referred to in section 67 (1) (c) (iv) or (h), if

(i) the person is under age 65 and the family unit is receiving premium assistance under the Medicare Protection Act, or

(ii) the person is aged 65 or more and any person in the family unit is receiving the federal spouse’s allowance or the federal guaranteed income supplement, (B.C. Reg. 67/2010) (B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(b) a dependent child of a recipient of income assistance or hardship assistance, (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(c) a person referred to in section 67 (1) (b) if the person, or an adult dependant of the person, is a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment, (B.C. Reg. 57/2007)

(d) an adult dependant of a person referred to in section 67 (1) (b) if the adult dependant or the person referred to in that provision is a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment, or (B.C. Reg. 57/2007)

(e) an adult dependant of a person referred to in section 67 (1) (f).

(2) A person eligible to receive a health supplement under subsection (1) (a.1) or (e) may receive the supplement

(a) while any person in the family unit is receiving the federal spouse’s allowance or the federal guaranteed income supplement, and

(b) for a maximum of one year from the date on which the family unit ceased to be eligible for medical services only. (B.C. Reg. 67/2010) (B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(3) A person who was eligible to receive a health supplement under subsection (1) (a.2) but ceases to be eligible for medical services only may continue to receive the supplement for a maximum of one year from the date on which the family unit ceased to be eligible for medical services only. (B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

Crown and bridgework supplement

68.1 (1) The minister may provide a crown and bridgework supplement under section 4.1 of Schedule C to a recipient of income assistance under section 2, 4, 6, 8, or 9 of Schedule A if either (B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(a) the recipient

(i) is a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment, and

(ii) does not receive a federal spouse’s allowance or guaranteed income supplement benefits, or

(b) the recipient is a person referred to in section 67 (1) (h), and

(i) if the recipient is under age 65, the family unit is receiving premium assistance under the Medicare Protection Act, or

(ii) if the recipient is aged 65 or more, any person in the family unit is receiving the federal spouse’s allowance or the federal guaranteed income supplement.

(B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(2) A person who was eligible to receive a health supplement under subsection (1) (b) but ceases to be eligible for medical services only may continue to receive the supplement for a maximum of one year from the date on which the family unit ceased to be eligible for medical services only.

(B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(B.C. Reg. 170/2008)

Denture supplements

69 The minister may provide any health supplement set out in section 5 [denture supplements] of Schedule C to or for a family unit if the health supplement is provided to

(a) a recipient of income assistance, or

(b) an adult dependant of a recipient of income assistance,

who is not eligible for a supplement under section 68 [dental supplements] if the recipient or dependant has had tooth extractions performed in the last 6 months because of pain and those extractions resulted in the recipient or dependant requiring a full upper denture, a full lower denture or both.

Emergency dental and denture supplements

70 (1) Subject to subsection (2), the minister may provide any health supplements set out in section 6 of Schedule C to or for a family unit if the health supplement is provided to or for a person in the family unit who is

(a) a recipient of income assistance under Schedule A,

(b) a recipient of hardship assistance under Schedule D,

(c) a person referred to in section 67 (1) (f) [general health supplements],

(c.1) a person referred to in section 67 (1) (h), if

(i) the person is under age 65 and the family unit is receiving premium assistance under the Medicare Protection Act, or

(ii) the person is aged 65 or more and any person in the family unit is receiving the federal spouse’s allowance or the federal guaranteed income supplement,

(B.C. Reg. 67/2010) (B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(d) a person referred to in section 72 [dental and optical supplements – healthy kids program],

(e) a dependant of a person referred to in paragraph (a) or (b),

(f) a dependant of a person referred to in paragraph (c), or

(g) a dependant of a person referred to in paragraph (c.1), if the dependant is a dependant of the person referred to in paragraph (c.1) on the day the person’s family unit ceased to be eligible for income assistance, and any person in the family unit

(i) is under age 65 and the family unit is receiving premium assistance under the Medicare Protection Act, or

(ii) is aged 65 or more and a person in the family unit is receiving the federal spouse’s allowance or the federal guaranteed income supplement.

(B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(2) A person eligible to receive a health supplement under subsection (1) (c) or (f) may receive the supplement

(a) while any person in the family unit is receiving the federal spouse’s allowance or the federal guaranteed income supplement, and

(b) for a maximum of one year from the date on which the family unit ceased to be eligible for medical services only. (B.C. Reg. 67/2010)

(B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(3) A person who was eligible to receive a health supplement under subsection (1) (c.1) or (g) but ceases to be eligible for medical services only may continue to receive the supplement for a maximum of one year from the date on which the family unit ceased to be eligible for medical services only.(B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

Orthodontic supplement

71 (1) The minister may provide orthodontic supplements to or for a family unit if the orthodontic supplements are provided to or for a person in the family unit who meets the conditions under subsection (2) and who is a dependent child of a recipient of income assistance. (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

(2) For a child referred to in subsection (1) to be eligible for orthodontic supplements, the child’s family unit must have no resources available to cover the cost of the orthodontic supplements and the child must

(a) have severe skeletal dysplasia with jaw misalignment by 2 or more standard deviations, and

(b) obtain prior authorization from the minister for the orthodontic supplements.

(3) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 313/2007)

Dental and optical supplements – healthy kids program

72 The minister may provide a health supplement in accordance with section 7 of Schedule C to a dependent child of a person who, when the service was provided, was receiving premium assistance under the Medicare Protection Act and who does not qualify for a supplement under section 67 (1) [general health supplements].

Diet supplement

73 (1) The minister may pay for a diet supplement in accordance with section 8 of Schedule C for a recipient of income assistance under section 2 [monthly support allowance], 4 [monthly shelter allowance], 6 [people receiving room and board] or 9 [people in emergency shelters and transition houses] of Schedule A (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

(a) a special diet for a specific medical condition described in section 8 of Schedule C, or

(b) a special diet described in section 8 of Schedule C.

(B.C. Reg. 64/2010)

(2) A person is not eligible for a supplement under subsection (1) unless the need for the special diet is confirmed in writing by

(a) a medical practitioner,

(a.1) a nurse practitioner, or (B.C. Reg. 317/2008)

(b) a registrant of the College of Dietitians of British Columbia established under the Health Professions Act. (B.C. Reg. 202/2006)

Nutritional supplement

74 The minister may provide a nutritional supplement for a period of 3 calendar months for a a recipient of income assistance or a dependent child of a recipient of income assistance if

(a) the recipient or dependent child is not receiving a supplement under section 2 (3) of Schedule C, and

(b) a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner confirms in writing that the recipient or dependent child has an acute short term need for caloric supplementation to a regular dietary intake to prevent critical weight loss while recovering from (B.C. Reg. 317/2008)

(i) surgery,

(ii) a severe injury,

(iii) a serious disease, or

(iv) side effects of medical treatment.

Tube feed nutritional supplement

74.01 (1) In this section, “tube feed nutritional supplement” means a liquid nutritional product that is fed to a person via a tube to the stomach or intestines of the person and the pumps, tubes, bags and other medical equipment or supplies that are required to feed the liquid nutritional product to the person.

(2) Subject to subsection (3), the minister may provide a tube feed nutritional supplement if the supplement is provided to or for a person in the family unit

(a) who is a recipient of income assistance under section 2 [monthly support allowance], 4 [monthly shelter allowance], 6 [people receiving room and board], 7 [people over 65 years of age], or 9 [people in emergency shelters and transition houses] of Schedule A,

(b) who is a dependent child of a recipient referred to in paragraph (a),

(c) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

(d) who has ceased to be eligible for income assistance, but

(i) on the date the family unit ceased to be eligible for income assistance, was eligible to receive a health supplement under section 67 (1) (c) (ii) or (f) and was receiving a tube feed nutritional supplement, and

(ii) whose family unit is receiving premium assistance under the Medicare Protection Act,

(e) who has ceased to be eligible for income assistance, but

(i) is eligible to receive a health supplement under section 67 (1) (c) (iii) or (g), and

(ii) on the date the family unit ceased to be eligible for income assistance, was receiving a tube feed nutritional supplement,

(e.1) who has ceased to be eligible for income assistance, but

(i) is eligible to receive a health supplement under section 67 (1) (c) (iv) or (h),

(ii) on the date the family unit ceased to be eligible for income assistance, was receiving a tube feed nutritional supplement, and

(iii) whose family unit is receiving premium assistance under the Medicare Protection Act, or

(B.C. Reg. 67/2010)

(f) another member of which is receiving assistance under section 8 (2) of Schedule A.

(3) The minister may provide a tube feed nutritional supplement under this section if

(a) a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner or registrant of the College of Dieticians of British Columbia established under the Health Professions Act confirms in writing that the person’s primary source of nutrition is through tube feeding,

(b) the person is not receiving a supplement under section 73 [diet supplement] or 74 [nutritional supplement], or a diet, nutritional or tube feed nutritional supplement under section 2 (3) of Schedule C, and

(c) there are no resources available to the person to pay for the tube feed nutritional supplement.

(B.C. Reg. 338/2008)

Infant Health Supplement

74.1 (1) Subject to subsection (2), the minister may provide the type of health supplement referred to in section 10 of Schedule C, in accordance with that section, to or for

(a) a dependent child of a recipient of income assistance under section 4 of the Act,

(b) a dependent child of a recipient of hardship assistance under section 5 of the Act, or (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

(c) a dependent child of a person referred to in section 67 (1) (f) of this regulation,

(c.1) a dependent child of a person referred to in section 67 (1) (g) of this regulation,

(c.2) a dependent child of a person referred to in section 67 (1) (h) of this regulation, if

(i) the person referred to in section 67 (1) (h), or his or her spouse, is under age 65 and the family unit is receiving premium assistance under the Medicare Protection Act, or

(ii) the person referred to in section 67 (1) (h), or his or her spouse, is aged 65 or more and any person in the family unit is receiving the federal spouse’s allowance or the federal guaranteed income supplement, or

(B.C. Reg. 67/2010) (B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(d) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

(2) A person eligible to receive a health supplement under subsection (1) (c) may receive the supplement

(a) while any person in the family unit is receiving the federal spouse’s allowance or the federal guaranteed income supplement, and

(b) for a maximum of one year from the date on which the family unit ceased to be eligible for medical services only.

(B.C. Reg. 67/2010) (B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(3) A person who was eligible to receive a health supplement under subsection (1) (c.2) but ceases to be eligible for medical services only may continue to receive the supplement for a maximum of one year from the date on which the family unit ceased to be eligible for medical services only.

(B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

Natal supplement

75 (1) The minister may provide a natal supplement in accordance with section 9 of Schedule C if the supplement is provided to or for a person in the family unit who is a recipient of income assistance under section 2 [monthly support allowance], 4 [monthly shelter allowance], 6 [people receiving room and board] or 9 [people in emergency shelters and transition houses] of Schedule A. (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

(2) A family unit is eligible to receive the natal supplement while

(a) the recipient or dependent child is pregnant, as confirmed in writing by a medical practitioner, a nurse practitioner or a registrant of the College of Midwives of British Columbia, or (B.C. Reg. 317/2008)

(b) the recipient or dependent child has a dependent child under 7 months of age.

Health supplement for persons facing direct and imminent life threatening health need

76 The minister may provide to a family unit any health supplement set out in sections 2 (1) (a) and (f) [general health supplements] and 3 [medical equipment and devices] of Schedule C, if the health supplement is provided to or for a person in the family unit who is otherwise not eligible for the health supplement under this regulation, and if the minister is satisfied that

(a) the person faces a direct and imminent life threatening need and there are no resources available to the person’s family unit with which to meet that need,

(b) the health supplement is necessary to meet that need,

(c) the person’s family unit is receiving premium assistance under the Medicare Protection Act, and

(d) the requirements specified in the following provisions of Schedule C, as applicable, are met:

(i) paragraph (a) or (f) of section (2) (1);

(ii) sections 3 to 3.12, other than paragraph (a) of section 3 (1).

(B.C. Reg. 61/2010) (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

Supplement for alcohol or drug treatment

77 (1) The minister may provide a supplement for the cost of treatment, counselling or related services for an alcohol or drug problem that is provided to a person in a family unit who is a recipient of income assistance or a dependent child of a recipient of income assistance, if

(a) the minister considers that the recipient or dependent child needs the treatment, counselling or related services and there are no resources available to the family unit to cover the costs, and

(b) the recipient or dependent child receives the minister’s approval before incurring those costs.

(2)The amount of the supplement under this section is limited to a total of not more than $500 for all treatment, counselling and related services provided to any one person over the previous 12 consecutive calendar month

Transition – continued eligibility

77.01 (1) A person who, on March 31, 2010,

(a) is eligible to receive a supplement referred to in any of sections 67 (1), 67.1 (1), 68 (1), 70 (1) or 74.1 (1), and

(b) is not eligible for income assistance because the person is 65 years of age or over may, despite sections 67 (1.1), 67.1 (1.1), 68 (2), 70 (2) or 74.1 (2), receive a supplement referred to in any of those sections while any person in the family unit is receiving the federal spouse’s allowance or the federal guaranteed income supplement and for a maximum of one year from the date on which the family unit ceased to be eligible for medical services only. (B.C. Reg. 67/2010) (B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(2) A person who

(a) is a dependant of a person described in subsection (1) on the day that person ceased to be eligible for assistance, and

(b) on March 31, 2010, is eligible to receive a supplement referred to in any of sections 67 (1), 67.1 (1), 68 (1), 70 (1) or 74.1 (1) may, despite sections 67 (1.1), 67.1 (1.1), 68 (2), 70 (2) or 74.1 (2), receive a supplement referred to in any of those sections while any person in the family unit is receiving the federal spouse’s allowance or the federal guaranteed income supplement and for a maximum of one year from the date on which the family unit ceased to be eligible for medical services only.

(B.C. Reg. 114/2010)

(3) A person described in section 74.01 (2) (d) or (e.1) may, despite section 74.01 (2) (d) (ii) or (e.1) (iii), receive a tube feed nutritional supplement until April 1, 2011, regardless of whether the person’s family unit is receiving premium assistance under the Medicare Protection Act.

(B.C. Reg. 67/2010)

Division 6 – Supplements – Eligibility for Employment-related Programs

Eligibility for self-employment program

77.1 To be eligible to participate in a self-employment program established or funded by the minister under section 7 of the Act, a recipient must qualify under section 2 of this regulation as a person with persistent multiple barriers to employment. (B.C. Reg. 462/2003)

Business plan

77.2 (1) The minister may require a recipient who is

(a) applying to participate in a self-employment program, or

(b) participating in a self-employment program

to provide, for the acceptance of the minister and within the time specified by the minister, a business plan for the small business the recipient is operating or proposes to operate under the self-employment program.

(2) If a recipient provides a business plan under subsection (1) that is not acceptable to the minister, the minister may return the business plan to the recipient with directions and the recipient may resubmit the business plan within the time specified by the minister for that propose.

(3) If

(a) a recipient fails to provide a business plan in the time specified under subsection (1) or (2), as applicable, or

(b) a recipient provides a business plan that is not acceptable to the minister, the recipient is not or ceases to be eligibe to participate in the self-employment program.

Monthly report

77.3 If a recipient who is participating in a self-employment program is operating a small business under the program, the recipient must, in addition to the report required under section 33, provide a monthly report to the minister in the form and at the time specified by the miniter, setting out, for the period covered by the report, as required by the form, the business activities, earnings, expenses, assets and liabilities of the small business the recipient is operating. (B.C. Reg. 462/2003)

Division 7 – Consequences in Relation to Outstanding Arrest Warrants

Supplement to prevent undue hardship while dealing with outstanding arrest warrant

77.4 (1) The minister may provide a supplement to or for a family unit of an applicant or recipient for whom a warrant for arrest within the meaning of section 15.2 [consequences in relation to outstanding arrest warrants] of the Act has been issued for the purposes of section 15.2 (2) (a) of the Act, if the minister considers that undue hardship will otherwise occur.

(2) A supplement under this section may be provided only for the calendar month in which the supplement is requested.

(3) A supplement under this section may be provided for only three consecutive calendar months unless the minister authorizes up to three more monthly payments.

(4) Despite any other section of this regulation, the maximum amount of a supplement provided under subsection (1) is the difference between

(a) the maximum amount of income assistance determined under Schedule A for the calendar month for a family unit that matches the family unit in size but does not include a person for whom a warrant for arrest within the meaning of section 15.2 of the Act has been issued, and

(b) the amount of income assistance provided for the calendar month to the family unit.

(5) A recipient of a supplement must agree in writing to repay the amount paid under this section.

(B.C. Reg. 73/2010)

Transportation supplement

77.5 (1) In this section, “living cost” means the cost of accommodation and meals required for a person or family unit to return to the jurisdiction that issued the warrant.

(2) The minister may provide a supplement to

(a) an applicant or recipient for whom a warrant for arrest within the meaning of section 15.2 [consequences in relation to outstanding arrest warrants] of the Act has been issued for the purposes of section 15.2 (2) (b) (i) of the Act, or

(b) the family unit of an applicant or recipient for whom a warrant for arrest within the meaning of section 15.2 of the Act has been issued for the purposes of section 15.2 (2) (b) (ii) of the Act, if

(c) there are no resources available to the family unit to cover the cost of returning to the jurisdiction that issued the warrant, and

(d) the minister is satisfied that the supplement will be used by the person or family unit to return to the jurisdiction that issued the warrant to deal with the warrant.

(3) Despite any other section of this regulation, a supplement provided under subsection (2) is limited to an amount not to exceed the cost of

(a) the least expensive appropriate mode of transportation, and

(b) the least expensive appropriate living cost

to return the person or family unit to the jurisdiction that issued the warrant.

(4) A recipient of a supplement must agree in writing to repay the amount paid under this section.

(B.C. Reg. 73/2010)

Part 6 - Reconsideration and Appeals

Definitions for Part

78 In this Part

“appellant” means a person who commences an appeal under section 21 of the Act;

“party” means, in relation to an appeal to the tribunal, the appellant and the minister whose decision is under appeal.

How a request to reconsider a decision is made

79 (1) A person who wishes the minister to reconsider a decision referred to in section 17 (1) of the Act must deliver a request for reconsideration in the form specified by the minister to the ministry office where the person is applying for or receiving assistance.

(2) A request under subsection (1) must be delivered within 20 business days after the date the person is notified of the decision referred to in section 17 (1) of the Act and may be delivered by

(a) leaving it with an employee in the ministry office, or

(b) being received through the mail at that office.

Time limit for reconsidering decision

80 The minister must reconsider a decision referred to in section 17 (1) of the Act, and mail a written determination on the reconsideration to the person who delivered the request under section 79 (1), [how a request to reconsider a decision is made],

(a) within 10 business days after receiving the request, or

(b) if the minister considers it necessary in the circumstances and the person consents, within 20 business days after receiving the request.

(B.C. Reg. 77/2008)

Decisions that may not be appealed

81 (1) The following categories of supplements are not appealable to the tribunal:

(a) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 313/2007)

(b) reconsideration and appeal supplements under section 54;

(c) supplements related to employment plans under section 56;

(d) access to a program established or funded under the Act;

(e) confirmed job supplements under section 56.1; (B.C. Reg. 312/2002)

(f) supplements under section 77.4; (B.C. Reg. 73/2010)

(g) supplements under section 77.5. (B.C. Reg. 73/2010)

(2) A decision to refuse to provide income assistance, hardship assistance or a supplement is not appealable to the tribunal if the person who would bring the appeal is awaiting a reconsideration of the minister or the decision of a panel on an earlier request for reconsideration he or she made, or an appeal he or she brought, respecting the same matter.

(3) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 400/2007) (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

Prescribed qualifications for members, vice-chairs and the chair of the tribunal

82 (1) To be eligible for appointment as a member to the tribunal, a person must

(a) have an understanding of the essential elements for the conduct of a fair and objective appeal,

(b) have an understanding of the key aspects of the Act and its regulations, the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act and its regulations, and the Child Care Subsidy Act and its regulations,

(c) not be an employee, or have been an employee within the past 6 months, in the ministry of a minister charged with the administration of the Act, (B.C. Reg. 267/2008)

(d) not be a recipient under the Act or the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act, and

(e) not have a personal, professional, financial or other interest in matters coming before the tribunal that would cause a reasonably informed person to have a reasonable perception that the tribunal member would not be independent and impartial.

(2) To be eligible for appointment as a chair or vice-chair of the tribunal, a person must, in addition to the requirements in subsection (1),

(a) have demonstrated skills regarding management, financial administration and human resource development, and

(b) have demonstrated knowledge of administrative law.

Rate of remuneration

83 (1) A member of the tribunal, other than the chair or a vice-chair of the tribunal, shall receive for each appeal heard,

(a) $175 for acting as a panel chair, and

(b) $115 for acting as a member of a panel other than as a panel chair.

(B.C. Reg. 5/2008)

(2) For the purposes of this section, 2 or more appeals that are consolidated under section 86 (e) and heard at one hearing count as one appeal.

(3) Subsection (1) applies to a member of the tribunal for no more than 3 appeals the member hears on the same day.

Commencing an appeal

84 To commence an appeal, an applicant or recipient must complete an appeal form specified by the minister and must submit that form to the chair of the tribunal.

Time period for scheduling and conducting hearing

85 (1) A hearing must be held within 15 business days after the appeal form is delivered under section 84, unless the chair of the tribunal and the parties consent to a later date.

(2) The chair of the tribunal must notify the parties of the date, time and place of a hearing described in subsection (1) at least 2 business days before the hearing is to commence.

Procedures

86 The practices and procedures of a panel include the following:

(a) a party to an appeal may be represented by an agent;

(b) the panel may hear an appeal in the absence of a party if the party was notified of the hearing;

(c) the parties may call witnesses to give evidence before the panel;

(d) a witness may not be present at the hearing before giving evidence unless the witness is

(i) an expert witness in the proceedings,

(ii) a party to the appeal, or

(iii) an agent representing a party to the appeal;

(e) the chair of the tribunal may

(i) consolidate 2 or more appeals involving the same parties, and

(ii) direct that 2 or more appeals involving different parties will be heard together if the appeals involve substantially similar facts only if

(iii) the appeals involve substantially similar facts, and

(iv) each of the parties to each of the appeals agrees to the appeals being consolidated or heard together;

(f) the chair and the members of a panel must send to the chair of the tribunal all documents submitted to the panel respecting an appeal within 5 business days after that panel makes its determination under section 24 (1) of the Act respecting the appeal.

Notice of determinations and reasons

87 (1) The written determination of a panel under section 24 of the Act must be in the form specified by the minister and must

(a) specify the decision under appeal,

(b) summarize the issues and relevant facts considered in the appeal,

(c) set out the reasons on which the panel based its determination, and

(d) specify the outcome of the appeal.

(2) The panel must within 5 business days of the conclusion of the hearing provide to the chair of the tribunal its determination in accordance with subsection (1).

(3) On the request of the chair of a panel, the chair of the tribunal may extend the time limit under subsection (2) for the panel by no more than 10 additional business days if the chair of the tribunal is satisfied that

(a) the panel is making all reasonable efforts to provide the chair of the tribunal with its determination in a timely manner, and

(b) the best interest of the parties are served by the extension.

(4) If the panel’s determination is not provided to the chair of the tribunal within the later of

(a) the end of the 5th business day following the conclusion of the hearing, and

(b) the date approved under subsection (3) by the chair of the tribunal, the determination is invalid, the panel is disbanded without receiving any remuneration, and another panel must be appointed under section 22 of the Act.

(5) If another panel is appointed under section 22 of the Act as a result of subsection (4), section 85 applies to this other panel as though an appeal form had been delivered on the date of the appointment of the panel.

(6) The chair of the tribunal must within 5 business days of receipt of a determination of a panel mail a copy of the panel’s determination to the parties.

Confidentiality

88 (1) The tribunal and a panel must keep confidential all documents and information submitted to it respecting the hearing of an appeal.

(2) Determinations of a panel must not be disclosed by the chair and members of the panel to any person other than the chair of the tribunal.

(3) Appeal proceedings before a panel are confidential and the hearing is not open to the public.

(4) Despite subsections (1) to (3),

(a) the chair of the tribunal may publish determinations of panels if all names, addresses and other identifying information are removed from the decision before publication, and

(b) documents, information, determinations of a panel and matters arising in the course of appeal proceedings before a panel may be disclosed for purposes of the investigation for, or prosecution of, an offence under the laws of Canada or British Columbia.

Part 7 – General and Transitional Provisions

Deductions for debts owed

89 For the purposes of section 28 (1) (b) of the Act, the minimum amount that may be deducted is $10 each calendar month.

Prescribed enactments for purposes of sections 28 (1) (b) and 29 (2) of the Act

90 The following Acts are prescribed:

(a) for the purposes of section 28 (1) (b) of the Act, the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act;

(b) for the purposes of section 29 (2) of the Act, the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act.

How assistance is provided

90.1 The minister may provide

(a) income assistance or hardship assistance to or for a recipient by cheque or electronic funds transfer or in vouchers, and

(b) a supplement to or for a recipient by cheque or electronic funds transfer or in vouchers or in kind.

Repealed

91 Repealed (B.C. Reg. 8/2006)

Replacement of lost or stolen assistance cheque

92 If satisfied that an unendorsed assistance cheque has been lost or stolen, the minister may issue a replacement as long as,

(a) in the case of theft, the matter has been reported to police, and

(b) in the case of loss or theft, the recipient

(i) makes a declaration of the facts, and

(ii)undertakes to promptly deliver the lost or stolen cheque to the minister if it is recovered.

Transitional benefit to attend mental health activity centre

93 The minister may continue to provide a family unit with an amount that, immediately before this section comes into force, the family unit was receiving as a travel allowance under section 75 (1) of the Income Assistance Regulation, B.C. Reg. 75/97, to enable a person in the family unit to attend a mental health activity centre.

Transition in respect of the change to asset limits

94 Despite the repeal and replacement of section 9 (1) and (2) (b) of the Income Assistance Regulation, B.C. Reg. 75/95 and section 7 (1) and (2) (b) of the Youth Works Regulation, B.C. Reg. 77/97 on April 1, 2002 by B.C. Reg. 58/2002, section 9 (1) and (2) (b) of the Income Assistance Regulation and section 7 (1) and (2) (b) of the Youth Works Regulation, as they read on March 31, 2002, apply to the family unit of a recipient until the date the person’s eligibility is next audited under section 34 [requirement for eligibility audit].

Transition in respect of repealed provisions

95 (1) In this section, “repealed provision” means sections 26, 27, 28 (2) (a) or (g), section 47 and Schedule D and section 13 (2) of Schedule A of the Income Assistance Regulation, B.C. Reg. 75/97 in force on March 31, 2002 and section 22, 23 or 24 (2) (a) or (g) of the Youth Works Regulation, B.C. Reg. 77/97 in force on March 31, 2002.

(2) The minister must not provide assistance authorized under a repealed provision except an amount awarded on an appeal in respect of a calendar month prior to April, 2002.

Schedule A

Income Assistance Rates - (section 28 (a) )

Maximum amount of income assistance before deduction of net income

1 (1) Subject to this section and section 3 and 6 to 10 of this Schedule, the amount of income assistance referred to in section 28 (a) [amount of income assistance] of this regulation is the sum of (B.C. Reg. 48/2010) (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(a) the monthly support allowance under section 2 of this Schedule for a family unit matching the family unit of the applicant or recipient, plus

(b) the shelter allowance calculated under sections 4 and 5 of this Schedule.

(2) Despite subsection (1) but subject to subsection (3), income assistance may not be provided in respect of a dependent child if support for that child is provided under section 8 (2) or 93 (1) (g) (ii) of the Child, Family and Community Service Act.

(3) If

(a) an application is made by a parenting dependent child under section 5 (4) [application by parent who is dependent youth] of this regulation,

(b) the family unit is found eligible for income assistance, and

(c) support is provided for the parenting dependent child or his or her dependent child, or for both, under section 8 (2) or 93 (1) (g) (ii) of the Child, Family and Community Service Act,

the restriction in subsection (2) does not apply, but the amount of income assistance that may otherwise be provided to the family unit is to be reduced by the amount of that support.

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

Monthly support allowance

2 (0.1) For the purposes of this section:

"deemed dependent children", in relation to a family unit, means the persons in the family unit who are deemed to be dependent children under subsection (5);

"maximum adjustment", in relation to a family unit, means the amount the family unit would receive for a calendar month as the national child benefit supplement if

(a) the family unit were entitled to receive the national child benefit supplement for the calendar month,

(b) the income of the family unit, for the purposes of calculating the national child benefit supplement, were zero, and

(c) all dependent children and all deemed dependent children in the family unit were qualified dependants within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada);

"warrant" has the meaning of a warrant in section 15.2 [consequences in relation to outstanding arrest warrants] of the Act.

(B.C. Reg. 73/2010) (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(1) A monthly support allowance for the purpose of section 1 (a) is the sum of

(a) the amount set out in Column 3 of the following table for a family unit described in Column 1 of an applicant or a recipient described in Column 2, plus

(b) the amount calculated in accordance with subsections (2) to (4) for each dependent child in the family unit. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

Item Family unit composition Age or status of applicant or recipient Amount of support
1 Sole applicant/recipient and no dependent children Applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age $235.00
2 Sole applicant/recipient and no dependent children Applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and is a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment $282.92
3 Sole applicant/recipient and no dependent children Applicant/recipient is 65 or more years of age $531.42
4 Sole applicant/recipient and one or more dependent children Applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age $375.58
5 Sole applicant/recipient and one or more dependent children Applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and is a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment $423.58
6 Sole applicant/recipient and one or more dependent children Applicant/recipient is 65 or more years of age $672.08
7 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children Both applicants/recipients are under 65 years of age $307.22
8 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children One applicant/recipient is person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment and the other is not but both applicants/recipients are under 65 years of age $396.22
9 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children Both applicants/recipients are under 65 years of age and both are persons with persistent multiple barriers to employment $452.06
10 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children One applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and the other is 65 or more years of age $700.56
11 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children Both applicants/recipients are 65 or more years of age $949.06
12 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children Both applicants/recipients are under 65 years of age $401.06
13 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children One applicant/recipient is person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment and the other is not but both applicants/recipients are under 65 years of age $490.06
14 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children Both applicants/recipients are under 65 years of age and both are persons who have persistent multiple barriers to employment $546.06
15 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children One applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and the other is 65 or more years of age $794.56
16 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children Both applicants/recipients are 65 or more years of age $1043.06
17 Sole applicant/recipient and one or more dependent children Applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and a warrant has been issued for the applicant/recipient $275.58
18 Sole applicant/recipient and one or more dependent children Applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and is a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment, and a warrant has been issued for the applicant/recipient $323.58
19 Sole applicant/recipient and one or more dependent children Applicant/recipient is 65 or more years of age and a warrant has been issued for the applicant/recipient $572.08
20 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children Both applicants/recipients are under 65 years of age and a warrant has been issued for one $235.00
21 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children One applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and is a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment, and a warrant has been issued for that applicant/recipient, and the other is under 65 years of age $235.00
22 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children One applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and is a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment, and the other is under 65 years of age, and a warrant has been issued for that applicant/recipient. $282.92
23 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children One applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and is a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment and a warrant has been issued for the applicant/recipient, and the other is 65 years of age or older $531.42
24 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children One applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and is a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment, and the other is 65 years of age or older and a warrant has been issued for that applicant/recipient $282.92
25 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children One applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and a warrant has been issued for that applicant/recipient, and the other is 65 years of age or older $531.42
26 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children One applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age, and the other is 65 years of age or older and a warrant has been issued for that applicant/recipient $235.00
27 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children Both applicants/recipients are 65 years of age or older, and a warrant has been issued for one $531.42
28 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children Both applicants/recipients are under 65 years of age and both have persistent multiple barriers to employment, and a warrant has been issued for one $282.92
29 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children Both applicants/recipients are under 65 years of age, and a warrant has been issued for one $301.06
30 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children Both applicants/recipients are under 65 years of age, and a warrant has been issued for both $251.06
31 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children One applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and is a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment, and the other is under 65 years of age, and a warrant has been issued for one $390.06
32 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children One applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and is a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment, and the other is under 65 years of age, and a warrant has been issued for both $340.06
33 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children One applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and is a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment, and the other is 65 years of age or older, and a warrant has been issued for one $694.56
34 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children One applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and is a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment, and the other is 65 years of age or older, and a warrant has been issued for both $644.56
35 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children One applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and the other is 65 years of age or older, and a warrant has been issued for one $694.56
36 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children One applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and the other is 65 years of age or older, and a warrant has been issued for both $644.56
37 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children Both applicants/recipients are 65 years of age or older, and a warrant has been issued for one $943.06
38 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children Both applicants/recipients are 65 years of age or older and a warrant has been issued for both $893.06
39 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children Both applicants/recipients are under 65 years of age and both have persistent multiple barriers to employment, and a warrant has been issued for one $446.06
40 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children Both applicants/recipients are under 65 years of age and both have persistent multiple barriers to employment, and a warrant has been issued for both $396.06

(B.C. Reg. 57/2007) (B.C. Reg. 73/2010)

(2) If the family unit includes one or more dependent children or deemed dependent children, the support allowance under subsection (1) for a calendar month is increased by an amount equal to

(a) the maximum adjustment, minus

(b) the sum of

(i) the family bonus, if any, paid to the family unit for the preceding calendar month, and

(ii) the amount of the supplement, if any, provided to or for the family unit under section 61 [supplement for delayed, suspended or cancelled family bonus] of this regulation for the current calendar month.

(B.C. Reg. 286/2003) (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(3) In calculating the adjustment under subsection (2), an amount that, under the Income Tax Act (British Columbia) or the Income Tax Act (Canada), is deducted or set off from the family bonus must be treated as if it were paid to a person in the family unit. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(4) The support allowance under subsection (1) for a calendar month is not increased under subsection (2) if a person in the family unit refuses to

(a) apply for the family bonus for the preceding calendar month, or

(b) accept the family bonus for the preceding calendar month

in respect of a dependent child in the family unit who is, or may be, a qualified dependant within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada). (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(5) If a family unit includes a person who

(a) immediately before reaching 19 years of age was a dependent child in the family unit, and

(b) reached that age while attending secondary school,

the person is deemed to be a dependent child, for the purposes of this section, until the earlier of

(c) the end of the school year in which the person reaches the age of 19 years, and

(d) the date the person stops attending secondary school.

(B.C. Reg. 286/2003) (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

Prorating of support allowance

3 In the calendar month that includes the date of the applicant’s submission of the application for income assistance (part 2) form, the monthly support allowance is prorated based on the number of days remaining in that calendar month, beginning with the date of that submission. (B.C. Reg. 304/2005)

Monthly shelter allowance

4 (1) For the purposes of this section:

“family unit” includes a child who is not a dependent child and who resides in the parent’s place of residence for not less than 40% of each month, under the terms of an order or an agreement referred to in section 1 (2) of this regulation;

“warrant” has the meaning of a warrant in section 15.2 [consequences in relation to outstanding arrest warrants] of the Act.

(B.C. Reg. 73/2010)

(2) The monthly shelter allowance for a family unit to which section 15 (2) of the Act does not apply is the smaller of (B.C. Reg. 73/2010)

(a) the family unit’s actual shelter costs, and

(b) the maximum set out in the following table for the applicable family size:

Item Family Unit Size Maximum Monthly Shelter
1 1 person $375
2 2 persons $570
3 3 persons $660
4 4 persons $700
5 5 persons $750
6 6 persons $785
7 7 persons $820
8 8 persons $855
9 9 persons $890
10 10 persons $925

(B.C. Reg. 57/2007)

(2.1) The monthly shelter allowance for a family unit to which section 15.2 of the Act applies is the smaller of

(a) the family unit’s actual shelter costs, and

(b) the maximum set out in the following table for the applicable family unit composition:

(B.C. Reg. 73/2010)

Item Family Unit Compsition Maximum Monthly Shelter
1 Two applicants/recipients, no dependent children and a warrant has been issued for one $375
2 Family with dependent children, family unit size = 2 persons $570
3 Family with dependent children, family unit size = 3 persons $660
4 Family with dependent children, family unit size = 4 persons $700
5 Family with dependent children, family unit size = 5 persons $750
6 Family with dependent children, family unit size = 6 persons $785
7 Family with dependent children, family unit size = 7 persons $820
8 Family with dependent children, family unit size = 8 persons $855
9 Family with dependent children, family unit size = 9 persons $890
10 Family with dependent children, family unit size = 10 persons $925

(B.C. Reg. 73/2010)

(3) For a family unit of more than 10 persons, the maximum monthly shelter allowance is calculated by adding an extra $35 for each person by which the family unit size exceeds 10.

(4) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 62/2010)

(5) Despite subsection (2) (a) or (2.1) (a), if the actual shelter costs of a recipient increase as a result of the recipient remortgaging his or her place of residence, the amount of the mortgage payments is deemed, for the term of the new mortgage, to equal the amount before the remortgaging unless (B.C. Reg. 73/2010)

(a) the remortgaging was necessary because of the expiry of the mortgage term, and

(b) the amount borrowed under the mortgage is not increased.

(6) Despite subsection (2) or (2.1), the maximum monthly shelter allowance for a person who (B.C. Reg. 73/2010)

(a) is a sole recipient without dependants, and

(b) provides confirmation of pregnancy from a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner or a registrant of the College of Midwives of British Columbia is increased by up to $195 per month for the duration of the pregnancy.

(B.C. Reg. 88/2008) (B.C. Reg. 73/2010)

How actual shelter costs are calculated

5 (1) For the purpose of this section, utility costs for a family unit’s place of residence include only the following costs:

(a) fuel for heating;

(b) fuel for cooking meals;

(c) water;

(d) hydro;

(e) garbage disposal provided by a company on a regular weekly or biweekly basis;

(f) rental of one basic residential single-line telephone.

(2) When calculating the actual monthly shelter costs of a family unit, only the following items are included:

(a) rent for the family unit’s place of residence;

(b) mortgage payments on the family unit’s place of residence, if owned by a person in the family unit;

(c) a house insurance premium for the family unit’s place of residence if owned by a person in the family unit;

(d) property taxes for the family unit’s place of residence if owned by a person in the family unit;

(e) utility costs;

(f) the actual cost of maintenance and repairs for the family unit’s place of residence if owned by a person in the family unit and if these costs have received the minister’s prior approval.

(3) If utility costs fluctuate, they may be averaged over the periods

(a) beginning on October 1 and ending on March 31, and

(b) beginning on April 1 and ending on September 30.

(4) If 2 or more family units share the same place of residence, the actual shelter costs of any one of them are the smaller of

(a) the amount calculated by

(i) dividing the actual shelter costs for all the family units by the number of persons occupying that place of residence, and

(ii) multiplying the result by the number of persons in that one family unit, and

(b) the amount declared by the family unit as the shelter costs for that family unit.

People receiving room and board

6 (1) For a family unit receiving room and board other than in a facility mentioned in section 8 or 9 of this Schedule or from a relative referred to in subsection (2), the amount referred to in section 28 (a) [amount of income assistance] of this regulation is the smaller of the following amounts:

(a) the sum of

(i) the actual cost of the room and board, plus

(ii) $60 for each calendar month for each applicant or recipient, plus

(iii) $40 for each calendar month for each dependent child in the family unit;

(b) the amount calculated under sections 1 to 5 of this Schedule for a family unit matching the applicant’s or recipient’s family unit.

(2) If a family unit receives room and board from a parent or child of an applicant or a recipient in the family unit, only the following amounts may be provided:

(a) the support allowance that is applicable under sections 2 and 3 of this Schedule to a family unit matching the applicant’s or recipient’s family unit;

(b) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 62/2010)

People over 65 years of age

7 (1) For a family unit that includes a person who has reached 65 years of age and receives federal old age security payments and includes a dependant, the amount referred to in section 28 (a) [amount of income assistance] of this regulation is the sum of

(a) the support allowance calculated under section 2 and 3 of this Schedule for a family unit matching the applicant’s or recipient’s family unit, plus

(b) the maximum shelter allowance calculated under section 4 of this Schedule for a family unit matching the applicant’s or recipient’s family unit.

(2) Subsection (1) applies regardless of the family unit’s actual shelter costs or whether the family unit is sharing residential accommodation or receiving room and board.

People receiving special care

8 (1) For a person who receives accommodation and care in a special care facility or a private hospital or who is admitted to a hospital because he or she requires extended care, the amount referred to in section 28 (a) [amount of income assistance] of this regulation is the sum of

(a) the actual cost, if any, to the applicant or recipient of the accommodation and care at the rate approved by the minister for the type of facility, plus

(b) a comforts allowance of $95 per person for each calendar month. (B.C. Reg. 161/2005)

(2) If the special care facility is an alcohol or drug treatment centre, the minister may, in addition, pay either or both of the following while the applicant or recipient is in the alcohol or drug treatment centre:

(a) actual shelter costs for the applicant’s or recipient’s usual place of residence up to the amount under section 4 for a family unit matching the applicant’s or recipient’s family unit;

(b) a monthly support allowance for the applicant’s or recipient’s family unit, equal to the amount calculated under sections 2 and 3 of this Schedule minus the portion of that allowance that would be provided on account of the applicant or recipient.

People in emergency shelters and transition houses

9 For a family unit receiving accommodation and care in an emergency shelter or transition house, the amount referred to in section 28 (a) [amount of income assistance] of this regulation is

(a) the actual cost, if any, to the family unit of the accommodation and care at the rate approved by the minister for the type of emergency shelter or transition house, plus

(b) the support allowance calculated under sections 2 and 3 of this Schedule for a family unit matching the family unit of the applicant or recipient. (B.C. Reg. 316/2008)

Transients

10 For a transient, the amount referred to in section 28 (a) [amount of income assistance] of this regulation is the sum of

(a) the cost of housing in a hostel, if one exists in the community, plus

(b) the cost of food.

Child in the home of a relative

11 Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

Schedule B

Net Income Calculation (section 28 (b) )

Deduction and exemption rules

1 When calculating the net income of a family unit for the purposes of section 28 (b) [amount of income assistance] of this regulation,

(a) the following are exempt from income:

(i) any income earned by a dependent child attending school on a full-time basis;

(ii) the basic family care rate paid for foster homes;

(iii) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

(iv) a family bonus, except the portion treated as unearned income under section 10 (1) of this Schedule;

(v) the basic child tax benefit;

(vi) a goods and services tax credit under the Income Tax Act (Canada);

(vii) a tax credit under section 8 [refundable sales tax credit], 8.1 [low income climate action tax credit] or 8.2 [BC harmonized sales tax credit] of the Income Tax Act (British Columbia); (B.C. Reg. 180/2010)

(viii) individual redress payments granted by the government of Canada to a person of Japanese ancestry;

(ix) individual payments granted by the government of Canada under the Extraordinary Assistance Plan to a person infected by the human immunodeficiency virus;

(x) individual payments granted by the government of British Columbia to a person infected by the human immunodeficiency virus or to the surviving spouse or dependent children of that person;

(xi) individual payments granted by the government of Canada under the Extraordinary Assistance Plan to thalidomide victims;

(xii) money that is

A. paid or payable to a person if the money is awarded to the person by an adjudicative panel in respect of claims of abuse at Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and drawn from a lump sum settlement paid by the government of British Columbia, or

B. paid or payable to or for a person if the payment is in accordance with the settlement agreement approved by the Supreme Court in Action No. C980463, Vancouver Registry; (B.C. Reg. 276/2004)

(xiii) the BC earned income benefit;

(xiv) money paid or payable under the 1986-1990 Hepatitis C Settlement Agreement made June 15, 1999, except money paid or payable under section 4.02 or 6.01 of Schedule A or of Schedule B of that agreement;

(xv) a rent subsidy provided by the provincial government, or by a council, board, society or governmental agency that administers rent subsidies from the provincial government;

(xvi) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(xvii) money paid or payable to a person in settlement of a claim of abuse at an Indian residential school, except money paid or payable as income replacement in the settlement;

(xviii) post adoption assistance payments provided under section 28 (1) or 30.1 of the Adoption Regulation, B.C. Reg. 291/96;

(xix) a rebate of energy or fuel tax provided by the government of Canada, the government of British Columbia, or an agency of either government,

(xx) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

(xxi) payments granted by the government of British Columbia under section 8 of the Child, Family and Community Service Act [agreement with child's kin and others];

(xxii) payments granted by the government of British Columbia under the Ministry of Children and Family Development's At Home Program. (B.C. Reg. 115/2003)

(xxiii) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 85/2012) (BC Reg. 209/2003)

(xxiv) payments granted by the Government of British Columbia under an agreement referred to in section 93 (1) (g) (ii) of the Child, Family and Community Service Act, for contributions to the support of a child. (BC Reg. 209/2003) (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(xxv) a loan that is

(A) not greater that the amount contemplated by the recipient’s business plan, accepted by the minister under section 77.2 of this regulation, and

(B) received and used for the purposes set out in the business plan.

(B.C. Reg. 462/2003)

(xxvi) payments granted by the government of British Columbia under the Ministry of Children and Family Development's

(A) Autism Funding: Under Age 6 Program, or

(B) Autism Funding: Ages 6 - 18 Program, (B.C. Reg. 22/2005)

(xxvii) that portion of the maintenance paid for and passed on to a person with disabilities or a person aged 19 or older under a maintenance order or agreement filed with a court. (B.C. Reg. 91/2005)

(xxviii) payments made by a health authority or a contractor of a health authority to a recipient, who is a “person with a mental disorder” as defined in section 1 of the Mental Health Act, for the purpose of supporting the recipient in participating in a volunteer program or in a mental health or addictions rehabilitation program. (B.C. Reg. 90/2005)

(xxix) a refund provided under Plan I, “Fair PharmaCare”, of the PharmaCare program established under the Continuing Care Programs Regulation, B.C. Reg. 146/95; (B.C. Reg. 292/2005) (B.C. Reg. 32/2012)

(xxx) payments provided by Community Living BC to assist with travel expenses for a recipient in the family unit to attend a self-help skills program, or a supported work placement program, approved by Community Living BC. (B.C. Reg. 192/2006)

(xxxi) a Universal Child Care Benefit provided under the Universal Child Care Benefit Act (Canada). (B.C. Reg. 250/2006)

(xxxii) money paid by the government of Canada, under a settlement agreement, to persons who contracted Hepatitis C by receiving blood or blood products in Canada prior to 1986 or after July 1, 1990, except money paid under that agreement as income replacement. (B.C. Reg. 165/2007)

(xxxiii) money withdrawn from a registered disability savings plan, (B.C. Reg. 362/2007)

(xxxiv) a working income tax benefit provided under the Income Tax Act (Canada), (B.C. Reg. 48/2008)

(xxxv) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 180/2010)

(xxxvi) the climate action dividend under section 13.02 of the Income Tax Act, (B.C. Reg. 94/2008)

(xxxvii) money paid or payable to a person under the Criminal Injury Compensation Act as compensation for non-pecuniary loss or damage for pain, suffering mental or emotional trauma, humiliation or inconvenience that occurred when the person was under 19 years of age, (B.C. Reg. 87/2008)

(xxxviii) money that is paid or payable to or for a person if the payment is in accordance with the settlement agreement approved by the Supreme Court in Action No. S024338, Vancouver Registry. (B.C. Reg. 242/2010)

(xxxix) payments granted by the government of British Columbia under the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Family Support Services program; (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

(xl) payments granted by the government of British Columbia under the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Supported Child Development program; (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

(xli) payments granted by the government of British Columbia under the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Aboriginal Supported Child Development program. (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

(xlii) money paid or payable from a fund that is established by the government of British Columbia, the government of Canada and the City of Vancouver in relation to recommendation 3.2 of the final report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, (B.C. Reg. 31/2014)

(b) any amount garnished, attached, seized, deducted or set off from income is considered to be income, except the deductions permitted under sections 2 and 6 of this Schedule,

(c) all earned income must be included, except the deductions permitted under section 2 and any earned income exempted under sections 3 and 4 of this Schedule, and

(d) all unearned income must be included, except the deductions permitted under section 6 and any income exempted under sections 7 and 8 of this Schedule.

Deductions from earned income

2 The only deductions permitted from earned income are the following:

(a) any amount deducted at source for

(i) income tax,

(ii) employment insurance,

(iii) medical insurance,

(iv) Canada Pension Plan,

(v) superannuation,

(vi) company pension plan, and

(vii) union dues;

(b) if the applicant or recipient provides both room and board to a person at the applicant’s or recipient’s place of residence, the essential operating costs of providing the room and board;

(c) if the applicant or recipient rents rooms that are common to and part of the applicant’s or recipient’s place of residence, 25% of the gross rent received from the rental of the rooms.

Exemption – earned income

3 (1) Subject to subsection (2), the amount of earned income calculated under subsection (6) is exempt for a family unit.

(2) If an application for income assistance (part 2) form is submitted to the minister, the family unit may not claim an exemption under this section in relation to the first calendar month for which the family unit becomes eligible for income assistance unless a member of the family unit received disability assistance under the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act for the calendar month immediately preceding that first calendar month.

(3) Unless otherwise provided under subsection (4) or (5), the amount of earned income calculated under subsection (6) (a) is exempt for a family unit that qualifies under this section.

(4) The amount of earned income calculated under subsection (6) (b) is exempt for the family unit if

(a) the family unit includes a sole recipent who

(i) has a dependent child, or

(ii) has in his or her care a foster child, and

(b) the child has a physical or mental condition that, in the minister’s opinion, precludes the sole recipient from leaving home for the purposes of employment or working, on average, more that 30 hours each week.

(5) The amount of earned income calculated under subsection (6) (c) is exempt for the family unit if any person in the family unit is a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment.

(6) The exempt amount for a family unit that qualifies under this section is calculated as follows:

(a) in the case of a family unit to which subsection (3) applies, the exempt amount is calculated as the lesser of

(i) $200, and

(ii) the family unit’s total earned income in the calendar month of calculation;

(b) in the case of a family unit to which subsection (4) applies, the exempt amount is calculated as the lesser of

(i) $300, and

(ii) the family unit’s total earned income in the calendar month of calculation;

(c) in the case of a family unit to which subsection (5) applies, the exempt amount is calculated as the lesser of

(i) $500, and

(ii) the family unit’s total earned income in the calendar month of calculation;

(7) A transient is not entitled to an exemption under this section.

(B.C. Reg. 87/2005) (B.C. Reg. 43/2006) (B.C. Reg. 57/2007) (B.C. Reg. 48/2010) (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

Small business exemption

4 (1) In this section and section 5,

“permitted operating expenses” means costs, charges and expenses incurred by a person in the operation of a small business, under a self-employment program in which the person is participating, for the following:

(a) purchase of supplies and products;

(b) accounting and legal services;

(c) advertising;

(d) taxes, fees, licences and dues incurred in the small business;

(e) business insurance;

(f) charges imposed by a savings institiution on an account and interest;

(f.1) payments, including principal and interest, on a loan that is

(i) not greater than the amount contemplated by the recipient’s business plan, accepted by the minister under section 77.2 of this regulation, and

(ii) received and used for the purposes set out in the buisness plan; (B.C. Reg. 462/2003)

(g) maintenance and repairs to equipment;

(h) gross wages paid to employees of the small business, but not including wages paid to

(i) the person participating, or

(ii) a person in the family unit of the person participating;

(i) motor vehicle expenses;

(j) premiums for employment insurance or workers’ compensation benefits;

(k) employer contributions for employment insurance, workers’ compensation or the Canada Pension Plan;

(l) rent and utilities, excluding rent and utilities for the place of residence of the persons described in subparagraphs (i) or (ii) of paragraph (h) unless

(i) there is an increase for rent or utilities and the increase is attributable to the small business, and

(ii) the increase is not provided for in the calculation of the family unit’s shelter allowance under Schedule A of this regulation;

(m) office expenses;

(n) equipment purchases or rentals.

(2) Earned income of a recipient of income assistance is exempted from the total income of the recipient’s family unit if

(a) the recipient is participating in a self-employment program, and

(b) the earned income is derived from operating a small business under the self-employment program in which the recipient is participating and

(i) is used for permitted operating expenses of the small business, or

(ii) is deposited in a separate account, established by the recipient in a savings institution, which account

(A) consists exclusively of funds reserved by the recipient for the purpose of paying permitted operating expenses of that small business, and

(B) the amount deposited does not increase the current balance of the separate account to a sum that exceeds $5 000, or

(iii) is used for costs of renovations to the recipient’s place of residence up to but not exceeding $5 000 in total or a greater amount accepted by the minister, if the renovations are part of a business plan accepted by the minister under section 77.2 of this regulation.

(B.C. Reg. 462/2003)

Withdrawals and expenditures from reserve account

5 The amount of any expenditure or withdrawal out of a separate account described in section 4 (2) (b) (ii) of this Schedule, is earned income for all purposes of this regulation, unless

(a) the expenditure or withdrawal is for the payment of permitted operating expenses of the small business referred to in section 4 (2) of this Schedule, and

(b) in the case of a withdrawal, the amount withdrawn is used within one month after the date of withdrawal to pay permitted operating expenses of the small business referred to in section 4 (2) (b) (i) of this Schedule.

Deductions from unearned income

6 The only deductions permitted from unearned income are the following:

(a) any income tax deducted at source from employment insurance benefits;

(b) essential operating costs of renting self-contained suites.

Exemptions – unearned income

7 (0.1) In this section:

"disability-related costs", means a disability-related cost referred to in paragraph (a), (b) or (c) of the definition of disability-related cost in section 13 (1) [assets held in trust for person receiving special care] of this regulation;

"disability-related cost to promote independence", means a disability-related cost referred to in paragraph (d) of the definition of disability-related cost in section 13 (1) of this regulation;

"intended registered disability savings plan or trust" in relation to a person referred to in section 13.1 (2) [temporary exemption of assets for person applying for disability designation or receiving special care] of this regulation, means an asset, received by the person, to which the exemption under that section applies;

"structured settlement annuity payment", means a payment referred to in subsection (2) (b) (iii) made under the annuity contract referred to in that subsection.

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(1) The following unearned income is exempt: (B.C. Reg. 83/2012)

(a) the portion of interest from a mortgage on, or agreement for sale of, the family unit’s previous place of residence if the interest is required for the amount owing on the purchase or rental of the family unit’s current place of residence;

(b) $50 of each monthly Federal Department of Veterans Affairs benefits paid to any person in the family unit;

(c) a criminal injury compensation award or other award, except the amount that would cause the family unit’s assets to exceed, at the time the award is received, the limit applicable under section 11 [asset limits] of this regulation;

(d) a payment made from a trust to or on behalf of a person referred to in section 13 (2) [assets held in trust for person receiving special care] of this regulation, if the payment is applied exclusively to or used exclusively for

(i) disability-related costs,

(ii) the acquisition of a family unit’s place of residence,

(iii) a registered education savings plan, or

(iv) a registered disability savings plan;

(d.1) subject to subsection (2), a structured settlement annuity payment made to a person referred to in section 13 (2) (a) of this regulation if the payment is applied exclusively to or used exclusively for an item referred to in subparagraph (i), (ii), (iii) or (iv) of paragraph (d) of this subsection;

(d.2) money expended by a person referred to in section 13.1 (2) [temporary exemption of assets for person applying for disability designation or receiving special care] of this regulation from an intended registered disability savings plan or trust if the money is applied exclusively to or used exclusively for disability-related costs;

(d.3) subject to subsection (2.1),

(i) a payment made from a trust to or on behalf of a person referred to in section 13 (2) of this regulation,

(ii) a structured settlement annuity payment that, subject to subsection (2), is made to a person referred to in section 13 (2) (a) of this regulation, or

(iii) money expended by a person referred to in section 13.1 (2) of this regulation from an intended registered disability savings plan or trust

if the payment, structured settlement annuity payment or money is applied exclusively to or used exclusively for disability-related costs to promote independence;

(B.C. Reg. 83/2012) (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(e) the portion of Canada Pension Plan Benefits that is calculated by the formula (A - B) x C, where

A = the gross monthly amount of Canada Pension Plan Benefits received by an applicant or recipient;

B = (i) in respect of a family unit comprised of a sole applicant or a sole recipient with no dependent children, 1/12 of the amount determined under section 118 (1) (c) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) as adjusted under section 117.1 of the Act; or

(ii) in respect of any other family unit, the amount under subparagraph (i), plus 1/12 of the amount resulting from the calculation under section 118 (1) (a) (ii) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) as adjusted under section 117.1 of that Act;

C = the sum of the percentages of taxable amounts set out under section 117 (2) (a) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and section 4.1 (1) (a) of the Income Tax Act. (B.C. Reg. 57/2003)

(f) a tax refund. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(2) Subsection (1) (d.1) and (d.3) (ii) applies in respect of a person only if (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(a) the person has entered into a settlement agreement with the defendant in relation to a claim for damages in respect of personal injury or death, and

(b) the settlement agreement requires the defendant to

(i) make periodic payments to the person for a fixed term or the life of the person,

(ii) purchase a single premium annuity contract that

(A) is not assignable, commutable or transferable, and

(B) is designed to produce payments equal to the amounts, and at the times, specified in the settlement agreement,

(iii) make an irrevocable direction to the issuer of the annuity contract to make all payments under that annuity contract directly to the person, and

(iv) remain liable to make the payments required by the settlement agreement.

(B.C. Reg. 83/2012)

(2.1) The maximum amount of the exemption under subsection (1) (d.3) is $8 000 in a calendar year, calculated as the sum of all payments, structured settement annuity payments and money that, during the calendar year, are applied exclusively to or used exclusively for disability-related costs to promote independence. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(3) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 83/2012) (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

Minister’s discretion to exempt education related unearned income

8 (1) In this section:

“education costs” means the amount required by a student for tuition, books, compulsory student fees and reasonable transportation costs for a semester;

“day care costs” means the difference between a student’s actual day care costs and the maximum amount of child care subsidy that is available under the Child Care Subsidy Act to a family unit matching the student’s family unit, for a semester.

(2)The minister may authorize an exemption for a student described in subsection (3) up to the sum of the student’s education costs and day care costs from the total amount of

(a) a training allowance,

(b) student financial assistance, and

(c) student grants, bursaries, scholarships or disbursements from a registered education savings plan received for the semester.

(3) An exemption under subsection (2) may be authorized in respect of a student who is

(a) a dependent child enrolled as a student in either a funded or an unfunded program of studies,

(b) an applicant or a recipient enrolled

(i) as a part-time student in an unfunded program of studies, or

(ii) with the prior approval of the minister, as a full-time student in an unfunded program of studies, or

(c) a person in a category listed in section 29 (4) [consequences of failing to meet employment-related obligations] of this regulation enrolled as a part-time student in a funded program of studies.

Application of deductions and exemptions

9 (1) The deductions and exemptions in this Schedule apply only in the calendar month in which the income is actually received, despite any of the following:

(a) the date the income is payable;

(b) the period for which the income is payable;

(c) the date the income is reported to the minister;

(d) the date the minister receives notice of the income.

(2) Despite subsection (1), income that is received before the date that subsection (1) comes into force is subject to the application of section 9 of this regulation as it read immediately before subsection (1) came into force. (B.C. Reg.429/2004)

Backdated family bonus treated as unearned income

10 (0.1) In this section:

"backdated family bonus payment", in relation to a child benefits cheque, means the portion of the cheque, if any, attributable to the family bonus for one or more calendar months preceding the calendar month in which the cheque is issued;

"supplement", means a supplement referred to in section 61 [supplement for delayed, suspended or cancelled family bonus] of this regulation. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(1) If a person in the applicant’s or recipient’s family unit receives a backdated family bonus payment and all or part of the payment is attributable to one or more calendar months for which the family unit was also provided with a supplement, the lesser of the following amounts must be treated as unearned income:

(a) the portion of the backdated family bonus payment that is attributable to those calendar months for which the family unit was provided with a suppplement;

(b) the sum of the supplements that are attributable to those calendar months for which the family unit received the backdated family bonus payment.

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), an amount that, under the Income Tax Act (British Columbia) or the Income Tax Act (Canada), is deducted or set off from a family bonus is considered to have been paid to a person in the applicant’s or recipient’s family unit.

(3) Subsection (1) does not apply to an amount included in that portion of a child benefits cheque attributable to family bonus

(a) to replace a lost or stolen cheque for which an amount was advanced under section 60 [advance for lost or stolen family bonus cheque] of this regulation, or

(b) to replace a cheque for which no amount was advanced under section 60 [advance for lost or stolen family bonus cheque] of this regulation if the replacement is received in the calendar month following the calendar month for which the lost or stolen cheque was issued,

(c) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

Backdated CPP treated as unearned income

11 (1) In this section, “pension benefit” means a pension or other payment under the Canada Pension Plan (Canada).

(2) If

(a) income assistance is provided to a family unit for a calendar month or any portion of a calendar month that would not have been provided if a pension benefit had been paid for that calendar month, and

(b) subsequently a pension benefit becomes payable or payment of a pension benefit may be made under the Canada Pension Plan (Canada) to a recipient in the family unit for that calendar month or any portion of that calendar month

the amount of the pension benefit that becomes payable for that month or portion of that month must be treated as unearned income and is considered to have been received by the recipient in that month.

Schedule C

Health Supplements

Definitions

1 In this Schedule:

“audiologist” means an audiologist registered by the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia established under the Health Professions Act; (B.C. Reg. 412/2008)

“basic dental service” means a dental service that

(a) if provided by a dentist,

(i) is set out in the Schedule of Fee Allowances – Dentist that is effective April 1, 2010 and is on file with the office of the deputy minister, and (B.C. Reg. 314/2006) (B.C. Reg. 65/2010)

(ii) is provided at the rate set out for the service in that Schedule,

(b) if provided by a denturist,

(i) is set out in the Schedule of Fee Allowances – Denturist that is effective April 1, 2010 and is on file with the office of the deputy minister, and (B.C. Reg. 314/2006) (B.C. Reg. 65/2010)

(ii) is provided at the rate set out for the service in that Schedule, and (B.C. Reg. 88/2005)

(c) if provided by a dental hygienist,

(i) is set out in the Schedule of Fee Allowances – Dental Hygienist that is effective April 1, 2010 and is on file with the office of the deputy minister, and

(ii) is provided at the rate set out for the service in that Schedule;

(B.C. Reg. 65/2010)

“basic eyewear and repairs” means any of the following items that are provided by an optometrist, ophthalmologist or optician:

(a) for a child who has a new prescription, one pair of eye glasses per year consisting of the least expensive appropriate

(i) single-vision or bifocal lenses, and

(ii) frames;

(b) for any other person who has a new prescription, one pair of eye glasses every 3 years consisting of the least expensive appropriate

(i) single-vision or bifocal lenses, and

(ii) frames; (B.C. Reg. 160/2005)

(c) for a child or other person,

(i) new lenses at any time if an optometrist, ophthalmologist or optician confirms a change in refractive status in either eye,

(ii) a case for new eye glasses or lenses, and

(iii) necessary repairs to lenses or frames that come within this definition;

“change in refractive status” means a change of not less than 0.5 dioptres to the spherical or cylinder lens, or a change in axis that equals or exceeds

(a) 20 degrees for a cylinder lens of 0.5 dioptres or less,

(b) 10 degrees for a cylinder lens of more than 0.5 dioptres but not more than 1.0 dioptre, and

(c) 3 degrees for a cylinder lens of more than 1.0 dioptre;

“dental hygienist” means a dental hygienist registered with the College of Dental Hygienists established under the Health Professions Act. (B.C. Reg. 65/2010)

“dental technician” Repealed (B.C. Reg. 88/2005)

“dentist” means a dentist registered with the College of Dental Surgeons of Bristish Columbia continued under the Health Professions Act; (B.C. Reg. 421/2008)

“denture services” means services and items that

(a) if provided by a dentist

(i) are set out under fee numbers 51101 to 51302 in the Schedule of Fee Allowances – Dentist that is effective April 1, 2010 and is on file with the office of the deputy minister, and (B.C. Reg. 314/2006) (B.C. Reg. 65/2010)

(ii) are provided at the rate set out for the service or item in that Schedule, and

(b) if provided by a denturist

(i) are set out under fee numbers 31310 to 31331 in the Schedule of Fee Allowances – Denturist that is effective April 1, 2010 and is on file with the office of the deputy minister, and (B.C. Reg. 314/2006) (B.C. Reg. 65/2010)

(ii) are provided at the rate set out for the service or item in that Schedule; (B.C. Reg 88/2005)

“denturist” means a denturist registered with the College of Denturists of British Columbia established under the Health Professions Act;

“emergency dental service” means a dental service necessary for the immediate relief of pain that,

(a) if provided by a dentist,

(i) is set out in the Schedule of Fee Allowances – Emergency Dental –Dentist, that is effective April 1, 2010 and is on file with the office of the deputy minister, and (B.C. Reg. 88/2005) (B.C. Reg. 314/2006) (B.C. Reg. 65/2010)

(ii) is provided at the rate set out in that Schedule, and

(b) if provided by a denturist,

(i) is set out in the Schedule of Fee Allowances – Emergency Dental – Denturist, that is effective April 1, 2010 and is on file with the office of the deputy minister, and (B.C. Reg. 88/2005) (B.C. Reg. 314/2006) (B.C. Reg. 65/2010)

(ii) is provided at the rate set out in that Schedule;

"eye examination" means a full diagnostic examination of a person's eyes by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist, that includes

(a) a determination of the refractive status of the eyes and of the presence of any observed abnormality in the person's visual system,

(b) any necessary tests connected to making determinations under paragraph (a), and

(c) the provision of a written prescription for lenses if necessary;

(B.C. Reg. 236/2003)

“hearing instrument” has the same meaning as in the Speech and Hearing Health Professionals Regulation, B.C. Reg. 413/2008; (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

“hearing instrument practitioner” means a hearing instrument practitioner registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia established under the Health Professions Act; (B.C. Reg. 53/2007) (B.C. Reg. 412/2008)

“occupational therapist” means an occupational therapist registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia established under the Health Professions Act; (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

“ophthalmologist” means a medical practitioner who practises ophthalmology;

“optician” means an optician registered with the College of Opticians of British Columbia established under the Health Professions Act;

“optometrist” means an optometrist registered with the College of Optometrists of British Columbia established under the Health Professions Act; (B.C. Reg. 422/2008)

“orthotist” means a person who is certified by and in good standing with the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists; (B.C. Reg. 8/2004)

“pedorthist” means a person who is certified by and in good standing with the College of Pedorthics of Canada; (B.C. Reg. 61/2010)

“physical therapist” means a physical therapist registered with the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia established under the Health Professions Act; (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

“physical therapy” has the same meaning as in the Physical Therapists Regulation B.C. Reg. 288/2008; (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

“pre-authorized eyewear and repairs” means eyewear and repairs provided by an optometrist, ophthalmologist or optician and for which pre-authorization is given by the minister, but does not include basic eyewear and repairs;

“premium assistance” means premium assistance provided under the Medicare Protection Act;

“specialist” means a medical practitioner recognized as a specialist in a field of medicine or surgery in accordance with the bylaws made by the board for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia under section 19 (1) (k.3) and (k.4) of the Health Professions Act. (B.C. Reg. 423/2008)

General health supplements

2 (1) The following are the health supplements that may be paid for by the minister if provided to a family unit that is eligible under section 67 [general health supplements] of this regulation:

(a) medical or surgical supplies that are, at the minister’s discretion, either disposable or reusable, if the minister is satisfied that all of the following requirements are met:

(i) the supplies are required for one of the following purposes:

(A) wound care;

(B) ongoing bowel care required due to loss of muscle function;

(C) catheterization;

(D) incontinence;

(E) skin parasite care;

(F) limb circulation care;

(ii) the supplies are

(A) prescribed by a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner,

(B) the least expensive supplies appropriate for the purpose, and

(C) necessary to avoid an imminent and substantial danger to health;

(iii) there are no resources available to the family unit to pay the cost of or obtain the supplies.

(B.C. Reg. 66/2010)

(a.1) the following medical or surgical supplies that are, at the minister’s discretion, either disposable or reusable, if the minister is satisfied that all the requirements described in paragraph (a) (ii) and (iii) are met in relation to the supplies:

(i) lancets;

(ii) needles and syringes;

(iii) ventilator supplies required for the essential operation or sterilization of a ventilator;

(iv) tracheostomy supplies;

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(a.2) consumable medical supplies, if the minister is satisfied that all of the following requirements are met:

(i) the supplies are required to thicken food;

(ii) all the requirements described in paragraph (a) (ii) and (iii) are met in relation to the supplies;

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(b) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 236/2003)

(c) subject to subsection (2), a service provided by a person described opposite that service in the following table, delivered in not more than 12 visits per calendar year,

(i) for which a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner has confirmed an acute need, (B.C. Reg. 317/2008)

(ii) if the visits available under the Medical and Health Care Services Regulation, B.C. Reg. 426/97, for that calendar year have been provided and for which payment is not available under the Medicare Protection Act, and

(iii) for which there are no resources available to the family unit to cover the cost:

Item Service Provided by Registered with
1 acupuncture acupuncturist College of Traditional Chinese Medicine under the Health Professions Act
2 chiropractic chiropractor College of Chiropractors of British Columbia under the Health Professions Act (B.C. Reg. 420/2008)
3 massage therapy massage therapist College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia under the Health Professions Act
4 naturopathy naturopath College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia under the Health Professions Act
5 non-surgical podiatry podiatrist College of Podiatric Surgeons of British Columbia under the Health Professions Act (B.C. Reg. 169/2010)
6 physical therapy physical therapist College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia under the Health Professions Act

(B.C. Reg. 318/2008) (B.C. Reg. 75/2008) (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

(d) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 75/2008)

(e) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 75/2008)

(f) the least expensive appropriate mode of transportation to or from

(i) an office, in the local area, of a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner, (B.C. Reg. 317/2008)

(ii) the office of the nearest available specialist in a field of medicine or surgery if the person has been referred to a specialist in that field by a local medical practitioner or nurse practitioner, (B.C. Reg. 317/2008)

(iii) the nearest suitable general hospital or rehabilitation hospital, as those facilities are defined in section 1.1 of the Hospital Insurance Act Regulations, or

(iv) the nearest suitable hospital as defined in paragraph (e) of the definition of “hospital” in section 1 of the Hospital Insurance Act, provided that

(v) the transportation is to enable the person to receive a benefit under the Medicare Protection Act or a general hospital service under the Hospital Insurance Act, and

(vi) there are no resources available to the person’s family unit to cover the cost.

(g) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 75/2008)

(1.1) For the purposes of subsection (1) (a), medical and surgical supplies do not include nutritional supplements, food, vitamins, minerals or prescription medications. (B.C. Reg. 66/2010)

(2) No more than 12 visits per calendar year are payable by the minister under this section for any combination of physical therapy services, chiropractic services, massage therapy services, non-surgical podiatry services, naturopathy services and acupuncture services. (B.C. Reg. 10/2004) (B.C. Reg. 75/2008) (B.C. Reg.318/2008) (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

(2.1) If eligible under subsection (1) (c) and subject to subsection (2), the amount of a general health supplement under section 67 of this regulation for physical therapy services, chiropractic services, massage therapy services, non-surgical podiatry services, naturopathy services and acupuncture services is $23 for each visit. (B.C. Reg. 318/2008) (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

(3) If the minister provided a benefit to or for a person under section 2 (3) of Schedule C of the Income Assistance Regulation, B.C. Reg. 75/97, the Youth Works Regulation, B.C. Reg. 77/97 or the Disability Benefits Program Regulation, B.C. Reg. 79/97, as applicable, for the month during which the regulation was repealed, the minister may continue to provide that benefit to or for that person as a supplement on the same terms and conditions as previously until the earlier of the following dates:

(a) the date the conditions on which the minister paid the benefit are no longer met;

(b) the date the person ceases to receive income assistance.

Optical supplements

2.1 The following are the health supplements that may be paid for by the minister if provided to a family unit that is eligible under section 67.1 [optical supplements] of this regulation:

(a) basic eyewear and repairs;

(b) pre-authorized eyewear and repairs. (B.C. Reg. 236/2003)

Eye examination supplements

2.2 The minister may pay a health supplement under section 67.2 [eye examination supplements] of this regulation for any eye examination that,

(a) if provided by an optometrist, is provided for a fee that does not exceed $44.83, or

(b) if provided by an ophthalmologist, is provided for a fee that does not exceed $48.90. (B.C. Reg. 236/2003)

Medical equipment and devices

3 (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (5) of this section, the medical equipment and devices described in sections 3.1 to 3.12 of this Schedule are the health supplements that may be provided by the minister if (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(a) the supplements are provided to a family unit that is eligible under section 67 [general health supplements] of this regulation, and

(b) all of the following requirements are met:

(i) the family unit has received the pre-authorization of the minister for the medical equipment or device requested;

(ii) there are no resources available to the family unit to pay the cost of or obtain the medical equipment or device;

(iii) the medical equipment or device is the least expensive appropriate medical equipment or device.

(2) For medical equipment or devices referred to in sections 3.1 to 3.8 or section 3.12, in addition to the requirements in those sections and subsection (1) of this section, the family unit must provide to the minister one or both of the following, as requested by the minister: (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(a) a prescription of a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner for the medical equipment or device;

(b) an assessment by an occupational therapist or physical therapist confirming the medical need for the medical equipment or device.

(2.1) For medical equipment or devices referred to in sections 3.9 (1) (b) to (g), in addition to the requirements in that section and subsection (1) of this section, the family unit must provide to the minister one or both of the following, as requested by the minister:

(a) a prescription of a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner for the medical equipment or device;

(b) an assessment by an respiratory therapist, occupational therapist or physical therapist confirming the medical need for the medical equipment or device.

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(3) Subject to subsection (6), the minister may provide as a health supplement a replacement of medical equipment or a medical device, previously provided by the minister under this section, that is damaged, worn out or not functioning if

(a) it is more economical to replace than to repair the medical equipment or device previously provided by the minister, and

(b) the period of time, if any, set out in sections 3.1 to 3.12 of this Schedule, as applicable, for the purposes of this paragraph, has passed. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(4) Subject to subsection (6), the minister may provide as a health supplement repairs of medical equipment or a medical device that was previously provided by the minister if it is more economical to repair the medical equipment or device than to replace it.

(5) Subject to subsection (6), the minister may provide as a health supplement repairs of medical equipment or a medical device that was not previously provided by the minister if

(a) at the time of the repairs the requirements in this section and sections 3.1 to 3.12 of this Schedule, as applicable, are met in respect of the medical equipment or device being repaired, and (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(b) it is more economical to repair the medical equipment or device than to replace it.

(6) The minister may not provide a replacement of medical equipment or a medical device under subsection (3) or repairs of medical equipment or a medical device under subsection (4) or (5) if the minister considers that the medical equipment or device was damaged through misuse.

(B.C. Reg. 61/2010)

Medical equipment and devices – canes, crutches and walkers

3.1 (1) Subject to subsection (2) of this section, the following items are health supplements for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule if the minister is satisfied that the item is medically essential to achieve or maintain basic mobility:

(a) a cane;

(b) a crutch;

(c) a walker;

(d) an accessory to a cane, a crutch or a walker.

(2) A walking pole is not a health supplement for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule.

(B.C. Reg. 61/2010)

Medical equipment and devices – wheelchairs

3.2 (1) In this section, “wheelchair” does not include a stroller.

(2) Subject to subsection (4) of this section, the following items are health supplements for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule if the minister is satisfied that the item is medically essential to achieve or maintain basic mobility:

(a) a wheelchair;

(b) an upgraded component of a wheelchair;

(c) an accessory attached to a wheelchair.

(3) The period of time referred to in section 3 (3) (b) of this Schedule with respect to replacement of an item described in subsection (2) of this section is 5 years after the minister provided the item being replaced.

(4) A high-performance wheelchair for recreational or sports use is not a health supplement for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule.

(B.C. Reg. 61/2010)

Medical equipment and devices – wheelchair seating systems

3.3 (1) The following items are health supplements for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule if the minister is satisfied that the item is medically essential to achieve or maintain a person’s positioning in a wheelchair:

(a) a wheelchair seating system;

(b) an accessory to a wheelchair seating system.

(2) The period of time referred to in section 3 (3) (b) of this Schedule with respect to replacement of an item described in subsection (1) of this section is 2 years from the date on which the minister provided the item being replaced.

(B.C. Reg. 61/2010)

Medical equipment and devices - scooters

3.4 (1) In this section, “scooter” does not include a scooter with 2 wheels.

(2) Subject to subsection (5) of this section, the following items are health supplements for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule if all of the requirements set out in subsection (3) of this section are met:

(a) a scooter;

(b) an upgraded component of a scooter;

(c) an accessory attached to a scooter.

(3) The following are the requirements in relation to an item referred to in subsection (2) of this section:

(a) an assessment by an occupational therapist or a physical therapist has confirmed that it is unlikely that the person for whom the scooter has been prescribed will have a medical need for a wheelchair during the 5 years following the assessment; (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(b) the total cost of the scooter and any accessories attached to the scooter does not exceed $3 500 or, if subsection (3.1) applies, $4 500; (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(c) the minister is satisfied that the item is medically essential to achieve or maintain basic mobility.

(3.1) The maximum amount of $4 500 under subsection (3) (b) applies if an assessment by an occupational therapist or a physical therapist has confirmed that the person for whom the scooter has been prescribed has a body weight that exceeds the weight capacity of a conventional scooter but can be accommodated by a bariatric scooter. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(4) The period of time referred to in section 3 (3) (b) of this Schedule with respect to replacement of an item described in subsection (2) of this section is 5 years after the minister provided the item being replaced.

(5) A scooter intended primarily for recreational or sports use is not a health supplement for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule.

(B.C. Reg. 61/2010)

Medical equipment and devices – bathing and toileting aids

3.5 (0.1) In this section:

"positioning chair" does not include a lift chair;

"transfer aid" means a transfer board, transfer belt or slider sheet.

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(1) The following items are health supplements for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule if the minister is satisfied that the item is medically essential to facilitate toileting or transfers of a person or to achieve or maintain a person’s positioning:

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(a) a grab bar in a bathroom;

(b) a bath or shower seat;

(c) a bath transfer bench with hand held shower;

(d) a tub slide;

(e) a bath lift;

(f) a bed pan or urinal;

(g) a raised toilet seat;

(h) a toilet safety frame;

(i) a floor-to-ceiling pole in a bathroom or bedroom; (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(j) a portable commode chair.

(k) a standing frame for a person for whom a wheelchair is medically essential to achieve or maintain basic mobility; (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(l) a positioning chair for a person for whom a wheelchair is medically essential to achieve or maintain basic mobility; (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(m) a transfer aid for a person for whom the transfer aid is medically essential to transfer from one position to another. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(2) The period of time referred to in section 3 (3) (b) of this Schedule with respect to replacement of an item described in subsection (1) of this section is 5 years from the date on which the minister provided the item being replaced.

(B.C. Reg. 61/2010)

Medical equipment and devices – hospital bed

3.6 (1) Subject to subsection (3) of this section, the following items are health supplements for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule if the minister is satisfied that the item is medically essential to facilitate transfers of a person to and from bed or to adjust or maintain a person’s positioning in bed:

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(a) a hospital bed;

(b) an upgraded component of a hospital bed;

(c) an accessory attached to a hospital bed.

(d) a positioning item on a hospital bed. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(2) The period of time referred to in section 3 (3) (b) of this Schedule with respect to replacement of an item described in subsection (1) of this section is 5 years from the date on which the minister provided the item being replaced.

(3) The following items are not health supplements for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule:

(a) an automatic turning bed;

(b) a containment type bed;

(B.C. Reg. 61/2010)

Medical equipment and devices – pressure relief mattresses

3.7 (1) A pressure relief mattress is a health supplement for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule if the minister is satisfied that the pressure relief mattress is medically essential to prevent skin breakdown and maintain skin integrity.

(2) The period of time referred to in section 3 (3) (b) of this Schedule with respect to replacement of an item described in subsection (1) of this section is 5 years from the date on which the minister provided the item being replaced.

(B.C. Reg. 61/2010)

Medical equipment and devices – floor or ceiling lift devices

3.8 (1) In this section, “floor or ceiling lift device” means a device that stands on the floor or is attached to the ceiling and that uses a sling system to transfer a person.

(2) A floor or ceiling lift device is a health supplement for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule if the following requirements are met:

(a) the minister is satisfied that the floor or ceiling lift device is medically essential to facilitate transfers of a person in a bedroom or a bathroom;

(b) the cost of the floor or ceiling lift device does not exceed $4200 or, if the cost of the floor or ceiling lift device does exceed $4 200, the minister is satisfied that the excess cost is a result of unusual installation expenses.

(3) The period of time referred to in section 3 (3) (b) of this Schedule with respect to replacement of an item described in subsection (2) of this section is 5 years from the date on which the minister provided the item being replaced.

(B.C. Reg. 61/2010)

Medical equipment and devices – breathing devices

3.9 (1) Subject to subsection (4) of this section, the following items are health supplements for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule:

(a) if all of the requirements set out in subsection (2) of this section are met,

(i) a positive airway pressure device,

(ii) an accessory that is required to operate a positive airway pressure device, or

(iii) a supply that is required to operate a positive airway pressure device;

(b) if the minister is satisfied that the item is medically essential to monitor breathing,

(i) an apnea monitor,

(ii) an accessory that is required to operate an apnea monitor, or

(iii) a supply that is required to operate an apnea monitor;

(c) if the minister is satisfied that the item is medically essential for clearing respiratory airways,

(i) a suction unit,

(ii) an accessory that is required to operate a suction unit, or

(iii) a supply that is required to operate a suction unit;

(d) if the minister is satisfied that the item is medically essential for clearing respiratory airways,

(i) a percussor,

(ii) an accessory that is required to operate a percussor, or

(iii) a supply that is required to operate a percussor;

(e) if the minister is satisfied that the item is medically essential to avoid an imminent and substantial danger to health,

(i) a nebulizer,

(ii) an accessory that is required to operate a nebulizer, or

(iii) a supply that is required to operate a nebulizer;

(f) if the minister is satisfied that the item is medically essential to moisturize air in order to allow a tracheostomy patient to breathe,

(i) a medical humidifier,

(ii) an accessory that is required to operate a medical humidifier, or

(iii) a supply that is required to operate a medical humidifier;

(g) if the minister is satisfied that the item is medically essential to deliver medication,

(i) an inhaler accessory device,

(ii) an accessory that is required to operate an inhaler accessory device, or

(iii) a supply that is required to operate an inhaler accessory device.

(2) The following are the requirements in relation to an item referred to in subsection (1) (a) of this section:

(a) the item is prescribed by a medical practitioner or nurse practioner;

(b) a respiratory therapist has performed an assessment that confirms the medical need for the item;

(c) the minister is satisfied that the item is medically essential for the treatment of moderate to severe sleep apnea.

(3) The period of time referred to in section 3 (3) (b) of this Schedule with respect to replacement of an item described in subsection (1) of this section is as follows:

(a) 5 years from the date on which the minister provided the item being replaced, for an item described in subsection (1) (a), and

(b) in the case of an item referred to in subsection (1) (a) (ii) or (iii), one year from the date on which the minister provided the item being replaced;

(c) in the case of an apnea monitor, suction unit, percussor, nebulizer or medical humidifier, 5 years from the date on which the minister provided the item being replaced;

(d) in the case of an inhaler accessory device, one year from the date on which the minister provided the device being replaced;

(e) in the case of an accessory or supply for an item referred to in paragraph (c) or (d), one year from the date on which the minister provided the device being replaced.

(4) A ventilator is not a health supplement for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule.

(B.C. Reg. 61/2010) (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

Medical equipment and devices - orthoses

3.10 (1) In this section,

“off-the-shelf”, in relation to an orthosis, means a prefabricated, mass-produced orthosis that is not unique to a particular person;

“orthosis” means

(a) a custom-made or off-the-shelf foot orthotic;

(b) custom-made footwear;

(c) a permanent modification to footwear;

(d) off-the-shelf footwear required for the purpose set out in subsection (4.1) (a);

(e) off-the-shelf orthopaedic footwear;

(f) an ankle brace;

(g) an ankle-foot orthosis;

(h) a knee-ankle-foot orthosis;

(i) a knee brace;

(j) a hip brace;

(k) an upper extremity brace;

(l) a cranial helmet used for the purposes set out in subsection (7);

(m) a torso or spine brace;

(n) a foot abduction orthosis; (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(o) a toe orthosis. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(B.C. Reg. 144/2011)

(2) Subject to subsections (3) to (11) of this section, an orthosis is a health supplement for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule if

(a) the orthosis is prescribed by a medical practitioner or a nurse practitoner,

(b) the minister is satisfied that the orthosis is medically essential to achieve or maintain basic functionality,

(c) the minister is satisfied that the orthosis is required for one or more of the following purposes:

(i) to prevent surgery;

(ii) for post-surgical care;

(iii) to assist in physical healing from surgery, injury or disease;

(iv) to improve physical functioning that has been impaired by a neuro-musculo-skeletal condition, and

(d) the orthosis is off-the-shelf unless (B.C. Reg. 144/2011)

(i) a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner confirms that a custom-made orthosis is medically required, and

(ii) the custom-made orthosis is fitted by an orthotist, pedorthist, occupational therapist, physical therapist or podiatrist.

(3) For an orthosis that is a custom-made foot orthotic, in addition to the requirements in subsection (2) of this section, all of the following requirements must be met:

(a) a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner confirms that a custom-made foot orthotic is medically required;

(b) the custom-made foot orthotic is fitted by an orthotist, pedorthist, occupational therapist, physical therapist or podiatrist;

(c) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 144/2011)

(d) the custom-made foot orthotic must be made from a hand-cast mold;

(e) the cost of one pair of custom-made foot orthotics, including the assessment fee, must not exceed $450. (B.C. Reg. 144/2011)

(4) For an orthosis that is custom-made footwear, in addition to the requirements in subsection (2) of this section, the cost of the custom-made footwear, including the assessment fee, must not exceed $1650.

(4.1) For an orthosis that is off-the-shelf footwear, in addition to the requirements in subsection (2) of this section,

(a) the footwear is required to accommodate a custom-made orthosis, and

(b) the cost of the footwear must not exceed $125.

(B.C. Reg. 144/2011)

(4.2) For an orthosis that is off-the-shelf orthopaedic footwear, in addition to the requirements in subsection (2) of this section, the cost of the footwear must not exceed $250. (B.C. Reg. 144/2011)

(5) For an orthosis that is a knee brace, in addition to the requirements in subsection (2) of this section, the medical practitioner or nurse practitioner who prescribed the knee brace must have recommended that the knee brace be worn at least 6 hours per day.

(6) For an orthosis that is an upper extremity brace, in addition to the requirements in subsection (2) of this section, the upper extremity brace must be intended to provide hand, finger, wrist, elbow or shoulder support.

(7) For an orthosis that is a cranial helmet, in addition to the requirements in subsection (2) of this section, the cranial helmet must be a helmet prescribed by a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner and recommended for daily use in cases of self abusive behavior, seizure disorder, or to protect or facilitate healing of chronic wounds or cranial defects.

(8) For an orthosis that is a torso or spine brace, in addition to the requirements in subsection (2) of this section, the brace must be intended to provide pelvic, lumbar, lumbar-sacral, thoracic-lumbar-sacral, cervical-thoracic-lumbar-sacral, or cervical spine support.

(9) Subject to section 3 of this Schedule, the limit on the number of orthoses that may be provided for the use of a person as a health supplement for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule is the number set out in Column 2 of Table 1 opposite the description of the applicable orthosis in Column 1.

Item Orthosis Limit
1 custom-made foot orthotic 1 or 1 pair
2 custom-made footwear 1 or 1 pair
3 modification to footwear 1 or 1 pair
4 ankle brace 1 per ankle
5 ankle-foot orthosis 1 per ankle
6 knee-ankle-foot orthosis 1 per leg
7 knee brace 1 per knee
8 hip brace 1
9 upper extremity brace 1 per hand, finger, wrist, elbow or shoulder
10 cranial helmet 1
11 torso or spine brace 1
12 off-the-shelf footwear 1 or 1 pair (B.C. Reg. 144/2011)
13 off-the-shelf orthopaedic footwear 1 or 1 pair (B.C. Reg. 144/2011)
14 foot abduction orthosis 1 or 1 pair (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)
15 toe orthosis 1 (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(10 The period of time referred to in section 3 (3) (b) of this Schedule with respect to replacement of an orthosis is the number of years from the date on which the minister provided the orthosis being replaced that is set out in Column 2 of Table 2 opposite the description of the applicable orthosis in Column 1.

(B.C. Reg. 61/2010)

Item Orthosis Time Period
1 custom-made foot orthotic 3 years (B.C. Reg. 144/2011)
2 custom-made footwear 1 year
3 modification to footwear 1 year
4 ankle brace 2 years
5 ankle-foot orthosis 2 years
6 knee-ankle-foot orthosis 2 years
7 knee brace 2 years
8 hip brace 2 years
9 upper extremity brace 2 years
10 cranial helmet 2 years
11 torso or spine brace 2 years
12 off-the-shelf footwear 1 year (B.C. Reg. 144/2011)
13 off-the-shelf orthopaedic footwear 1 year (B.C. Reg. 144/2011)
13 toe orthosis 1 year (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(11) The following items are not health supplements for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule:

(a) a prosthetic and related supplies;

(b) a plaster or fiberglass cast;

(c) a hernia support;

(d) an abdominal support;

(e) a walking boot for a fracture;

(f) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 144/2011)

(B.C. Reg. 61/2010)

(12) An accessory or supply that is medically essential to use an orthosis that is a health supplement under subsection (2) is a health supplement for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

Medical equipment and devices - hearing instrument

3.11 A hearing instrument is a health supplement for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule if

(a) the hearing instrument is prescribed by an audiologist or hearing instrument practitioner, and

(b) an audiologist or hearing instrument practitioner has performed an assessment that confirms the need for a hearing instrument.

(B.C. Reg. 61/2010) (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

Medical equipment and devices — non-conventional glucose meters

3.12 (1) In this section, "non-conventional glucose meter" includes

(a) a continuous glucose monitoring meter, and

(b) talking glucose meter.

(2) A non-conventional glucose meter is a health supplement for the purposes of section 3 of this Schedule if the minister is satisfied that

(a) the glucose meter is medically essential to test blood glucose levels, and

(b) the person for whom the non-conventional glucose meter has been prescribed is unable to use a conventional glucose meter.

(3) The period of time referred to in section 3 (3) (b) of this Schedule with respect to replacement of a non-conventional glucose meter is 5 years from the date on which the minister provided the glucose meter being replaced.

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

Dental supplements

4 (1) In this section, "period" means

(a) in respect of a dependent child or a child in a home of a relative, a 2 year period beginning on January 1, 2009 and on each subsequent January 1 in an odd numbered year, and

(b) in respect of a person not referred to in paragraph (a), a 2 year period beginning on January 1, 2003 and on each subsequent January 1 in an odd numbered year. (B.C. Reg. 65/2010)

(1.1) The health supplements that may be paid under section 68 [dental supplements] of this regulation are basic dental services to a maximum of

(a) $1400 each period, if provided to a dependent child, and (B.C. Reg. 65/2010) (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

(b) $1000 each period, if provided to a person not referred to inparagraph (a). (B.C. Reg. 162/2005)

(2) Dentures may be provided as a basic dental service only to a person

(a) who has never worn dentures, or

(b) whose dentures are more than 5 years old.

(3) The limits under subsection (1.1) may be exceeded by an amount necessary to provide dentures, taking into account the amount remaining to the person under those limits at the time the dentures are to be provided, if

(a) a person requires a full upper denture, a full lower denture or both because of extractions made in the previous 6 months to relieve pain,

(b) a person, other than a person referred to in section 67 (1) (f) or a dependant of that person, requires a partial denture to replace at least 3 contiguous missing teeth on the same arch, at least one of which was extracted in the previous 6 months to relieve pain, or

(c) a person who has been a recipient of income assistance or disability assistance for at least 2 years or a dependant of that person requires replacement dentures. (B.C. Reg. 88/2005)

(4) Subsection (2) (b) does not apply with respect to a person described in subsection (3) (a) who has previously had a partial denture.

(5) The dental supplements that may be provided to a person described in subsection (3) (b), or to a person described in subsection (3) (c) who requires a partial denture, are limited to services under

(a) fee numbers 52101 to 52402 in the Schedule of Fee Allowances – Dentist referred to in paragraph (a) of the definition “basic dental service” in section 1 of this Schedule, or (B.C. Reg. 88/2005)

(b) fee numbers 41610, 41612, 41620 and 41622 in the Schedule of Fee Allowances – Denturist referred to in paragraph (b) of the definition “basic dental service” in section 1 of this Schedule. (B.C. Reg. 88/2005)

(6) The dental supplements that may be provided to a person described in subsection (3) (c) who requires the replacement of a full upper, a full lower denture or both are limited to services under

(a) fee numbers 51101 to 51102 in the Schedule of Fee Allowances – Dentist referred to in paragraph (a) of the definition “basic dental service” in section 1 of this Schedule, or (B.C. Reg. 88/2005)

(b) fee numbers 31310, 31320 or 31330 in the Schedule of Fee Allowances – Denturist referred to in paragraph (b) of the definition “basic dental service” in section 1 of this Schedule. (B.C. Reg. 88/2005)

(7) A reline or a rebase of dentures may be provided as a basic dental service only to a person who has not had a reline or rebase of dentures for at least 2 years.

Crown and bridgework supplement

4.1 (1) In this section, “crown and bridgework” means a dental service

(a) that is provided by a dentist, (B.C. Reg. 88/2005)

(b) that is set out in the Schedule of Fee Allowances – Crown and Bridgework, that is effective April 1, 2010 and is on file with the office of the deputy minister, (B.C. Reg. 88/2005) (B.C. Reg. 65/2010)

(c) that is provided at the rate set out for the service in that Schedule, and

(d) for which a recipient has received the pre-authourization of the minister.

(2) A health supplement may be paid under section 68.1 of this regulation for crown and bridgework but only if the minister is of the opinion that the recipient has a dental condition that cannot be corrected through the provision of basic dental services because

(a) the dental condition precludes the provision of the restorative services set out under the Restorative Services section of the Schedule of Fee Allowances – Dentist, and (B.C. Reg. 88/2005)

(b) one of the following circumstances exists:

(i) the dental condition precludes the use of a removable prosthetic;

(ii) the recipient has a physical impairment that makes it impossible for him or her to place a removable prosthetic;

(iii) the recipient has an allergic reaction or other intolerance to the composition or materials used in a removable prosthetic,

(iv) the recipient has a mental condition that makes it impossible for him or her to assume responsibility for a removable prosthetic.

(3) The minister must also be satisfied that a health supplement for crown and bridgework will be adequate to correct the dental condition.

(4) A health supplement for crown and bridgework may not be provided in respect of the same tooth more than once in any period of 60 calendar months.

Denture supplements

5 The health supplements that may be provided under section 69 [denture supplements] of this regulation are denture services.

Emergency dental supplements

6 The health supplements that may be paid for under section 70 [emergency dental and denture supplements] of this regulation are emergency dental services.

Dental and optical services – healthy kids program

7 (1) In this section, “period” means a 2 year period beginning on January 1, 2009, and on each subsequent January 1 in an odd numbered year, (B.C. Reg. 65/2010)

(2) Subject to the following limits, the minister may pay under section 72 [dental and optical supplements – healthy kids] of this regulation for the following health care services for a child of a person who, when the service was provided, was receiving premium assistance:

(a) basic dental services, to a maximum total of $1400 for each period year for all basic dental services provided to the child during the year; (B.C. Reg. 65/2010)

(b) basic eyewear and repairs;

(c) pre-authorized eyewear and repairs;

(d) emergency dental services.

Diet supplements

8 (1) The amount of a diet supplement that may be provided under section 73 [diet supplement] of this regulation is as follows:

(a) $10 for each calendar month for a person who requires a restricted s odium diet;

(b) $35 for each calendar month for a person who has diabetes; (B.C. Reg. 60/2007)

(c) $30 for each calendar month for a person who requires kidney dialysis if the person is not eligible under the kidney dialysis service provided by the Ministry of Health;

(d) $40 for each calendar month for a person who requires a high protein diet;

(e) $40 for each calendar month for a person who requires a gluten-free diet;

(f) $40 for each calendar month for a person who has dysphagia;

(g) $50 for each calendar month for a person who has cystic fibrosis;

(h) $40 for each calendar month for which a person requires a ketogenic diet;

(i) $40 for each calendar month for which the person requires a low phenylalanine diet. (B.C. Reg.85/2012)

(B.C. Reg.64/2010)

(2) A diet supplement under subsection (1) (d) may only be provided if the diet is confirmed by a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner as being necessary for one of the following medical conditions: (B.C. Reg. 317/2008)

(a) cancer that requires nutritional support during

(i) radiation therapy,

(ii) chemotherapy,

(iii) surgical therapy, or

(iv) ongoing medical treatment;

(b) chronic inflammatory bowel disease;

(c) Crohn’s disease;

(d) ulcerative colitis;

(e) HIV positive diagnosis;

(f) AIDS;

(g) chronic bacterial infection;

(h) tuberculosis;

(i) hyperthyroidism;

(j) osteoporosis;

(k) hepatitis B;

(l) hepatitis C.

(3) A person who is eligible for a supplement under subsection (1) (d) or (f) is also eligible for a $30 payment towards the purchase of a blender.

(4) If a person has more than one of the medical conditions set out in subsection (1), the person may receive only the amount of the highest diet supplement for which he or she is eligible.

Natal supplement

9 The amount of a natal supplement that may be provided under section 75 [natal supplement] of this regulation is as follows:

(a) $45 for each calendar month for a period set out in section 75 (2), or (B.C. Reg. 154/2005)

(b) $90 for each calendar month for a period set out in section 75 (2) if the person (B.C. Reg. 154/2005)

(i) is pregnant with more than one child, as confirmed in writing by a medical practitioner, a nurse practitioner or a registrant of the College of Midwives of British Columbia, or (B.C. Reg. 317/2008)

(ii) gives birth to more than one child.

Infant Formula

10 The minister may provide infant formula under section 74.1 of this regulation if

(a) a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner confirms in writing that (B.C. Reg. 317/2008)

(i) the dependent child for whom a specialized infant formula is to be provided has a medical condition and the specialized infant formula is necessary to treat the medical condition, or

(ii) the dependent child for whom the infant formula is to be provided is at risk of contracting a disease that is transmissible through the mother’s breast milk,

(b) in the case of a child described by paragraph (a) (ii), the child is under 12 months of age, and

(c) the minister is satisfied that the infant formula is medically required to treat the medical condition or respond to the risk referred to in paragraph (a). (B.C. Reg. 155/2005)

Schedule D

Hardship Assistance

No entitlement to a specific amount of hardship assistance

1 (1) The minister may provide a family unit that is eligible for hardship assistance under Part 4 of this regulation an amount not exceeding the amounts authorized by this Schedule.

(2) Subject to subsection (1), the actual amount of hardship assistance to be provided under this Schedule is in the discretion of the minister based on the financial need of the applicant’s family unit.

(3) Nothing in this Schedule or in Part 4 of this regulation entitles a family unit to a specific amount of hardship assistance.

Maximum amounts of hardship assistance

2 (0.1) In this section:

"backdated family bonus payment", in relation to a child benefits cheque, means the portion of the cheque, if any, attributable to the family bonus for one or more calendar months preceding the calendar month in which the cheque is issued;

"maximum adjustment", in relation to a family unit, means the amount the family unit would receive for a calendar month as the national child benefit supplement if

(a) the family unit were entitled to receive the national child benefit supplement for the calendar month,

(b) the income of the family unit, for the purposes of calculating the national child benefit supplement, were zero, and

(c) all dependent children in the family unit were qualified dependants within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada);

"supplement" means a supplement referred to in section 61 [supplement for delayed, suspended or cancelled family bonus] of this regulation.

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(1) The maximum amount that the minister may provide to a family unit that is eligible for hardship assistance under Part 4 of this regulation is the difference between

(a) the sum of the support allowance under Table 1 and the shelter allowances under Table 2 that apply to the applicant’s family unit and any adjustment applicable under subsection (2), and

(b) the sum of

(i) the net income of the applicant’s family unit, and

(ii) the value of the assets of the family unit that are immediately available to meet basic needs.

(2) If the family unit includes one or more dependent children, the support allowance for the family unit for a calendar month may be increased by an amount equal to

(a) the maximum adjustment, minus;

(b) the sum of

(i) the family bonus, if any, paid to the family unit for the preceding calendar month, and

(ii) the amount of the supplement, if any, provided to or for the family unit under section 61 [supplement for delayed, suspended or cancelled family bonus] of this regulation for the current calendar month.

(B.C.Reg. 286/2003) (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(3) In calculating the adjustment under subsection (2), an amount that, under the Income Tax Act (British Columbia) or the Income Tax Act (Canada), is deducted or set off from the family bonus must be treated as if it were paid to a person in the family unit. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(4) The support allowance under Table 1 for a calendar month may not be increased under subsection (2) if a person in the family unit refuses to

(a) apply for the family bonus for the preceding calendar month, or

(b) accept the family bonus for the preceding calendar month in respect of a dependant child in the family unit who is, or may be, a qualified dependant within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(5) If the size of the family unit exceeds 10 persons, the shelter allowance for the applicant’s family unit may be increased by a maximum of $35 for each person by which the family unit exceeds 10.

(6) In subsection (1), “net income” means the amount of unearned income, plus the amount of earned income minus deductions for

(a) income tax,

(b) employment insurance,

(c) medical insurance,

(d) Canada Pension Plan,

(e) superannuation,

(f) company pension plan, and

(g) union dues.

(7) If a person in the applicant’s or recipient’s family unit receives a backdated family bonus payment and all or part of the payment is attributable to one or more calendar months for which the family unit was also provided with a supplement, the lesser of the following amounts must be treated as unearned income:

(a) the portion of the backdated family bonus payment that is attributable to those calendar months for which the family unit was provided with a supplement;

(b) the sum of the supplements that are attributable to those calendar months for which the family unit received the backdated family bonus payment;

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(8) For the purposes of subsection (7), an amount that, under the Income Tax Act (British Columbia) or the Income Tax Act (Canada), is deducted or set off from a family bonus must be treated as paid to a person in the applicant’s family unit.

(9) Subsection (7) does not apply to an amount included in that portion of a child benefits cheque attributable to family bonus

(a) to replace a lost or stolen cheque for which an amount was advanced under section 60 [advance for lost or stolen family bonus] of this regulation, or

(b) to replace a cheque for which no amount was advanced under section 60 [advance for lost or stolen family bonus] of this regulation if the replacement is received in the calendar month following the calendar month for which the lost or stolen cheque was issued,

(c) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

(10) Despite subsections (1) to (9) but subject to subsection (11), hardship assistance may not be provided in respect of a dependent child if support for that child is provided under section 8 (2) or 93 (1) (g) (ii) of the Child, Family and Community Service Act. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(11) If

(a) an application is made by a parenting dependent child under section 5 (4) [application by parent who is dependent youth] of this regulation as it applies in relation to hardship assistance,

(b) the family unit is found eligible for hardship assistance, and

(c) support is provided for the parenting dependent child or his or her dependent child, or for both, under section 8 (2) or 93 (1) (g) (ii) of the Child, Family and Community Service Act,

the restriction in subsection (10) does not apply, but the amount of hardship assistance that may otherwise be provided to the family unit is to be reduced by the amount of that support.

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

Purpose of support allowance

3 Any amount provided under this Schedule for support is intended to be used by the recipient to meet the food, clothing and transportation needs of the family unit.

Maximum shelter allowance

4 (1) An applicant is eligible for a shelter allowance for his or her family unit not exceeding the smaller of

(a) the family unit’s actual shelter costs, and

(b) the maximum set out in Table 2 for the applicable family unit size.

(2) If

(a) applicants in a family unit complete and submit an application for income assistance (part 2) form, and

(b) for the calendar month that includes the date of that application, a portion of the shelter costs for that family unit has been paid,

the applicants may receive a shelter allowance under this Schedule of not more than the portion of the rent for that calendar month that remains unpaid on that date. (B.C. Reg. 304/2005)

(3) As an exception to subsection (2), if

(a) applicants in a family unit complete and submit an application for income assistance (part 2) form for the purpose of applying for hardship assistance under section 47.2, and

(b) for the calendar month that includes the date on which the minister determines that the family unit is eligible for hardship assistance under that section, a portion of the shelter costs for that family unit has been paid,

the applicants may receive a shelter allowance under this Schedule of not more than the portion of the rent for that calendar month that remains unpaid on that date.

(B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

Calculation of maximum amounts

5 The following provisions apply, with the necessary modifications, to the calculation of the maximum support and shelter allowances for an applicant under this Schedule:

(a) section 4 (5) of Schedule A;

(b) section 5 of Schedule A;

(c) section 6 of Schedule A;

(d) section 9 of Schedule A.

Exempt income and assets

6 No deduction is to be made for the following when calculating the maximum amount of hardship assistance for which an applicant’s family unit is eligible under section 2:

(a) any earned income of a dependent child attending school on a full-time basis;

(b) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 48/2010)

(c) a family bonus, except the portion treated as unearned income under section 2 (7) of this Schedule;

(d) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 313/2007)

(e) a goods and services tax credit under the Income Tax Act (Canada);

(f) a tax credit under section 8 [refundable sales tax credit], 8.1 [low income climate action tax credit] or 8.2 [BC harmonized sales tax credit] of the Income Tax Act (British Columbia); (B.C. Reg. 180/2010)

(g) individual redress payments granted by the government of Canada to a person of Japanese ancestry;

(h) individual payments granted by the government of Canada under the Extraordinary Assistance Plan to a person infected by the human immunodeficiency virus;

(i) individual payments granted by the government of British Columbia to a person infected by the human immunodeficiency virus or to the surviving spouse or dependent children of that person;

(j) individual payments granted by the government of Canada under the Extraordinary Assistance Plan to thalidomide victims;

(k) money that is

(i) paid or payable to a person if the money is awarded to the person by an adjudicative panel in respect of claims of abuse at Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and drawn from a lump sum settlement paid by the government of British Columbia, or

(ii) paid or payable to or for a person if the payment is in accordance with the settlement agreement approved by the Supreme Court in Action No. C980463, Vancouver Registry; (B.C. Reg. 276/2004)

(l) money paid or payable under the 1986-1990 Hepatitis C Settlement Agreement made June 15, 1999, except money paid or payable under section 4.02 or 6.01 of Schedule A or of Schedule B of that agreement;

(m) a rent subsidy provided by the provincial government, or by a council, board, society or governmental agency that administers rent subsidies from the provincial government;

(n) an income tax refund, or part of an income tax refund, that arises by reason of a payment made by the government of British Columbia to the government of Canada on behalf of a person who incurred a tax liability due to income received under the Forest Worker Transition Program;

(o) money paid or payable to a person in settlement of a claim of abuse at an Indian residential school, except money paid or payable as income replacement in the settlement;

(p) post adoption assistance payments provided under section 28 (1) or 30.1 of the Adoption Regulation, B.C. Reg. 291/96;

(q) a rebate of energy or fuel tax provided by the government of Canada, the government of British Columbia, or an agency of either government.

(r) the portion of Canada Pension Plan Benefits that is calculated by the formula (A - B) x C, where

A = the gross monthly amount of Canada Pension Plan Benefits received by an applicant or recipient;

B = (i) in respect of a family unit comprised of a sole applicant or a sole recipient with no dependent children, 1/12 of the amount determined under section 118 (1) (c) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) as adjusted under section 117.1 of that Act, or

(iii) in respect of any other family unit, the amount under subparagraph (i), plus 1/12 of the amount resulting from the calculation under section 118 (1) (a) (ii) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) as adjusted under section 117.1 of that Act;

C = the sum of the percentages of taxable amounts set out under section 117 (2) (a) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and section 4.1 (1) (a) of the Income Tax Act. (B.C. Reg. 57/2003)

(s) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

(t) payments granted by the government of British Columbia under section 8 of the Child, Family and Community Service Act [agreement with child's kin and others];

(u) payments granted by the government of British Columbia under the Ministry of Children and Family Development's At Home Program. (B.C. Reg. 115/2003)

(v) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 85/2012) (BC Reg. 209/2003)

(w) payments granted by the Government of British Columbia under an agreement referred to in section 93 (1) (g) (ii) of the Child, Family and Community Service Act, for contributions to the support of a child. (BC Reg. 209/2003) (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(x) a child disability benefit. (B.C. Reg. 461/2003)

(y) payments granted by the government of British Columbia under the Ministry of Children and Family Development's

(i) Autism Funding: Under Age 6 Program, or

(ii) Autism Funding: Ages 6 - 18 Program. (B.C. Reg. 22/2005)

(z) a refund provided under Plan I, “Fair PharmaCare”, of the PharmaCare program established under the Continuing Care Programs Regulation, B.C. Reg 146/95. (B.C. Reg. 292/2005) (B.C. Reg. 32/2012)

(aa) funds held in a registered education savings plan. (B.C. Reg. 305/2005)

(bb) payments provided by Community Living BC to assist with travel expenses for a recipient in the family unit to attend a self-help skills programs, or a supported work placement program, approved by Community Living BC. (B.C. Reg. 192/2006)

(cc) money paid by the government of Canada, under a settlement agreement, to persons who contracted Hepatitis C by receiving blood or blood products in Canada prior to 1986 or after July 1, 1990, except money paid under that agreement as income replacement. (B.C. Reg. 165/2007)

(dd) funds held in, or money withdrawn from, a registered disability savings plan. (B.C. Reg. 362/2007)

(ee) a working income tax benefit provided under the Income Tax Act (Canada). (B.C. Reg. 48/2008)

(ff) Repealed (B.C. Reg. 180/2010)

(gg) the climate action dividend under section 13.02 of the Income Tax Act; (B.C. Reg. 94/2008)

(hh) money paid or payable to a person under the Criminal Injury Compensation Act as compensation for non-pecuniary loss or damage for pain, suffering mental or emotional trauma, humiliation or inconvenience that occurred when the person was under 19 years of age. (B.C. Reg. 87/2008)

(ii) money that is paid or payable to or for a person if the payment is in accordance with the settlement agreement approved by the Supreme Court in Action No. S024338, Vancouver Registry. (B.C. Reg. x123/2010)

(jj) payments granted by the government of British Columbia under the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Family Support Services program; (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

(kk) payments granted by the government of British Columbia under the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Supported Child Development program; (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

(ll) payments granted by the government of British Columbia under the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Aboriginal Supported Child Development program, (B.C. Reg. 85/2012)

(mm) the basic child tax benefit; (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(nn) a Universal Child Care Benefit provided under the Universal Child Care Benefit Act (Canada); (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(oo) the BC earned income benefit. (B.C. Reg. 197/2012)

(pp) money paid or payable from a fund that is established by the government of British Columbia, the government of Canada and the City of Vancouver in relation to recommendation 3.2 of the final report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. (B.C. Reg. 31/2014)

Table 1

Item Family unit composition Age or status of applicant or recipient Amount of support
1 Sole applicant/recipient and no dependent children Applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age $235.00
2 Sole applicant/recipient and no dependent children Applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and is a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment $282.92
3 Sole applicant/recipient and no dependent children Applicant/recipient is 65 or more years of age $531.42
4 Sole applicant/recipient and one or more dependent children Applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age $375.58
5 Sole applicant/recipient and one or more dependent children Applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and is a person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment $423.58
6 Sole applicant/recipient and one or more dependent children Applicant/recipient is 65 or more years of age $672.08
7 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children Both applicants/recipients are under 65 years of age $307.22
8 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children One applicant/recipient is person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment and the other is not but both applicants/recipients are under 65 years of age $396.22
9 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children Both applicants/recipients are under 65 years of age and both are persons with persistent multiple barriers to employment $452.06
10 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children One applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and the other is 65 or more years of age $700.56
11 Two applicants/recipients and no dependent children Both applicants/recipients are 65 or more years of age $946.06
12 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children Both applicants/recipients are under 65 years of age $401.06
13 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children One applicant/recipient is person who has persistent multiple barriers to employment and the other is not but both applicants/recipients are under 65 years of age $490.06
14 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children Both applicants/recipients are under 65 years of age and both are persons who have persistent multiple barriers to employment $546.06
15 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children One applicant/recipient is under 65 years of age and the other is 65 or more years of age $794.56
16 Two applicants/recipients and one or more dependent children Both applicants/recipients are 65 or more years of age $1043.06

(B.C. Reg. 57/2007)

Table 2

Item Family Unit Size Maximum Monthly Shelter
1 1 person $375
2 2 persons $570
3 3 persons $660
4 4 persons $700
5 5 persons $750
6 6 persons $785
7 7 persons $820
8 8 persons $855
9 9 persons $890
10 10 persons $925

(B.C. Reg. 57/2007)

Schedule E

Employability Screen

Number Criteria Category or Response Score
1 What is the person’s age? (a) under 19
(b) 19 to 24 inclusive
(c) 25 to 49 inclusive
(d) 50 to 65 inclusive
0
1
0
0
2 Apart from the current application, how many times has the person been on Income or Social Assistance anywhere in Canada in the last 3 years? (a) never
(b) 1 to 3 times
(c) more than 3 times
0
1
3
3 What is the total amount of time the person has spent on Income or Social Assistance in the last 3 years? (a) less than 2 months
(b) 2 to 12 months
(c) more than 12 months
0
3
7
4 What is the highest level of education the person has completed? (a) post-secondary program degree or diploma
(b) some post-secondary
(c) high school/GED
(d) grade 10 to grade 12
(e) less than grade 10
(f) trade certificate
1
0
0
1
3
0
5 What is the total amount of time the person has spent in paid employment over the last 3 years? (a) more than 12 months
(b) from 3 to 12 months
(c) under 3 months
(d) none or very limited work experience
(e) volunteer work only
0
1
2
4
3
6 What is the person’s English speaking ability or literacy level? (a) good working knowledge of English
(b) English as a second language (ESL) or in need of English skills training
0
3
Total      
    Office use only: Score only most applicable response  

Schedule F

Burial and Cremation Costs (section 65)

Burial and cremation supplement

1 A supplement that is paid under section 65 of the regulation may include the following amounts:

(a) an amount for a funeral provider’s fee for services;

(b) an amount for the costs of intraprovincial transportation, if that transportation is for a distance greater than 32 kilometres;

(c) in respect of a burial, an amount for the costs set out in section 4 of this Schedule;

(d) in respect of a cremation, an amount for the costs set out in section 5 of this Schedule.

Funeral provider’s fee for services

2 The services provided in respect of a funeral provider’s fee for services must include:

(a) intraprovincial transportation, if that transportation is for a distance of 32 kilometres or less;

(b) completion and filing of the registration of death;

(c) obtaining a burial or cremation permit;

(d) co-ordination with a crematorium and cemetery;

(e) all professional and staff services;

(f) preparation of a deceased person’s body for burial or cremation, including basic sanitary care and casketing;

(g) use of the funeral provider’s facilities and equipment, including a preparation room, refrigeration and parking and service areas;

(h) other items or services incidental to or provided as part of any of the services described in paragraphs (a) to (g), as agreed by the funeral services provider and the responsible person.

Rates for intraprovincial transportation

3 Mileage for intraprovincial transportation for a distance greater than 32 kilometres must not exceed the rate set out in Column 2 of the Table below opposite the distance set out in Column 1.

Item Distance Rate
1 more than 32 km but less than or equal to 82 km $1/km
2 more than 82 km but less than or equal to 182 km $.90/km
3 Over 182 km $.60/km

Costs of burial

4 (1) A supplement payable in respect of a burial may include an amount for the following costs:

(a) the cost of a burial plot in British Columbia;

(b) grave opening and closing fees;

(c) if a grave liner, hermetically sealed rigid container, plastic body pouch or outer grave box or liner is required by the cemetery, the cost of the liner, container, pouch or box;

(d) the cost of a casket, in an amount representing the sum of the following:

(i) the actual factory invoice price of a HP #2 cloth-covered casket or an equivalent or, in the case of over-sized remains, a casket for over-sized remains;

(ii) a merchandising mark-up of up to 20%;

(iii) the cost of freight to the funeral home.

(2) A lower cost casket may be used at the request of a responsible person.

(3) The minister may pay for the remains of a deceased person to be interred at a location within British Columbia other than the location at which the remains were prepared for burial in an amount not to exceed the amount that would be payable for the costs described in subsection (1) (a) to (c) and intraprovincial transportation costs.

Costs of cremation

5 (1) A supplement payable in respect of a cremation may include an amount for the following costs:

(a) cremation fees;

(b) the cost of a cremation plot in British Columbia;

(c) grave opening and closing fees;

(d) if a concrete grave liner is required by the cemetery, the cost of the grave liner;

(e) the cost of an urn in an amount not to exceed $200.

(2) The minister may pay for the remains of a deceased person to be interred at a location within British Columbia other than the location at which the remains were cremated in an amount not to exceed the amount that would be payable for the costs described in subsection (1) (b) to (d).

(B.C. Reg.63/2010)