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Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

Applying for BC Employment and Assistance (BCEA)

Service Advisory

SDSI Temporary Office Closure for System Update – Nov. 21, 2014

All Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation employment and income assistance offices are closed Friday, November 21, 2014, to accommodate a system update.

Regular phone service and My Self Serve are also unavailable today.

The Self Serve Assessment and Application tool (SSAA) is accessible to the public during the system update. However, new applications will be temporarily delayed as they are inaccessible to staff until the system update is complete.

The ministry will return to normal service and day-to-day operations on Monday, November 24, 2014.

If you have an immediate need today that requires urgent assistance, please call Service BC at 1-800-663-7867 for service, or callers can route to Service BC through the ministry’s toll free line: 1-866-866-0800.

Immediate need or crisis situations include:

  • Food or shelter
  • People fleeing abuse
  • Child protection concerns or concerns that a child’s health and safety may be endangered

As with any medical emergency, citizens should first access hospitals or call 9-1-1 to receive emergency health services.

Eligibility for BC Employment and Assistance programs is based on your income and assets. The ministry has a responsibility to ensure that its limited resources go to those people who need them most. That is why applicants are expected to take advantage of all other sources of income and assets before qualifying.  

If you are interested in applying for BC Employment and Assistance (BCEA), this page provides important and useful information you will need to proceed including a Self Serve Assessment and Application – to help determine if you are eligible and what you might receive. To get started just click any of the following links:

Application Process and Tools

Self Serve Assessment and Application Tool

The Self Serve Assessment and Application tool is available in English only.

For Income Assistance information and services please call toll free 1 866 866-0800 or visit your local Employment and Income Assistance Office.

Veuilez noter que l’outil estimateur de demande d’aide au revenu n’est disponible qu’en anglais.

A fin d’obtenir plus de renseignements concernant le programme d’aide au revenu et les services offerts, veuillez composer sans frais le 1 866 866-0800, ou visiter le bureau de programme d’aide au revenu le plus près de chez vous.

La herramienta de autoservicio para evaluación y aplicación solo está disponible en el idioma inglés. Para obtener información sobre Asistencia Social y los servicios que se ofrecen por favor llame a los números que se indican a continuación, o visite la oficina de Empleo y Asistencia Social en su localidad.

自助评估和申请工具只提供英语服务.

阁下如对收入补助金有任何查询,请致电1 866 866-0800,或到当地收入补助金办公室查询.

Vasileh Arzyabi Khod Service va Forme Darkhast faghat beh zabane Engelisi mojoud ast.

Baraye ettelaate marbout beh Komak Daramad va khadamat, lotfan ba shomareh telefone 1 866 866-0800 rayganan tamas hasel farmaeed ya az edareh mahalli Estekhdam va Komak Daramad didan farmaeed.

Applying For Assistance Online? Have Your Say!

We have made a few changes to the Self Serve Assessment and Application tool (our online application) and want to know what our new applicants think. After you submit your application, a short survey will launch.

This survey will take about five minutes to complete. This optional survey is completely anonymous and is not linked to your application in any way. Thank you for helping us to improve our service.

We value your feedback!

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