Common QuestionsI've been turned down for PWD benefits. What can I do?
If the Ministry has turned down your application for the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefit, you have the right to appeal. You have 20 business days, from the day you receive the letter telling you that your application has been rejected, to give the Ministry your reconsideration request. You must get the reconsideration request form from a Ministry of Social Development & Social Innovation (MSDSI) office. You can phone MSDSI (1-866-866-0800) as soon as you receive the denial letter.
If you disagree with the reconsideration decision, you may appeal that decision to the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal.
Good starting points include:
- Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Benefit Application, from Disability Alliance BC, contains a FAQ on page 6 called, “What if I am turned down for PWD?”
- Appealing Denial of the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Benefit: The Reconsideration Request, from Disability Alliance BC, helps you understand the appeal process and how to make your request for reconsideration.
- Appealing Denial of the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Benefit: The Appeal Tribunal, from Disability Alliance BC, helps you understand the appeal process and how to ask for an appeal tribunal hearing.
- Income Assistance: Reconsideration and Appeals, from The Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, provides an overview of the reconsideration and appeal process when you apply for income assistance, which includes disability assistance.
Need more help?
Advocacy Access, from Disability Alliance BC, assists people with disabilities to apply for and appeal the denial of provincial disability benefits.
See our related common questions:
- See all common questions about disabilities
- See all common questions about pensions, benefits & welfare
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