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I’m going to the interview for welfare. What do I need to know?

Last reviewed December 2020 by the Clicklaw Editors

Applying for welfare involves having an eligibility interview with a worker from the BC government. There is a considerable amount of information to gather to give to the government worker at the interview. At the interview, expect the government worker to ask a lot of personal questions.

Good starting points include:

  • Your Welfare Rights: How to Apply for Welfare, from the Legal Services Society, has information on preparing for the eligibility interview and what to expect at the interview.
  • Apply for Income Assistance, from BC Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, is the online application for income assistance from BC Employment and Assistance. It has information on "Application & Intake" > "BCEA Application - Stage 2" > "Procedures" > "Documents Required for Determining Eligibility".

Need more help?

  • Find an Advocate, from PovNet, provides a list of community advocates who may be able to provide information or assistance regarding the welfare application process.
  • Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap

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