Common Questions

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

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: A Guide to BC Employment and Assistance, from the Legal Services Society, has information on preparing for the intake interview and what to expect at the interview. See the chapter on "How to Apply for Welfare."
  • BC Employment and Assistance Web Orientation, from the BC Ministry of Housing and Social Development, is the online application for income assistance from BC Employment and Assistance. It includes a resource called the “Enquirer’s Checklist” that provides an overview of what you’ll need to bring to an interview.

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Last reviewed January 2015

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