Common QuestionsIf I don’t get welfare this month I’ll lose my housing
If you have an urgent need for shelter, then you must ask for an “Immediate Needs Assessment” when you apply for welfare from the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation. If the Ministry finds that you have an immediate need for shelter (or for food or urgent medical care), they may be able to quickly provide you with hardship assistance.
Good starting points include:
- Hardship Assistance: Immediate Needs - Work Search Required, from BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, has information about when you can qualify for hardship assistance.
- BC Employment and Assistance Rate Tables, from BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, has tables showing what monthly rates are paid for hardship benefits and hardship for persons with disabilities.
- Your Welfare Rights: A Guide to BC Employment and Assistance, from the Legal Services Society, has information about hardship assistance in the chapter titled “Who Can Apply for Welfare.”
- Income Assistance: Reconsideration and Appeals, from The Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, explains that if you apply for or receive monthly assistance, you have the right to a reconsideration, and then an appeal, of most decisions denying, reducing or ending that assistance.
Need more help?
- Find an Advocate, from PovNet, provides a list of community advocates who may be able to provide information or assistance regarding welfare.
- Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.
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