Common QuestionsHow is welfare different on and off reserve?
Welfare, also known as income assistance or social assistance, is money and other benefits for people who need financial help. There are different requirements for determining whether you qualify for a certain kind of benefit. Social assistance for people living on reserve comes from the government of Canada through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC, formerly INAC). Income assistance for people living off reserve in BC comes from the BC provincial government through the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI). Some social assistance services and benefits are different on and off reserve.
Good starting points include:
- On Reserve: Benefits and Services: Social Assistance on Reserve, from the Legal Services Society, is a website that outlines what social assistance benefits are, the amounts involved, how to qualify and how to apply. The website links to the resource Social Assistance on Reserve in British Columbia which explains how social assistance on reserve is different from assistance off reserve and how to get more information or help.
- Off Reserve: Your Welfare Rights: A Guide to BC Employment and Assistance, from the Legal Services Society, has information about welfare for people off reserve.
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