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I have an outstanding arrest warrant and I need welfare. What can I do?

Last reviewed in April 2023 by the Clicklaw Editors

If there is a warrant for your arrest, you may not be elligible for welfare benefits. The resources below can help you learn more about outstanding warrants.

  • Outstanding Warrants and Welfare, from People's Law School, provides a more general summary of when this rule applies and the exceptions to it.
  • Warrants, a BC Government webpage, contains information about who is included and exempt from receiving income assistance when an outstanding warrant exists. 

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.
  • Community Law Program, from the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS), provides legal advice and assistance to low-income individuals. They may be able to help if you have already made a request for reconsideration and you have lost your appeal to the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal. See their fact sheet above for more details.
  • If you qualify for legal aid, Legal Aid Services, from Legal Aid BC (LABC), may be able to help you with your criminal case.
  • Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap

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