Common Questions

I have to go on welfare. What do I need to know before I apply?

Before you apply for welfare, it is important for you to prepare. You will have to explain your situation and prove why you need benefits. One key preparation step is to gather together all documents and information that may help support your application. It is also important to know your welfare rights and what to expect.

Good starting points include:

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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Last reviewed November 2016
applying for welfare, welfare, income assistance, BC Employment and Assistance (BCEA)