Common Questions

I've been turned down for PWD benefits. What can I do?

If the Ministry has turned down your application for the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefit, you have the right to appeal. You have 20 business days, from the day you receive the letter telling you that your application has been rejected, to give the Ministry your reconsideration request. You must get the reconsideration request form from a BC Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction office. You can phone MSDPR (1-866-866-0800) as soon as you receive the denial letter.

If you disagree with the reconsideration decision, you may appeal that decision to the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal.

Good starting points include:

Need more help?

Advocacy Access, from Disability Alliance BC, assists people with disabilities to apply for and appeal the denial of provincial disability benefits.

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Last reviewed December 2016
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