Community and Social Services for British Columbians
BC211 Community Services Information & Referral
A telephone and e-mail service that provides free, confidential, and multilingual information about a full range of community, social, and government services in the Fraser Valley, Metro Vancouver and Squamish-Lillooet Regional Districts. Or search the Red Book Online database of more than 5,600 services and agencies.
Provincial agency responsible for developing, managing and administering subsidized housing for those in need. Includes information on applying for subsidized and supportive housing in BC.
Disability Alliance BC (DABC)
Supports people with all disabilities across BC. Provides direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications. Member of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities.
Disability Tax Credit (DTC)
The basic DTC attempts to address, through the tax system, the added costs of living with an ongoing disability. People who qualify get tax relief, with a supplemental benefit for those under 18. Provincial credits provide even more savings. The requirements to be eligible for the DTC are laid out in the T-2201 DTC certificate application form. Among other things, there must be a prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions that must have lasted, or be expected to last, for a continuous period of at least 12 months.
The DTC can't be claimed until the application has been approved. Claimants must complete Part A of the form and then ask their medical practitioner to fill our and certify Part B, which spells out the specific medical impairment. The completed form (Parts A and B) is then sent to the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). The ruling comes back usually within eight weeks. Once approved, claimants can ask for reassessment to claim credits going back up to 10 calendar years, depending on when they would have been eligible for the credit.
Justice Access Centre Self-Help and Information Services
Lists links to a number of groups in BC that offer free legal advice or services for people who cannot afford a lawyer.
Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation
Publications, policies and information on ministry programs. Includes information on the rental assistance, income assistance and disability assistance programs as well as other services for people with disabilities.
Seniors Services Society
Provides information on a wide variety of housing and support services for seniors in the Lower Mainland.