Temporary assistance is designed to help people move into employment as soon as possible.
There are a number of programs and supports in place that help people on temporary assistance transition into employment.
People who receive income assistance also receive a number of other supports and benefits that help them each month, such as subsidized housing, child-care subsidies, dental and optical care for children, free MSP, free Pharmacare, child and seniors’ benefits, and employment services through the Employment Program of BC.
Individuals on Temporary Assistance (TA) receive the following (per month) in support/shelter allowance:
- Single person expected-to-work: $610
- Single person with one child: $945
- Couple expected-to-work: $877
- Family with one child: $1,061
- Family with a child with a disability: $1,061
- Family with two children: $1,101
Individuals on TA receive the following (per month) in earning exemptions:
- Single person expected-to-work: $200
- Families with children: $400
- Family with a child with a disability: $500
- Certain income and assets do not impact a person’s eligibility for assistance. For example, essential assets such as a family home and household equipment are exempt.
- Individuals on TA can have up to $2,000 in liquid assets and a vehicle worth up to $10,000.
Everyone on TA is eligible for:
- Free Medical Service Plan and Pharmacare
- Emergency dental and denture services for the relief of pain
- Optical services including routine eye exams, new eyeglasses or new lenses
- Diet and short-term nutritional supplements to assist with special dietary needs
- Child care subsidies – government invests $119.9 million annually supporting nearly 20,000 children and families each month
- Tax credits and benefits worth $466.50 per year:
- BC Sales Tax Credit: $75
- GST Credit: $276
- BC Low Income Climate Action Credit: $115.50
- Clients with a confirmed job can get help with transportation or to purchase work-related equipment, such as work boots.
Dependent children in families on TA are also eligible for:
- Basic dental coverage including restorations, extractions and preventative services, plus orthodontic treatment under certain circumstances
- Medical equipment, supplies and transportation
- Essential extended medical therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, naturopathy, podiatry and physical therapy
- School Start-up Supplement:
- $100 for every child aged five to 11 years
- $175 for every child aged 12 years and over
Savings/benefits for families on TA:
- Tax credits for a family with one child under six years of age worth $8,063.
- Tax credits for a two parent family with two children under six years of age worth $15,412.
- Full exemption of child support payments.
- Full exemption of Employment Insurance maternity and parental benefits and EI benefits for parents of critically ill children – benefiting about 200 families every year.
- In addition, families with children can keep their basic health supplement coverage for a full year when they leave TA for employment – this includes free MSP and Pharmacare.
- To support clients in residential alcohol and drug treatment, the ministry will pay daily user fees (per diems) directly to licensed residential treatment facilities and registered supportive recovery homes where clients are being treated.
- The ministry also provides clients with a monthly comforts allowance of $95 to assist with their personal needs while they are in a facility that is receiving per diems.
- The ministry provides additional supports to clients undergoing residential alcohol and drug treatment, such as maintaining their shelter while they are in treatment, and covering the cost of transportation to and from treatment facilities.
- The ministry also provides a $500 annual alcohol and drug treatment supplement to support access to drug and alcohol treatment counselling or related services.
- Government invests about $330 million each year in the Employment Program of BC (EPBC) to help unemployed British Columbians find a job and keep it.
- Most of this investment supports the 84 WorkBC Employment Services Centres across the province. Since 2012, WorkBC has helped over 330,000 people with supports and services:
- Nearly 109,000 of those individuals have already found employment as a result, and 85% of those were hired in full-time positions.
- WorkBC services can include:
- Transportation Supports (for commuting) up to the first four weeks of employment;
- Dependent Care Supports up to the first four weeks of employment (and up to 12 months under the Single Parent Employment Initiative);
- Essential Work Clothing Supports (if required for a job start); and
- Essential Work Supplies, Tools or Equipment Supports (if required for a job start).
- The Single Parent Employment Initiative (SPEI) helps eligible single parents get the training and support they need to move off income assistance and find a good job. Benefits include:
- Up to 12 months of funded training for an in-demand job, or a paid work experience placement.
- Single parents will also be able to remain on income assistance if they attend a training program.
- Child-care costs during training or work placement and for the first year of employment.
- Public transit costs to and from school.
- Exemptions for bursaries, scholarships and grants that are required for the program of study have also been extended to single parents in approved training programs.
- A full-suite of Work BC Employment Centre services such as workshops on resume writing and interview preparation.
- To date, more than 4,675 single parents have participated in the SPEI program and 955 have already found employment.
Sean LeslieMinistry of Social Development and Social Innovation