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Financial Planning ->Government Benefits - British Columbia

British Columbia Government Benefits, Programs and Services

Government of British Columbia

Congratulatory Message Requests for BC Residents - request congratulatory messages from BC dignitaries for wedding anniversaries and birthdays.

For congratulatory messages from the Prime Minister, Governor General, or Her Majesty the Queen see Government Benefits - Canada.

Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation - for British Columbians in need of social or economic support

   - BC Employment and Assistance Rate Tables

Featured Programs and Services - this page on the BC Government website has links to many different types of programs and services that they offer, including education, public transit, employment, family, grants & tax credits, housing, health, small business, and social programs.

Consumer Protection BC - Help for businesses and for consumers - learn your rights as a consumer, and how to protect yourself.

BC Unclaimed Property Society (BCUPS) provides a searchable database of unclaimed funds on deposit in banks, trust companies and loan companies.

BC Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Rebates

Effective April 1, 2015, the Province of BC will offer incentives of up to $5,000 for the purchase or lease of a new battery electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and up to $6,000 for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.

See BC news release New incentive to make clean energy vehicles more affordable.

BC Homeowners

Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) - Consumer Protection for Homebuyers - Find out about your rights, obligations and information that can help you make a more informed purchasing decision

First Time Home Buyers Program - exemption from property transfer tax

Home Owner Grant - the home owner grant reduced the amount of property tax you pay for your principal residence.

BC Government LiveSmart BC Incentive & Rebate Programs

Federal EcoENERGY program incentives

Property Tax Deferment Program - for families with children, or for ages 55+, a surviving spouse, or disabled.

BC Health Care

Hospice Palliative and End-of-Life Care - includes a range of services for dying people of all ages, including children, and their families, including provision of drugs and medical equipment.  The link is for Vancouver Island Health Authority, but the other BC health authorities probably provide similar services.  See the list of Regional Health Authorities in BC. Resources

Medical Services Plan - make sure you check to see if you are eligible for lower premiums, and APPLY for them!

PharmaCare - you have to register - make sure you do!

BC Government Links

HealthLinkBC provides access to non-emergency health information and services.  Phone 811 free of charge to speak to a nurse, pharmacist or dietitian.  Phone 711 for deaf and hearing-impaired assistance (TTY).

Medical Services Plan Premium Assistance

PharmaCare Newsletters

PharmaCare program - coverage for prescription drugs - you must be registered to receive Pharmacare benefits.

Your Fair PharmaCare coverage - table showing income levels and coverage.

Fair PharmaCare calculator - estimate the financial assistance you will receive from Pharmacare.

Home and Community Care Services

Patient Care and Quality Review Boards - make a formal complaint regarding the quality of care that you or a loved one has received, or get more information about making a complaint.

BC Children and Families

Child and family benefits provided by federal and provincial/territorial governments

Single Parent Employment Initiative - funded training for in-demand jobs, or on-the job training through a paid work-experience placement. Benefits could also include child-care costs, transportation costs, and exemptions for bursaries, scholarships and grants.

British Columbia Training and Education Savings Grant (BCTESG) - grants toward your child's Registered Education Savings Plan.

BC Students

Canada Benefits information for students - Choose your province or territory to see financial aid, bursary and scholarship and other information for students.

BC Persons With Disabilities

Gifts and Assets Changes Now in Effect - As of Dec 1, 2015, family, friends, supporters and community groups can give regular gifts of cash to people receiving disability assistance, without affecting their assistance.

Disability Services

Personal Supports website provides information about and links to programs that provide equipment and assistive devices or other personal supports to persons with disabilities in BC.

Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities

BC provincial disability assistance rates, and how to apply for persons with disabilities assistance.

Fuel tax refund program for persons with disabilities

Property Tax Deferment Program - for ages 55+, a surviving spouse, or disabled.

Additional homeowner grant for disabled persons.

Additional homeowner grant for new construction to accommodate disabled - see the Small Business and Revenue Ministry web page on Budget 2008 Property Taxes.

PST exemption for many medications, health-related equipment and supplies, and personal items purchased by persons with disabilities and handicaps.  For more information from the BC government website, see the following bulletins from the Provincial Sales Tax Bulletins page:

PST 301 Related Services (pdf)

Exempt related service - a service provided solely for the purpose of equipping a vehicle with an auxiliary driving control to facilitate the operation of the vehicle by an individual with a disability

Bulletin PST 308 - PST on Vehicles (pdf) - see page 7, Motor Vehicles Modified for Persons with Disabilities

BC Seniors

Elder Abuse - learn the signs and how to get help

BC Seniors

Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) - rent subsidy program for seniors aged 60 and over.

Senior's supplement based on federal OAS/GIS/Allowance payment levels.

Income security programs providing financial assistance for seniors.

Seniors Guide - information on provincial and federal programs, with sections on benefits, health, lifestyle, housing, transportation, finances, safety and security, and other services.

Property Tax Deferment Program - for ages 55+, a surviving spouse, or disabled.

Additional homeowner grant for seniors.


Revised: April 23, 2016



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