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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
BC - Help for businesses and for consumers - learn
your rights as a consumer, and how to protect yourself.
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.
Owner Grant - the home owner grant reduces the amount of property tax
you pay for your principal residence, if you are a Canadian citizen or
permanent resident of Canada. The grant application can be completed
online if desired. Low income grant supplements can further reduce
property taxes, and may be available retroactively if you were eligible
last year and didn't apply. Grant supplement applications can be
submitted by mail or email.
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.
Medical Services Plan
- make sure you check to see if you are eligible for lower premiums, and
APPLY for them!
- you have to register - make sure you do!
BC Government Links
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).
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.
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.
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:
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