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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 & Poverty Reduction - for British Columbians in need of social or economic support

   - BC Income Assistance Rate Tables

Family and Social Supports

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

The Province of BC offers 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.  There is also a rebate for eligible electric vehicle chargers.

BC Homeowners

BC Housing (formerly Homeowners Protection Office) Licensing & Consumer Services - Consumer Protection for Homeowners & 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

BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity (HOME) Partnership program for First Time Home Buyers - 25-year loan that is interest-free and payment-free for the first 5 years.  Applications were accepted starting January 16, 2017, for purchases that closed on or after February 15, 2017.  The program came to an end on March 31, 2018 due to its low participation rate.

Home 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.

bullet Low income grant supplement for seniors
bullet Low income grant supplement for surviving spouses of veterans who received war veterans allowance
bullet Low income grant supplement for people with disabilities

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.

BC Healthy Kids Program - provides coverage for basic dental treatment, optical care and hearing assistance to children in low-income families, until the month after they turn 19 years of age. Resources

Medical Services Plan - make sure you check to see if you are eligible for Supplementary Benefits.

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

The above include links to BC Government information

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).

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.

BC Healthy Kids Program - provides coverage for basic dental treatment, optical care and hearing assistance to children in low-income families, until the month after they turn 19 years of age.

BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit, replaced by the BC Family Benefit (previously called the BC Child Opportunity Benefit).

Family and Social Supports

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 Finder - information for students - Use this tool to find 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.

Services for People with Disabilities - LOTS to explore here!

Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities

BC disability assistance rates

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.

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:

Bulletin 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

Resources for Seniors - including benefits finder, care options, financial abuse, frauds and scams, and much more.

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: October 26, 2023


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