Welfare

Deaf man takes B.C. ministry to Human Rights Tribunal over delays in income assistance

When Christopher Shay applied for income assistance in September, he was at his wit’s ends. Unlike hearing people, Shay is unable to pick up the phone and call the income assistance office. Shay struggled more than five weeks before getting any money and received eviction notices after receiving no government response to his application. He finally found help through local outreach programs.

Community groups ask Auditor General to ensure welfare computer system has emergency back-up system in place

Community groups ask Auditor General to ensure welfare computer system has emergency back-up system in place For Immediate Release | BCPIAC Eight social justice organizations and churches from across BC have asked the BC Auditor General to look into whether the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation hasRead more