Welfare

Justice before the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal and Poverty Reduction

BCPIAC’s letter to the new BC government highlighting the anti-poverty community’s pressing concerns about the effectiveness and credibility of the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal (“the EAAT”), and offer recommendations about how to restore public confidence in the EAAT. Continue Reading Justice before the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal and Poverty Reduction

Open Letter Regarding Access Barriers to Applying for Income Assistance

To All Candidates in the 2017 BC Provincial Election: We are writing to you as a candidate in the provincial election on behalf of more than sixty undersigned organizations to collectively express our concerns regarding chronic and serious barriers British Columbians face when attempting to apply for income assistance. It is our hope that you will pursue this issue, as it affects British Columbians in all corners of the province. Continue Reading Open Letter Regarding Access Barriers to Applying for Income Assistance

Campaign calls on BC government and official opposition to “step up for Women’s equality”

BC Organizations are calling on the BC government and official opposition to step up for Women’s equality and “commit to implementing – fully and without delay – the UN’s recommendations to demonstrably improve the lives of women in our province” Continue Reading Campaign calls on BC government and official opposition to “step up for Women’s equality”

BC man wins important human rights victory for Deaf people in need of welfare

Christopher Shay has won his human rights complaint against the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, with the Ministry agreeing to make a range of changes to improve accessibility and fairness for people who have communication barriers and need welfare. Continue Reading BC man wins important human rights victory for Deaf people in need of welfare

Ombudsperson office denied request for systemic investigation into inaccessibility at BC’s welfare ministry

Ombudsperson, Kim Carter, denied the request of nine social service agencies from across the province for a systemic investigation into service reductions at the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation. Continue Reading Ombudsperson office denied request for systemic investigation into inaccessibility at BC’s welfare ministry

Income assistance program failing B.C.’s most vulnerable, advocates say

Mr. Shay, who is deaf, applied to the province’s Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation for immediate income assistance. The urgency of his situation qualified him to receive – at minimum – a food voucher or shelter referral within one business day, according to the ministry’s policies. Continue Reading Income assistance program failing B.C.’s most vulnerable, advocates say

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

Welfare ministry fails to recognize access problems exist

We filed our complaint because the ministry has built a system that disregards the needs, abilities and resources of income assistance recipients. It makes no sense to require people who often lack reliable access to phones and the Internet to obtain services through a call centre and online. Yet this is exactly what the ministry has done and what it is planning to continue to do. Continue Reading Welfare ministry fails to recognize access problems exist

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

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 has appropriate contingency plans in place should the computer system used to administer welfare crash again. Continue Reading Community groups ask Auditor General to ensure welfare computer system has emergency back-up system in place