On this page people share their experiences living with a disability, and with the Disability Assistance Benefit, in BC. Some things to know:
Disability rates depend on family size, parental and marital status. A single person is eligible for $1183.42 in 2020. $375 of that is designated as a shelter/housing allowance. A year’s income at this rate is $14,201. The poverty rate for BC is approximately $20,000 for a single person and $40,000 for a family of four.
A single person can earn or receive $12,000 a year without it impacting their disability assistance.
Many people do not qualify for the Disability Assistance Benefit on their first application.
PWD: can mean “person with a disability” or “people with disabilities.” It is also used to refer to the disability benefit or “Persons with Disability” benefit.