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Welcome to Disability benefits wayfinder

The Disability benefits wayfinder provides information about the four key disability benefits for persons with disabilities in British Columbia.

To get started, select one of the four disability benefits shown below. Once selected, you will be introduced to the benefit, including who is eligible to apply and taken step-by-step through the application process. Within each step will be tips, examples, frequently asked questions (FAQ), resources, challenges you may encounter and who to contact for help. You will also find out what to expect after you apply and the next steps to take if your application is approved or denied.

View a video describing the four disability benefits at the link under the heading: ?Not sure where to start? Use one of our helpful starting points Also there, is a link on how to use the website.

This site was created for people living in British Columbia with a severe mental or physical disability or if you have trouble with daily activities and require help from another person, assistive device or animal. It can be used by people with disabilities, caregivers, family members and organizations who provide access to benefits support.

The benefit information is up to date from the provincial and federal governments and contributors to this website includes people with disabilities, peers and advocates.

Important information about benefits for Indigenous peoples

If you are Indigenous there are many things that affect the benefits you can get and the dollar amounts you can get from them. These include the agreements your band or governing body has with provincial, territorial, and federal governments. Before applying to any benefits, you should speak with your governing body, if applicable.

  • If you are First Nations: speak with your administration, band, or governing body
  • If you are Inuit: speak with your governing body or hamlet administration office
  • If you are Métis: speak with your governing body, if applicable.

AFOA Canada and Prosper Canada are currently seeking funding to develop an online tool that serves the needs of Indigenous people living in Canada.

Select a disability benefit to begin:

If you already have all four of these benefits view other benefits

Persons with Disabilities designation

Are you a person living with a severe mental or physical disability in British Columbia? Do you need help with daily activities from another person, assistive device, or service animal? You may be able to gain more independence, income, and well-being through The BC Employment and Assistance Program for Persons with Disabilities or the Indigenous Services Canada Persons with Disabilities program.

$1,358 per month for single person with no dependents

Canada Pension Plan–Disability benefit

If you are under 65 and unable to work because you have a severe and long-term disability, you may be able to get Canada Pension Plan – Disability benefits. You must have made contributions to Canada Pension Plan (CPP). Service Canada administers the benefit for Employment and Social Development Canada. Quebec has a similar, but separate plan.

2021 monthly payments: Basic rate: $510.85, Average rate: $1,031.55, Maximum rate: $1,413.66, Children’s rate: $ 257.58.

Disability Tax Credit

Are you living with a severe mental or physical disability? Do you have trouble with daily activities or need help from another person? Do you rely on an assistive device or service animal? If so, you may be able to get help with your disability costs through the Disability Tax Credit. This tax credit can also help you get access to other federal benefits.

2021 Maximum disability amount: $8,662, 2021 Maximum supplement for persons under 18: $5,053

Registered Disability Savings Plan

Are you living with a disability, or are you close to someone who is? A Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a savings plan that helps Canadians with disabilities save for the future. You could get up to $90,000 in grants and bonds. The government may match each dollar you save with up to three dollars more! Even if you have no money to save, the government will still put away some savings for you.