Lots of good reasons for seniors to file their taxes

April 18, 2016

The B.C. Seniors Advocate says there are at least nine good reasons why seniors stand to gain a lot from filing their income taxes.
Isobel McKenzie has issued a press release explaining why it is important for seniors in the province to file tax returns, even if they do not think they make enough income to file.
“There are many subsidies available to seniors that are based on income tax information,” said Isobel Mackenzie. “If seniors don’t file their taxes, low-income seniors in particular may be giving up opportunities to access subsidies which can make significant differences to their lives.”

Full article here


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Sorry, PWD workshop is CANCELLED for Thursday May 26:

Barrier-Free BC urges provincial government to ‘Just Say Yes’ to a British Columbians with Disabilities Act

Victoria, BC – April 6, 2016 – A grassroots movement of organizations and individuals representing British Columbia’s residents with disabilities officially launched a province-wide campaign on the steps of the Legislature today. Barrier-Free BC called on the provincial government to ‘Just Say Yes’ and enact a British Columbians with Disabilities Act.

More than 600,000 people in BC have some form of disability – and that number is expected to rise dramatically over the next 15 to 20 years as the population ages.

Introducing formal legislation would help to secure the rights of persons with disabilities around issues of accessibility, inclusion and equal opportunity.

“We strongly urge all parties to support the enactment of legislation to make accessibility a priority for BC residents with disabilities – to build a stronger, equal British Columbia for all,” said Sleath.

About Barrier-Free BC

Volunteer-driven, Barrier-Free BC is a non-partisan, grassroots campaign advocating for the enactment of a strong and effective British Columbians with Disabilities Act, ensuring a truly barrier-free province for all persons with disabilities.

For more information:
Twitter: @barrierfreebc


PWD application process to be streamlined for some British Columbians with disabilities

The Ministry of Social Development recently introduced legislation that will streamline the Persons with Disabilities Benefit (PWD) application process for people with disabilities in the following programs:

  • Community Living BC
  • The Ministry of Children and Family Development At Home
  • BC PharmaCare Plan P – Palliative Care
  • Canadian Pension Plan – Disability

Although people in those programs will still need to meet eligibility criteria and to make an application, they will no longer have to complete the 28-page PWD application booklet.

Disability advocates say that this change, in addition to the annualized earning exemption and higher asset limits for PWD recipients introduced this past year will all benefit British Columbians with disabilities.

More info here


Life with Les Chan – Shaw TV Victoria

Les Chan from Shaw video

Shaw TV’s Dan Kahan meets Les Chan, a motivational speaker who has developed more than a few tricks to overcome the loss of an arm. Les is a volunteer and member of the Board at the VDRC. Click here to watch the 3 min video.


Chronic Health Self-Management Workshops Coming Up

Developed and researched at Stanford University, the six-week program is being offered by the Neil Squire Society at our offices at 817A Fort St. Please contact us (see below) to register or get further info.

The workshop teaches practical skills as well as providing information. This program, developed and researched at Stanford University, is being offered by the Neil Squire Society at our offices at 817A Fort St.

Topics Covered Include:

• Decision-Making

• Action Planning

• Understanding Emotions

• Breathing Techniques

• Problem-Solving

• Using Your Mind

• Communication

• Healthy Eating

• Working with Health Professionals


WHERE: 817 A Fort Street at the Victoria Disability Resource Centre

Registration is Required! Contact Wendy Cox at 250-595-0044 or email wendyc@neilsquire.ca

Click here for further details.


Disability Tax Credit

The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay. Being eligible for the DTC can also open the door to other government programs. For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/dtc
or phone 1-800-959-8281.


Tax Assistance

Haven’t filed your taxes for numerous year? Tax Assistance and Information for People with Disabilities DABC (Tax Aid DABC) is a new program offered by Disability Alliance BC.  This program can assist people who are receiving the PWD benefit or the PPMB benefit with simple income tax filings and information/referrals. There are a number of financial benefits available to British Columbians who file their taxes.  The money received from these benefits will not usually affect PWD or PPMB assistance cheques. Find out more by:
Phone: 604-872-1278 or Toll Free: 1-800-663-1278
Email: taxaid@disabilityalliancebc.org Website: www.taxaiddabc.org



Working Together with Employers & Enhancing Employability

Helping people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment
This unique, comprehensive and participant centered program, available through the Neil Squire Society at our offices at 817A Fort Street, is designed to develop the skills required to help individuals achieve their employment goals. Click here for details.


Major Office Renovation/Redesign

Last month, we finished a major renovation which added three new workspaces and much improved the functionality of several existing workspaces at our VDRC offices on Fort Street.
The additions have been installed on the right as you enter our offices. They were meticulously designed by Neville Grigg at Agenda Office Interiors, based on detailed consultations with our staff.Kris Richey
We are very happy with the functionality of the new setup, and the way it has preserved the flow of natural light and air at the front of our offices.


Writers/bloggers wanted

VDRC members have a broad range of often under-utilized skills and abilities. The Centre is looking for writers-bloggers (both amateur and pro) to enrich the content of our website and our quarterly newsletter. If you have insight or information you’d like to share in written form, we are extremely interested. We are looking for blog posts and news or feature articles on any topic relevant to improving the quality for life of people with disabilities–all types of disabilities. If you love to write poems or even draw cartoons, that’s great too. Interested members should call or email Neil Dickie, Office Manager, at ndickie@drcvictoria.com.


Disability in the News…

New Guide to Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

This guide builds on recommendations from Disability Alliance BC on personal emergency planning using the five categories of the functional needs, or C-MIST (Communication, Medical, Independence, Supervision and Transportation).
Download the guide here


Higher Asset and Cash Gift Limits for PWD

In December 2015, The BC government announced new rules enabling British Columbians receiving disability assistance to hold significantly more assets
Read more here


PWD Allowance Increased, Bus Pass Subsidy Ends

The February provincial budget contained some changes for people receiving the Persons with Disabilities benefit (PWD), which will start on September, 1, 2016.
Read more here


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