Government Assistance Resources

The following help sheets, prepared and regularly updated by the Disability Alliance of BC, are guides to assist people in understanding and applying for BC government disability benefits and programs. If you would like any of these Help Sheets mailed to you free of charge, email Neil: ndickie@drcvictoria.com.

Click on any of the help sheets below to see that resource:

Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Help Sheets

Persons with Disabilities (PWD)

Help Sheet #2-Application for PWD
Help Sheet #3 - Checklist for PWD Benefit

Programs and benefits available if you have received the PWD benefit.

Help Sheet #5A - Appeal Denial of PWD: Reconsideration

How to make a Request for Reconsideration if your application for the PWD benefit was denied.

Help Sheet #5B - Appeal Denial of PWD: The Appeal Tribunal

How to request for an appeal Tribunal if your Request for Reconsideration was denied.

Help Sheet #8-Trusts for PWD Benefit

Request for establishing a trust so you can be able to set some money aside while still receiving PWD benefits at the same time. 

Help Sheet #15 - People with Disabilities on Reserve: The PWD Designation

How to complete the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) disability designation application for the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefit.

Help Sheet #13 - Rate Amounts for PWD and PPMB Benefits

Assistance rate amounts for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers to Employment (PPMB) benefits.

Help Sheet #16 - Guide to Filing Income Taxes for People Receiving PWD/PPMB

How people receiving the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) or Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB) benefit can prepare and submit a 2014 income tax return for free over the internet.

Persons with Persistant and Multiple Barriers (PPMB) Help Sheets

Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers (PPMB)
Help Sheet #6 - PPMB Application

How to apply for the Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers (PPMB) to Employment benefit, if you have a medical condition that is severe enough to prevent you from seeking, accepting, or continuing employment now or in the future.

Help Sheet #11A - Appealing Denial of PPMB: The Request for Reconsideration

How to file a request for reconsideration if you have applied for Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers (PPMB) to Employment benefit and have received a letter from the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI) denying your application.

Help Sheet #11B-Appealing Denial of PPMB: The Appeal Tribunal

How to file a request for an appeal tribunal to support your request for reconsideration if your application for the PPMB benefit was denied. 

Help Sheet #13 - Rate Amounts for PWD and PPMB Benefits

Assistance rate amounts for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers to Employment (PPMB) benefits.

Help Sheet #16 - Guide to Filing Income Taxes for People Receiving PWD/PPMB

How people receiving the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) or Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB) benefit can prepare and submit a 2014 income tax return for free over the internet.

Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Help Sheets

Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit (CPP)
CPP-D Checklist

A guide to help you understand how to apply for the Canada Pension Plan disability benefit (CPP-D).

CPP-D Application Guide

Some of the programs and benefits you may be eligible for if you receive Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits (CPP-D).

CPP-D Appeal Guide Reconsideration Request

If your application for Canada Pension Plan disability benefits (CPP-D) has been denied, you have the right to appeal. This guide will help you with the first stage of the CPP-D appeal process: the reconsideration request.

Note: If you have had your reconsideration request denied, please see Appeal Guide: Part Two – The Review Tribunal.

Social Security Tribunal Guide - 2016

This guide is designed to help people who are representing themselves with Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) appeals to the Social Security Tribunal (the “Tribunal”). Representatives may also find the Guide helpful if they have clients with appeals before the Tribunal.

Other Help Sheets

Help Sheet #7 - Health Supplements for People with Disabilities
What services and supplies you may be eligible for if you have a disability.

Monthly Nutritional Supplement (MNS)

Help Sheet #4 - Monthly Nutritional Supplement (MNS)
How to apply for Monthly Nutritional Supplement (MNS) benefits.

Registered Disability Savings Plan and the Disability Tax Credit

Help Sheet #14-Registered Disability Savings plan 

Employment, Education and Training for People with Disabilities 

Help Sheet #9-Employment Plans for People with Disabilities

How to apply for assistance with your employment, including learning skills for employment and assistance with finding work.