What is disability assistance?
How do I know if I qualify Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefits?
Also, because of your disability, you need:
How do I apply?
The application form for PWD Benefits has four sections. Section One: Use the online Self- Serve
Assessment and Application: www.iaselfserve.gov.bc.ca. Give your personal information and describe your disabling condition and how it affects your life. Section Two: Must be completed by a doctor.
Section Three: Must be completed by an assessor. An assessor can be a doctor, nurse, occupational therapist, social worker, psychologist, chiropractor or physical therapist.
Where can I get help to apply?
The application process can be very complex and time consuming. The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) helps people with disabilities to obtain BC disability benefits. They also help with the application process.
Get help and information
Contact the BCCPD’s Advocacy Access Program
Call: 604-872-1278 (Vancouver) | Toll Free: 1-800-663-1278
What will I receive with the persons with disabilities (PWD) benefits?
What if I don’t qualify for PWD benefits?
You have the right to appeal if you are turned down for PWD benefits. You have 20 business days from the day you receive the letter telling you that your application has been rejected to give the Ministry your reconsideration request. You must get the reconsideration request form from the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI).
Call: 1-866-866-0800. REMEMBER: Call as soon as you get your denial letter.
What if my Request for Reconsideration is denied?
If you Request for Reconsideration has been denied, you can ask for an Appeal Tribunal to hear your case. Before you ask for an Appeal Tribunal, you have to decide if it’s the best solution.
It is important to understand what you can and cannot do at the Tribunal hearing:
For more information, see: Preparing for a Hearing.
What if the Tribunal’s decision is not in my favor?
If the tribunal supports the Ministry’s decision to deny your benefits, this means you have lost. If this is the case, you may want to speak to an advocate or a lawyer. Visit PovNet: www.povnet.org to find an advocate. Contact the Lawyer Referral Service.
Things can move fast!
Remember, you must submit the form requesting an Appeal Tribunal within 7 business days upon receiving the results of your Reconsideration. Get the form: www.gov.bc.ca/eaat.
Last reviewed: March 2016
IMPORTANT: This page provides legal information, not legal advice. If you need legal advice consult a lawyer.
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