Monday, June 17, 2019

Provincial government loosens social assistance rules to ease poverty

The B.C. government is implementing a series of changes to its social assistance policies that it says will help break the cycle of poverty. The new rules start July 1 and will allow welfare recipients to keep their vehicles. The changes include expanding access to social assistance for people with long-term barriers to employment and allowing those with addictions to get help under that category. The government says it’s also making relocation easier. It’s also increasing access to nutritional supplements, allowing dietitians, doctors and nurse practitioners to submit documents on behalf of their patients for all supplements, including tube-feeding supplements and infant formula. The B.C. government has committed to help reduce the rate of poverty by 25 per cent and... Read More