“Elevate Your Well-being: Mastering the Art of Self-Care”

Welcome to our blog on self-care, a topic that is essential for maintaining a healthy and happy life. In today's fast-paced and demanding world, we often find ourselves putting the needs of others ahead of our own. However, it is crucial to…

New Increases for Shelter Rates

Thanks to Disability Alliance Blog for this information: The BC Budget for the 2023/2024 fiscal year was announced at the legislative assembly in Victoria on February 28, 2023. The Budget revealed that there would be an increase to the shelter…

Social Service or Survival?

By Keisha McLean, COMMUNITY ADVOCATE: Disability, Resource, Referral, Vulnerable Adult Outreach & Support     The Black Panther Party, during the Civil Rights Movement, coined the term “Survival Programs Pending…

Overcoming barriers and improving access

A view of the Penticton and Area Access Centre’s offices For those in our communities who experience physical, social or economic barriers, accessing life-changing services can be a confusing and daunting task. The Penticton…

Op-ed: Discrimination within the Canada Workers Benefit

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By Alexandria Johnstone, Legal Community Impact Intern & Community Advocate: Resource, Referral, Youth Outreach, Disability & Poverty Law Advocacy   While the Canada Workers Benefit (CWB) has benefited some Canadians since its…

Access Centre Success Story: Ted

TED*'S STORY: One of the supports that poverty advocates provide is helping people connect to money they're entitled to. It might not be a lot and it might be a one-time payment but if it means there's more than there used to be, then it's…

Credit/Rebate updates

The Provincial government recently made several announcements about new rebates/credits and changes to some types of assistance: Assistance Extended for Ukrainians coming to British Columbia Financial assistance through the B.C.…

Human Rights vs. BC’s Mental Health Act

This is a great article from Disability Alliance's Transition Magazine. transitionfallwinter22.pdf (disabilityalliancebc.org) Credit goes to KENDRA MILNE Mental health advocates in BC have been sounding the alarm for decades: our Mental…

Canada Housing Benefit

We have had a number of calls about how one can go about applying for the Canada Housing Benefit. Canadians must meet all the following conditions to be eligible for the new benefit: have filed a 2021 tax return; be at least 15 years…

Access Centre is looking to expand their reach

In the last year or so we have seen an increased need for outreach services for Disability Applications and Resources and Referrals (whether it be filling out government paperwork, or housing applications etc). Sometimes folks are so barriered…