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February 2014

Rate Amounts for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers to Employment (PPMB) Benefits

This Help Sheet is funded by the Legal Services Society of BC, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada: Homelessness Partnering Strategy and the Health Sciences Association of British Columbia.

The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) has prepared this Help Sheet to show the assistance rates for PWD and PPMB benefits. Both the PWD and PPMB ben- efits are divided into three parts: shelter, support and supplements.

Shelter

The shelter portion of your benefit is the money the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI) gives you to pay for your housing. The maximum amounts that the MSDSI will provide to PWD and PPMB recipients are shown in the tables on page 3. For example, a single person on PWD or PPMB gets a maximum of $375 for shelter; a couple who are both on either PWD or PPMB get a maximum of $570.

To get the shelter maximum, your rent or housing payments must be equal to or more than the maximum amount. For example, if you are a single person on PWD with no dependents, your rent must be at least $375 to get that much from the MSDSI. How- ever, the shelter portion of your benefits may be used to pay for items, like your phone or hydro, if your rent is less than the shelter maximum. See a full list of these items below.

For example, if you are a single person with no dependents on PPMB, your maximum shelter allowance is $375 a month. If your rent is $350 a month, you can put $25 of your shelter allowance toward the cost of your phone, as long as you show the Ministry your phone bill.

Advocacy Access is a program of BC Coalition of People with Disabilities Ask about other Help Sheets in this series. All our publications are available at www.bccpd.bc.ca. Information in this Help Sheet is based on the legislation that was current at the time of writing. The legislation and policy may be subject to change. Please check the date on this Help Sheet.

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