Supplementary Assistance

A variety of supplementary benefits and supports are available depending on category of income assistance being received.

These may include medical supplies and equipment, extended therapies, limited dental services, medical transportation, no-deduction Pharmacare, and optical coverage, bus passes, special transportation subsidy and coverage of user fees for continuing care and for alcohol and drug facilities.

Other benefits may include a natal supplement, diet assistance for medical conditions, guide animal supplement, school start-up supplement, camp fees and crisis assistance.

For more information go to the website

A Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation program.

Address / Contact Info

BC Employment and Income Assistance Services

Phone Numbers

Toll-free: 1-866-866-0800

Web Links


Other Programs from This Organization

Income Assistance - Hardship Assistance Time limited, generally repayable, assistance available to those who are not eligible for income assistance due to a variety of circumstances and who have proven that all other funding sources have been exhausted.
Income Assistance - Immediate Needs Process The 3 week waiting period before getting an appointment to apply for income assistance may be waived under certain circumstances that would cause the person, or the person's family, undue hardship.
Income Assistance - Persistent Multiple Barriers to Employment: (PPMB) Available to individuals who have received income assistance for 12 of the last 15 months and have severe multiple barriers to employment and meet other criteria.
Income Assistance - Persons with Disabilities Available to eligible persons with serious, long-term mental or physical disabilities who are not expected to gain complete financial independence through employment.
Income Assistance - Regular Regular, temporary income assistance is available to persons who, for a variety of reasons, are unemployed and have few financial resources, but who are capable of eventual financial independence through employment.
Special Transportation Subsidy Provided to recipients of disability assistance who live in areas where the Bus Pass program is available, but are unable to use public transportation due to their disability or because it would make their disability worse.

This program was last updated on: 24 Apr 2015.