Low Income / Income Assistance

PROVINCIAL
BC Employment and Income Assistance
General information about applying for Income Assistance:
http://www.hsd.gov.bc.ca/bcea.htm
Self Serve online income assistance application:
https://www.iaselfserve.gov.bc.ca/
Ph: 1 866 866 0800
Fax: 250 414-4871

Employment and Income Assistance Office (in Victoria)
908 Pandora Ave, Victoria BC (Click here for a map)
If you are unable to go there, you can call: 1 866 866 0800

Click here to open a 2011 .pdf from the Law Society with information about your rights on welfare.


Healthy Kids Program (MHSD)
Basic dental and prescription eyewear assistance for low-income families
Ph: 1∙866∙866∙0800 (press 4, press 2)
http://www.hsd.gov.bc.ca/publicat/bcea/HealthyKids.htm

Child Care Subsidy (MCFD)
Child care costs-financial assistance based on income and family size
http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/subsidy_promo.htm

BC Housing- Rental Assistance Program
Provides eligible low-income, working families with cash assistance to help with monthly rent payments
Ph: 1∙800∙257∙7756
www.bchousing.org/programs/RAP

BC Property Tax Deferment Program
Low-interest loan program assisting qualifying homeowners to defer property taxes due to financial hardship
1802 Douglas St., Victoria
Ph: 250-387-0555
http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/Property_Tax_Deferment/ptd.htm

Welfare Guide for Women
http://www.vsw.ca/Documents/WelfareResourceGuide.pdf

Credit Counseling Society of BC
Ph: 1∙888∙527∙8999
http://www.nomoredebts.org/

Legal Aid BC
Legal representation for financially eligible people
Ph: 250-388-4516
Toll free in BC: 1-866-577-2525
http://www.legalaid.bc.ca/

EMERGENCY & COMMUNITY SERVICES
Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS)
Free face-to-face advocacy for people with income assistance, disability benefits, or tenancy issues
#302-895 Fort St. (at Quadra)
Ph: 250-361-3521
http://www.tapsbc.baremetal.com/index.php

The Mustard Seed Foodbank
625 Queen St., Victoria
Ph: 250-953-1575
http://www.mustardseed.ca/

Our Place
Provides meals, outreach programme, advocacy, referral, individual assistance, Women’s Circle, Artists’ and Crafters’ Collective, Mental Health Circle, and more things.
http://www.ourplacesociety.com/

Salvation Army Community & Family Services
Emergency assistance services
2695 Quadra St.
Ph: (250) 386∙8521
http://www.salvationarmy.ca/britishcolumbia/communityandfamilyservices/

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria
Services to assist children, youth and families
1240 Yates St.
http://www.bgcvic.org/

Saanich Leisure Involvement for Everyone program (LIFE)
Assists individuals and families with low incomes to access Saanich Recreation programs and services
http://www.saanich.ca/parkrec/community/life.html