BC Disability PWD Pay Dates and Benefits 2022

This article summarizes British Columbia’s PWD payment dates, how to apply, and the disability benefits you can expect.

Residents of B.C. who are undergoing financial difficulties may be eligible for social assistance and welfare payments every month.

In addition, if you have been designated as a Person with Disabilities (PWD), you could qualify for disability assistance.

PWD Benefit Dates 2022

BC PWD benefits are paid monthly in 2022 on these dates:

  • January 19, 2022
  • February 16, 2022
  • March 23, 2022
  • April 27, 2022
  • May 25, 2022
  • June 22, 2022
  • July 20, 2022
  • August 24, 2022
  • September 21, 2022
  • October 26, 2022
  • November 23, 2022
  • December 21, 2022

If you have set up direct deposits, the payment should hit your bank account on these dates.

If you collect cheques instead, they are usually delivered to your Service BC location a couple of days before direct deposits are completed.

What is the B.C. PWD Benefit?

PWD benefits are designed to help individuals who have significant disabilities and are in need of financial and health supports.

The financial assistance you receive is dependent on the size of your family and how many family members are designated as Persons with Disabilities.

Supplemental benefits are also available including general and health supplements.

If you qualify for general PWD supplements, you could get extra money to pay for bus passes, camp fees, clothing, service dogs, Christmas expenses, travel security deposits, and more.

Health supplements are also available.

Learn more about the general health supplements available.

B.C. PWD Benefit Eligibility

In order to get PWD benefits, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Meet the income and asset threshold
  • Have a severe physical or mental impairment that is expected to last more than 2 years.
  • Be significantly restricted in your ability to perform daily living activities
  • Require assistance (from another person, assistance animal, or assistive device) to complete daily living activities

PWD Income and Asset Eligibility

PWD recipients can work while receiving benefits. When they exceed specific thresholds, PWD benefits may be deducted.

The annual earning exemption is as follows:

ScenarioEarnings Exemption (Annual)
Single adult recipient$15,000
Couple with one PWD recipient$18,000
Couple (both PWD recipients)$30,000

Some assets such as cash and personal property are exempt as follows:

ScenarioExemption Limit
Single PWD recipient$100,000
Couple or family with one PWD recipient$100,000
Couple (both PWD recipients)$200,000

Some assets are allowed and do not count towards your eligibility for PWD benefits, including:

  • One vehicle used for day-to-day transportation
  • Place of residence
  • Tax refund
  • Canada Child Benefit
  • Goods and Services Tax Credit
  • BC Child Opportunities Benefit
  • BC basic family bonus
  • Clothing, and more

View the list of exempt assets here.

How Much is PWD Benefit in 2022?

The PWD benefit amount you receive is based on your family size and the number of people with PWD designation.

The current rate table for 2022 is below:

bc pwd rate table
bc pwd rate table 2
Source: gov.bc.ca

For example, you could get up to $1,358.50 monthly if you are single ($983.50 + $375) or up to $2,423.50 for a couple that are both designated as PWD and have no children ($1,853.50 + $570).

How To Apply For PWD Benefits in 2022

My Self Serve can be used to apply for income assistance and disability assistance.

If you need help with navigating the online platform, you can contact the Ministry at 1-866-866-0800. You also need to complete the Persons with Disabilities Designation Application.

Call the toll-free number or visit a Service BC office to request an application form.

The form is filled out by:

  • The applicant
  • Doctor or nurse practitioner (medical report section)
  • A prescribed professional (assessor report section)

Some applicants can apply for PWD benefits using a simplified application process.

You may qualify for the simplified PWD process if you already receive benefits from:

  • Community Living BC
  • The Ministry of Children and Family Development At Home Program
  • Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit
  • BC PharmaCare Plan P-Palliative Care Benefits

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5 thoughts on “BC Disability PWD Pay Dates and Benefits 2022”

  1. The dates mention in the article above seem to be wrong.
    Please see the government web site for an up to date list of the payment dates
    https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/income-assistance/payment-dates
    2022 schedule

    January 19, 2022 (for February 2022)
    February 16, 2022 (for March 2022)
    March 23, 2022 (for April 2022)
    April 27, 2022 (for May 2022)
    May 25, 2022 (for June 2022)
    June 22, 2022 (for July 2022)
    July 20, 2022 (for August 2022)
    August 24, 2022 (for September 2022)
    September 21, 2022 (for October 2022)
    October 26, 2022 (for November 2022)
    November 23, 2022 (for December 2022)
    December 21, 2022 (for January 2023)

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  2. Edit on my last 2 comments. After checking the gov. web site it seems that their dates may be wrong as they have a total of 53 weeks in the year, i will check to confirm but please double check the dates so as to avoid confusion.

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