BC Hardship Assistance

BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

Hardship assistance is intended to meet the essential needs of persons or families who are not eligible for income assistance under the Employment and Assistance Act or disability assistance under the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act, for a number of reasons specified by regulation.

Reasons for assistance include:

  • Awaiting EI Benefits
  • Awaiting Other Income
  • Assets in Excess
  • Strike or Lockout
  • Disqualification for Fraud and Related Offences
  • Sanctions with Imminent Danger to Physical Health
  • Income in Excess
  • Immediate Need – Work Search Required
  • Sponsorship Undertaking Default
  • Identity Not Established
  • SIN Required