Employment Insurance Sickness benefits are for qualified individuals who are unable to work for medical reasons and have insurable hours. Benefits are paid to a maximum of 15 weeks. For those who need assistance but do not have anyone to help please contact your local Patient & Family Counselling Services at your Cancer Centre. Apply online or at your nearest Service Canada office. You will require your records of employment and a medical certificate or doctor’s letter confirming medical status. Service Canada contact information: Toll free: 1-800-206-7218
Compassionate Care benefits are available through Employment Insurance (EI) and they are offered to people who have to be away from work temporarily to provide care or support to a family member who is gravely ill and who has a significant risk of death. Contact Service Canada for further information.
Ministry of Social Development & Social Innovation benefits are for people who have little or no means of paying their living expenses. Benefits may include monthly support, shelter allowance, medical and prescription cost, travel costs and accommodation cost for medical treatment. For qualifying criteria contact MSD. Apply through the Ministry of Social Development & Social Development online application. If you are in hospital or unable to apply online contact any MSD office for assistance. Or get in touch with your Patient & Family Counselling Services. Your monthly family income, assets, job readiness or disability level and urgency of need would be determined for your eligibility of assistance. In addition to regular social assistance, there are two other programs you may be eligible for:
Person must have received social assistance for 12 out of the last 15 months. Have severe multiple personal barriers to employment. Have a medical condition that has lasted for at least 1 year, and is likely to continue or reoccur frequently for at least 2 years.
Includes persons with prolonged disability (deemed by practitioner/physician and assessor). The disability must be severe, i.e. difficulties with activities, day to day life affected. The recipient needs to be on regular income assistance beforehand to be eligible.
Ministry of Social Development & Social Information:
Enquiry BC: 604-660-2421
Toll free: 1-866-866-0800
You may feel that retirement is the best option for you. Please refer to Service Canada for Canada Pension Plan application and information as well as other information that might apply to you regarding programs like Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement.
CPPD is for those individuals who are between the ages of 18 and 65 and have enough Canada Pension Plan contributions at the time disability occurs. The disability must be a physical or mental impairment that is both severe and prolonged simultaneously. Severe means that you are unable to regularly carry out any gainful employment and prolonged means that the disability is likely to be of a longer duration or is likely to result in death.
Children could be eligible for a disabled contributor's child's benefit if you receive a disability benefit. They must be under the age of 18, or aged 18-25 in full-time attendance at school. Refer to Service Canada website for details. Application is available online or at a Service Canada location nearest you. The Terminal Illness Application streamlines and speeds up the application process if you have a terminal illness.
Canada Pension Plan Disability
1260 Government Street
Victoria, BC V8W 3M4
Toll free: 1-800-277-9914