On February 24th, Disability Alliance BC launched their new Disability Law Clinic! Their staff lawyer can provide advice and representation to people with disabilities living on low incomes who are dealing with legal issues. The law clinic will operate on an appointment-only basis. They will have a dedicated phone line for the law clinic (which will be announced soon) and an email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The law clinic is generously funded by the Law Foundation of BC.
The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR) has sent out a letter to their clients that as of January 1, 2020 the Ministry will no longer require clients between the ages of 60 and 64 to apply for federal early Canada Pension Plan (CPP) retirement benefits in order to be eligible for income or disability assistance or to avoid a reduction in the amount of their assistance.
If you will be under 65 years of age as of January 1, 2020, you may be able to cancel your early CPP retirement benefits if it has been within six months since the first payment. You also may be able to withdraw your CPP early retirement application if you have not yet received a payment.
Please be aware that if you cancel your early CPP retirement benefits you will have to repay the federal government for any amounts you have received and the MSDPR will not give you the money back.
Disability Alliance BC’s Tax AID team is offering income tax consultation and on-site services at Maple Ridge Library (130-22470 Dewdney Trunk Road) for people receiving disability benefits (PWD, CPPD and Disability Tax Credit recipients whose income is less than $35,000/year).
The 2020 schedule is now available:
Time: 10 am – 5 pm (program running from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm)
Tax AID specializes in filing taxes for clients who have multiple years of taxes to file.
For an appointment, please contact 236-477-1717 or email email@example.com.
Resource to Help Locate Walk-in Clinics in BC
Medimap is a Vancouver-based company that is using technology and partnering with health care providers to make clinic wait times easily accessible for patients. Their mission is to improve access to care for Canadians and contribute towards an overall better patient experience. The website allows you to search for wait times at nearby walk-in clinics to get faster access to care. You simply enter your city or address. Participating clinics will be listed in order of wait times. The website also advises people to contact their family doctor as the first course of action before visiting a walk-in clinic, as a family doctor is the most familiar with a person's medical history. They also caution people that the listed wait times are only estimates and can change rapidly. Walk-in clinics should not be used for medical emergencies. In these cases, a person should call 9-1-1.
Medimap link: http://medimap.ca/
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