Employable person means a person who is not:
Employable applicants and spouses must be available for, and activeley seeking work at all times. This does not apply to:
- Is under three years of age
- Has a physical or mental condition precluding the single parent from leaving home for the purpose of employment
Persons who fail to demonstrate participation in employment-related activities, including employment search, may be found ineligible for social assistance.
Single parents who indicate lack of child care as an impediment to employment search must demonstrate that all reasonable efforts have been made and no form of child care is available in their community.
Persons are not required to accept employment that pays below minimum wage.
Recipients who are able to access Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) programs, are encouraged to participate.
A recipient who is employable, but unable to look for work for a short period of time due to illness or personal circumstances may be temorarily excused from job search activities.
The recipient is still considered employable, and receives assistance at employable rates.
There is no requirement for a "person with a level one disability" to seek work or participate in employment-related activities during the period of Disability Benefits Level I (DBL I) designation.
Verification of illness, DBL I, or other circumstances must be documented on the recipient's file with a date when they are able to resume seeking work.
The administering authority may request employable appplications and spouses to prove they are available for, and actively seeking work.
Employable persons who quit work, are fired for cause, or refuse work that is in accordance with provincial labour laws, are not eligible for social assistance.
Employable persons who are disqualified from receiving employment insurance (EI) benefits due to quitting work, being fired for cause, or for refusing work, are not eligible for basic social assistance.
Employable persons awaiting EI benefits, or who have been disqualified for failing to submit federal EI program report cards on time are not eligible for basic social assistance.
Employable persons who quit work for health reasons must provide supporting documentation from a physician in order to establish eligibility for basic social assistance.
Employable persons are not eligible for social assistance for a period of 30 days, beginning with the date the employable person or any adult depedent:
The above does not apply to single parents with a dependent under three years of age or a dependent under 19 years of age who has a mental or physical condition that results in the parent being unable to leave the home.
Employable persons who are students may be eligible for supplementary social assistance provided that the employable person:
Employable persons who fall into one of the above categories may be considered for hardship assistance (see chapter 7, hardship assistance).
Full-time post-secondary students are not eligible for supplementary social assistance during the school term, except for the following:
The "school term" includes the month in which classes begin and the month in which final examinations are given.
A full-time student means a person who, during a confirmed period within a period of studies:
A person with DBL II can elect to be considered a full-time student when enrolled in courses that constitute at least 40 percent and less than 60 percent of a course load recognized by the designated educational institution as constituting a full course load.
Students whose post-secondary education is being sponsored under a federal or provincial government training/education plan remain eligible for social assistance.
Part-time students remain eligible for social assistance provided other eligible requirements are met.
There are no exceptions for loans, grants, or allowances issued through the BC Student Assistance Programs (BCSAP), except as indicated in the Flat Rate Exemption and Order of Income table in Chapter 4, Eligibility.
Recipients, who have applied for and are awaiting student financial assistance are eligible for continued assistance until they enter into the post-secondary programs, provided all eligibility criteria has been met.
Social assistance will not be provided for the month after student financial assistance is received.
Students who exhaust their loan, grants, and bursaries during the course of a semester, where a student loan or allowance has been provided, remain ineligible for social assistance, and may be directed to contact their school's student financial aid office or student loan office.
A shelter allowance may only be issued to meet actual, documented shelter costs (up to a maximum shelter variable) if the following conditions apply:
In situations where two or more people (neither of who is the spouse nor dependent of the other), or two or more families share a common dwelling, the administering authority will divide the documented allowable shelter costs by the number of people occupying the common dwelling.
When calculating a recipient's shelter costs for two or more families who occupy the same place of residence, the allowable documented shelter costs of any one of them will be accepted.
Guardian Financial Assistance (GFA) cases, like other social assistance cases, are subject to regular review. The best interests of the child must be considered along with all other eligibility requirements in such reviews.
There is no maximum length of time for a GFA placement.
All GFA files must have an annual review take place at least every 12 months (see chapter 3, Application and Assessment).
Where a local welfare committee is established, it may make recommendations as appropriate. These may include referring the caregiver to the Local Family Court to apply for custody and guardianship, or referring the case to the appropriate Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD) office or First Nations Child and Family Services (FNCFS) agency.
The case reviews are to be conducted by the administering authority, and where possible the child's parents as well as caregiver should be invited to the case review.
Case reviews are to be completed at least once annually, or more often as necessary.
The administering authority may also include members of the band welfare committee, FNCFS agency, band council, or other appropriate persons as deemed necessary to review the case.
The results of the case review are to be recorded and placed on the child's file and the case review must address the following:
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