- Richmond Multicultural Community Services (Mar. 1 to May 3, 2017)
RICHMOND MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY SERVICES OFFERS:
FREE INCOME TAX CLINIC (in Partnership with Canada Revenue Agency)
For newcomers, seniors, citizens, students/ international students, temporary foreign workers and individuals with disability.
From March 1st to May 3rd, 2017, 10 am - 4 pm Monday to Saturday (Wednesday 10 am-8 pm)
For general inquiries, please call Ashok at 604-279-7160;
to book an appointment please call Batool at 604-279-7160.
New Exemptions for Certain Child Benefits
The BC Government has announced that effective April 1 the Canada Pension Plan disabled contributor’s child benefit, foster-care payments, and Public Guardian and Trustee payments for children will all be exempted from calculations of income and disability assistance.
New Address for DTC Applications
One significant change is that residents of BC are now instructed to send their DTC applications to the Winnipeg Tax Centre. Previously BC residents were instructed to send these applications to the Surrey Tax Centre. The Winnipeg Tax Centre address is:
Winnipeg Tax Centre
66 Stapon Road
Winnipeg MB R3C 3M2
The DTC application form can be downloaded from the Canada Revenue Agency website (link) or requested through 1-800-959-8281.
Changes to Online Application for Disability and Income Assistance
(Community Update from Disability Alliance BC)
At the end of February, the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI) introduced major changes to the way that British Columbians apply for disability and income assistance. Here are the main changes as explained by the MSDSI:
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/
Have you ever thought about what it means to be able to open a door?
Watch BCITS new video “Opening Doors to Independence” to find out what it really means for people with disabilities.
BCITS, along with the Kinsmen Foundation of BC and the BC Rehab Foundation, are in partnership to help to provide people with disabilities in need with power door openers.
For more information, visit www.bcits.org or call 604-326-0175