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Theme Resources: COVID-19 Autism Funding and Benefits

Feb 11th, 2021

Throughout 2020 it seemed as though the changes were happening so quickly it was hard to keep up. Our Resource Team has received countless requests for COVID-19 autism funding. As we move into 2021, we hope the information we have gathered will help your family stay informed and make the most of any financial supports or programs you may be eligible for.

Watch Lisa summarizes the information for you in this VLOG:


Pandemic Related Funding, Supports & Changes

BC Recovery Benefit
“BC Recovery Benefit is a one-time, tax-free payment of up to $1,000 for eligible families and single parents and up to $500 for eligible individuals. You have until June 30, 2021 to apply. You must apply to receive the benefit” (Government of British Columbia, 2021).

One-time payment to persons with disabilities –
“Non-taxable, non-reportable, one-time payment provides up to $600 in recognition of the extraordinary expenses incurred by persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“You do not have to apply for this one-time payment. You will automatically receive this payment if you are eligible” (Government of Canada, 2021).

BC Recovery Supplement (previously COVID-19 Supplement)
“New emergency measures are in place to ensure that people on income or disability assistance and low-income seniors do not encounter additional barriers. If you are not receiving federal Employment Insurance (EI), the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), or any of the three new Canada recovery benefits and are on:
• Income assistance
• Disability assistance
• Hardship assistance
• Comforts allowance
• BC Senior’s Supplement
You will automatically receive the automatic $150 temporary BC Recovery Supplement on cheques issued in in January, February and March 2021. No action is required on your part” (Government of British Columbia, 2021).

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
“The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)” (Government of Canada, 2021).

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
“The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care” (Government of Canada, 2021).

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefits (CRSB)
“The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19 or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19. The CRSB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)” (Government of Canada, 2021).

Hardship Assistance
“Hardship Assistance can be provided to meet the essential needs of persons who are not eligible for income or disability assistance” (Government of Canada, 2021).

Annual Earnings Exemption for Persons with Disabilities (PWD)
Visit the Government of BC website to learn about increases in earning exemptions for those receiving disability assistance (Government of British Columbia, 2021).

Rental Assistance Program (RAP)
“The Rental Assistance Program provides eligible low-income, working families with cash assistance to help with their monthly rent payments” (BC Housing, 2021).


Programs with Ministry of Children & Families (MCFD)

Autism Funding
Changes and flexibility with the use of Autism funding during 2020 have now ended and the Ministry has returned to standard policy (Government of British Columbia, 2021).

At Home Program (AHP)
“If your child is likely to be eligible for the At Home Program (AHP) and appears to meet the AHP eligibility criteria, they can be temporarily admitted without an assessment. Children currently on the AHP will maintain their current eligibility until assessors become available” (Government of British Columbia, 2021).

Emergency Relief Support, Respite, and Maintenance Agreements
“Until March 31, 2022, families who receive Direct Funding/At Home Program basic respite can continue to use their respite funding in a flexible manner. Families do not need to provide a record of respite expense forms for agreements expiring before March 31, 2022” (Government of British Columbia, 2021).


BC Housing
Autism Funding in BC (Autism Funding for Dummies)
Autism Q and A: Autism Funding
Autism Q and A: Autism Related Benefits and Taxes

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