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Repeal and grandfathering of the Community Volunteer Supplement

On August 9, 2012, the Employment and Assistance Regulation and the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation were amended to repeal the sections under which the Community Volunteer Supplement (CVS) and the monthly incentive supplement were provided by the Ministry of Social Development (the ministry).

The CVS provided a payment of $100 per month to eligible individuals who volunteered for a non-profit agency. The monthly incentive supplement provided a stipend for people with disabilities who participated in a vocational, self-improvement, or other program to prepare themselves for employment.

Two groups of people can still get the CVS:

  • people who received it before August 9 — as long as they are on welfare and participate in a community volunteer program; and
  • people who were on the ministry’s CVS waitlist as of August 8, 2011 — if they complete their application for CVS, continue to receive welfare, and volunteer about 10 hours a month for a non-profit agency.

The ministry says that it may introduce another measure to encourage volunteerism. However, that has not happened yet.

The ministry says that CVS is no longer provided under the authority of the welfare legislation. and that people in the two groups above can’t apply for reconsideration or appeal of any decision to reduce, refuse, or cut off CVS benefits. However, there is a good legal argument that they have the right to do so.

Alison Ward, lawyer at the Community Legal Assistance Society, asks that if you come across such cases, to please post them to PovNet (if you are a member of the PovNet welfare list), or to contact her directly.

Our thanks to Alison for providing the above entry.

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