Provincial Disability Benefits

If you are a Person with Disabilities (PWD) who has been denied financial assistance or health support by the province, and you still believe you should be eligible, Acheson Sweeney Foley Sahota can assist you by requesting a reconsideration of that decision.

Typically a request for reconsideration can be made if:

Your application for assistance was denied;

Your assistance was reduced;

Your assistance was stopped; or

You disagree with a decision made about your employment plan

A request for reconsideration must be made within 20 business days from the date you received your original decision. A reconsideration office will review your case and make a decision.

The ministry’s reconsideration decision will set out the reasons why you were denied or found ineligible. If you disagree with the reconsidered decision, you have 7 business days to appeal it. If you have any doubts about whether your decision is appealable, please contact us.

Appeals got to a quasi-judicial agency that is independent from the government. After the appeal hearing, the ministry’s reconsideration decision will either be confirmed or rescinded. If the decision is rescinded, you will have been successful in your appeal.

This decision is final. However, either party to the appeal may file a Petition in the B.C. Supreme Court requesting a review of the decision by a judge. An application for judicial review of the final decision must be commenced within 60 days of the date the decision was issued. It is helpful to have the assistance of a lawyer in this process, and we have the expertise to help you.

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