"Today, we're here to announce that beginning January 1, persons on disability assistance will be able to get an annual bus pass through a new transportation supplement, without having the cost deducted from their support payments", Simpson said.
The NDP government is bringing back free bus passes for people with disabilities starting next year.
People with disabilities can either use the supplement to pay for the bus pass, or can direct it to other transportation needs such as HandyDART or taxis, said Simpson.
Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson will make an announcement at 11 a.m.in Victoria, accompanied by Faith Bodnar, executive director of Inclusion B.C.; Jane Dyson, executive director of Disability Alliance B.C.; and Neil Belanger, executive director of B.C. Aboriginal Network on Disability Society.
The B.C. government has announced a new monthly supplement for persons with disabilities.
The transportation allowance will not affect the existing $1,133 monthly payment people with disabilities now get, said Social Development Minister Shane Simpson.
People who have the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) designation will be eligible for the supplement without the need to apply.
The new supplements will begin to flow on December 20, and are estimated to cost the province about $70 million per year.
The former Liberal government boosted support for people with disabilities by $77 per month, but also started charging $52 per month for a bus pass that pass previously cost $45 per year.
"If somebody has chosen to take the bus pass it will list as a transportation supplement of a bus pass". "Since being appointed to the position of Minister, I probably have heard from more people about the bus pass than about any other particular issue".
The province's minority NDP government recently increased monthly disability payments by $100 to $1,133, while earnings exemptions were increased by $200 a month.
The B.C. Liberal pre-election budget included a $52 increase to cover the difference for disabled people who want transit passes, but it did not take effect after their government was defeated.