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Resources – Free & Low Cost
Financial & Legal
- Financial Help for People with Disabilities information is available on the The Canadian Bar Association of BC’s website
- Legal Tree lists organizations in British Columbia that offer free legal advice
- Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAs) CLAS runs a Disability Law Program, which offers advice to those who meet certain financial and “test case” criteria. It provides free legal advice and representation on issues affecting people with disabilities. Phone: (604) 685-3424 (Vancouver) Toll free: 1-888-685-6222
- Lawyer Referral Service refers individuals to lawyers who will provide a consultation for up to 30 minutes for a fee of $25 plus taxes. This consultation helps people determine if they have a legal problem, what it means, how long it will take to solve, and approximately how much it will cost. Phone: (604) 687-3221 (Lower Mainland Vancouver) Toll free: 1-800-663-1919 (outside Lower Mainland)
- Legal Services Society (LSS) is an independent, non-profit organization that provides legal aid for people in BC with low incomes. Legal aid services range from legal information and legal advice to legal representation (a lawyer to handle your case). To obtain a legal aid lawyer, you must be financially eligible. To find the address and phone number of a local legal aid office near you, see the LSS website. If you can’t go to an office, call the LSS Call Centre and LawLINE: Phone: (604) 408-2172 (Lower Mainland) Toll free: 1-866-577-2525 (outside the Lower Mainland)
- Disability Travel Card — provides identification to a person with a permanent disability, which will allow an adult attendant, travelling with the person with a disability, to travel at no cost. Reduced fares will be granted to the person with a permanent disability, unable to travel alone, (regardless of age) and accompanied by an adult attendant. Easter Seals Canada and its members and/or affiliates are authorized to approve reduced fare tickets allowing persons with permanent disabilities to travel with an attendant* on the lines of Motor Coach Companies that participate in the reduced fare plan, and Via Rail.
- HandyCard/Compass Card & TaxiSaver Programs
- The Bus Pass Program — for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities. The pass is valid in communities served by BC Transit or Translink. Persons with disabilities can receive a bus pass as part of their disability assistance. Low-income seniors and other eligible people can access the program at a reduced cost. A BC Bus Pass is a Compass Card pass that can be used on both BC Transit and TransLink systems throughout the province. HandyDart is not included in this program.
- Special Transportation Subsidy (STS) is provided to recipients of disability assistance who live in areas where the Bus Pass program is available, but are unable to use public transportation due to their disability or because it would make their disability worse. To qualify for the STS, people must: • be in receipt of a disability allowance under the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act; • reside in an area where the Bus Pass program is available; • provide certification from a physician verifying: that they are unable to use the Bus Pass program or any other form of subsidized public transportation service (such as HandyDART and TaxiSavers) due to their disability, or, that their disability would be aggravated by using public transportation; and/or the alternative form of transportation required to accommodate the disability (examples: operating a personal vehicle or paying others for transportation)
- Low-Cost Food and Dining Options
- Quest Food Exchange
- Food Bank
- Check out your local community centres, most offer a three course hot lunch on certain days for less than $5
- Many grocery stores offer free tours and nutrition advice with a dietician. For example: http://www.choicesmarket.com/nutrition.htm
- Freecycle: A grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving & getting stuff for free in their own towns. Encourages reuse and helps to keep good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer. Membership is free.
- Used Vancouver
- BC Bereavement Helpline 1-877-779-2223 or (604) 738-9950
- A non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the healthy and wholesome recovery of individuals experiencing grief.
- HealthLinkBC: 8-1-1 TTY (Deaf and hearing-impaired): 7-1-1
- The gateway to access non-emergency health information and advice in British Columbia. It is a phone number (8-1-1) and a website both of which can be accessed 24/7/365. It is also a collection of print resources (including the BC HealthGuide Handbook) which put services and health know-how into the hands of BC residents. Translation Services in more than 130 languages are available upon request.
- HealthLinkBC Seniors Services: Information Line
- This number is a ‘ one stop’ location to obtain information on both health and nonhealth related federal and provincial government programs and services for British Columbia seniors. The Line also provides B.C. residents with information about health services, the health care system and interpretation of a wide variety of legislation, policies, programs and services.
- HealthLinkBC Dietitian Services: 8-1-1 TTY (Deaf and hearing-impaired): 7-1-1
- Dietitian Services at HealthLink BC are available online and by telephone to answer your diet and nutrition related questions. You can learn about topics such as diabetes, heart health, cancer, food allergies, pregnancy, breastfeeding and nutrition for babies and children. If you need more information or counselling, dietitians can direct you to outpatient dietitians. Translation services are available in over 130 languages upon request.
- Provinical Sucide Helpline: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
- Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC,Distress Line P: 604-872-3311 TTY – 604-872-0113