A change to provincial government identification policy last year wasn’t supposed to make life harder for marginalized people, but it did, says Rev. Carmen Lansdowne of the First United Church Community Ministry Society.

In May 2018 the province changed its enrolment process for Health Insurance BC and stopped automatically reissuing Non-Photo Services Cards that advocates had been able to request for the people they work with.

As a result, some marginalized people are facing huge bills because they can’t prove they’re eligible for health care and other services.