The new B.C. government’s budget 2017 update includes measures that make life more affordable for those who depend on temporary and disability income assistance, the province’s social safety nets.

This October, temporary income and disability income rates increase by $100 per month. The maximum temporary assistance will now be $710, and for disability assistance $1,133 per month. These rate increases provide an immediate benefit to about 190,000 British Columbians.

The $100 monthly enhancement to disability assistance is additional to a $50-per-month increase the previous government announced, which took effect in April 2017. This means that over the past six months, the maximum amount for disability assistance in the province has gone from $983 to $1,033 to $1,133 per month.