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Castlegar, Trail Schedule 2018

An advocate from The Advocacy Centre visits Castlegar and Trail every month.

The advocate can discuss income assistance, disability income assistance, landlord/tenant problems (with tenants), family law information, and accessing Legal Services information and resources.

Advocacy Centre schedule for Fall 2018

For a printable copy, click here.







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Free Workshop Series

The Advocacy Centre is offering a free workshop on Tenant Rights and Responsibilities in Kaslo on May 8, 2018 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Kaslo Senior’s Hall.

Our last workshop was cancelled due to lack of registration.  However, enough folks have expressed interest that we are going to try again on a different date and time.

Please see the poster with details.  Please post and share with anyone you think may be interested.

The workshop is free, but per-registration is required.  To register, contact the Advocacy Centre:  250-352-5777 or advocacycentre@nelsoncares.ca.

Advocacy Centre - May 8-2018 tenants rights workshop.pdf_page_1

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April 21 – Dial-a-Lawyer Day

April 21, 2018 – 10am-2pm

Call 1-800-663-1919 to speak with a lawyer for FREE for  up to 15 minutes about the following areas of law:

  • Business
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Immigration
  • Tort & Motor Vehicle
  • Wills & Estates.

Dial-a-Lawyer Day is an annual event and an integral part of Law Week in BC.  It is made possible by support from the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch and the Law Foundation of BC.

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Effective October 1, 2017, the Annual Earnings Exemption (AEE) limit will increase by $2,400 for each person receiving Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefits. This earnings exemption allows people receiving PWD benefits to make money from employment over the calendar year without a reduction of their benefits. The AEE does not apply to money received from most other sources such as Canada Pension Plan benefits or Old Age Security benefits. The new AEE limits will be:

  1. Single person with a disability: $12,000
  2. Couple, one person with a disability: $14,400
  3. Couple, both people with a disability: $24,000

The increase in the AEE rate means that some people who previously exceeded their AEE limit earlier in 2017 may be eligible for a top-up of benefits. They are encouraged to contact the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction for further information.

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Looking for Housing in Castlegar

Looking for housing in the Castlegar area? Here are some tips.

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West Kootenay Community TEETH Clinic Society offers low cost dental care to low income individuals and families.

For a pamphlet about TEETH, click here

For an application, please click here.

For fees, click here.

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The program is for single-family homeowners, renters and housing societies that serve low-income communities. Homes can be a single family home, townhouse, duplex or mobile home.

The ECAP Program is a FREE Program for FortisBC customers with a certain income eligibility. If approved for the program, our Program Delivery Agents will install FREE energy saving products, plus a personalized home evaluation.

Click HERE for more information.

The program is completely FREE and has two phases.

The first phase the agent would do the home evaluation, personal advice on how to save energy and they would install the following:

  • energy-saving light bulbs
  • faucet aerators for the kitchen and bathroom
  • water-efficient showerheads
  • water heater pipe wrap
  • exterior door weather-stripping

If eligible, the customer might be eligible for the second phase.

That may include:

  • an ENERGY STAR® certified refrigerator
  • attic, wall and/or crawlspace insulation
  • a high-efficiency natural gas furnace

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