British Columbia

Christmas Supplement

Easy application

Tax filing not required


You automatically receive this supplement if you are receiving income, hardship, or disability assistance.

Prerequisite(s) required

To get this benefit you need to first apply for the following benefit(s) if you're eligible:

The Christmas supplement is provided to recipients of income assistance, disability assistance, or hardship assistance, as part of the cheque issued for December, to assist with extra expenses at Christmas.

Christmas Supplement may be provided to or for a family unit that is eligible for income assistance, disability assistance or hardship assistance for the month of December.

This supplement is not available to:

  • Recipients who are not receiving assistance for the month of December.
  • Recipients of the Seniors Supplement with no dependent family members in receipt of assistance.
  • Recipients of medical services only (MSO).
  • Children receiving assistance as a child in home of relative (CIHR).

Note: A CIHR recipient living with an income assistance, disability assistance or hardship assistance recipient is not eligible for the Christmas supplement. However, the family unit would be eligible to receive the Christmas supplement. The amount of the supplement will depend on the number of dependent children in the family.

You do not have to apply for the Christmas Supplement. It is automatically included in the payment issued for December for eligible recipients who receive assistance by direct deposit or computer-generated cheque.

Last updated: April 7, 2021