British Columbia

Clothing Supplement for People in Special Care Facilities

Easy application

Tax filing not required

Prerequisite(s) required

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

Income assistance, disability assistance or hardship assistance recipients living in a special care facility may be able to get a Clothing Supplement to buy clothes when clothes are not provided by the facility and no other resources are available.

You are expected to use all other resources to buy clothes (for example, comforts allowance, other income, assets) before this supplement may be approved.

You cannot get this supplement if you are living in an alcohol and drug facility or in Community Living BC (CLBC) facilities.

You may be able to get a Clothing Supplement if all the following apply to you:

  • You are getting income assistance, disability assistance or hardship assistance
  • Clothing is not provided in the facility you live in
  • No funds are available from your comforts allowance to purchase the clothing
  • No resources are available to the recipient’s family unit to pay for the clothing

If you live in Community Living BC-contracted residential facilities, you cannot get the clothing supplement. Clients in these facilities are expected to budget for their clothing needs. However, as is the case for all other recipients, clients can request a crisis supplement for clothing.

To apply, meet with your Employment and Assistance Worker (EAW) who will review your eligibility, give you the forms you need, and process your request.

If you are deemed ineligible for the Clothing Supplement, your EAW will explain the reason(s) for this and clearly explain the options available, including information on the reconsideration process.

Last updated: March 20, 2021