British Columbia

Monthly Nutritional Supplement

Complex 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:

If you are eligible for the Person with Disabilities designation and are in receipt of disability assistance and have a severe medical condition causing a chronic, progressive deterioration of health with symptoms of wasting, you may be eligible for the Monthly Nutritional Supplement.

This supplement is intended to prevent imminent danger to a person’s life by providing essential, specified items to supplement regular nutritional needs.

A monthly nutritional supplement (MNS) is only available to a recipient eligible for the Persons with Disabilities designation who is receiving disability assistance and if the following conditions are met based on written confirmation by the recipient’s medical practitioner, nurse practitioner or registered dietitian:

  • The person has a severe medical condition causing a chronic, progressive deterioration of health.
  • As a result of this deterioration of health, the person displays two or more of the following symptoms:
    • Malnutrition.
    • Underweight status.
    • Significant weight loss.
    • Significant muscle mass loss.
    • Significant neurological degeneration.
    • Significant deterioration of a vital organ.
    • Moderate to severe immune suppression.
  • To alleviate these symptoms, the person requires one or both of the following items:
    • Additional nutritional items that are part of a caloric supplementation to a regular dietary intake.
    • Vitamins and minerals.
  • Failure to obtain these items will result in imminent danger to the person’s life.

A Monthly Nutritional Supplement (MNS) may only be provided if the person’s family unit does not have any resources available to pay for the items.

Recipients who are in receipt of the nutritional items portion of the MNS are not eligible for any other nutrition-related supplement.

Recipients who are only in receipt of the vitamins and minerals portion of the MNS retain eligibility for a diet supplement or supplement for short‑term nutritional products.

Proof of  residency in Province

For example:

  • lease agreement
  • rent receipt
  • household bill
    • gas
    • electricity
    • cable television
    • telephone
  • driver's license
  • vehicle registration or car insurance
  • membership in social or professional organization
  • Other:
    • bank information
    • employment information

  • To apply for the Monthly Nutritional Supplement, your Employment and Assistance Worker (EAW) will review your eligibility and provide you with the form HR2847.
  • Review, complete and sign Part B - Application Acknowledgement and Consent.
  • Have a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner or registered dietitian complete and sign Part C of the HR2847 and return the form to the Employment and Assistance Office (EAO). If completed by a medical practitioner, they can bill Medical Services Plan directly for fees for completing the form.

Last updated: March 6, 2021