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Income Resources

Reprinted from "Income" issue of Visions Journal, 2011, Vol. 7 (2), p. 28


  • Canadian Mental Health Association:
    Income Security, Health and Mental Health—A 2004 report on Canadian income trends and the effects of low income.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division:
    Network Magazine: Money—The Fall 2007 issue of CMHA Ontario’s Network Magazine explores money and mental health.

  • HUG Action for Mental Health (Scotland):
    Poverty:  The Views of People with Mental Health Problems about Poverty and Mental Health—A 2011 report on poverty and mental health from consumers’ perspectives.

  • SEDI (Social and Enterprise Development Innovations):
    Financial Inclusion for Homeless Persons and Those at Risk—A 2009 report on financial literacy and the use of financial services by people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

  • Social Research and Demonstration Corporation:
    Employees’ Perspectives on Intermittent Work Capacity: What Can Qualitative Research Tell Us in Ontario?—A 2011 report on employees living with episodic disabilities, including mental illness, that interrupt employment.

Services and Organizations

  • PovNet:
    PovNet is a resource of poverty advocates in BC. They can help you find an advocate, find resources, apply for income assistance, and find services and events in your community. Advocates can join mailing lists, network with others, and take free online courses through PovNetU.

  • BCCPD (BC Coalition of People with Disabilities):   
    BCCPD supports people living with any disability in BC, including mental illness. They provide advocacy, support programs, community workshops and research. Check out their guides on applying for or appealing a decision for Persons with Disability assistance (PWD), Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers to Employment assistance (PPMB), and Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Disability Benefits.

  • Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:
    CCPA is an independent social, environmental and economic justice-based research group. They provide reports and other publications, and offer commentary on current topics. Check out their recent report on the state of poverty in BC, The Cost of Poverty in BC.

  • SPARC BC (Social Planning and Research Council of BC):
    SPARC BC is a non-profit organization that aims to build healthy community through social justice. They focus on issues of accessibility, community development, income security and social planning. They offer research, consulting services and workshops. Check out their articles and reports on income assistance.

  • Clicklaw:
    Clicklaw offers reliable, accessible legal information and legal education for British Columbians. Check out their resources on debt, income assistance and benefits, and employment. Many of their resources are available in several languages. Clicklaw is operated by Courthouse Libraries BC.


  • BC Ministry of Social Development: This ministry is responsible for BC income assistance, including PWD and PPMB.

  • National Council on Welfare:
    NCW advises the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. They provide research and data on incomes and poverty in Canada.

  • Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP):
    This is a savings plan specifically for people living with a disability.

  • Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Disability Benefits:
    This is a type of income assistance for people who have contributed to CPP through employment.


 This list is not comprehensive and does not imply endorsement of resources.


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