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November 14th, 2015

By Ted Kuntz Ted Kuntz, left, and his son Josh   The limitations of the provincial disability benefits program was made clear to me a number of years ago when I was searching for a way to help my son Josh control his seizure disorder. The Doctors had exhausted all standard medications and suggested an experimental drug not covered by…
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Thank You Minister Stilwell

November 14th, 2015

By Kathy Bromley From right to left: Kathy Bromley, Minister Michelle Stilwell, Ted Kuntz As parents we have done everything we can to help our children plan financially for the future. When our son started earning money we set him up with a financial planner to help him save for things that mattered in his life. Things like travel, a…
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B.C. Eases Disability Assistance Income Restrictions

November 10th, 2015

By Lindsay Kines at The Times Colonist A few years ago, Ted Kuntz was searching for ways to help his adult son control a seizure disorder. Josh, who is 31 and requires 24-hour care, had exhausted all standard medications and doctors were suggesting an experimental drug for $300 a month. His parents were happy to foot the bill, but knew…
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PLAN Families Realise Major Shift in BC’s Disability Benefits Model

November 6th, 2015

In March 2014 a number of PLAN families met with the Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation. The purpose of the meeting was to share our desires and dreams. Specifically we encouraged the provincial government of British Columbia to adopt a new framework for supporting our family members with a disability. The new framework includes: focusing on what people…
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PLAN BC partners with BMO on distribution of disability resource written by Order of Canada Recipient

April 10th, 2015

Vancouver, B.C. – British Columbians who have a family member with a disability can now acquire a free copy of Safe and Secure at BMO branches across B.C. The publication offers helpful information related to disability benefits, taxation, Representation Agreements, Wills, trusts and estate planning. The 2015 Safe and Secure Extended RDSP Edition also comes with a whole new chapter…
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BC 1st to Allow PWD Recipients to Calculate Earnings Annually Ahead of Monthly

December 15th, 2014

Flexibility helps people with disabilities earn VICTORIA – The Province is recognizing the unique circumstances of people with disabilities by making it easier for those receiving disability assistance to earn more money with annualized earnings exemptions. Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation Don McRae made the announcement today while marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Starting in…
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A Sad Announcement About PLAN’s Co-Founder

December 12th, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of PLAN co-founder Jack Collins. Jack passed away on Friday, December 5, 2014. Jack was a loving father to his daughters Pam and Shelley. Every parent in British Columbia who has a son or daughter with a disability will know or has been impacted by Jack. Jack was one of…
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Demystifying Definitions That Could Definitely Derail You

November 19th, 2014

BC Disability Assistance: Financial support plus medical, dental and pharmaceutical benefits provided to people with disabilities in British Columbia. Beneficiary: A person to whom you leave things or who is entitled to receive things through a trust (money, gifts, insurance policy, RRSP, trust). Bequest: A gift of a specific item of property or a specific amount of cash identified in…
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Sights on Your Future Looking Hazy? The Future Planning Tool for People With Disabilities Can Help

November 19th, 2014

Federal Minister Candice Bergen announces funding for Future Planning Tool For over 25 years, PLAN has been providing peace of mind for people with disabilities and those who care for them. As a family-lead organization, our members have become experts in developing lifelong personal networks of support and friendship around their relatives with a disability. We have learned the ins…
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Clear Confusion With The RDSP Calculator

November 18th, 2014

“Follow me!!” shouted Tanya to her brother, while bursting through a huge snowdrift near the top of Gold Pan, her favourite run at Whitewater Ski Resort. “That was amazing!” she beamed as they skidded to a halt near the chairlift. Tanya’s faced was radiant as she took in the beauty of BC’s Selkirk mountain peaks all around her. If she…
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