Death Benefits & Assistance

MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT – FUNERAL SUPPLEMENT

A supplement may be provided to pay necessary funeral services costs of any person who dies in BC if the family unit or the estate of the deceased person has no immediate resources to meet these costs. There is no requirement that the deceased person, or the person’s family, must be BC Employment and Assistance recipients to qualify for the supplement. Costs are to be recovered whenever possible.

This supplement is available under the Employment and Assistance Regulation.

If you require additional information regarding see Funeral Cost Policy Ministry of Housing and Social Development website.

PUBLIC GUARDIAN & TRUSTEE:

The Public Guardian & Trustee of British Columbia is a division of the Ministry of Attorney General for the Province of B.C. The Public Trustee has a legal responsibility to protect the rights of mentally incapable persons, minors, and the estates of missing persons and deceased persons where there is no named executor, or where there is no one willing or able to act as executor. The Public Trustee’s Estate Administration Division secures assets, settles debts and claims against the estate, and then identifies and locates the estate’s heirs and beneficiaries. For more information contact:

Estate Administration Services,
Public Guardian & Trustee of B. C. #700 – 808 West Hastings St.,
Vancouver, B.C., V6C 3L3
Telephone: (604) 660-4444 Fax: (604) 660-0374
Website: www.trustee.bc.ca

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BOARD OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Funeral and Other Death Related Expenses
Where compensation is payable as the result of the death of a worker or as the result of injury resulting in a death, an amount payable for funeral and related expenses is paid in addition to any other compensation payable. The maximum amount payable for funeral and related expenses for January 1, 2009 is $8,107.48.

Website: http://www.worksafebc.com/publications/policy_manuals/Rehabilitation_Services_and_Claims_Manual/volume_II/assets/pdf/rscm_ii_08.pdf

THE CRIME ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:

The Crime Victim Assistance Program is a new program administered by the Victim Service Division of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. The program, which came into force June 30, 2002, replaced the Criminal Injury Compensation Program previously operated by the Workers’ Compensation Board. The program is governed by the Crime Victim Assistance Act and the Regulations. Under the Act, victims injured as a result of certain crimes, immediate family members or an injured or deceased victim and some witnesses may be eligible for financial assistance including funeral expenses. As defined in the Crime Victim Assistance (General) Regulation, the director may award an immediate family member a funeral expenses benefit for the expenses related to a funeral service, burial, cremation or related ceremonies. The director may not award more than $5000.00. Other financial assistance or benefits include: income support, counselling; protective measures (such as changed locks or home security systems); transportation or travel expenses; loss of earnings due to bereavement leave; crime scene cleaning.

Victim Services province-wide telephone service VictimLINK: 1-800-563-0808
VictimLINK is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims. The line is TTY accessible and provides interpretation services for all the major languages spoken in British Columbia.

Website: www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/victim_services

INSURANCE CORPORATION OF BC:

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia will provide no-fault accident benefits. These benefits include payment for funeral expenses up to the cost of the funeral or $2,500.00, whichever is less. If you require more information contact the ICBC Information Unit at 1-800-663-3051

Website: www.icbc.com

CANADIAN FORCES BENEFITS:

The government has recently approved amendments related to funeral and burial benefits for deceased Canadian Forces Members. The new policy will provide up to $12,700 for actual funeral and burial related expenses.

Direct link to Section 2 – Chapter 210 – Funeral and Burial Expenses

THE LAST POST FUND / VETERAN AFFAIRS CANADA:

Effective March 16, 1998, the BC Branch of the Last Post Fund has assumed responsibilities from Veteran Affairs Canada to action all funerals and burials for qualified war veterans, Merchant Mariners and certain other qualified persons. All notifications of veteran deaths are now being passed to this office by the various VAC District offices as well as the Pacific Region office. The grant is means tested and estate and spousal assets must be declared on the grant form. In some cases, depending on the assets declared, a partial grant may be awarded. The surviving spuose or other responsible person should obtain the deceasd’s regimental number then contac the Last Post Fund, BC Branch, Suite 203, 7337 137 St., Surrey, BC V3W 1A4 – Telephone : (604) 572-3242 or call Toll Free: (800) 268-0248.

Website: www.lastpostfund.ca