Resources will be added as blogs are published. If you know of a useful resource that’s not listed here, please email me the details so I can add it. All resources are based on living in Vancouver and/or British Columbia, Canada.

  1. If you’ve recently lost your job or are out of work and not eligible for employment insurance, you can apply for Income Assistance in BC.
  2. If you’re a single parent making less than $35,000/year and NOT on income assistance, you might be eligible for Rental Assistance.
  3. Want to take a class to improve your skill set or have kids who love to swim or skate? The Leisure Access Pass is available to low-income families and allows access to public services for you and your kids. It also includes discounts to local area attractions.
  4. Quest Food Exchange – Get a referral from your case worker to access low-cost, healthy food.
  5. Vancouver Foodbank – If you’re willing to stand in line, going to a Vancouver Foodbank location might be a good choice for you. Call to get depot locations in your area.
  6. Partners In Hope – A Christian non-profit offering a variety of resources including a housing database, low-cost dentist, one-on-one support and more.
  7. Britannia Bulk Buy – Get 2 large bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables for $13/month.
  8. The Salvation Army – There are many locations throughout BC. The one I went to is located at Fraser/East 16th Avenue. You can drop by and pick up bread (if they have it) or make an appointment for an emergency food basket.
  9. Bankruptcy Canada – Find out what your options are and find a trustee near you.
  10. Credit Counselling – Type ‘credit counselling’ into any search engine and several companies come up. Choose one that suits your needs. You shouldn’t have to pay for counselling.
  11. Financial Literacy – Many different organizations offer free courses in financial literacy. Learn about banking, budgeting, consumerism and credit. The Practical Money Skills site is a great resource and includes games, calculators, articles and more. Family Services of Greater Vancouver offers free Money Skills courses throughout the Lower Mainland.

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