Assistance gets more feet in the door

Orthotics supplement for income assistance clients increased

  • Jul. 27, 2011 3:00 p.m.

The provincial government has expanded its orthotics supplement for income assistance clients to ensure basic mobility needs are addressed.

As of Aug. 2, eligible clients can now receive up to $450 for custom foot orthotics (from $375) and receive replacement orthotics every three years, rather than every four years.

“It’s important that people on income assistance are supported so they can maximize their involvement in community life and perform the day-to-day tasks of living,” said Social Development Minister Harry Bloy.

“This updated policy for foot orthotics will help people maintain their mobility so they can improve their quality of life and contribute to their communities.”

About 140 clients in B.C. currently benefit from the orthotics supplement program.