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The British Columbia government says it’s raising disability assistance rates by $50 per month beginning this April.

The increase means that a single person on disability will receive $1,033 a month, up from $983. A couple receiving disability assistance will get an increase of $100 per month, for a total payment of $1,773.

The increase affects about 107,000 people across the province.

The provincial government says it is investing $199 million over three years in order to raise the monthly payments and is part of the government’s 10-year plan to make BC the “most progressive jurisdiction in Canada for people with disabilities by continuing efforts to remove barriers for people with disabilities.”

In 2016, the ministry said close to 100,000 people receive disability assistance from the province — a figure that has doubled since 2001.

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