To be eligible for Supplementary Benefits, you must:
- be enrolled in MSP
- be a resident of British Columbia as defined by the Medicare Protection Act
- have resided in Canada as a Canadian citizen or holder of permanent resident status (landed immigrant) for at least the last 12 months immediately preceding this application; and
- not be exempt from liability to pay income tax by reason of any other act
Eligibility for Supplementary Benefits is based on your net income from last year as confirmed by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) (or combined net income for you and your spouse), less deductions for:
- your age (and the age of your spouse)
- family size
- disability; and
- any income from the Universal Child Care Benefit and Registered Disability Savings Plan
The amount left is called “adjusted net income.” If it is less than $42,000, your family may qualify for Supplementary Benefits.
You only need to apply once if you:
- remain eligible for MSP coverage; and
- file your taxes every year
Eligibility for Supplementary Benefits may be impacted if you do not file your taxes each year with CRA or if you do not update your MSP account if you marry or begin living in a marriage-like relationship. For information on combining or linking accounts, see Adding and Removing Dependants.