Community Living Eligibility Criteria Remains the
July 25, 2008
Recent media reports and advocacy groups have
expressed concern over the regulatory amendment to the
Community Living Authority Act that outlines the
eligibility requirements for adult community living
Here are the facts on the regulatory amendment:
- The amendment does not change how Community Living
BC assesses a developmental disability or determines
eligibility for their services or supports.
- No adults with developmental disabilities will
stop receiving services from Community Living BC.
- The regulation outlines IQ 70 as part of the
definition of a developmental disability and defines
“impaired adaptive functioning” in relation to the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,
- The amended regulation now matches the existing
policy that Community Living BC uses to determine
eligibility for adult community living services.
- The eligibility criteria are consistent with most
other jurisdictions in Canada.
- The amendment was in response to a court decision
stating eligibility criteria for adult community
living services must be legislated.
- The amendment is an interim measure while the
Province determines the best method to provide
services to adults with developmental disabilities who
do not meet the Community Living BC criteria.
- The Province will continue to review the
eligibility criteria for adult community living
By placing Community Living BC under the new Ministry
of Housing and Social Development, the Province is
better able to integrate services and create more
comprehensive supports for adults with disabilities. The
Government will continue to work with the disability
community to identify problems and develop solutions –
ensuring adults with disabilities have easier access to
a wide range of supports.