New ID Clinics This Fall

By: 

Doug King

TAPS is once again partnering with Pro Bono Students Canada, the office of MLA Carole James, the Greater Victoria Public Library, and Our Place Society for another year of identification clinics.

Last year the clinics helped over 250 people with applications for their primary and secondary ID documents, and we were still not able to meet the demand. The clinics have been renewed for a second year, now with resources for a third pro bono student to help carry the load.

Losing ID can have a profound impact on a person’s life, especially if that person is trying to access banking services, health care, housing, or provincial benefits. A lack of primary ID can be a significant barrier, and sadly we have seen far too many people threatened with a loss of housing or benefits as a result of having inadequate or no ID.

Over the course of our first year of clinics, we learned how to most effectively submit applications for ID. BC Vital Statistics agreed to waive fees for applications if clients provided additional paperwork. We also made connections with workers at Cool Aid who could support people who needed guarantors for their applications.

While in the first year the unexpected popularity of the clinics and the shocking complexity of some of the applications made the process slow and frustrating for some clients, I’m confident that this year our ID clinics will be better than ever, and we’ll be able to help even more people.

Upcoming ID Clinics

You must register first, which you can do at the clinic location at 9 am on the day of the clinic. Clinics run from 10 am to 1 pm. First come, first served.

  • November 9—Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL), Downtown Branch
  • November 23—Our Place (919 Pandora)
  • January 11—GVPL
  • January 25—Our Place
  • February 8—GVPL
  • March 1—Our Place
  • March 15—GVPL
  • March 29—Our Place