News Topics: Parent Support


Campaigns and Issues

BC government allocates funds for Indigenous child welfare

The BC government has made available $6.4 million to BC First Nations communities and agencies aimed specifically at family reunification and preservation, and will increase that funding to $9.5 annually starting in 2018. “Indigenous communities are in the best position to identify and deliver services and supports that will have MORE


Campaigns and Issues

Earnings exemption for disability and income assistance recipients increased

Effective October 1, 2017, the Annual Earnings Exemption (AEE) limit will increase by $2,400 for each person receiving Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefits, and raise from $200 to $400 per month for all single income assistance recipients. The earnings exemption is raised to $600 for families with children and $700 MORE


Campaigns and Issues

First Call advocates end to benefits clawbacks for those on disability and IA

While increasing the earnings exemption for those on disability and income assistance is a welcome step, First Call advocates for the provincial government to stop clawing back benefits deemed ‘unearned income’ from IA and PWD recipients. Right now, all Canada Pension Plan benefits and CPP spousal death benefits are clawed MORE


research

Study highlights social class inequality effects of parental leave policy in Canada

Parental-leave rich and parental-leave poor: Inequality in Canada labour market based leave policies by Lindsey Mckay, Sophie Mathieu and Andrea Doucet, compares access to parental leave benefits between Quebec and the rest of Canada by family income and by its two different programs. Maternal access to leave benefits has improved dramatically MORE


Campaigns and Issues

Legal coalition outlines justice reform priorities for BC

A coalition of legal groups including the Community Legal Assistance Society, PIVOT, the BC Civil Liberties Association and Westcoast LEAF have issued a report outlining justice reform priorities for BC’s “badly broken” system. Outlined priorities for the Attorney General and Solicitor General of BC addressing family law include: Increase funding MORE


resources

BC211 goes province-wide

BC211, operator of the Red Book Online directory of community services, has expanded its reach from Metro Vancouver to now offer service throughout BC. In addition to phone service, BC211.ca now also offers a live web chat service with call centre staff, ready to refer callers to anything from emergency MORE


opportunities

Applications open for GRG Family Nature Camp

Tuesday-Thursday, July 4-6, 2017 Bodega Ridge, Galiano Island Download the flyer Register now Registration closes Sunday, June 4, midnight Parent Support Services Society is now accepting applications for the 2017 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Family Nature Camp. Please share with kinship families or grandparents who are full time caregivers for their MORE