*NEW* Temporary Life Skills Program
*NEW* All emergency measures have been extended until September 30, 2021.
Check out the Temporary Life-Skills Program infographic here.
Temporary Life Skills Programs for those currently on AYA or who choose to age out onto an AYA between April 1 and September 30th, 2021.
Minimum requirements during COVID-19:
A minimum of 5 hours per week of self-directed life skills activities,
OR 10 hours per week of theraputic programs,
OR a combination of both equal to 10 hours per week.
Check out this link to see a list of Life Skills programs available.
As of Oct 1, 2020, more flexibility to access mental health supports including cultural healing and wellness are available for young adults under the AYA rehabilitative program area.
The ''pause'' on AYA time will end as of Sept 30th, 2020 and the age cap (27) is back in effect. This means that as of Sept, 30th, 2020, your AYA will count towards your total of 48 months and youth will only be able to be on an AYA until their 27th birthday.
Click here to read the full announcement.
Reach out to your local MCFD/DAA office to access the AYA under these new guidelines. You can also contact the Representative for Children and Youth at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-476-3933. The Representatives Office can support you in making the right connections within your local MCFD or DAA office.
Am I eligible for the AYA program?
You can apply to AYA if:
1. You had one of the following care statuses on your 19th birthday:
- Continuing Custody Order (CCO)
- Youth Agreement
- In the process of adoption (Family Relations Act)
2. you are doing at least one of the following:
- Finishing high school
- Attending college or university
- Completing a rehabilitation program
- Completing a Life Skills Program!
3. And are between the ages of 19-27 years old.
When you leave care, get a letter stating your care status (Many bursaries require you to prove you were in care). If you've already left care, call your last social worker's office and ask them for the letter. You might have to go into an office and show your ID to get it.
What kind of financial help can I get from AYA?
You can get money for:
- Living expenses
- Child care
- Tuition fees
- Health care
How do I apply?
To apply for AYA:
When looking for an office:
Click the link above
Enter in your city or town
Look for Child and Family Services offices
Select the one closest to you
3. Wait for the AYA social worker in your area to contact you. It might take a month or so.
Who can help me fill out the application form?
Anyone at an MCFD office.
When looking for an office:
- Click the link above
- Enter in your city or town
- Look for Child and Family Services offices
- Select the one closest to you
How long can I stay on an AYA for?
NEW! You can now stay on it for 48 months!