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One-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit

The one-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit aims to help low-income renters with the cost of renting. You may be eligible for a tax-free one-time payment of $500 if your income and the amount that you pay on rent qualify. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers this one-time payment. To apply for this new […]

New Canada Dental Benefit

The interim Canada Dental Benefit is intended to help lower dental costs for eligible families earning less than $90,000 per year. Parents and guardians can apply if the child receiving dental care is under 12 years old and does not have access to a private dental insurance plan. Depending on your adjusted family net income, a tax-free payment […]

MCFD has launched a public engagement on the oversight of social work in B.C.

The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) has launched a public engagement on the oversight of social work in B.C. This engagement is exploring the current state of social work oversight, including what is working well and opportunities for improvement. It will allow for MCFD to develop a better understanding of the diverse range […]

Youth with disabilities town hall – Virtual

Employment and Social Development Canada is holding a virtual Youth with Disabilities Town Hall on Monday, December 5, 2022, from 8:00am – 10:00am (PST). They are inviting youth (15-30 years old) with lived experience to participate in this event. Registration ends Nov 30th, 2022 at 2:00pm (PST). The Town Hall will focus on two key […]

New Housing Supports Rent Supplement Applications Open Oct 17th – Nov 1st!

The application period for Rent Supplements opens on October 17, 2022 at 8:30 AM and closes on November 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM.  Earlier this year the province announced it’s investing $35 million over the next 3 years into programs and services for young adults from government care to better support them as they transition into adulthood. […]

Applications for the Vancouver Film Studio Indigenous Bursaries are now open!

This program was established this year in partnership with the Vancouver Film Studio and is intended to award financial assistance to indigenous persons who plan to pursue any kind of formal or informal career-related education or training in British Columbia. This includes, but is not limited to, post-secondary education, short or long certification programs, diplomas, […]

New Housing Supports Rent Supplement Applications Open Oct 17th – Nov 1st!

The application period for Rent Supplements opens on October 17, 2022 at 8:30 AM and closes on November 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM. Earlier this year the province announced it’s investing $35 million over the next 3 years into programs and services for young adults from government care to better support them as they transition into adulthood. […]

Employment income now EXEMPT from AYA

Earlier this year the province announced it’s investing $35 million over the next 3 years into programs and services for young adults from government care to better support them as they transition into adulthood. A part of this commitment includes the introduction of a no-limit earnings or income exemption in 2022, so that young adults will not […]

2022 BC Government budget announcements

The Government of BC announced its budget for 2022. Included in this announcement is $35 million dollars in funding over the next three years, that will directly support youth in care beyond their 19th birthdays. Highlights from the 2022 Budget that will directly support youth in and from care in BC: – Beginning in 2022/23, […]

Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks Wellness Bursary

The Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks Wellness Support Bursary opens December 6th.  The Wellness Support Bursary can provide youth in and from care ages 14-24 with up to $1,000 to go towards an accredited/registered wellness service or program. With the Wellness Support Bursary, you can access things like counselling, talk or art therapy, […]

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