This year’s budget announcement highlighted several areas that will positively impact the lives of the individuals and families who we support.

  • Starting in October 2020, a new BC Child Opportunity Benefit will replace the Early Childhood Tax benefit, which ended when children turned six years old. An investment of $380 million will provide a maximum benefit to low-income families of $1,600 for one child, up to $2,600 for two children, and up to $3,400 per year for three children;
  • The budget adds $9 million per year for Childcare, in addition to the $1 billion announced in the 2018 budget to develop a universal child care system, reduce parent fees and increase pay for child care workers in the province;
  • $94 million has been added over three years to support existing MCFD caseloads, including Children & Youth with special needs, children in care and a small increase in autism benefits;
  • The budget added $6 million in new funding so more families who provide care to children with disabilities can access respite services;
  • $74 million in new funding over three years has been allocated to improve Child & Youth mental health and addictions services;
  • Increases to provincial disabilities and income assistance rates of $50 per month have been added to last year’s increase of $100 per month, effective April 1, 2019;
  • An increase of $26 million to income and disability assistance will lower barriers to the BC Employment Assistance Program to enhance employment;
  • Rate increases for foster families, shared living providers and kinship caregivers have been introduced.

Budget Summary

Ministry for Children and Family Development
MCFD 2018/2019 2019/2020 Increases
Early Childhood Development & Childcare Services 443,724,000 624,807,000 181,083,000
Children & Youth with Special Needs 361,468,000 386,669,000 25,201,000
Children & Youth Mental Health 98,925,000 109,396,000 10,471,000
Children In Care 640,834,000 682,677,000 41,843,000

 

Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
MSDPR 2018/2019 2019/2020 Increases
Income (& Disability) Assistance 2,318,986,000 2,459,683,000 140,697,000
Employment (Multi-Barriers) 29,029,000 29,169,000 140,000
Community Living BC 1,001,261,000 1,068,015,000 66,754,000

 

Yours Truly,

Alanna Hendren
Executive Director

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