Apr.6 Community Briefs

Community forum in Vanderhoof for resource industry impact, Child Care Subsidy fix to support more families

Community forum in Vanderhoof for resource industry impact

Cumulative impacts and resource development in Vanderhoof and Central BC will be the focus of a public event held at the Nechako Senior Friendship Centre on Wednesday April 6, from 6-8pm, hosted by the Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) from the University of Northern British Columbia. The CIRC is a research and community engagement initiative at UNBC that seeks to understand the cumulative environmental, community and health impacts of resource development operations across northern BC.

 

Child Care Subsidy fix to support more families

VICTORIA – Child support payments will no longer impact eligibility for parents already receiving or applying for child care subsidies, starting April 1, 2016.

The monthly subsidy is intended to support low-income families with the costs of child care.  The amount families receive depends on the family’s income and size, the ages of the children and the type of child care provided. The maximum rate a family can receive per child is $750 per month.

Families are also no longer required to re-apply for their monthly subsidy each year and the child care subsidy application form has been streamlined to make it easier for new applicants to apply for and receive subsidies.

Government invests up to $119.9 million annually on the Child Care Subsidy program, which supports nearly 20,000 children and their families each month throughout B.C.