New Program for Single Parents on Income or Disability Assistance

bc_singleparentAre you a single parent on income or disability assistance?

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Effective September 1, 2015, the following changes will be made to existing income assistance policy and employment programming to support single parents on income and disability assistance find and secure long-term sustainable employment.

  • Expansion to the current Employment Program of BC (EPBC) to allow single parents on assistance to access additional services and supports through WorkBC Employment Service Centres, such as paid work experience placements or up to 12 months of funded training.
    • If a single parent is assessed as needing training in order to gain employment in one of today’s in-demand occupations, they will be able to continue receiving income assistance for up to 12 months while participating in an approved training program.
  • Single parents may be eligible for additional child care and transportation supports while participating in EPBC.
  • Once employed, single parents that are eligible for the child care subsidy may also have access to additional child care supports for up to one year.

Additionally, effective September 1, 2015, all families on assistance will receive an increased earnings exemption and have access to transitional health supplements for up to 12 months after leaving assistance for employment.

View the Government of B.C. news release for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is eligible?
  2. How does someone access the program?
  3. What will be covered?
  4. Is there a tuition cap if participating in training?
  5. What if someone is exempt from employment obligations?
  6. What service options will be available through WorkBC?
  7. If someone has prior training or a degree, will they still qualify for the program?
  8. What training programs will be offered?
  9. Can someone take the first year of a 4 year degree program then go to student financial assistance for years 2, 3, and 4?

BC 2022 Labour Market Outlook (2 MB pdf file)


Drop by Career Link or call us (604.485.7958) to set up an appointment with a Career Counsellor to set up a plan of action! Visit our site for more services

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