Date came into force or revised

July 1, 2006



Policy statement

The purpose of CommunityLINK programs and services is to improve the educational performance of vulnerable students, including both academic achievement and social functioning.

Rationale or purpose of policy

Vulnerable students sometimes require extra support in order to achieve optimal educational outcomes.


Statement of Education Policy Order (PDF)

“The purpose of the British Columbia school system is to enable learners to develop their individual potential and to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to contribute to a healthy society and a prosperous and sustainable economy.”

Policy in full

The British Columbia provincial government provides annual CommunityLINK funding to boards of education. The purpose of CommunityLINK funding is to support programs and services to improve the educational performance of vulnerable students, including both academic achievement and social functioning.

In providing CommunityLINK programs and services, boards will do the following:

  • establish effective programs that directly support vulnerable students 
  • target CommunityLINK funds to vulnerable students
  • support family and community involvement 
  • promote partnerships and an integrated approach to supporting vulnerable students with families, communities and service providers.

Boards have the responsibility and flexibility to determine the most effective use of CommunityLINK funding for programs and services to support vulnerable students.

Procedures related to policy

Boards of education must report annually to the ministry on CommunityLINK results, activities and expenditures for the previous school year using the CommunityLINK Annual Report web form. Reports on the previous school year must be provided to the ministry in November.

The ministry expects that districts will maintain data and records to support their evidence-based CommunityLINK programs and services.