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Aboriginal Friendship Centre Program

The Friendship Centre Program supports 25 friendship centres around the province through funding from the First Citizens Fund. Learn more

Adoption Services

The Adoptive Families Association of B.C. supports the adoption community at all ages and stages through education, counselling, family events, and advocacy. Learn more

BC Housing

BC Housing develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options across the province. Learn more

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services provides a diverse range of specialized and one-of-a-kind tertiary mental health and substance use services for children, adolescents and adults across the province. Learn more

B.C. Apprentice Program

Apprentices who meet Employment Insurance (EI) client eligibility requirements are eligible for financial supports through the program while participating in the classroom technical training components of their apprenticeship training. Learn more

B.C. Early Childhood Tax Benefit

The B.C. Early Childhood Tax Benefit provides a benefit of up to $55 per month per child under age 6. Benefits are based on the number of children in the family and the family's net income. Learn more

B.C. Employment and Assistance Program

The B.C. Employment and Assistance program assists British Columbians by helping people move from income assistance to sustainable employment, and by providing income assistance to those who are unable to fully participate in the workforce. Learn more

B.C. Family Bonus Program

The B.C. family bonus program provides non-taxable monthly payments to help low and modest income families with the cost of raising children under age 18. Learn more

B.C. Family Residence Program

The B.C. Family Residence Program provides accommodation assistance to enable families to stay together when their child requires medical care at BC Children's Hospital or Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, including premature babies and newborns with other health concerns. Learn more

B.C. Responsible & Problem Gambling Program

The Government of B.C. provides British Columbians with free information and resources to support informed choices and healthy behaviours with respect to gambling participation. Learn more

Bus Pass Program

The BC Bus Pass Program offers a reduced cost, annual bus pass for low income seniors and individuals receiving disability assistance from the Province of British Columbia. Learn more

Child Care Map

British Columbia families can now access a new, improved online map that takes the guesswork out of searching for child care. Learn more

Confident Parents: Thriving Kids

Confident Parents: Thriving Kids is a family-focused coaching service effective in reducing mild to moderate behavioural problems and promoting healthy child development in children ages 3-12.  Learn more

Dental Coverage

Depending on what kind of assistance you receive, you may be able to have basic dental costs covered. Everyone who receives assistance can access emergency dental services to relieve pain. Learn more

Disability Services

Full list of resources and services for people with disabilities delivered by ministries across government. Learn more

Farmers' Market Nutrition Coupon Program

The BC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program (FMNCP) is a healthy eating initiative that supports farmers’ markets and strengthens food security across British Columbia. Learn more

First Citizen Elders Transportation Program

The B.C. Association for Aboriginal Friendship Centres administers the transportation program to provide partial funding to enable seniors and Elders to attend the Annual Elders Gathering. Learn more

Health & Drug Coverage

B.C's publicly-funded health care system ensures that all eligible B.C. residents have access to medically necessary health care services through the Medical Services Plan and to eligible prescription medications, medical supplies, and pharmacy services through the PharmaCare program. Learn more

Healthy Kids Program

The B.C. Healthy Kids Program helps low income families with the costs of basic dental care and prescription eyewear for their children. Learn more

Health Connections

Health Connections is a health authority based regional travel assistance program that offers subsidized transportation options to help defray costs for rural residents who must travel to obtain non-emergency, physician-referred medical care outside their home communities. Learn more

Home Owner Property Tax Deferment Program

The tax deferment program allows eligible British Columbians to apply for a low interest loan to pay current year property taxes on their principal residence. Learn more

Job Creation Partnerships

Job Creation Partnerships provide funding to organizations to assist with local projects that provide useful work experience and skill enhancement opportunities to eligible job seekers to help them obtain sustainable employment. Learn more

Pathways to Technology Project

Connectivity is foundational to closing the socio-economic gap between First Nations and other British Columbians. Learn more 

Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Support

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a long-term savings plan designed by the Government of Canada to help people with disabilities and their families save money for the future. Learn more

Senior's Supplement Program

The Senior's Supplement ensures a conditionally guaranteed income level for B.C. residents receiving federal Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income supplement or federal Allowances. Learn more

Single Parent Employment Initiative

The Single Parent Employment Initiative helps eligible single parents receiving income and disability assistance enter the workforce by covering costs for career training, childcare and transit. Learn more

Syrian Refugee Readiness Fund

The Government of B.C. has committed $1 million to organizations, communities, churches and private sponsors who are working to support Syrian refugees destined for British Columbia. Learn more

Travel Assistance Program 

The Travel Assistance Program (TAP) helps alleviate some of the transportation costs for eligible B.C. residents who must travel within the province for non-emergency medical specialist services not available in their own community. Learn more

WelcomeBC helps ensure new British Columbians are able to settle, gain employment, become active members of their communities, and contribute fully to the social and economic prosperity of B.C. Learn more

Youth in Care Transition Services is a suite of tools for young adults who were in or are transitioning out of government care in B.C. Learn more

Youth Educational Assistance Fund 

The Youth Educational Assistance Fund provides educational grants of up to $5,500 to former B.C. youth in care students between 19 and 24 years of age. Learn more

Youth Services

The Ministry of Children and Family Development provides a wide range of services to help young people and their families. Learn more