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Community Update: Increased Crisis Supplement for People Receiving Provincial Income and Disability Assistance

December 12, 2018 by DABC Effective December 1, 2018, the province of BC has introduced several positive changes to Crisis Supplements for people in receipt of Income Assistance, the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefit, and the Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers to Employment (PPMB) benefit. The changes are as follows: The maximum monthly supplement available per person for food has increased from $20 to $40; and There is no longer

Task force makes recommendations to modernize rental housing system

Victoria Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:30 PM The Rental Housing Task Force has submitted its final report and recommendations to make B.C.’s rental housing system fairer by dealing with renovictions, making renting more secure, and improving enforcement of regulations and laws. “We are pleased to be able to present our recommendations for consideration by government,” said Spencer Chandra Herbert, chair of the Rental Housing Task Force and MLA for Vancouver-West

Alone and Afraid: Lessons learned from the ordeal of a child with special needs and his family

December 10, 2018   The ordeal of one boy and his family shows that British Columbia’s system of services to support children with complex needs must be overhauled, says an investigative report released today by the Representative for Children and Youth. The report details the events that led to the removal of “Charlie” from his mother’s care in 2016 after police found him alone, screaming, severely underweight and in a

Elders and seniors benefiting from new housing

Campbell River Friday, December 7, 2018 1:45 PM People in Campbell River, including Elders, seniors and those with physical disabilities, now have access to new affordable rental homes, thanks to a partnership between the Government of British Columbia and M’akola Housing Society. “People in communities like Campbell River have been struggling to afford housing for too long,” said Claire Trevena, MLA for North Island. “This project will make a significant

Historic steps in recognizing human rights of Canadians with disabilities

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 6, 2018 Historic steps in recognizing human rights of Canadians with disabilities ______________________________________________________ TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Association for Community Living applauds the Government of Canada’s announcements on December 3rd, International Day of Persons with Disabilities. They are a historic step for recognizing equality and human rights in Canada. First, the government announced that with the support of all provinces and territories Canada has

Accessibility grants help break down barriers to inclusion

Vancouver Monday, December 3, 2018 10:45 AM Sixteen accessibility projects throughout British Columbia are benefiting from $500,000 in provincial funding that focuses on promoting greater accessibility and inclusivity for people with disabilities. The funding is being distributed through an accessibility project grant program administered by Disability Alliance BC (DABC). The 16 not-for-profit organizations will receive funding between $10,000 and $40,000, depending on the size and scope of the project. “People

Selfadvocatenet.com Christmas Page and Message

  Christmas Message  to our Sponsors and Supporters and to our Self Advocates Sans team like to thank you for supporting  our website in 2018 if not for your support website would not be one  of the best websites for self advocates to have their voice heard and information to self advocates . In 2019 we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary of our website and our leadership conference we

Community Living BC welcomes new board members

Vancouver Sunday, December 2, 2018 9:00 AM Seven new members were appointed to the board of directors for Community Living BC (CLBC), the provincial Crown corporation that supports more than 21,000 people with developmental disabilities throughout B.C. Board members provide oversight and guidance in alignment with the Province’s goal to make B.C. a more accessible and inclusive province for people with disabilities. “I look forward to working with the incoming

CLBC’s CEO announces retirement

Community Living BC’s (CLBC) CEO Seonag Macrae has announced plans to retire effective April 1, 2019.   “I want to thank Seonag for her leadership for nearly five years,” said Michael Prince, Chair of CLBC’s Board of Directors. “She has without a doubt accomplished a great deal on several fronts for CLBC.” Ms. Macrae took over the CEO post in August 2014. Among her accomplishments, said the CLBC board chair,

B.C. to improve social housing, while reducing pollution

Victoria Thursday, November 22, 2018 12:30 PM The British Columbia government will invest $1.1 billion over the next 10 years to make B.C.’s social housing stock more energy efficient, less polluting and safer, while significantly reducing heating costs for residents. In making the announcement, Premier John Horgan said the major focus of the retrofit initiative will be to increase the use of cleaner electricity in the province’s 51,000 units of

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