Community Living BC is increasing minimum respite rates for families from $2,800 to $3,080 per year effective April 1, 2020. This is made possible thanks to $1 million per year in new funding announced in the provincial budget on February 18, 2020.
Respite funding is provided to family members who are caring for eligible individuals. It typically funds a worker to provide support to an individual allowing family caregivers time to rest and recharge.
“I am pleased we can provide this additional support to individuals and families going forward,” said Ross Chilton, CEO, Community Living BC. “Families provide love and support to their loved ones and we need to invest in their well-being. This support contributes to resiliency and benefits all family members.”
CLBC currently offers a minimum of $2,800 per year for respite funding to all youth transitioning into CLBC services. Individuals and families can expect to hear from CLBC soon about how the new funding will be implemented. If you have a question, please contact CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca .
The provincial budget also includes funding for a second year of rate increases for home sharing providers. You can find information about those increases here.