Free Tuition, Child Care for Single Parents on Welfare

Posted on March 11th, 2015

The BC government has announced what Social Development Minister Michelle Stilwell is calling “one of the most significant social program shifts the government has ever introduced.”  The province of BC unveiled a new $24.5-million plan that will cover school fees, daycare, medical costs and transportation for single parents as they try to move off income or disability supports and into the workforce.

“Currently, if individuals on income assistance or disability want to take trades training or post-secondary classes, they have to give up their government support payments and take out a student loan.  The new program, which starts Sept. 1, would see government pay for 12 months of tuition as long as it’s one of 60 “in demand” occupations, as well as let the person remain on income assistance during school.”


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