Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Boosts Rent, Child Care and Health Care Support for Former Youth in Care

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Boosts Rent, Child Care and Health Care Support for Former Youth in Care

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B.C. boosts support for former youth in care

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VANCOUVER - The B.C. government says it's giving a financial break to young adults who have spent time in its care.

Those young adults will now get more support for rent, child care and health care, while they go back to school or attend a rehabilitation, vocational or approved life skills program.

The changes come as part of a $7.7-million expansion of the Agreements with Young Adults program and they take effect April 1.

As part of the expansion, the upper age limit for young adults who want to be part of the program has been raised by one year to 27 years old.

The needs-based monthly support rate has also been raised by up to $250 to a new maximum of $1,250.

The provincial government said financial support is now available year round, instead of the previous eight-month limit, so young people can continue to receive supports while on summer holiday or other program breaks.

"Parents recognize that -- with today's cost of living -- young adults need time to figure out their path and steady support to get where they want to go," said Children and Family Development Minister Katrine Conroy in a statement. …

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