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Healthy City for All

April 29, 2014

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A few days ago, the City of Vancouver launched their “Talk Healthy City for All” engagement process for the Healthy City Strategy. Please share your bold and innovative ideas for reaching the Strategy’s targets over the next decade - on their online forum, through social media, at in-person ideas labs, or by hosting your own event.

 

Visit www.vancouver.ca/healthycity4all for more details - watch the video, check out the goals and targets, sign up for a SoapBox account and start posting your best and boldest ideas (and vote, comment and add to others). City staff and the Healthy City for All Leadership Table will be listening.

 

Plus, you could win a chance to discuss your idea with local and global social innovators at the Social Innovation Exchange Ideas Festival on May 30, or learn additional skills to turn your idea into action with a scholarship to attend the THNK Creative Leadership workshop hosted by FUEL on May 30!

In 2015, the BC government is introducing the new BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit to improve the affordability of child care and assist families with the cost of raising young children. The BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit, which is part of the Province’sEarly Years Strategy, is a tax-free monthly payment of up to a maximum of $55 per month – or $660 dollars per year – for each child under the age of six.

Benefits are based on the number of children in the family and the family's net income. The maximum benefit will be available to eligible families with family net incomes under $100,000. The benefit will start to phase out at $100,000 and will be fully phased out at $150,000. About 140,000 families will be eligible to receive the full benefit, while an additional 40,000 families with family net incomes over $100,000 will receive a partial benefit.

This benefit will be administered on a monthly basis through the Canada Child Tax Benefit system, withpayments starting in April 2015.To be eligible to receive the benefit, families must file their 2013 personal income tax returns even if they have no income to report.

For more information on the BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit, please visit the Ministry’s website at:http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/tax_benefit.htm.

Free webinar

Financial Literacy and the Family
How family resource programs can support financial empowerment

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Noon - 1 pm, Eastern time

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Financial Literacy is not about money; it is about empowerment.

We know that having a young family often brings with it financial worries and that these worries can lead to relationship breakdown, ongoing stress, poor (desperate) decision making and in general can affect the well being of the family.

We also know that Family Resource Programs (FRPs) are trusted sources of information and support for families especially those who may be more vulnerable. The relationship between family support practitioners and parents is significant, influential and motivating. The peer support and modelling available at FRPs is also of value when addressing life issues that directly affect parenting and familial well-being.

The goal of the webinar is to increase the capacity of family support practitioners to impart basic financial literacy information and resources to the families that they serve.

Topics covered:

  • Why bring financial literacy into family support?
  • Background on concepts of financial literacy and financial capability
  • What works and what doesn’t in financial literacy with low income families
  • Resources and information – workshops, trainings and online resources applicable to low income and marginalized families

Who should attend?
Anyone working with parents in programs or one-on-one.

This webinar is restricted to 25 participants, so register early to save your spot.  Clicking the link above will send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

During our drop-in times on Wednesday, April 16, we will be celebrating Easter with some crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny!

Please bring a few wrapped chocolate eggs for the Easter Bunny to share with everyone!

Here are pictures of our winter celebration.

Halloween Video

December 9, 2013

Here's our Halloween album in a video.

Canada Day Video

December 6, 2013

Check out our Canada Day video.

Did you know that you can have your child's birthday party in the playroom on weekends? What fun! Click on the image for contact information.

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