The upper age limit for young adults who were formerly in care and want to apply for the provincial tuition waiver program has been raised to 27 years old. (Wikimedia Commons)

B.C. boosts support for former youth in government care

More support coming for rent, child care and health care while they go back to school

The B.C. government says it’s giving a financial break to young adults who have spent time in government 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.

READ MORE: VIU tuition waiver program targets youth in care

READ MORE: The tragic and preventable death of a teen in government care

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 apply for the provincial tuition waiver program has been raised 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 says 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.

The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Transport Canada will review all port authorities, including Nanaimo’s

Series of meetings and round tables could lead to revamping port authorities’ business models

Nanaimo animal control says 300 dead rabbits recovered

Province of B.C. confirms more positive tests for rabbit haemorrhagic disease

Nanaimo company awarded $33-million Site C contract

F&M Installations Ltd. will build substation for B.C. Hydro megaproject

NRE says some form of shutdown now unavoidable

City of Nanaimo staff has been asked to look into options to support $6-million recycling depot

Vancouver Island’s Best Videos of the Week

A look at some of the best video stories from the past week ending March 16, 2018

Nanaimo fire trucks rolling out more often than ever

Fire chief projects that Nanaimo Fire Rescue will answer 10,000 callouts in 2018

VIDEO: Release and catch at Colliery Dam Park

Trout released at lower Colliery dam in Nanaimo

4 facts to ring in St. Patrick’s Day

What do you really know about the Irish celebration?

Beefs & Bouquets, March 15

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail

UPDATED: Brake failure sees plane crash into gate in Cowichan, nobody injured

Rescue crews called out to the scene at Stamps and Henderson roads

Federal government seeks public feedback on pedestrian safety

What safety measures do you think need to improved for pedestrians and cyclists?

Search continues for 10-year-old Montreal boy missing since Monday

Montreal police said they are exploring every possibility in search for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou

Airline passenger-rights bill claws back protections for travellers: Advocate

Bill C-49 would double tarmac delays, scrap compensation for flights affected by mechanical failures

Most Read