Cuts to BC Community Non-Profit Organizations Serving Children, Families, Handicapped (broken link)

Money goes to all day Kindergarten at the expense of community powered agencies.


Agreement between the Ministry of Education and BC Assocaition of Family Resources Programs (broken link)

  • acknowledges tension between Strong Start drop-in programs in school run by the Ministry of Education and non-government services like family drop-ins
  • expires July 1, 2010

Letter and emails from the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development:

  • Jan 21, 1010. Ministry of Children and Family Development – memorandum (PDF): “contracted services budget management

    States that “preference will be given to agencies that provide a continuum of MCFD services to support an integrated approach to service delivery.” An “integrated approach” refers to a “new paradigm” policy of “shared responsibility” between the state and parents in child rearing combined with “strong partnership with the private sector.
  • Jan 25, 2010. BC Ministry of Children and Family Development – (PNG): E-mail to organizations about upcoming cuts
  • Feb 3, 2010: E-mail to organizations about meeting on February 12, 2010—same day as Olympics open

In The News

Burnaby Now article Feb 10, 2010: “Looming cuts worry Burnaby Family Place“ (broken link)

Vancouver Sun article Feb 12, 2010: Province to cut $10 million from community services for children, families (broken link)

Feb 15, 2010: CBC radio interview with Helen Ward, Kids First President on all-day Kindergarten, and BC government cuts to family services as part of an “integrated approach.” (broken link) Go to 1:02 to hear interview


Burnaby Now blog: Ministry of Children and Family Development warns of cuts to come (broken link)