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Caregivers for B.C.’s most vulnerable get first pay increase in a decade

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Office of the Premier

Caregivers for B.C.’s most vulnerable get first pay increase in a decade

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Jen Holmwood
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier
250 818-4881
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Children and Family Development
250 356-1639
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
778 922-2441
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Media Contacts
Jen Holmwood
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier
250 818-4881
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Children and Family Development
250 356-1639
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
778 922-2441

Backgrounders

Caregiver rate increases

Caregivers caring for children and youth

  • Budget 2019 contains more than $64 million in funding over three years for the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to increase pay rates for:
    • foster caregivers;
    • caregivers of the Extended Family Program;
    • transfer of guardianship/custody caregivers; and
    • adoptive families who are eligible to receive post-adoption assistance.
  • The monthly rate paid to caregivers, the maintenance rate, has not increased since 2009, while inflation has risen approximately 15% between 2009 and 2018.
  • Maintenance rates are only one part of the financial model supporting the Province’s overall system of care for children and youth who are unable to live with their families either permanently or temporarily.
  • Grand Chief Ed John’s 2016 report, Indigenous Resilience, Connectedness, and Reunification – From Root Causes to Root Solutions, called for changes to the financial model supporting the Province’s system of care to address a lack of resources for care providers, particularly within Indigenous communities.
  • While MCFD is providing greater supports to keep families together when it is safe to do so, resulting in fewer children coming into care in the first place, there is still a need for skilled caregivers to care for children who cannot safely live with their parents. Static basic monthly payment rates have impacted the ministry’s ability to recruit and retain caregivers at a time when costs of living continue to rise and long-term caregivers are aging and retiring.
  • The Budget 2019 rate increases are a result of an ongoing review of the system of care by MCFD.

Community Living Home Share Providers

  • Budget 2019 contains $45 million in funding over three years for CLBC Home Share Providers, a 15% increase in funding for the program.
  • The raise is the first home-share providers have received since 2009.
  • Home sharing is a residential service option through Community Living BC (CLBC), under the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, in which an adult with a developmental disability shares a home with someone who is contracted to provide ongoing support to promote independence and inclusion.
  • In 2018, Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, directed CLBC to engage with home-share providers to identify needs and provide recommendations. Rates were the top concern highlighted in the final report: https://www.communitylivingbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/HSP-Engagement-Report-Final.pdf
  • More than 4,000 individuals with developmental disabilities in B.C. live with home-share providers.
  • Individuals with disabilities choose the home-share provider that best meets their goals and preferences. Support is flexible and evolves with the changing needs of the individual.
  • Home sharing now accounts for 61% of all residential settings for people with disabilities, compared to 51% in 2010.
  • Home-share providers’ in-home support is integral to an inclusive province that supports the participation of people with disabilities in their community.

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