The Single Parent Employment Program

MLA Jackie Tegart highlights a new program for single parents.

An important program for many people in Ashcroft and Cache Creek began in September with the launch of the Single Parent Employment Initiative to help them achieve long-term, rewarding careers.

The Single Parent Employment Initiative is designed for women and men on income and disability assistance.

More than 16,000 single parents on income and disability assistance now have access to funding that can include up to 12 months of funded training for an in-demand job, or a paid work-experience placement.

Funding also includes child-care costs during training or work placement and for the first year of employment. Public transit costs to and from school are covered, along with a wide range of WorkBC Employment Services Centre programs such as workshops on resume writing and interview preparation.

In addition, through recent changes to our government’s income assistance program, families on income assistance and disability are eligible for increased earnings exemption (from $200 to $400 per month, or $300 to $500 per month for individuals with a child with disabilities) and supplemental health coverage for a year after they leave income assistance for employment.

We want all British Columbians to have the skills they need to be able to care for their families with well-paying, family-supporting jobs.

This investment of $24.5 million over five years helps ensure all British Columbians have an opportunity to benefit from our growing economy and move into the workforce with skills and training that fit with today and tomorrow’s job demands.

To learn more about Single Parent Employment Initiative, go to

In the Ashcroft and Cache Creek area, single parents can also get assistance at the Service BC office in Ashcroft at 318 Railway Ave.

Jackie Tegart, MLA Fraser Nicola

Just Posted

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

Input sought from Cache Creek businesses on Downtown Vision plan

Attracting and retaining employees and businesses are priorities

Community Futures gets more funding to continue business support program

Programs such as Business Ambassadors help small businesses, not-for-profits, and First Nations

Make Children First’s CareFairs are going out with a bang

Folllowing changes to funding, upcoming CareFairs in the region will be the last ones ever held

Support available for those looking after loved ones with dementia

Despite the growing number of people with dementia, a stigma still surrounds it

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Guards protest firing of fellow officers charged with assault at B.C. prison

Corrections officers demonstrated in Maple Ridge on Friday afternoon

Skier dies at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Cause of death for young man has not been released

R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse

R&B star has been accused of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls for years

More sailings coming to 10 BC Ferries’ routes

Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said the sailings were originally cut in 2014

Cryptocurrency exchange CEO who suddenly died leaves Kelowna house in will

Gerald Cotten, holding the keys to money tied up in his virtual currency exchange, died in December.

Most Read