CLBC News Updates – March 2018

Province announces Budget 2018

The government has announced Budget 2018. CLBC’s operating budget for 2018/19 will be $1.02 billion, including an additional $61 million in provincial funding. Click here for more information on the budget, including the government Mandate Letter which gives CLBC direction on key priorities.

The additional funding will allow CLBC to maintain ongoing services that have been implemented in previous years, as well as provide new and increased services. It will also help meet increased funding commitments to service providers related to the Economic Stability Mandate. To understand how CLBC makes funding allocation decisions for individual and families please read this backgrounder.


B.C. communities recognize WOW inclusion award recipients

As part of the ninth annual Widening our World (WOW) awards, four recipients are being recognized for their courage, leadership, innovation and dedication in supporting their communities to more fully include people with diverse abilities. This year’s winners, who were selected from a field of 47 great nominees, are:

  • Alexander Magnussen – South Surrey
  • Nick Nuraney and John Archibald – Langley,
  • Peggy Nancarrow – Esquimalt
  • Eve Reinarz – Nanaimo

You can read more about the recipients here. Local communities are hosting events to recognize recipients, who have also been featured in local media, including Peggy in the Victoria News, and A&W’s Nick and John in the Langley Times and Alexander in the Peace Arch News.


Inclusive housing taskforce works on three-year plan

Over the last two years CLBC has been working closely with BC Housing, the BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) and service providers on building awareness about inclusive housing for people with diverse abilities. We have done this through meetings, stakeholder forums and by leading workshops for housing providers at the BCNPHA annual housing conference.  CLBC has also developed resources on its web site here to help groups who want to work with their towns and cities to create more inclusive housing.

CLBC has now also partnered with Inclusion BC to establish an Inclusive Housing Task Force, which includes service providers from communities around the province, self-advocates and families. The task force is meeting monthly and consulting with developers, city planners, individuals, families and others to create a three-year strategy by this Spring.


Advancing New Support Options project design: thank you for contributing

In 2015, CLBC launched the three-phase Advancing New Support Options (ANSO) project to respond to individual and family requests for a service that supports people to achieve positive outcomes in the areas of employment, community connections, relationships, and lifelong learning. In November 2017, CLBC completed the design process for the new model for this new service.

CLBC and the ANSO design team are thankful to the individuals, families and, service providers who provided input and helped test the initial designs of this new service in Cranbrook, Prince George, Langley, Victoria, Kamloops, Delta and Powell River. These contributions have laid the foundation for the first new service CLBC will be offering since its inception in 2005.

CLBC is now working on the details to provide the new service on a limited scale across the province to further test it and its delivery before implementing province wide in 2019. More details about this further testing will be shared in Spring 2018.


CLBC-BCGEU Scholarship Applications close March 31

Applications for this year’s CLBC / BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) scholarship fund close on March 31. Recipients are eligible for up to $2,500 each to attend job-related skills training, post-secondary courses or community recreation activities, or to offset the indirect costs of attending a post-secondary institution. The fund was established as part of the 2012 collective agreement between CLBC and the BCGEU, and began awarding scholarships as of 2014.

Information on the scholarship is available at www.communitylivingbc.ca/scholarship, and the online application form can be accessed here and the printable form is available here.

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