The provincial government has announced an operating budget of $953.8 million for Community Living BC (CLBC) in 2017/18, which includes an increase of $58 million in provincial funding. Find the provincial budget announcement here.
“This budget includes a significant ongoing investment in the community living sector,” said CLBC CEO Seonag Macrae. “We are committed to using this funding to provide supports to as many individuals as possible.”
The new funding will maintain ongoing services implemented in prior years, and provide new services or increases in services to an estimated 3,000 individuals. To see how CLBC makes funding allocation decisions, read this backgrounder.
CLBC funds support services to meet disability related needs through a network of service providers throughout the province. Services include employment, community inclusion, residential and respite supports. Regular increases in funding have helped CLBC meet the needs of a growing number of eligible individuals – from 12,735 in March 2010 to over 20,000 by March 2017.
The increased funding will address service demand, operational requirements and increased funding commitments to service providers related to the Economic Stability Mandate.
“CLBC strives to provide supports to as many individuals as possible,” said Macrae. “At the same time, we are committed to working with individuals, families and service providers to ensure supports are of a high quality and help improve quality of life. This new funding is a strategic investment that will help to strengthen and sustain services in the community living sector.”