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Single Parent Employment Initiative 2017-09-07T10:34:23+00:00

Photo Credit: Lower Columbia Tourism / Ryan Flett

WorkBC Employment Services Centre

The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by
the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia

What is it?

The SPEI can offer single parents on income or disability assistance up to 12 months of funded training for an in-demand job, or a paid work experience placement. Single parents will also be able to remain on income assistance if they attend a training program and are eligible for child care costs during training or work placement and for the first year of employment.

Through recent changes to the province’s income assistance program, single parents in the program will also be 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 (dental, optical and premium-free Ministry of Health MSP and Pharmacare) for a full year after they leave income assistance for employment.

How do I access it?

Single parents receiving income or disability assistance are eligible to participate in the SPEI. In order to be eligible for funded training programs, individuals must have been on income or disability assistance for three months. Clients must see an employment counsellor to apply for any funding opportunities. The employment counsellor will carry out an employment assessment to determine eligibility for supports and services needed to gain long-term employment.