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$600 COVID-19 funds for children with disabilities (Disability Tax Credit certificates)

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$600 COVID-19 funds for children with disabilities (Disability Tax Credit certificates)

On June 5, 2020, the federal government announced it will be providing a one-time tax-free payment of up to $600 to all persons eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (and the associated Child Disability Benefit for those under the age of 18 years). This money is in recognition of the extraordinary expenses incurred by persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Parent Support Services Society of BC understands that the provincial government has agreed to pass along these funds to eligible children who are “maintained” by the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD) through agreements/orders such as Permanent Kinship Care (sec 54.01/sec 54.1).
 
A Disability Tax Credit application is completed by a physician who certifies the child to have a severe and prolonged impairment. Families with children with disabilities have until December 31, 2020 to apply for a Disability Tax Credit certificate in order to be found eligible for these funds.
 
For questions regarding the funding, please call the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Line 1-855-474-9777

Join us for self-care and holiday Zoom sessions this November!

Wed., Nov. 18th at 8 pm via Zoom: Self-Care while parenting in a pandemic: Join us for a discussion about the importance of self care. You matter! We will share some self care tips, explore ways to release stress, manage personal expectations and provide time to share your own experience and ideas.

Thurs., Nov. 26th at 8 pm via Zoom: Preparing for the holidays during Covid-19: We recognize that the upcoming holiday season and winter break may look different this year. Join us to explore ideas to help turn this years’ unknowns and pressures into something magical and heartfelt.

To register, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/pssnovember

If you have questions, please feel welcome to contact Sandi Halvorson by phone at 250-468-9658 or by email at sandi.halvorson@parentsupportbc.ca

Research Opportunity: Northern BC

Are you a parent or guardian of a child age 7-12 yrs living in northern BC? We are looking for volunteers to help us learn more about children’s independent mobility (CIM). A $25 gift card will be given as thanks. Please contact katie.cornish@unbc.ca or chelsea.pelletier@unbc.ca

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Join our parenting book club!

Come join our parenting book club and learn, discuss, and connect with others! There are 2 weeks left to register for the next two books in our Parenting Book Club. Follow the instructions on the flyer to register.