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Federal | Provincial/Territorial

June 2018

2018-06-01 – Indigenous, Culture

  • Minister of Canadian Heritage launches intensive community-based engagement sessions that will be held across Canada over the summer to support the co-development of First Nations, Inuit and Métis languages legislation. The input gathered during the summer will inform the drafting of legislation to be introduced in the Parliament. Link: https://bit.ly/2JzQsdX

2018-06-04 – Military Families, Mental Health, Support

  • The federal government announces improved access to mental health services for military families, including the development of virtual psychoeducational resources and the introduction of virtual counselling services. Link: https://bit.ly/2xJTWpC

2018-06-11 – Homelessness, Housing, Support

  • The federal government announces strategy to reduce chronic homelessness by 50% over the next 10 years. The $40-billion plan, Reaching Home, is part of the country’s first-ever National Housing Strategy and includes up to 100,000 new housing units and 300,000 repaired or renewed housing units. Link: https://bit.ly/2HGJZJ5

2018-06-13 – Employment, Education, Support

  • The federal government announces plan to help unemployed Canadians return to school by launching new Employment Insurance (EI) flexibilities. Eligible people can apply to keep their EI benefits when they take a full-time course or training program at an approved institution starting August 5, 2018. Link: https://bit.ly/2KL3VQO

2018-06-18 – Children, Support

  • The federal government announces that starting on July 20, 2018, the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) will be raised to keep up with the cost of living. The CCB will now have a maximum annual benefit of $6,496 per child under age 6 and $5,481 per child age 6 through 17. Link: https://bit.ly/2I04tgi

2018-06-25 – Indigenous, Youth, Education

  • The federal government invests in a research project to develop and improve education outcomes and learning supports for Indigenous youth across Canada and around the world. Findings of the research will contribute to the global UNESCO research project “Reorienting Education and Training Systems to Improve the Lives of Indigenous Youth.” Link: https://bit.ly/2KL8wCv

2018-06-25 – Violence, Youth, Health

  • The federal government announces $550,000 in funding for the Supporting Educators’ Capacity to Prevent Dating Violence and Promote Healthy Relationships through a Gender-Based Lens program. The program will help teens develop skills to establish healthy relationships and educate them about the warning signs of unhealthy relationships so as to prevent dating violence among teens. Link: https://bit.ly/2K6DpSm

2018-06-27 – Diversity, Multiculturalism

  • The federal government announces three new funding streams to help strengthen diverse communities and support anti-racism initiatives across the country. The government is investing a total of $51.9 million over three years, which includes $21 million in new funding for community-led projects, events and capacity-building initiatives. Link: https://bit.ly/2yXsvcD

2018-06-29 – Diversity, Support, Demographics, Youth

  • The federal government launches a new funding initiative to address the significant and unique challenges faced by the Black Canadian community. The initiative will fund projects that respond to key concerns of Black Canadians to help address issues faced by Black youth that affect their full and equitable participation in Canadian society. Link: https://bit.ly/2KjII0H

May 2018

2018-05-04 – Women, Family Finances

  • Minister Monsef announces $10 million in funding for projects that address the root causes of economic insecurity for women in communities across Canada. Link: https://bit.ly/2zbFN53

2018-05-04 – Immigration, Education

  • The federal government announces an investment of almost $812,000 over two years into a project that will help internationally trained health care professionals have their credentials and experience recognized in Canada. Link: https://bit.ly/2NqudGA

2018-05-07 – Military Families, Veterans, Health, Mental Health

  • The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group partners with Veterans Affairs Canada to establish the Centre of Excellence on PTSD and other related mental health conditions. The Centre of Excellence will work to advance mental health, research and support to improve treatment for Veterans across Canada. Link: https://bit.ly/2InUTYJ

2018-05-08 – Indigenous, Health, Mental Health

  • Indigenous Services Canada announces that the 24/7 First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line has expanded to include mental wellness counselling and crisis intervention through access to online chat. Link: https://bit.ly/2IPt5bX

2018-05-11 – Military Families, Veterans

  • The federal government increases support to military families at all 32 Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) across Canada, including access to transition programs, referral services and intervention supports. Link: https://bit.ly/2MOK94i

2018-05-17 – Equality, LGBTQ, LGBTI

  • Canada joins the Global Equality Fund as a donor Partner, with its contribution designated specifically to provide emergency assistance to LGBTI persons under threat of violence. Link: https://bit.ly/2IWIoje

2018-05-25 – Children, Violence, Justice, Support

  • Employment and Social Development Canada announces changes aimed at enhancing support for families experiencing the death or disappearance of a child. The existing program (PMMC) will be renamed the Canadian Benefit for Parents of Young Victims of Crime and extended to include more families and provide working parents with greater flexibility in accessing and utilizing this benefit. Changes to the program include: increasing the weekly grant amount from $350 to $450; changing the age limit of the young victim from under 18 to under 25; extending the period in which recipients can receive the grant from 52 to 104 weeks; allowing grant recipients to work up to 50% of their regular work week (up to 20 hours per week); and eliminating the requirement that parents, whose child is aged under 14, attest that their child was not a willing party to the crime. Link: https://bit.ly/2gCsKxm

2018-05-24 – Indigenous, Justice, Violence, Gender

  • Status of Women Canada launches the Indigenous Women’s Circle to address systemic inequalities that disproportionately impact Indigenous women and girls. Link: https://bit.ly/2y8QViW

2018-05-22 – Justice, Law, Divorce

  • The federal government announces changes to the Divorce Act aimed at strengthening the Canadian family justice system by making it more accessible and efficient. The bill’s key objectives are to promote the best interests of the child, address family violence and help reduce child poverty. Link: https://bit.ly/2LhOZa5

 

 


Provincial/Territorial

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Alberta

June 2018

2018-06-08 – LGBTQ, Demographics, Diversity, Inclusion

  • Albertans are now able to choose Female, Male or “X” on their driver’s licences, ID cards and vital statistics records, such as birth certificates and death certificates. Link: https://bit.ly/2Jww4uQ

2018-06-14 – Indigenous, Education, Child Care, Culture

  • New $25-a-day child care centres across Alberta now offer Indigenous-focused programming, including traditional drumming, storytelling and lessons in Michif, Blackfoot and Cree. Link: https://bit.ly/2MOqp0F

2018-06-15 – Indigenous, Education

  • The Alberta government implements a new training program for public service employees, in which participants will learn about Indigenous histories, residential schools, treaties and contemporary issues, and how they can apply what they learn to their work. Link: https://bit.ly/2tPhV2f

2018-06-26 – Indigenous, Education, Child Care

  • The new Indigenous Cultural Understanding Framework will help Children’s Services staff gain a better understanding of the systemic challenges and barriers Indigenous people face. The framework will ensure leaders, managers, supervisors, caseworkers, policy analysts and administrative professionals all have awareness and cultural understanding to serve Indigenous children, youth and families in Alberta. Link: https://bit.ly/2Kz3wAC

2018-06-27 – Economy, Employment

  • The federal and Alberta governments sign agreements that will provide the province with more than $1.7 billion over six years to invest in Albertan workers. These agreements represent an increase in funding of nearly $500 million over the period compared with previous funding levels and will benefit about 124,000 more Albertan workers than before. Link: https://bit.ly/2lQ2ouG

2018-06-28 – Children, Youth, Mental Health, Indigenous, Support

  • The Alberta government releases the action plan “A Stronger, Safer Tomorrow” to improve services, address funding on reserves and increase supports for children, youth and families. Link: https://bit.ly/2u55r5M

2018-06-28 – Housing, Indigenous

  • The Alberta government launches the province’s first Indigenous-owned housing program to build affordable homes directly designed and owned by Indigenous governments and organizations. Link: https://bit.ly/2IW8Auk

2018-06-29 – Refugees, Immigrants

  • Refugee claimants can now apply and test for a driver’s licence for a one-year term while they wait for the federal government to process their claim, making it easier to support their families and build a new life in Alberta. Link: https://bit.ly/2KuqN7H

May 2018

2018-05-07 – Mental Health, Students, Support

  • New $5-million provincial grant will be used to hire staff and build new school-based community mental health programs. More than 100,000 students at schools across Alberta will receive these school-based mental health resources. Link: https://bit.ly/2zbfqfF

2018-05-07 – Violence

  • Alberta Justice and Solicitor General releases guide that provides police officers with up-to-date information about sexual violence. This new tool outlines investigative procedures that will lead to more reliable evidence-gathering while respecting the effect that trauma can have on a survivor’s physical, psychological and emotional well-being. Link: https://bit.ly/2tUT50N

2018-05-28 – Indigenous, Reconciliation, Reparation

  • Historic land deal signed with the Métis Nation: The Alberta government sells a 3.7-hectare (9.17-acre) parcel of land to the Métis Nation of Alberta Association Fort McMurray Local Council 1935. Link: https://bit.ly/2KvHyPU

2018-05-30 – Child Care, Military Families

  • Military families in Edmonton and Cold Lake now have more affordable child care options – the Alberta government is investing in 183 $25-a-day child care spaces on the two Canadian Forces bases. Link: https://bit.ly/2tTl0yl

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British Columbia

June 2018

2018-06-07 – Indigenous, Child Care, Youth

  • The Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) and the B.C. government sign an agreement to transfer child welfare authority to MNBC. Main objectives of the joint commitment include reducing the number of Métis children and youth in government care and supporting family preservation. Link: https://bit.ly/2KIZ9mM

2018-06-08 – Youth, Support

  • The B.C. government renews contributions to the Youth Futures Education Fund to help former youth in care with expenses while they attend school, helping to reduce the financial burden of living expenses, including textbooks, food and rent. Link: https://bit.ly/2lWqBPL

2018-06-08 – Seniors, Health, Education, Support

  • The Ministry of Health contributes $1.4 million to support elder abuse awareness and prevention. Link: https://bit.ly/2NqA8vl

2018-06-13 – Education, Communities

  • The B.C. government increases leadership development funding for more than 3,500 education leaders, to meet the rapidly changing needs of students and communities throughout the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2u4227v

2018-06-14 – Child Care

  • Funding available under the expanded and enhanced Childcare BC Maintenance Fund triples to $1.2 million in 2018–2019. This funding allows child care providers to repair or replace items relating to the maintenance of their facility, in order to meet licensing standards. Link: https://bit.ly/2u5IDmm

2018-06-14 – Accessibility, Disability, Education, Employment

  • Students with disabilities enrolled at public post-secondary institutions will be given supports to succeed in their studies and train for a range of in-demand careers. The post-secondary institutions will receive one-time funding of $75,000 to develop or build upon programs that support students with cognitive, mental health or physical disabilities. Link: https://bit.ly/2IPg55X

2018-06-15 – Education, Economy, Employment

  • The B.C. government announces funding for school districts throughout the province, which will receive $3.5 million this year to buy new equipment to upgrade trades classrooms and workshops. Link: https://bit.ly/2zc9vqS

2018-06-15 – Demographics, Health

  • The B.C. government provides $1.5 million to the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation (CMHF) to support men in B.C. to live healthier lives. Link: https://bit.ly/2u06B3x

2018-06-18 – Indigenous, Housing

  • The B.C. government announces $550 million in funding over the next 10 years to build and operate new units of social housing for projects, both on- and off-reserve. This makes B.C. the first province in Canada to invest provincial housing funds into on-reserve housing. Link: https://bit.ly/2KQk8AI

2018-06-18 – Caregiving, Seniors

  • The B.C. government announces $75-million investment to expand respite care and adult day programs, helping both seniors and their loved ones. Link: https://bit.ly/2t8siO4

2018-06-20 – Child Care

  • The B.C. government to invest $750,000 in a grant program per year, over the next three years, to help create new child care spaces. Eligible unlicensed child care providers can now apply for financial assistance to become licensed family or in-home multi-age child care providers. Link: https://bit.ly/2z9gwIL

2018-06-28 – Indigenous, Communities, Support

  • Emergency Management BC (EMBC) and the Justice Institute of British Columbia provide emergency and social services training for First Nations communities. Link: https://bit.ly/2tUSD2D

2018-06-28 – Communities, Support

  • The B.C. government to support local governments throughout B.C. to meet their community’s needs, and provide basic services. Included are varied infrastructure projects, such as water and sewer upgrades, police resources and staffing, and public safety programs. Link: https://bit.ly/2KNfVOv

2018-06-29 – Economy, Employment

  • The federal and B.C. governments sign agreements that will provide the province with more than $2.5 billion over six years to invest in their workers. These agreements represent an increase in funding of more than $250 million over the period, compared with previous funding levels. Link: https://bit.ly/2KOnGUq

May 2018

2018-05-05 – Indigenous, Justice

  • Canada, B.C., Lheidli T’enneh initial treaty: Negotiators for the federal government, the B.C. government and the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation initial the Lheidli T’enneh Treaty in Prince George. Link: https://bit.ly/2u3ErDS

2018-05-06 – Health, Seniors, Caregiving, Care

  • Ministry of Health provides the Alzheimer Society of B.C. with $2.7 million to connect more people, families, and caregivers affected by dementia to community supports and services. Link: https://bit.ly/2tTkDUb

2018-05-09 – Youth, Health, Well-being, Support

  • Two organizations – Take a Hike Foundation and Right To Play – that help at-risk students improve their physical and mental well-being will each receive grants of $150,000 from the B.C. government. Link: https://bit.ly/2MKup22

2018-05-16 – Economy, Education

  • The B.C. government announces investment in tech-based research and advanced training opportunities in all parts of the province to help spark B.C. innovation, economic growth and new jobs. Over $102.6 million will go toward funding 75 post-secondary research projects in B.C., through the B.C. Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF). Link: https://bit.ly/2L6aEC9

2018-05-17 – Indigenous, Mental Health, Support

  • The federal government, the B.C. government and the First Nations Health Council (FNHC) are establishing a new approach to improve First Nation mental health wellness outcomes in B.C. As part of this new agreement, Canada, B.C. and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) will each invest $10 million over two years for a total funding commitment of $30 million. Link: https://bit.ly/2u6jGrb

2018-05-18 – Indigenous, Reconciliation, Inclusion

  • The six Tŝilhqot’in community names within the Tŝilhqot’in Nation have been adopted as official names within the B.C. government. The communities will now be correctly recognized as: Tl’esqox – also known as Tooseyè ʔEsdilagh – also known as Alexandria; Yuneŝit’in – also known as Stone; Tl’etinqox – also known as Anaham; Tŝi Deldel – also known as Redstone and Alexis Creek Indian Band; and Xeni Gwet’in – also known as Nemiah Valley. The Tŝilhqot’in names will now appear on provincial government resources, maps and databases. Link: https://bit.ly/2u0tt1G

2018-05-18 – Child Care, Family Finances

  • The B.C. government invests an additional $3 million over the next three years – on top of its annual funding of $1.6 million – to boost the monthly subsidy amount available to eligible young parents to up to $1,500 a month per child. To be eligible for the Young Parent Program (YPP), parents must be under the age of 24 years, have had their child on or before their 20th birthday and meet the eligibility criteria for the Child Care Subsidy program. Link: https://bit.ly/2KQYYT2

2018-05-23 – Health, Mental Health, Support

  • The B.C. government partners with Last Door Recovery Society as part of an ongoing public education campaign regarding drug and alcohol addiction. The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions will provide $50,000 in funding. Link: https://bit.ly/2Nra0jO

2018-05-23 – Community, Resilience, Culture

  • The B.C. government announces a $535,000 pilot program designed to enhance community engagement and strengthen resilience through arts and culture organizations in 55 communities around the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2lREPS0

2018-05-24 – Health, Care

  • The B.C. government launches new primary health-care strategy to deliver faster and improved access to health care for British Columbians in all parts of the province. Link: https://bit.ly/2KO6s9q

2018-05-24 – Indigenous, Education, Care

  • Indigenous children under 6 years of age, and their families, will benefit from a $30-million expansion of Aboriginal Head Start (AHS) programs that provide culturally based inclusive child care and early learning, family bonding and prevention services. Link: https://bit.ly/2Kuulqs

2018-05-25 – Women, Housing, Violence, Support

  • The B.C. government announces a $734-million investment over the next 10 years to build and operate new housing units for women fleeing violence. This includes transition houses, safe homes, second-stage and long-term housing. Link: https://bit.ly/2IS4y5O

2018-05-29 – Indigenous, Disability, Accessibility

  • British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS), Canada’s first and only stand-alone organization serving Indigenous peoples with disabilities, receives $180,000 to expand its navigation supports for Indigenous peoples with disabilities. Link: https://bit.ly/2MIoFWs

2018-05-30 – Disability, Accessibility

  • The B.C. government announces $500,000 in funding to support projects that will improve accessibility throughout the province. The funding will be distributed through a series of grants administered by Disability Alliance BC (DABC). Link: https://bit.ly/2KJyZAb

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Manitoba

June 2018

2018-06-06 – Child Care

  • The Manitoba government provides $424,000 toward a new pilot project at Winnipeg’s Child Protection Centre (CPC), to increase the number of medical and specialized assessments for children who are newly apprehended or at risk of coming into care of Child and Family Services. Link: https://bit.ly/2MJaQr1

2018-06-15 – Youth, Employment

  • The Manitoba government invests nearly $400,000 in a program to help students and youth gain employment skills and experience. Link: https://bit.ly/2KsSvSp

May 2018

2018-05-02 – Indigenous, Youth, Family Finances, Students, Support

  • The Manitoba government announces changes to the Manitoba Student Aid and Manitoba Bursary that will help more low-income and Indigenous students access funding. More than $8.6 million in new support will be available for students. Link: https://bit.ly/2KNnVPB

2018-05-14 – Mental Health, Support

  • The Manitoba government launches new mental health and addictions strategic plan, outlining a path to enhancing access to quality services, increasing co-ordination through community mobilization hubs and improving use of technology to ensure a seamless continuum of services. Link: https://bit.ly/2MOdU5e

2018-05-18 – Education, Health, Children

  • The Manitoba government provides free access for students and professionals across Manitoba to online learning resources on prenatal and child development. Link: https://bit.ly/2u4GAiG

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New Brunswick

June 2018

2018-06-22 – Indigenous, Education

  • The New Brunswick government announces $1.5 million in funding for experiential education opportunities for Indigenous university students over the next three years. Link: https://bit.ly/2u3glsN

2018-06-25 – Seniors, Demographics

  • The federal and New Brunswick governments launch a $75-million Healthy Seniors Pilot Project, which will focus on applied research initiatives to be carried out over the next three years. The project aims to improve understanding of the effects of aging and improve the aging experience for seniors and their loved ones. Link: https://bit.ly/2KlEVMC

2018-06-27 – Youth, Demographics, Caregiving, Support

May 2018

2018-05-28 – Caregivers, Seniors, Disability, Support

  • New benefit is announced for people who provide informal care to help seniors and people living with a disability remain independent. The non-taxable monthly benefit is available only to an eligible primary informal caregiver of a Social Development client receiving in-home services through the Long-Term Care or Disability Support Services programs. Link: https://bit.ly/2IXfMuP

2018-05-31 – Women, Equality, Support

  • The New Brunswick government doubles funding for the New Brunswick’s Women’s Council. The additional resources are intended to increase the council’s capacity to conduct research and publicize data on matters of importance to women’s equality. Link: https://bit.ly/2NkDC2l

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Newfoundland and Labrador

June 2018

2018-06-01 – Employment, Equality, Gender

  • The Newfoundland and Labrador government’s newly strengthened and modernized Harassment-Free Workplace Policy for core government employees is now in effect. Key elements of the policy include mandatory training focused on prevention, 90-day timeline for all harassment investigations and an updated definition of sexual harassment to include gender-based harassment. Link: https://bit.ly/2J8ewkE

2018-06-27 – Economy, Employment

  • The governments of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nunatsiavut invest more than $900,000 for two projects in Labrador, including an innovative social enterprise and an economic development conference to promote products and services in Labrador. Link: https://bit.ly/2MISzdl

2018-06-28 – Support

  • The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador sign a bilateral agreement of more than $4 million to fund innovative treatment options for problematic substance use. Link: https://bit.ly/2lUjFD6

May 2018

2018-05-15 – Children, Youth, Families

  • The Newfoundland and Labrador government introduces legislation that promotes the safety and well-being of children and youth. The new Children, Youth and Families Act will replace the Children and Youth Care and Protection Act. The new act builds on the principles of the previous act and is child and youth-centred, family-focused and culturally responsive. Link: https://bit.ly/2tPYjuT

2018-05-24 – Education, Children, Youth

  • The Newfoundland and Labrador government announces that over the next five years, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will provide $40,000 in funding annually for a K–6 Mathematics Bursary Program. Link: https://bit.ly/2tSfxaU

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Northwest Territories

June 2018

No updates for June 2018

May 2018

No updates for May 2018

 

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Nova Scotia

June 2018

2018-06-27 – Housing, Disability

  • The Nova Scotia government announces its commitment to develop eight community-based homes over two years for Nova Scotians with disabilities. Link: https://bit.ly/2u5JPpQ

2018-06-27 – Youth, Education, Inclusion

  • Students, children and families to benefit from more supports and services come September, when more inclusive education support specialists enter the classroom and 130 new pre-primary classes open. Link: http://bit.ly/2ISjS2G

May 2018

2018-05-04 – Communities, Communications

  • Residents in 64 rural and remote communities will get high-speed Internet access facilitated by a $26.4-million investment. Link: https://bit.ly/2zbJYOh

2018-05-16 – Disability, Accessibility, Employment, Support

  • Grants up to $50,000 awarded to 34 organizations to increase recreation, employment and day programming for Nova Scotians with disabilities. Link: https://bit.ly/2lRFRNS

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Nunavut

June 2018

No updates for June 2018

May 2018

No updates for May 2018

 

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Ontario

June 2018

No updates for June 2018

May 2018

2018-05-01 – Health, Disability, Health Care

  • The Ontario government to improve health care for adults with developmental disabilities through new supports for primary care providers, including family doctors. Link: https://bit.ly/2MLgglq

2018-05-03 – Mental Health, Youth, Well-being

  • The Ontario government invests in six new youth wellness hubs to help more youth access mental health and addictions services. Link: https://bit.ly/2joHktM

2018-05-04 – Indigenous, Care, Health

  • The Ontario government to create nearly 500 new long-term care beds for Indigenous community members across the province. These beds will deliver culturally appropriate care for Indigenous peoples, reduce wait times and meet the demands of an aging population. Link: https://bit.ly/2Np282d

2018-05-04 – Youth, Students, Employment, Disability

  • The Ontario government supports new initiative to help advance employment opportunities for students with disabilities. The initiative will develop accessible, innovative resources for students with disabilities, including: support and mentorship for entrepreneurial development; employment support, including connecting students to employers; and one-on-one coaching and mentoring for students. Link: https://bit.ly/2IRO3a7

2018-05-08 – Health, Care, Support

  • The Ontario government passes the Plan for Care and Opportunity Act (Budget Measures), 2018, which invests money toward health care, child care, home care and mental health. Link: https://bit.ly/2KGVR0p

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Prince Edward Island

June 2018

2018-06-18 – Community, Well-being, Health

  • The PEI government makes funding available to community-led wellness initiatives – up to $5,000 per project – that address pillars of the government’s Wellness Strategy, such as being physically active, healthy eating and mental health promotion. Link: http://bit.ly/2zcgRKU

2018-06-26 – Community, Seniors, Well-being, Health

  • Applications for provincial government funding offered to organizations and communities that work to improve the lives of Island seniors, with up to $5,000 available per project. Link: http://bit.ly/2ISRM7j

May 2018

2018-05-24 – Caregivers, Seniors, Demographics, Health, Support

  • The P.E.I. government releases the first-ever “Promoting Wellness, Preserving Health: A Provincial Action Plan for Seniors, Near Seniors, and Caregivers,” which will be enacted over the next three years. The plan’s priority pillars are to: develop and implement “Home First” age-in-place initiatives; incorporate an age-friendly approach to communities, housing, workforce, and health care facilities; address ageism and support active aging; and support upstream endeavours that address the social determinants of health. Link: https://bit.ly/2KIyeYo

2018-05-25 – Mental Health, Well-Being, Support

  • The Department of Health and Wellness, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, creates the Building Blocks of Hope – A Suicide Prevention Strategy for Prince Edward Island. The strategy’s three “building blocks of hope” are hearing, helping and healing. Link: https://bit.ly/2KOvTYF

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Quebec

June 2018

2018-06-04 – Youth, Education

  • The Quebec government unveils a series of measures to support the education and educational success of students in preschool and elementary education, with investments totaling nearly $130 million over five years. Link: http://bit.ly/2z9HXCx

2018-06-08 – Indigenous, Seniors

  • The Quebec government introduces five new measures, and $300,000 in funding, to improve the quality of life for Indigenous seniors. The measures underpin three specific areas of the Action Plan: improving services, developing the empowerment of individuals and communities, and fostering consultation and research. Link: http://bit.ly/2Nq0764

2018-06-12 – Housing

  • Bill 401 is introduced, which aims to better protect new homebuyers and co-owners. Link: http://bit.ly/2KwPlx3

2018-06-18 – Community, Economy, Well-being

  • The Quebec government announces $50.7 million investment to gradually increase funding (from now to 2022–2023) for community organizations that contribute to defending the social and economic rights of Quebecers. Link: http://bit.ly/2KOLN8N

2018-06-20 – Disability, Care, Support

  • The Quebec government eases eligibility criteria for the supplement for handicapped children requiring exceptional care needs, providing financial support to more families. Link: http://bit.ly/2lPwa2y

2018-06-22 – Youth, Health, Education

  • The Quebec government announces nearly $50 million in funding over five years for school boards to provide nutritious breakfast to students in disadvantaged elementary schools. Link: http://bit.ly/2No2i9W

2018-06-22 – Violence, Employment, Support

  • The Quebec government grants $6 million over the next three years to counter psychological and sexual harassment in the workplace. Link: http://bit.ly/2u1ARtZ

2018-06-27 – Employment, Well-being

  • In pursuit of its goal of improving the quality of life of families, the Quebec government announces two new programs that will promote family–work–study balance as well as a pilot project to improve the provision of daycare activities for workers and parent-students with atypical schedules. Link: http://bit.ly/2MJd0qD

2018-06-28 – Youth, Education, Equality, Accessibility

  • The Quebec government announces $29.3 million investment over five years to implement measures that will promote equal opportunities for all children, including access to educational child care services for children from disadvantaged or vulnerable backgrounds. Link: http://bit.ly/2zbQcxM

May 2018

2018-05-03 – Education

  • Nearly $1 million invested toward professional development and innovation in education projects. Link: https://bit.ly/2MP05Dv

2018-05-07 – LGBTQ

  • The Quebec government provides $475,000 to research chair on homophobia at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) to renew its mandate for the next five years. Link: https://bit.ly/2KvEQd3

2018-05-09 – Mobility, Disability, Accessibility, Inclusion

  • Paratransit subsidy program: The Quebec government renews and improves assistance for services for people with reduced mobility, with an increase of more than $11 million to the 2017 budget. Link: https://bit.ly/2ISRux3

2018-05-11 – Child Care, Education

  • The Quebec government announces launch of new online platform for continuing education and development for home child-care providers. Link: https://bit.ly/2tXm7wM

2018-05-15 – Education, Child Care

  • More than $40 million to be invested over five years toward consolidating practices in the educational child-care network. Link: https://bit.ly/2tSoIrI

2018-05-17 – Seniors, Home Care, Support

  • New certificate of studies is developed, with an investment of $4 million toward private assistance program for seniors. Link: https://bit.ly/2tUTWyK

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Saskatchewan

June 2018

2018-06-15– Economy, Employment

  • Saskatchewan’s minimum wage set to increase on October 1, 2018 to $11.06 an hour from $10.96 an hour. Link: http://bit.ly/2tUlXq5

2018-06-26 – Housing, Violence, Women, Support

  • The federal and Saskatchewan governments collaborate to improve housing options for victims of domestic violence. With a combined investment of more than $4.2 million through the Shelter Enhancement Program (SEP), funding will support 14 projects in nine Saskatchewan communities. Link: http://bit.ly/2MKfxAS

May 2018

2018-05-03 – Family Finances, Child Care

  • Program provides alternative for updating child support. Parents will be able to update their child support amounts with a faster and less costly way through the newly launched Saskatchewan Child Support Recalculation Service. Link: https://bit.ly/2sMwF0D

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Yukon

June 2018

2018-06-19 – Families, Children

  • Funded by $299,000 from the federal government’s Canadian Family Justice Fund, a Family Mediation pilot project comes to Yukon – an alternative to court that will help parents resolve child-related matters. Link: http://bit.ly/2IWd5oI

2018-06-20 – Disability, Support

  • The Yukon government launches a new initiative aimed at providing more support to families and individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. New staff dedicated to helping Yukoners navigate the health, social and education systems now available. Link: http://bit.ly/2lStiC0

May 2018

2018-05-08 – Mental Health, Support

  • The Yukon government launches new Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services branch. Link: https://bit.ly/2NsAtNI

2018-05-17 – Labour, Family Finances, Economy

  • New agreement with the federal government will see up to $7.4 million in programming and funding over five years to continue the development of Yukon’s farms, markets, community gardens and food processing and distribution infrastructure. Link: https://bit.ly/2KKTbhP

2018-05-23 – Indigenous, Reconciliation, Reparation

  • The Chiefs of Selkirk First Nation and the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, together with Minister Pauline Frost, officially signed off on the management plan for the Ddhaw Ghro Habitat Protection Area. The First Nation and territorial governments announced the formal establishment and legal protection of the Ddhaw Ghro Habitat Protection Area for present and future generations. Link: https://bit.ly/2Kv2erk

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