Help for single parents on welfare


Jobs Minister Shirley Bond, right, with a student
Photo – The Province of British Columbia

Help for single parents on welfare
Adapted from the Province of B.C. and The Vancouver Sun
by Nila Gopaul
Level 3

  Listen to “Help for single parents on welfare”– Level 3
Reading by Nila Gopaul

A new B.C. government program promises
to help single parents who are on welfare.
Starting on September 1, 2015,
these parents can stay on welfare
and get:

Free tuition for 12 months of training.
Training must be in 60 in-demand jobs,
such as cooking, baking, retail, office support work,
early childhood education, security and carpentry.

Free child care for 12 months and
for one more year after parents start their new jobs.
The new program will also
pay for transportation, medical and dental costs.

Did you know?
There are 16,000 single parent families
on welfare in B.C. 
About 90 per cent of these parents are women.
welfare:  income assistance; a government program
to help poor or unemployed people with food,
housing, medical costs, etc.

The December issue is out!


The front page – December 2014

Please click on the image to enlarge.
Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul
Special thanks to Quest Food Exchange

Quest helps
Level 1

Eddy Morten is blind. He cannot see.
He is also deaf. He cannot hear.

Eddy works at Quest.
Quest is the first food store in Canada
to have braille signs.

Braille is a way of reading and writing by touch.
A person touches raised dots.
At Quest, blind shoppers can shop easily.

A machine
There is a machine. It talks.
Shoppers hear the price.
They hear the name of the food.

One blind man said,
“I am 42 years old. I never knew there were yellow peppers.”

Listen to the story – Level 1
Reading by Jessica Heafey

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