Young people who are transitioning out of government care can now get more money, thanks to a $30 million fund to the Young Adults program (AYA) program taking effect on Sunday.
The new funding brings some positive changes to the current program. For example, the program has increased its age limit by one year for eligible youth up to their 27th birthday and they can now get up to $1,250 per month if they are enrolled in a multi-year educational or vocational program.
The money could be used to cover costs in housing, health care, transportation and other living expenses.
The living cost in B.C. has risen by 13% since 2009 and the new changes in the program are intended to lessen the burden on young people in government care as they transition to independence.
To qualify for AYA funding, young people of ages 19-26 need to be either on a youth agreement, under a continuing custody order or in the guardianship of the director of adoption.
Youth who believe they may be eligible for the program can contact Ministry of Children or visit www.agedout.com for more information.