Emergency COVID-19 Supports

Youth in Care

  • If you have turned 19, or are turning 19, between April 1 2020 and March 31, 2021, you will be able to stay where you are during the pandemic, where possible.
  • Your social worker will help you to sign an agreement with your caregivers that will extend your current living arrangements until March 31, 2021, as long as you and your caregiver are in agreement with this plan.
  • Your legal status will still end, and you will not be considered “in care” anymore.
  • Regardless of these measures, it may makes sense for you to transition to adult services as previously planned, but this can be discussed with your Social Worker.

Youth on Independent Living and Youth Agreements

  • If you are currently on an Independent Living Agreement or a Youth Agreement and you have turned 19, or are turning 19 during the COVID-19 pandemic, your Agreement can be extended to March 31, 2021 and you will continue to receive funding to cover your housing costs and living expenses.
  • Your coverage for MSP, Pharmacare, medical supplies and Pacific Blue Cross benefit, including optical and dental will remain in place.
  • You may already have plans in place to transition into the Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) Program. You can still transition into this program as planned.
  • Talk to your social worker about the emergency support available to you through the pandemic.

Youth in Care Transitioning to CLBC

  • If you are turning 19 and are to be transitioning to CLBC services, you might be supported to maintain your current placement during the pandemic, where appropriate.
  • CLBC and SCCFS will work closely with you to ensure a smooth transition.

Youth Who Have Recently Aged Out of Care or a Youth Agreement

  • If you aged out of care or a Youth Agreement anytime since January 1, 2020 we are here to support you!
  • You may qualify for the Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) Program. A new Temporary Life Skills Program has been made available and provides increased options for young people who qualify for AYA, including virtual opportunities.
  • You will need to commit to 5 hours of programming each week for 12 weeks.
  • We can also support you to access federal and/or provincial benefits that have been made available in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agreements with Young Adults (AYA)

  • If you are currently in the AYA Program, your funding will not be impacted during the pandemic, even if there were interruptions to your programming.
  • If you are currently in the AYA program and you are turning 27 soon, you do not need to worry, there are options for you to remain on the program.
  • A new Temporary Life Skills Program has been made available and provides increased opportunities for young people who qualify for the AYA Program, including cultural learning, virtual and online opportunities, until September 30, 2021. There has also been increased flexibility in the number of required programming hours.
  • As of October 1, 2020, more flexibility to access mental health supports, including cultural healing and wellness, are also available for young adults under the AYA rehabilitative program area. This will be available until September 30, 2021.
  • For information on AYA, visit: https://agedout.com/education/beyond-bursaries-aya-program.
    If you are an urban Indigenous youth or young adult who needs support during the COVID-19 pandemic, please call our office at (250) 383-2990 or toll free at 1-855-383-2990.

You can also contact the BC Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) to learn more about supports available to you at 1-800-476-3933 or by email at rcy@rcybc.ca.

Provincial Centralized Screening staff are available 24/7 to support you and can be reached at 1-800-663-9122.