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B.C. families could see childcare costs cut by 50% by December

The federal and provincial governments are spending more money to help lower childcare costs for thousands of B.C. families and the savings will be in effect by Dec. 1. The province will be directly funding licensed child care centres. This means families won’t have to apply for the savings. B.C. government...

Stats Can Reports Tenants Continue Paying Over a Third of Income for Rent While Home Ownership Drops

As rents continue to increase, a large proportion of British Columbians are still spending more than a third of their income on shelter. The latest figures from Statistics Canada show that over 37 per cent of tenants were above that threshold in 2021. The good news, though, is that's lower than...

BC Assistance for Seniors Lags Behind Other Provinces

BC's Seniors Advocate made several recommendations on Thursday aimed at helping seniors living independently make ends meet financially. Isobel Mackenzie says the province’s subsidies for its senior citizens are lower than other provinces and fail to provide adequate assistance. “When we look, at exactly what is provided to support seniors living in the...

New Comox Valley Food Bank location to help more residents as food costs rise

The Comox Valley Food Bank has found a permanent home, which it says will help serve an increasing client base. The new home, just three doors down from its previous location, on McPhee Avenue boasts more warehouse space and a better flow for clients to get their necessities compared to...

Province invests in suicide care improvements

The B.C. government is spending $2 million to create a provincewide standard of care and training to help people with thoughts of suicide and self-harm. Provincial officials said a provincial framework will be developed based on best practices, local clinical knowledge and the perspectives of people with lived experiences. “When people...

Comox to get better high-speed internet as construction finishes: MLA

Better high-speed internet connections are coming to Comox as construction on a subsea fibre optic cable wraps up. Courtenay-Comox MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard. Leonard says projects finished in Comox and Williams Beach this week. The sites are a part of more than 26 landing sites where the fibre optic cables will come...
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