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The province has picked Kamloops for a pilot project to help modernize the emergency social services program. 

Emergency Management B.C. is working to digitize and modernize the current emergency services program, a City of Kamloops media release says.

Emergency Social Services provides short-term assistance to people who are forced from their homes due to fires, floods or other emergencies. Some of the services offered include food, lodging, clothes, emotional support and reuniting families.

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The Canadian government has introduced a new parental sharing benefit this month (March 2019), to enable birth, adoptive and same-sex parents to share childcare responsibilities more equally. The Employment Insurance (EI) parental sharing benefit, which was initially announced during Canada’s 2018 Budget, became effective from 17 March 2019. This increases the standard duration of parental benefits from 35 weeks to 40 weeks, and lengthens the extended duration of parental benefits from 61 weeks to 69 weeks.

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B.C.’s NDP government recast 18 months worth of its accomplishments on housing, child care and social assistance on Monday into a newly titled poverty reduction plan that left advocates looking for bold action disappointed.

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Vancouver city council on Thursday unanimously approved a rezoning application that clears the way for a large detox and social housing complex in east Vancouver.

The approval came after a two-day public hearing that saw dozens of speakers give support and voice opposition to the project, which is being touted as the largest of its kind in B.C. and is designed to address the twin affordability and addiction crises.

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The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) released its 2018 Hunger Report today which revealed 501,590 individuals turned to a food bank last year alone.

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People receiving disability support from the Ontario government will be able to keep more of the money they earn as part of the province’s overhaul of social assistance, but critics say it will be harder to qualify for help.

Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod laid out a broad vision for social assistance under the Progressive Conservatives on Thursday, promising to cut red tape and encourage people to get back in the job market with a series of changes scheduled to take place over the next 18 months.

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Expecting women in Saskatchewan are now entitled to take more maternity leave. New changes by the government allow moms-to-be to take 19 weeks of maternity leave, an increase from 18 weeks. This means Saskatchewan is now leading the way in Canada, offering the longest maternity and adoption leave in the country. A total of 78 weeks of leave will be available to new mothers or can be shared between parents. On top of the 19-week maternity leave, the province will extend parental leave from 34 to 59 weeks for the mother of a child, if she chooses to take the full leave.

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Seasonal workers in certain areas of the country will get up to five more weeks of employment insurance benefits under a $189 million pilot project announced Monday by Ottawa. An estimated 51,500 workers -- in parts of Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Yukon -- will benefit from the extra weeks of employment insurance.

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The federal government is to be congratulated on its just-released Poverty Reduction Strategy. The strategy itself, running to more than 100 pages, endorses the idea of an official poverty line, relieving Statistics Canada from the impossible task of finding a purely statistical basis for defining and measuring poverty.

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