Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture visits CHANCES to announce an improvement to the Canada Child Benefit. Starting in July 2018, CCB benefits were increased annually to keep up with a higher cost of living and will be adjusted from year to year to account for inflation. In addition, the CCB puts dollars into the hands of parents struggling to meet the needs of their children. The CCB for recipients is a tax-free benefit.
Hon. Scott Brison Visits CHANCES
MP Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board of Canada, visited CHANCES Family Centre on Monday to promote the new parental leave benefit announced in the latest federal budget.
The new benefit offers an extra five weeks paid leave to the second parent in a two-parent household, when taken at the same time as the other parent. That goes up to eight weeks for parents using the extended, 18-month parental leave.
Scott Brison said, while parenting responsibilities are now shared more equally than in the past, he hopes the new parental leave benefit will contribute to reducing the traditional gender divide.
Verna Bruce, co-chair of the CHANCE Board of Directors, is happy to see efforts encourage both parents to take time off with their young children. She said spending time with children is especially beneficial during their earliest stages.
Andrew Cudmore, who attended the event at CHANCES, said the new leave benefit will be helpful for families like his. He said having the chance to spend time with his infant son at this stage in his life has helped them to bond.
“I know that when he gets upset, which happens from time to time … he’s quite happy whether it’s my wife or whether it’s I that comforts him,” Cudmore said.
CHANCES is very pleased to engage in a partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown to improve literacy outcomes for young children across PEI. Through their generous contribution of $5,000.00, the Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown will expand the capacity of CHANCES to offer young children and families who are experiencing greater life challenges, access to high quality educational books as early as possible in the child’s life. The development of early literacy skills in children begins in early childhood and is essential in supporting the child’s success in school and in life.
This initiative is consistent with Kiwanis International’s mission, which is “To improve the quality of life for children and families in our communities and worldwide.” This is a concrete example of how the dedication and support of the Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown makes an incredible difference to children and families in our Island community.
CHANCES Family Centre is a community based non-profit organization that offers programs for families with preschool aged children, including new parents-to-be. Whether you’re looking for a fun play-time outing with your children, suggestions on dealing with temper tantrums or an info packed pre-natal group, CHANCES offers a variety of programs in a fun, informal setting. Bring more joy and less stress into your family life by taking advantage of our free sessions.
CHANCES receives funding through a variety of sources including the Province of Prince Edward Island, the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation, The Windsor Foundation and Medavie Health Foundation. CHANCES also greatly appreciates the support it receives through generous donations from the community.