Special needs children in the Alberni Valley will have improved access to programs and services after a funding increase from the BC government.
Mid-Island / Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser said he’s been working on the issue for more than a decade, fighting for special needs students after the former government cut funding.
He said yesterday’s announcement will help Alberni children and families get the specialized help they need.
Fraser said the Port Alberni Association for Community Living and the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council are 2 of 83 organizations across the province that will share in $30 million over the next 3 years, and is part of $153 million in federal funds for Early Learning and Child Care.
He said funding has been too limited in the past, and will include funding for care-aids and support workers so special needs children can take part in more programs and activities.