EK Employment hosting event in honour of new initiative

A family-friendly event will be held on Aug. 14 at Fernie Aquatic Centre Splash Park to honour B.C. Single Parent Initiative.

EK Employment Elk Valley is hosting a family-friendly event at the Fernie Aquatic Centre Splash Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. Aug. 14. The event is in honour of a new initiative that is set to start in September. The B.C. Single Parent Initiative is a new program aimed at helping single parents find full time employment.

With the help of the program, single parents will be eligible for help with additional child care costs, transit costs to school and up to a year of funded training for in-demand jobs.

In concert with recent alterations to BC’s income assistant program, single parents may also be eligible for increased earning exemptions and supplemental health care coverage.

In a press release dated Aug. 10, event organizer Brenda Sutherland said she is hoping for ideal conditions for the afternoon event.

“We are hoping for sun and will have an information tent as well as activities for children.”

The initiative is set to begin in September. However, eligible parents can visit their local Work BC Employment Centre for any questions and to start with the paperwork process.