Ministry of Children and Family Development
- The Ministry of Children and Family Development is committed to having healthy children and families living in safe, caring and inclusive communities.
Northern Health Authority - Northern Health is responsible for the delivery of health care across Northern British
Columbia, including acute care, mental health, public health, addictions, and home and community care. The Authority was introduced on December 12, 2001, as part of the provincial government's health
care restructuring. It combines 16 former health organizations into one unified body.
Canada Prenatal Nutrition Programme - CPNP enhances access to services and
strengthens inter-sectoral collaboration to support the needs of pregnant women facing conditions of risk. As a comprehensive program, the services provided include food supplementation, nutrition
counselling, support, education, referral and counselling on health and lifestyle issues.
Ministry of State for Early Childhood Development - British Columbia is one of the only
provinces in Canada that has given Early Childhood Development ministerial status. This site lists programmes and initiatives funded under this ministry.
Ministry of Education: Special Education - The goal of the BC school system is to support the intellectual
development of all students, including those with special needs. Enabling all students to achieve the goals of human, social and career development is a responsibility shared by schools, families and
BC - HealthLink
BC is an exciting new service offered by the Government of British Columbia that
allows residents an opportunity to contact a range of registered health
professionals by simply dialing 8-1-1 or visiting www.healthlinkbc.ca.
This new service combines a number of trusted health resources, including: BC
NurseLine, BC HealthGuide, Dial-A-Dietitian, and Pharmacist-After-Hours, into
one comprehensive resource that is easily accessible by all British Columbians.
Research & Best Practices Links
Centre for Childhood Disability Research - Seeks to maximize the life quality of children and youth with disabilities and
Human Early Learning Programme - HELP is a network of faculty, researchers and graduate students from British Columbia's four
major universities. HELP facilitates the creation of new knowledge, and helps apply this knowledge in the community by working directly with government and communities.
Centre of Excellence for Children and Youth with Special Needs - Ensure that advanced knowledge about children and adolescents
with special needs living in rural, remote and northern locations is disseminated effectively to those who need it most.
Invest in Kids - A national, charitable organization dedicated to ensuring the healthy social, emotional and intellectual
development of children from birth to age five by strengthening the parenting knowledge, skills and confidence of all those who touch the lives of Canada's youngest children.
The Developmental Progress Clinic - Provides multidisciplinary neurodevelopmental evaluation,
intervention services and information about infants and children identified as "at-risk" for neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Down Syndrome Research Foundation - This site provides detailed research based information suitable for professionals and Parents of
people with Downs Syndrome.
Learning Framework - This pdf has been developed as a cross
ministry initiative by the Ministries of Children and Family Development,
Education and Health.
Advocacy and Coalition Links
BC Council for Families The Council - Founded in the spirit of collaboration and, for the past 25 years, we have continued to
work with other organizations toward the common purpose of strengthening and supporting families.
Charity Village - Canada's supersite for the non-profit sector --- 3,000 pages of news, jobs, information and resources for
executives, staffers, donors, and volunteers.
The BC Association for Child Development and Intervention - A provincial association of agencies which provide child development
and therapy services to children with special needs and their families in British Columbia.
First Call - A cross-sectoral, non-partisan coalition in BC. Our coalition is made up of over 60 provincial organizations and 25
mobilizing communities. In addition, we have a network of thousands of community groups and individuals.
Family Support Institute of BC - The Family Support Institute is a province-wide organization whose purpose is to strengthen
and support families faced with the extraordinary circumstances that come with having a family member who has a disability.
Hoofbeats Assisted Activity Program Society - CHAAPS is a non-profit
society located in Quesnel, British Columbia. The program offers educational
and therapeutic programs with horses and dogs (Animal Assisted Therapy) to
help people with physical, mental, emotional and social challenges. Our
program is committed to improving the quality of life for people with these
challenges, children, youth, adults and seniors.
the North - The goal of the project is to assist 41 communities and
regional districts to develop livable, senior-friendly, disability-friendly,
universally designed communities. With strong support through Northern BC, the
project assists communities through locally controlled initiatives that will
potentially increase participation of seniors and people with disabilities,
employment rates, tourism opportunities, economic development, sustainability,
retirement living and cooperative ventures.
Up Quesnel Strategic Report
Society - This web site is a collaboration between the North Cariboo
Aboriginal Family Program Society and the Quesnel Child, Youth and Family
Network Society. These sponsoring organizations support and encourage the
well-being of children, youth and families. The purpose of this site is to
provide comprehensive and current information on child, youth and family
services in the North Cariboo.
Professional Associations and Programme Links
Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists - CASLPA is the single national body that
supports the needs, interests and development of speech-language pathologists and audiologists across Canada.
The British Columbia Society of Occupational Therapists - BCSOT is the provincial professional association representing occupational
therapists in British Columbia.
The Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia - Provides leadership and direction to the physiotherapy profession, fosters
excellence in practice, education and research and promotes high standards of health in British Columbia.
The Infant Development Program - Serves children from birth to three years old, who are at risk for, or who already have a delay in
development. Programs are available throughout British Columbia. Each program brings parents and professionals together to help children overcome developmental difficulties.
Aboriginal Infant Development Program Consultants - Works together with families to support the growth and development of aboriginal
children during their most important years of development birth - 3.
Supported Child Development Programme - SCDP is a community-based program that assists families of children with extra support needs to
access inclusive child care that meets family needs. The program is intended to serve children from birth to 12, with services for youth 13 - 19 years available in some communities.
The Quesnel Community Autism Committee - Purpose is to enhance services for children in the autism spectrum by coordinating and
sharing resources and working together in the most efficient manner.
BC Epilepsy Society
- The BC Epilepsy Society is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated
to serving British Columbians living with epilepsy, and their families. We
also work with educators and other organizations to build awareness about
epilepsy related issues, and to increase people's knowledge about the more
than 40 different disorders and appropriate first aid.
Child Development Centres in British Columbia
Prince George Child Development Centre
Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre
Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre
Ridge Meadows Child Development Centre
South Fraser Child Development Centre
Comox Valley Child Development Association
Nanaimo Child Development Centre
Child Development Centre