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Cabinet Shuffle Contradicts Commitment to Community Living

Summary: 
Premier Gordon Campbell announced changes in the provincial cabinet on Monday, June 23, 2008. Responsibility for children and youth with special needs has been shifted from Community Living BC to the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

The provincial government has turned its back on its agreement to put into action the community's vision of a having a seamless life-long system of support for children and youth with special needs, adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

The Premier's decision completely separates government responsibilities for children and youth with special needs from adult community living services by dividing the system into two Ministries:

  • Adult Community Living Services (and responsibility for Community Living BC[CLBC]) have been moved to the newly created Ministry of Housing and Social Development.
  • Responsibility for children and youth with special needs, including the programs for children with special needs currently at CLBC, have been moved back to the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

In a recent BCACL survey 92.9 per cent of people who responded across the province said that they believe CLBC should provide one seamless system of support for children and youth with special needs, adults with developmental disabilities and their families, across their lifespan.

Click here to read BCACL's June 24 press release, "Divided and Compromised: Cabinet Shuffle Contradicts Commitment to Community Living.”

Click on the links below for more information:

Letter from Minister Christensen and Minister Coleman dated July 3, 2008

Letter to the Premier from BCACL President, Rory Summers