Parent Info


Parent Paperwork

Planning for the Future

A Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) is a special savings accout to help you save for a child’s education after high school.

Updating your Family Will

A legal will is an important document for new parents should something happen to you or your partner.

Birth Certificate

A birth certificate is used for official identification and as proof of a person’s legal name, date, and place of birth.

Applying for a SIN #

A SIN is a nine-digit number used in the administration of various Canadian government programs.

Applying for a Passport

Obtaining a passport for your new baby or child isn’t that hard to do.

Registering the Birth

The birth registration creates a legal record of your baby’s birth and legal name.

Medical Care

Finding a Doctor

Finding a reliable and trusting doctor is important for the whole family.

Dental Care

As a parent, you have a big role to play in keeping your child’s teeth healthy and clean. You can help early tooth problems.

Adding Baby to Benefits

By learning more about your health benefits, new parents can take advantage of all the services their plan offers.

Immunizations

As a parent, you want to help protect your child from harmful infections and illnesses.

Eye Care for the Family

A young child’s formative years are vital ones. Their visual abilities play a large role in this early development.

BC Care Card

A BC CareCard provides a unique lifetime identifier for health care for the new member of your family.

Government Programs

Co-op Housing

A housing co-operative is a legal association formed for the purpose of providing homes to its members on a continuing basis.

Financial Assistance

Canada’s Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) Plan provides families with resources to help balance work and family.

Fitness Tax Benefit

Encouraging families to help their children to become physically active is an important goal.

Housing Subsidy

Subsidized housing is where the provincial government provides subsidy or rental assistance for families.

Child Care Support

The Child Care Subsidy is a monthly payment that helps British Columbia families meet the costs of child care.

Maternity & Parental Leave

Applying for Benefits

Employment Insurance (EI) provides Maternity and Parental Benefits to individuals who are pregnant, have given birth, are adopting, or caring for a newborn.

Leaving Work

Two different kinds of leave from work are available for parents: maternity leave and parental leave.

Parent Support

Parent Support Services

Parent Support Services is a non-profit, volunteer-based society and registered charity founded in 1974.

Twins, Triplets + Support

Muliple births can be physically draining on family members in a number of ways. Finding support from others can help during this time.

Websites & Hotlines

This section provides various telephone hotlines as well as web sites targeted towards parents and families.

Pacific Post Partum Soc.

A non-profit organization that supports mothers who may be suffering from post-partum depression or the baby blues.

Child Care

Babysitting

What do you need to know? Spending time apart from your kids is a good thing, but finding reliable help can make it more enjoyable.

Start a Babysitting Co-op

Ever wanted to run an errand, go to the doctor, attend a meeting, go shopping, or see a movie with your spouse or friend without having to have a child in tow.

Finding the Right Options

Finding the right Day Care, Home Care or Group Centres can influence health, well-being and learning skills in a child.

Travelling

By Ferry

You’ll find traveling on a ferry a really nice experience. Once you’ve boarded and found a seat, just sit back & watch the scenery.

By Car

Ready, Set, Go! Being in the car with your kids is a wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time with them.

By Plane

Up, Up and Away! Plane travel doesn’t have to be stressful, if you prepare ahead of time.

Before You Leave

Travelling with kids can be a challenge, as any parent knows. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the stress and nerves.