Parent Info

Parent Paperwork • Navigating Forms

  • Registering The Birth

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

  • 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 Passport

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

  • Updating your Family Will

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

  • Applying for a SIN #

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

  • 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.

Medical Care • Your Family’s Health

  • BC Care Card

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

  • Adding Baby to Benefits

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Immunizations

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

  • Finding a Doctor

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

Government Programs • Family Services

  • Child Care Support

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

  • Financial Assistance

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

  • Housing Subsidy

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

  • 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.

  • Fitness Tax Benefit

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

Maternity & Parental Leave • Bonding with your Baby

  • Leaving Work

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

Parent Support • Parent S.O.S

  • Pacific Post Partum Soc.

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

  • 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.

  • Parent Support Services

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

Child Care • Finding Reliable Help

  • 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.

  • 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.

Travelling • Away We Go!

  • Before You Leave

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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