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.
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.
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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