Province changes the way it funds child welfare

11.02.2019 16:05
By: Brad Gordon

Pallister government hopes move encourages more support for families, fewer children in province's care

Winnipeg, MB (CKLQ) - The Province is changing the way it funds child welfare agencies.

Starting in April, the province will adopt what is known as block funding, giving a set amount of money upfront to four regional authorities to oversee 24 child-welfare agencies.

Families Minister Heather Stefanson says the change will let agencies spend more on family support and prevention measures, instead of providing an incentive to place children in the province's care.

She claims block funding will ultimately allow families to access programs such as respite and financial support, without having to surrender their children into care.

The move follows a pilot project with eight agencies, and consultations with indigenous associations.

Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew says he's worried the government could use the change to cut funding to child welfare. as part of its drive to balance the provincial budget.