Breaking News: BC Government reverses decision on Autism Funding
On Friday, November 25, 2022, Premier David Eby announced a reversal of MCFD decision to discontinue individualized Autism Funding in 2025 and committed to maintaining individualized autism funding, engaging in deeper consultation for a new funding and service model for children and youth with support needs. See the press release here.
ACT is committed to encouraging the autism community to advocate for the needs of all children with diverse abilities or disabilities to be funded. There are strong signs that the disability community will stand together in the future.
Individualized funding for autism to be phased out by 2025 and replaced with community service hubs.
On October 27, 2021, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) announced the end of individualized funding, effective 2025. This will affect the Autism Funding Programs and school-age extended therapy benefits. See the original media release.
Many families across disabilities are highly critical of MCFD’s proposed Framework for Children and Youth with Support Needs (CYSN) policy. However, there is time to develop a community response to this initiative. ACT is working with our community partners across disabilities to develop a cross sector response. We will be posting information on this page as it becomes available.
Community Initiatives & Events
There are a number of initiatives and events being organized. Check ACT’s Facebook for the latest updates.
Sign the Petition
Facebook Advocacy Groups
- None scheduled at this time.
- Thursday, October 27, 2022
Protest at Vancouver-Point Grey MLA David Eby’s office
Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm
[Register with the organizer]
- Friday, April 29, 2022
Province-wide rally at local NDP MLA Offices
See event details.
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
[Register with BC Autism Advocacy]
- Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Rally at the BC Legislature in Victoria to demand community consultation and reconsideration of the CYSN framework.
[Register via Eventbrite]
- Friday, December 3, 2021
Rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia Street)
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
- Thursday, November 25, 2021
Rally at the BC Legislature in Victoria to enable those with disabilities to thrive across government funded systems.
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
[Register with BCEd Access]
- Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Rally at the BC Legislature in Victoria in support of Individualized Funding
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
[Register with Autism Support Network]
- None scheduled at this time.
- November 26 to December 2, 2021
Daily Lunch Hour Teach-ins
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Live discussions with organizations and families sharing how the barriers to access to equitable education intersect with all the other systems. [Contact BCED Access: [email protected]]
Advocacy Tips from ACT
Advice on how to advocate on a system-wide basis so that all citizens across disabilities receive the support they need.
Translated Advocacy Tips
ACT has partnered with supporters to translate our advocacy tips. Now available in Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Punjabi, Farsi, Hindi, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
ACT received messages and questions from nearly 500 families following the October 27 announcement.
Statements from ACT
See ACT’s statements in the wake of the announcement. We will keep this section updated as our advocacy work continues.
- September 6, 2022: Implementing the Family Connections Centres in British Columbia: Perspectives of Professionals on the Registry of Autism Service Providers
- February 8, 2022: Analysis identifies serious flaws in MCFD’s proposed tools for determining how children with disabilities qualify for support
- December 10, 2021: On International Human Rights Day: A Letter from a Parent to Premier Horgan
- December 3, 2021: 34 Disability Organizations Unite for Letter to Minister Dean Regarding CYSN Framework
- December 2, 2021: MCFD’s Consultation Process – Light on transparency, heavy on control
- November 18, 2021: Opposition to MCFD Framework Grows: Petition, Rallies in Victoria and Vancouver
- November 9, 2021: CKNW interview with Executive Director Deborah Pugh [Audio Vault: Nov 9, 3:14pm]
- November 8, 2021: Letter to Minister Dean regarding CYSN Framework & Funding Changes
- November 3, 2021: Response from 500 families to MCFD’s plan to phase out Autism Funding
- October 28, 2021: CBC’s “On the Coast” interview with Executive Director Deborah Pugh
- October 28, 2021: Confusion Over Need for Diagnosis Follows MCFD’s Announcement on Autism Funding
- October 27, 2021: What is your response to MCFD’s Announcement cancelling Autism Funding in 2025?
Responses from Other Organizations
Statements from the British Columbia Disability Collective, a group of BC-based organizations, clinicians, researchers, and businesses, including ACT:
- February 8, 2022: Analysis identifies serious shortcomings in province’s proposed tools for determining which children with disabilities qualify for support
- December 3, 2021: Second Letter to Minster Dean regarding CYSN Framework (34 organizations)
- November 8, 2021: Letter to Minister Dean regarding CYSN Framework (8 organizations)
Statements about the proposed framework from organizations that serve families across disabilities:
- Autism BC [Resource page: MCFD’s Autism Funding Changes and Family Hubs: What you need to know and What you can do]
- Autism Support Network
- British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis (BC-ABA)
- BC Disability
- Down Syndrome BC
- Family Support Institute BC [November 5 Update]
- First Nations Leadership Council
- Representative of Children and Youth
- Speech and Hearing BC
- Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC)
A selection of media coverage on the new MCFD framework. Follow ACT’s Facebook for the latest.
- November 30, 2022: Parents of kids with disabilities demand similar support as B.C. restores autism funding
- November 25, 2022: Families express relief as B.C. retracts plan to scrap individualized funding for children with autism
- October 5, 2022: B.C. pushes ahead with what parents call ‘clawback of care’ for autistic children
- September 15, 2022: Critics voice concerns with B.C. government’s new service model for children with disabilities
- September 6, 2022: 75% of B.C. autism service providers say care will be compromised under new hub model
- May 16, 2022: B.C. to launch ‘circle of care’ for neurodiverse kids but parents, experts concerned over staffing, assessment
- April 29, 2022: Parents of children with autism seek to avoid ‘disaster,’ protest B.C.’s new funding model
- February 22, 2022: B.C. Budget: Transition to controversial autism funding model to cost $172M
- February 19, 2022: Parents of kids with autism in small B.C. communities want more clarity around changes to supports, funding
- January 19, 2022: NDP government should fund families, not ministry
- December 14, 2021: Vancouver Island autism support providers blindsided by provincial funding changes
- November 24, 2021: ‘Condemned to a waitlist’ says B.C. parent protesting changes to autism funding
- November 24, 2021: Consultatio post facto (First Nations Leadership Council response)
- November 23, 2021: Therapist shortage could hinder new disability-support system for children
- November 12, 2021: Local mother outraged after Province monopolizes autism funding
- November 11, 2021: Provincial government’s changes to autism funding are unscientific and discriminatory
- November 10, 2021: ‘No faith’: B.C. autism community says they can’t support funding changes without consultation
- November 4, 2021: Concern and outrage after changes to BC’s autism funding system
- November 4, 2021: B.C. minister under fire for changes to child diverse needs support
- November 2, 2021: Opinion: BC funding cuts a critical blow for people with autism
- October 29, 2021: B.C. parents worry kids will suffer with changes to autism funding
- October 28, 2021: Planned changes to B.C. autism funding met with growing backlash
- October 27, 2021: Advocates raise concerns as B.C. moves to new support model for children with disabilities
Updates from MCFD
Announcements and resources from MCFD on the CYSN framework. ACT will continue to update this section with information as it becomes available.
MCFD’s CYSN “Engagement” Updates
MCFD’s Framework Guides
- Service Framework and Service Descriptions Summary (Updated May 12, 2022)
- Sommaire du cadre et des descriptions de service (French)
- 服务架构及服务说明概览 (Simplified Chinese)
- 服務框架和服務描述摘要 (Traditional Chinese)
- ਸੇਵਾ ਫਰੇਮਵਰਕ ਅਤੇ ਸੇਵਾ ਵਰਣਨ ਸੰਖੇਪ (Punjabi)
- Balangkas ng Serbisyo at Buod ng mga Paglalarawan ng Serbisyo (Tagalog)
- Family Connections Centres (Updated May 28, 2022)
- Frequency Asked Questions – Family Connection Centres (Updated August 10, 2022)
- Disability Services (Updated April 1, 2022)
- Provincial Services
- Appendices, Glossary of Terms, Bibliography
MCFD Releases on the Selection of Family Connection Centres
- Press Release: Process begins to select family connections centres (May 10, 2022)
- CYSN RFP Process Information Session (Recorded on May 19, 2022)
Other MCFD Resources for Families and Professionals
- Family Connections Centres to support families, children and youth with support needs (Updated January 19, 2022)
- What to expect during the change to Family Connections Centres (Updated January 17, 2022)
- Information for service providers assisting children and youth with support needs (Updated June 1, 2022)
- MCFD Resource Line: Call 1-833-882-0024.
Past Releases and Resources from MCFD
- Survey: “Children and Youth with Support Needs Framework Engagement” (closed September 9, 2022)
- October 27 Media Release
- October 27 Press Conference Recording
- 2019 Consultation: Summary of engagement and research findings
- Frequency Asked Questions (FAQ) document (Published November 15, 2021)