Disability Services families to receive additional support

Disability Services families are receiving additional funding to help support them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible families will receive an additional $250 to $400 per month to help pay for supports, as there has been a significant reduction of services available in the community due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community supports and services that are typically available include schools, day programs and recreation facilities. These facilities are currently unavailable or more difficult to access.

Funding can help pay for services such as respite care, child care or housekeeping, or for specialized equipment or supplies. This additional funding will be provided from June to August 2020.

This funding will reduce stress and financial burdens for families supporting children, youth or an adult with a disability who are being disproportionally impacted by the reduction of community support during the COVID-19 crisis. Many of the typical supports families rely on have not been available. This temporary funding will help them through this challenging time.

Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost

Quick facts 
  • Disability Services provides supports to people with disabilities and their families or caregivers. It provides supports for both children and adults.

  • Disability Services families will receive an additional $400 per month.

  • Disability Services coordinates an Approved Home Caregiver program. These providers will receive an additional $250 per month.

  • There are currently 221 families accessing supports and services through Disability Services, and 22 Approved Home Caregivers.

Contact 

Matthew Cameron
Cabinet Communications
867-393-7136
matthew.cameron@gov.yk.ca

Michael Edwards
Communications, Health and Social Services
867-667-8539
michael.edwards@gov.yk.ca

News release #: 
20-156