Help for single parents on welfare


Jobs Minister Shirley Bond, right, with a student
Photo – The Province of British Columbia

Help for single parents on welfare
Adapted from the Province of B.C. and The Vancouver Sun
by Nila Gopaul
Level 3

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A new B.C. government program promises
to help single parents who are on welfare.
Starting on September 1, 2015,
these parents can stay on welfare
and get:

Free tuition for 12 months of training.
Training must be in 60 in-demand jobs,
such as cooking, baking, retail, office support work,
early childhood education, security and carpentry.

Free child care for 12 months and
for one more year after parents start their new jobs.
The new program will also
pay for transportation, medical and dental costs.

Did you know?
There are 16,000 single parent families
on welfare in B.C. 
About 90 per cent of these parents are women.
welfare:  income assistance; a government program
to help poor or unemployed people with food,
housing, medical costs, etc.

Wilbur the pig


Wilbur plays with dogs.
Photo by Wayne Leidenfrost/The Province

Wilbur the pig
Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul
Level 1

Listen to “Wilbur the pig” – Level 1
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Wilbur has a good life now.
He lives at a dog day care
in Vancouver.
The day care is called
Canine Adventure Den.

His owner, Kirsty MacGregor,
found Wilbur on the Internet.
Wilbur lived in Edmonton, Alberta.
He was sick, small and weak.
Wilbur weighed only eight kilograms (kg).

Kirsty “fell in love” with Wilbur.
She wanted to keep him.
Her husband said,
“‘Don’t do it!'”

Kirsty took Wilbur home.
Today he weighs 34 kg.

Pig 2

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