A move from the Ministry of Children and Family Development will see former youth under government care get better support in the form of financial planning, healthy living and employ-ability.
The Agreement with Young Adults program benefits youth from the ages of 19 to 24-years-old from when they age out of care.
Now, Minister Stephanie Cadieux says the MCFD is going to boost the age to 26 years old.
“We’re doubling the amount of time youth can receive AYA supports from two to four years. We are also increasing the age of eligibility.”
The program also covers living expenses, tuition, and health care.
“Sometimes kids aren’t ready at 19 to decide what they want to do with their life and they may need to come back a little later for support. Secondly, most post-secondary programs are four years.”
Cadieux estimates about 500 youth will take up the extended support.
CKNW has reached out to the province’s Children’s watch dog Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond for comment.