Monday, April 9, 2018


   A federal fund launched to help the parents of murdered or missing children through income support has delivered a paltry number of payouts, despite the Liberal government's vow to better promote and manage the program.
    Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves​ Duclos promised to improve outreach efforts and overhaul the granting process after a review last summer showed administration costs for the Parents of Missing or Murdered Children (PMMC) granting program were about 14 times the sum of the actual grants.
    Since then, the total of the program's income support grants has gone down, not up.
    According to statistics provided to CBC by his office, 12 applications were submitted to the program in the 2017-2018 fiscal year; nine of them were approved. Total payments came to $86,450 — less than one per cent of the $10 million available in the annual fund.

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