Social Development

Social Development

Social Development provides financial support to adults and dependents and is meant as a last resort.

  In particular, Social Development:

  • Administers according to the Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) Social Development Policy & Procedures Manual
  • Administers Social Development payments directly to members
  • Administers Child Out of Parental Home benefits (formerly Guardian Financial Assistance)
  • Administers the National Child Benefit Reinvestment program funding
  • Provide support to clients who secure employment
  • Individual Opportunities Program is part of the Social Development team and provides programming and services to family units
  • Quw’utsun Employment & Training is part of Social Development and provides services to members
  • Refers members Cowichan Tribes' services/programs such as Quw’utsun Syuw’entst Lelum, Ts’ewulhtun Health, Lalum’utul Smuneem Child & Family Services, and Sustainable Housing Department
  • Works with Cowichan Tribes Departments to address client/member needs
  • Refers members to external agencies
  • Has a Lunch Program team and delivers lunches to schools within the Cowichan Valley
  • Completes proposals to secure funding and implement program to Social Development clients with goal of securing employment or accessing Post-Secondary Education funding


The Social Development team includes:

A Social Development Manager with five Band Social Development Workers (BSDWs), one Intake Worker, and one Clerk/Receptionist administer the Social Development program.  Revenue comes from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) through Comprehensive Funding Agreement.

Quw’utsun Employment & Training (QET) Program has a QET Coordinator and one QET Intake Worker

Pre-Employment Support Program (PES) has a Coordinator, Special Projects Worker, and Administrative Assistant.

Individual Opportunities Program (IOP) has one IOP Advisor. 

Income Assistance
• Applicants work with an Intake worker to complete the application and required documents.
• Then the applicant is then referred to a BSDW. BSDW assesses the application & documents for eligibility.
• There four different categories of income assistance: Employable singles, families & couples, Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers to Employment and Persons with Disabilities.

Pre-Employment Supports Program (PES):
PES accepts referrals from Social Development Band social development workers. The PES staff work with clients and help them address barriers. The goal of this program is to move the member forward towards employment through a Mandatory Action Plan (MAP).
We provide training opportunities in the client’s main interest area. We also provide work experience op- portunities to help clients better understand how to be successful in the workplace. 
Literacy and numeracy and skills play a key role in helping clients to expand their opportunities for employment. The pre- employment readiness program includes:

  • home/worklife balance,
  • problem solving,
  • professionalism in the workplace, and
  • other areas to understanding of the impact and benefit of working.

At this time, we are only working with clients who are on income assistance.

Designated Band Representatives (DBR’s):
• Participate on behalf of Cowichan Tribes child(ren) and youth in all areas of Child Welfare including Cowichan Tribes Advisory Committee Meetings, adoptions, permanency planning, child safety, investigations, guardian- ship, foster care, providing input and advocacy for youth in high risk situations and for children and youth in care.
• Participate and ensure proper cultural planning and supports are part of the child’s plan of care and updated with the child, and including the family for their input.
• Participate and support the decision making process with adoption, aging out.
• CT DBR support all Cowichan Tribes members on/off reserve.
• Participate in all family meetings, child, youth interviews, care plan meetings, mediation, as support/advocate.

5760 Allenby Road
Duncan, BC   V9L 5J1

Ph: 778-422-2255
Fx: 778-422-1303

Individual Opportunities Program  (IOP)

IOP is part of the Social Development team and is designed to be a lifelong employment strategy that supports families and their goals to secure employment and/or education opportunities.  IOP goal is to provide clients with training opportunities, workshops, employment counseling, community referral, and mapping out your education and lifelong employment.
Please take advantage of the opportunities and services IOP has to offer. 
The Individual Opportunities Program is here to assist you with the following:
  • Completing application forms, sponsorship forms, etc.
  • Providing information to training and workshops to prepare clients for the workforce ( e.g. First Aid, Food Safe. Resume writing, Life Skills, as well as posted employment opportunities)
  • Meeting Career and Education goals
  • Assisting with preparation of employment plan
  • Referral to service providers in the Cowichan Valley
  • IOP completes a follow-up with members once they have secured employment/Post-Secondary education
For more information please contact:
Selina Javier, IOP Advisor
Ph: 778-422-2255 ext. 0510
Fax: (778) 422-1303
5760 Allenby Road, Duncan, BC   V9L 5J1

2024 Cheque Issue Dates

Month Distribution Date Mid-Month Distribution Ministry Distribution Date
February January 23, 2024 February 13, 2024 January 17
March February 27, 2024 March 12, 2024 February 14
April March 26, 2024 April 9, 2024 March 20
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