Provincial Resource Programs

In addition to the regular block of funds allocated to school districts for the provision of public education, the Province also funds a group of education alternatives known as Provincial Resource Programs (PRPs). These programs are intended to assist districts to meet the educational needs of students in exceptional circumstances.  

PRPs are operated by host school districts and are located throughout the province to serve approximately 10,000 school-aged individuals. Some of these programs are operated in cooperation with other provincial ministries, including the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Ministry of Health. PRPs enable students to continue learning while in hospitals, treatment centres or containment centres. Other PRP facilities provide specific services for students with special needs throughout the province, either on an outreach basis or within a provincial centre.   

Each year, the Ministry of Education establishes a budget for the operation of PRPs. Districts submit their proposed budgets for the coming school year, including anticipated operating expenditures. A PRP review committee comprising ministry staff considers all budget requests submitted by school boards, on an individual program basis.  

For a full listing of the Provincial Resource Programs, please see the Special Education Services: A Manual of Policies, Procedures and Guidelines on the Ministry of Education Website.

BC Children’s Hospital - Adolescent Psychiatric Unit

The primary objective of the school program is to create a safe, warm, inclusive environment in which to assess each secondary-level students’ academic, adaptive, and social-emotional functioning. Youth attend the program five days a week for assessment, assignments, social activities, and social development.

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BC Children’s Hospital - Child Psychiatric Unit

The Child Psychiatry School Program’s primary objectives include observing, assessing, and identifying school-based strategies and supports to enhance each elementary-aged student’s transition back to school following their admission into the Child Psychiatry Unit at BCCH. The school program includes a blended model of classroom time, formalized academic assessment, parent consultation, coordination with each child’s enrolled school, and transition planning.

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BC Children’s Hospital - Eating Disorders School Program and Treatment Program

The objective of the Eating Disorders Provincial Resource Program is to provide educational support for patients admitted into the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Programs at BC Children’s Hospital.

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BC Children’s Hospital - School Program

The objective of the BC Children’s Hospital School Program is to provide educational support for patients in the BCCH Teck Acute Care Centre (TACC) in Kindergarten through Grade 12 so that they may continue with their educational program while they are unable to attend school in their home community.

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Canuck Place School Program

Canuck Place provides care for children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. The School Program at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice offers both an in-house school program and online school support for school-aged children (K-12) from B.C. and the Yukon.

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GF Strong - School Program

The GF Strong School Program provides educational programming and supports and transition planning for adolescent students aged 11 through 18 who are receiving ongoing inpatient or outpatient care with the multi-disciplinary team at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre.

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Peak House School Program

Peak House is a voluntary, ten-week, live-in treatment program for youth seeking freedom from problematic substance use. The Ministry of Education’s Provincial Resource Program at Peak House serves as a therapeutic school program by providing academic continuity and re-engagement opportunities and transition support for youth while they attend treatment for substance use.

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Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (PRCVI)

PRCVIs objective is to support BC School Districts and Group I and II independent schools by providing alternate format of provincially recommended learning resources and specialized learning equipment to support the instructional needs of students with visual impairments/blindness

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Provincial Resource Programs for British Columbia

Ministry of Education listing of Provincial Resource Programs for the Province of British Columbia.

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SET-BC provides technology services to school districts and Independent Schools. The three tiers of service include Tier 1 (Professional Development), Tier 2 (technology training and classroom-based solutions) and Tier 3 (specialist support and student-based technology solutions).

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SET-BC Vision

The objective of SETBC: Vision Services is to assist BC school districts in educating students with visual impairments, through the use of assistive technology and to develop assistive technology expertise within school districts.

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Sunny Hill - School Program

The Sunny Hill School Program provides educational programming for school-aged children and youth from across British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. Students participating in the Sunny Hill School Program are receiving services from one of two patient care programs at Sunny Hill.

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University Transition Program

Developed in 1993 by the Vancouver School Board in partnership with the Office of the President of The University of British Columbia and subsequently funded as a Provincial Resource Program by the BC Ministry of Education, the University Transitions Program is a program for Gifted students and offers a conceptually advanced, fast-paced curriculum that promotes high standards of academic excellence, a strong work ethic, research skills, and study habits needed to support success in future university studies.

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