In addition to announcing an investment in cancer care on Tuesday, the B.C. Liberals have pledged that, if elected as government on Oct. 24, they will open a Foundry Centre for young people in Kamloops.
Kamloops South-Thompson candidate Todd Stone said foundry centres provide a wide range of services and supports under one roof.
Located throughout British Columbia, the centres integrate both health and social services for those ages 12 to 24, providing access to mental-health care, substance-use services, primary care, social services and youth and family peer supports.
“These are services that are desperately needed by a number of youth in Kamloops,” Stone said, noting the program was first established in 2016 under the then-B.C. Liberal government and has since expanded across the province.
In June, he said, the B.C. NDP announced expansion to eight new cities, but Kamloops was excluded.
“We’ve actually been passed over three years in a row now by the NDP government,” Stone said. “We’re the largest city in the Interior, in the north, that will not have a foundry centre. Again, it makes no sense whatsoever.”
Stone said Interior Community Services and partners put together a “really good, solid proposal” for a centre, but were not successful in convincing the provincial government.
“We’re saying it’s time for those services to be made available to the youth here in Kamloops,” he said.