Government will establish a new Crown agency to oversee the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP) and put families at the forefront of service delivery.
Effective on or before Oct. 31, 2019, the provision of family maintenance services will transition from a contracted service provider to the newly created Crown agency. This change will ensure that family maintenance enforcement services for vulnerable British Columbians continue uninterrupted.
The agency will work directly with government to support the goals of increasing access to justice and delivering services to British Columbians in a people-focused way. It will also help improve the process for developing legislation and policies that achieve these goals.
Families who rely on the program will continue to receive the services the same way they do now under the contracted service provider and will not be impacted by the transfer of operations.
When transition to the agency is complete, the program will be renamed the Family Maintenance Program, putting the focus on provision of services to help families.
- Since its inception in 1988-89, $4.1 billion has been paid through FMEP to over 140,000 families and children, who might not otherwise have received support payments.
- The payment rate on all cases is approximately 92%.
- About 70,000 parents are currently enrolled in the FMEP.
- Family Maintenance Enforcement Program
- Auditor general’s report about the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program contract