Our History

Over the past 50 years, family resource programs have been supporting families in BC, providing an inclusive space for parents and children to engage and connect.

A timeline of FRP-BC’s History


First Family Resource Programs appear in BC.


27 organizations throughout the Lower Mainland establish a provincial voice for Family Resource Programs.


Family Place Association of BC becomes an incorporated society with 33 members operating out of West Side Family Place in Vancouver.


The name of the association is changed to the BC Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP-BC) which results in a stronger link with the Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP-Canada) and a broader provincial identity.


The program parent/child interactive drop-in is identified as the defining characteristic of Family Resource Programs. Using this criterion, it is determined that there are 176 FRPs in BC.


FRP-BC in partnership with the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD) distributes Enhancement Grants to 143 Family Resource Programs in BC.


FRP-BC relocates from their West Side Family Place headquarters to a centrally located full-time office at Granville and Broadway in Vancouver.


FRP-BC identifies five key research-based areas of support that made a difference in family functioning. FRPs are encouraged to ensure they deliver services in all five key areas.


FRP-BC receives funding from MCFD-ECD branch to complete a Family Resource Program post-secondary certificate and to develop FRP Provincial Standards of Practice.


FRP-BC continues to deliver the FRP Certificate at the Justice Institute of BC and adjudicated submissions.


FRP-BC acknowledges the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and formally releases an FRP-BC Statement of Reconciliation.


FRP-BC creates a presentation to the Minister of Children and Family Development for an expanded contract related to the Early Years Initiative.


FRP-BC receives expanded contract, moves office location to Victoria, begins processes to increase benefits to members via revamping website, condensing the Standards of Practice and creating an online training platform.


FRP-BC launches new website and logo, and changes name to “Family Resource Programs of BC.”