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A major announcement today.

From the News Release:

VICTORIA – With a $20-million, one-time contribution toward capital costs, the Province is helping the Pacific Autism Family Centre achieve its goal to be a centre of excellence and a valued resource for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.

What started as a dream back in 2008, is now quickly approaching reality. With an estimated project budget of $27.7 million, the Pacific Autism Family Society will raise the remaining funds needed for completion and to ensure that the operation is self-sufficient.

The society plans to use a hub-and-spoke concept to serve the entire province. The hub, which will be located at 2750 East 18th Avenue on land leased for a nominal rate from the City of Vancouver, will link with smaller spoke locations throughout British Columbia. These spoke locations will be staffed with “navigators” to assist families and individuals.