February 1, 2024 – Launch Announcement

February 1, 2024, Launch Date for Japanese Canadian Survivors Health and Wellness Fund

Dear Japanese Canadian Community,

On February 1, 2024, the online application portal for the Japanese Canadian (JC) Survivors Health and Wellness Fund (JCSHWF) will open.  The Team has diligently worked to create an application process that is simple, efficient, and ensures that your information is secure and protected.

The launch of the program is scheduled for February 1st, 2024, at 1000 AM PST. The event will be livestreamed to allow the JC Community to attend remotely. The program will provide details on the grants available and the application process. Instructions to watch the livestream will follow.

Outreach Workers are available across Canada to support JC Survivors with their applications and will be hosting regional events to provide more information and assist with applications in-person.

The online application will be accessible on our website, www.jcwellness.org on February 1st until March 31, 2025. Applications can be filled out by a Survivor, a trusted representative or through an Outreach Worker.

Two grants are available for Japanese Canadian Survivors:

  • Grant 1 ($650): For Survivors who did not receive the 2021 Grant that was offered between September 1 to October 31, 2021.
  • Grant 2 ($4500): A new grant to support living Survivors with their individual Health & Wellness needs.

Eligible Survivors must:

  • be of Japanese descent
  • be born before April 1, 1949
  • have lived in British Columbia before April 1, 1949, OR had parents or grandparents who lived in British Columbia before April 1, 1949
  • have been directly impacted by the actions of the BC government before April 1, 1949

All grant applications will go through a validation process. Outreach Workers will be contacting each applicant to securely validate their eligibility and identity. Once applications are processed, a cheque will be mailed to the Survivor within 6-8 weeks.

Please check our website https://jcwellness.org for further information regarding the grants, eligibility criteria, documents to prepare and frequently asked questions. The website will be updated prior to the launch on February 1st with more information.

We, the Board of Directors and staff, appreciate your patience, and eagerly anticipate the February 1st launch with you.

Sincerely,

Joanne Miyazaki (Executive Director) and the JCSHWFS Team

Email: joanne.miyazaki@jcwellness.org

Direct phone: 437-855-9750

January 2024 Update

Dear Japanese Canadian Community,

Happy New Year to you and your family! Akemashite omedeto gozaimasu!

明けましておめでとうございます。

As we embark on the new year, it is an opportune time to reflect on the current status of The Japanese Canadian Survivors Health and Wellness Fund Society and share insights into our operating plan moving forward. We must extend our sincere apologies for the delayed opening of the Japanese Canadian Survivors Health and Wellness Fund, and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this period.

We understand that many members of the Japanese Canadian (JC) Community have been inquiring about the fund’s status or concerned that they may have missed the opportunity to apply. We want to assure everyone that the grant application has not yet opened, but our commitment to launching in early 2024 remains steadfast.

Unfortunately, several setbacks have affected our timeline, but we want to reassure you that the Board and Staff are equally frustrated with the current status. Significant changes have been implemented to expedite the process, with the sole objective of opening the fund as quickly as possible.

Behind the scenes, we are actively working to improve the online application system and develop a comprehensive communication and operating plan to reach more Survivors. We have recently onboarded Outreach Workers to support Survivor outreach. More information about the regional Outreach Workers and the outreach process will follow shortly.

When the 2024 fund opens, Survivors who did not receive a grant in 2021 will have the opportunity to apply for Grant 1 ($650). Additionally, all eligible Survivors can apply for and new grant (Grant 2) to help support their out-of-pocket health and wellness expenses. The application process will cover both Grant 1 and Grant 2, with one cheque per applicant disbursed.

For detail information on the grants, including amounts, eligibility criteria, and frequently asked questions, please visit our website https://jcwellness.org/.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, I sincerely appreciate your continued patience as we develop a robust and efficient application process with the necessary support and respect that our Japanese Canadian Survivors deserve.

Respectfully submitted,

Joanne Miyazaki, Executive Director

Direct phone: 437-855-9750

Email: joanne.miyazaki@jcwellness.org