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Counselling Assistance Fund (CAF)

The Counselling Assistance Fund (CAF) subsidizes the cost of private counselling with a registered clinical counsellor for individuals (15+ years old), couples and families who live in Pemberton or Squamish, and who could not otherwise afford to access counselling services. You will be notified of the status of your application within 2-3 weeks.

3/2/2023 Update: The Counselling Assistance Fund Application is currently closed. 


  • Individuals (15+ years of age), couples, and families
  • Could not otherwise afford to see a counsellor
  • Resident of Pemberton or Squamish.

The subsidized fees for clients are

  •  $30 / 1 hour session
    *The client is responsible for paying the subsidized fee (listed above) at the end of each session.

Number of Sessions 

  •  Up to 6 sessions per fiscal year* (April 1st, 2022 to March 31st, 2023).
    *Subject to availability

For more information, please read the Program Expectations and Procedures

Please note: The Women’s Counselling Program offers free counselling and support to women who have experienced violence and/or abuse, either currently or in the past.

Other Mental Health Resources

BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC): Search the online database by region and area of expertise for a list of clinical counsellors in your area if you are looking for a private counsellor outside of the subsidy program.

Canadian Mental Health Association – North and West Vancouver Branch: Provides mental health promotion and mental illness recovery-focused programs and services for people of all ages and their families.

Kelty Mental Health: A free, online cognitive behavioural therapy tool to help treat anxiety and/or depression. Designed for children and youth and includes resources for parents and caregivers.

Here to Help: Mental Health and Substance Use Information to support ourselves or others.

Mental Health BenefitFirst Nations Health Authority (FNHA): Covers the cost of counselling services for First Nations people living in BC. Click here for a list of participating counsellors.

Wellness Together Canada: Free virtual counselling funded by the Government of Canada for all children, youth and adults, powered by Kids Help phone and Homewood Health.

Counselling Assistance Fund Contact Information

Please email or call 604-892-5796 with any questions about the Counselling Assistance Fund.



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