James Bay Community Project is founded on a belief that volunteerism and participation in the community benefits the health and wellness of all as people connect to one another and have the opportunity for meaningful experiences.

Community Programs & Services

The JBCP encompasses many community services, including:

Volunteers with special skills and talents lead many of our community programs. Due to their generosity we are able to offer ongoing weekly programs such as, Qi Gong, Reiki, Exploring Ancient Chinese Wisdom and Meditation & Self Knowledge. For seniors we offer Seniors Social Connections Lunch, Macular and Low Vision Support Group, a Blood Pressure Clinic and Foot Care. We also offer other occasional programs such as the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, Food Skills and Community Kitchens.

Some of these programs ask for a small donation towards participating and this goes directly back into supporting our community services. We also partner with other non-profit organizations to host groups such as: African Aids Angels, Breast Friends, Self-Management Programs of BC, LifeRing Support Group and Toastmasters.

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Food Assistance

The James Bay Community Project provides the following kinds of food assistance to those in need.

Please note that this food is provided by generous donors for those who are not in a position to provide such food for themselves.

  • Donated bread of various types and sizes may be picked up on Tuesdays after 10 a.m. and after 1 p.m.  Periodically other baked goods are also available. There is a limit of two items per person, to ensure that as many people as possible can benefit from our donors’ generosity.

We thank the many companies that donate food on a weekly basis:

  • Thrifty Foods, Starbucks and 6 Mile Bakery who donate bread and baked goods.
  • Coldstar Freightways very generously donates vegetables, fruit, meat and dairy products from its customers which in turn is donated monthly to each Neighbourhood House including James Bay Community Project. This food is vital to provide soups and nutritious foods for our programs.
  • Level Ground Trading Co. donates coffee for all our programs.
  • During the year we also get donations from individuals, the James Bay United Church and the Mustard Seed that we can hand out to people in need.

Periodically we offer Community Kitchens and/or Food Skills for seniors, immigrants, youth or low income families.

To find out more about the work of the Coalition of Neighbourhood Houses on food security please click here.

Tax Preparation Assistance

Our volunteers work in partnership with Canada Revenue Agency to provide the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.

This program runs from the beginning of March to the end of April annually and is for those who cannot complete their income taxes without assistance. 

To be eligible: single people must have an income under $35,000, couples an income under $45,000, and single parents must have an an income under $35,000 plus $2,500 for each additional dependent.

Volunteers do not prepare complex returns, such as returns for individuals who:

  • have self-employment income;
  • have business or rental income and expenses;
  • have capital gains or losses;
  • have employment expenses;
  • file for bankruptcy;
  • are deceased persons;
  • have interest income of more than $1,000.

The next program will run in 2020.

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