News Category: Campaigns and Issues


Campaigns and Issues

Federal government indexes Child Tax Benefit to inflation

Beginning in July 2018, Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payments will be adjusted as the cost of living increases, nearly two years ahead of the previously planned adjustment. According to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, a family with two children will pocket approximately a $200 increase in Canada child benefit payments starting MORE


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First Call budget submission: child care, poverty, education, foster youth

First Call’s budget submission to the provincial Finance Committee for the 2018 budget makes 23 specific recommendations covering early childhood, public education, poverty reduction, supports and services for vulnerable children, youth and families and post-secondary education. Some highlights are: Redesign the BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit into a BC Child MORE


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Education funding budget reforms highlighted by parent-led advocacy groups

Parent-led advocacy groups have submitted powerful recommendations regarding education funding and reform for the BC budget consultation. Families Against Cuts to Education (FACE) urges the Committee to increase operational funding to reflect the actual costs of providing quality equitable public education, increase capital funding to address deferred maintenance, speed up MORE


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BC budget submissions from public policy groups target education, childcare, poverty

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition’s budget submission proposes the following 7 key points: Significantly increase welfare and disability rates, and index them to inflation Improve the earnings and working conditions of those in the low-wage workforce Address the needs of those most likely to be living in poverty Address homelessness MORE


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Métis Nation British Columbia signs historic memorandum of understanding

On October 13, 2017, the Métis Nation British Columbia signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding with the Federation of Community Social Services of British Columbia (FCSSBC). The partnership focuses on bringing and keeping Métis children, youth, and families in their homes through distinction-based, Métis-specific services and the development of Métis MORE


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BC government allocates funds for Indigenous child welfare

The BC government has made available $6.4 million to BC First Nations communities and agencies aimed specifically at family reunification and preservation, and will increase that funding to $9.5 annually starting in 2018. “Indigenous communities are in the best position to identify and deliver services and supports that will have MORE


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BCACCS calls on BC government to collaborate on distinct Indigenous ELCC

The BC Aboriginal Child Care Society, a First Call coalition member, has released a powerful press release calling on the provincial government to collaborate with Indigenous families, communities, organizations and governments to create a separate Indigenous approach to Indigenous early learning and child care in BC. The organization is seeking MORE


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Earnings exemption for disability and income assistance recipients increased

Effective October 1, 2017, the Annual Earnings Exemption (AEE) limit will increase by $2,400 for each person receiving Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefits, and raise from $200 to $400 per month for all single income assistance recipients. The earnings exemption is raised to $600 for families with children and $700 MORE


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First Call advocates end to benefits clawbacks for those on disability and IA

While increasing the earnings exemption for those on disability and income assistance is a welcome step, First Call advocates for the provincial government to stop clawing back benefits deemed ‘unearned income’ from IA and PWD recipients. Right now, all Canada Pension Plan benefits and CPP spousal death benefits are clawed MORE