News Topics: Child Labour


Canada lags behind rich nations in meeting SDGs for children

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in 2016, set ambitious targets that apply to rich countries as well as poor. The most telling sign of a nation’s progress towards meeting those goals will be how well it meets the needs of its children. The June 2017 UNICEF report card, Building the Future: MORE

Campaigns and Issues

NDP government sworn in and new cabinet ministers announced

First Call congratulates all new ministers on their appointments, and we look forward to educating key ministers about the work of First Call and addressing issues and recommendations related to our 4 Keys to Success. The First Call BC Election Toolkit addressed key policy areas, noted below, which we look MORE


Election 2017 party responses to First Call coalition questions

On behalf of our 101 member organizations, First Call sent questions from our 2017 Provincial Election Toolkit to each of the three main parties in this election. All three parties have responded, and we encourage everyone to read their answers to our questions about putting the interests of children, youth MORE


Bad job story? Let’s talk. BC Employment Standards Coalition February Workers Forums

The BC Employment Standards Coalition has scheduled another series of Workers Story Forums around Metro Vancouver: Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Surrey Recreation Centre/Arena (across from Surrey Central Skytrain Station), 12-7 pm Wednesday, Feb. 22 – New Westminster, Douglas College Student Union, 12-7 pm Thursday, Feb. 23 – Vancouver Community College MORE

Campaigns and Issues

Child labour still a real issue in BC

A recent Employment Standards Tribunal decision on an appeal found that Colebrook Farms contravened the Employment Standards Act by employing an 11-year-old boy to pick blue berries without the permission of the director of Employment Standards and not paying the boy for the berries that he picked. This incident demonstrates MORE

Statement on child labour in BC Legislature

On May 11 Mable Elmore, MLA for Vancouver-Kensington, made a private member’s statement in the Legislature about BC’s inadequate protections for children and youth in the workforce. Read her statement and the reply from Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen in Hansard: (scroll down to [1050]) First Call’s research report, Child MORE

History and Hope: First Call Fundraising Gala with Grand Chief Stewart Phillip – February 6th

Thursday, February 6th, 5:30-9:00 pm Fraserview Hall, 8240 Fraser St @ Marine Drive, Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories Tickets: $50 or $35 for student & low/unwaged We’re only one month away from First Call’s Annual Fundraising Gala. Join us and special guest MC Kathryn Gretsinger for good food, good company, MORE