News Topics: Child Labour


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

Media and Premiers’ Response to Child Labour is No Accident: The Experience of BC’s Working Children

We hope you had a chance to read the special update we sent last week about the release of our new research report: Child Labour is No Accident: The Experience of BC’s Working Children. We wanted to share with you the media coverage the report has received so far. We were thrilled that the report was featured MORE

Youth Work Experience Survey

Youth ages 12-18, parents and educators are invited to complete the survey about youth work experience for First Call’s Child Labour Standards Improvement Project. Visit to complete the 5-minute survey and to find out more about this project.  Youth survey participants can enter to win prizes including an ipod MORE