News Topics: Income Assistance/Welfare


New Caledon report: Welfare in Canada 2015

This new report from the Caledon Institute focuses on the incomes of four different households living on welfare. It is a continuation of the welfare incomes series published regularly by the former National Council of Welfare. Poverty measures are considered to be the baseline level below which households are deemed MORE

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2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card release: Where’s the accountability for children growing up in poverty in BC?

Data in the 2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released November 24, 2016, by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights how growing income inequality among BC families has one in five of our children living in poverty, and how our failure to properly support youth as they MORE


Proposed changes to Canadian maternity and parental leave – Resources online

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit has created an Issue File to inform discussion about maternity and parental leave. The Canadian government has released a discussion paper and online consultation for considering two new options for eligible Canadians on leave from work to care for a newborn or a newly MORE

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BC Public School Funding: Equal Opportunity or Lost Potential? – Vancouver forum, Nov. 7

Mon., Nov. 7, 2016 3-5 pm SFU Woodward’s 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver Coffee will be served and a reception follows Free but please RSVP Join members of First Call for a dialogue on BC public school funding moderated by Dr. Paul Shaker from Simon Fraser University. Alex Hemingway, a researcher MORE

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First Call 2017 Provincial Budget Submission: Time to Meet Our Responsibilities to BC’s Children and Youth

Mid October 2016, First Call made a written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2017 provincial budget. We outline how the government is not meeting our responsibilities to our children and youth, citing high child poverty rates, inadequate supports for youth in and MORE

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West Coast LEAF calls for welfare changes to better support women’s financial independence

Late September 2016, First Call member West Coast LEAF called for amendments to BC’s Employment and Assistance Act and Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act. Their proposed reforms would protect the rights of women to form supportive personal relationships without worrying that they will be cut off from MORE

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First Call urges MSDSI Minister Stilwell to make EI maternity benefit earned income, eliminate clawback

First Call’s September 2016 letter urges Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation Michelle Stilwell to amend the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation, specifically to reclassify pregnancy and birth-related Employment Insurance (EI) benefits as earned income rather than unearned income. This amendment would remove the discriminatory effect MORE

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Sign the petition: Improve support for kinship care – grandparents raising grandchildren

Parent Support Services Society of BC, a First Call coalition member, has a petition urging Premier Christy Clark to improve support for kinship caregivers. In BC an estimated 11,000 children and youth are being raised full time by their grandparents (or other relatives). Grandparents raising grandchildren (GRGs) face complicated bureaucracies – MORE