Parental-leave rich and parental-leave poor: Inequality in Canada labour market based leave policies by Lindsey Mckay, Sophie Mathieu and Andrea Doucet, compares access to parental leave benefits between Quebec and the rest of Canada by family income and by its two different programs. Maternal access to leave benefits has improved dramatically MORE
The PRC is partnering with Raise the Rates BC to host a strategy session next Friday called Let’s Take on the Roots of Poverty Together. The session is for youth living in Surrey who want to take action against poverty. Youth, teachers, parents and community members are welcome to join the session on Friday September MORE
First Call and partners met with Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Honourable Shane Simpson, on August 24, 2017. The minutes from that meeting can be found here.
BC has announced it will raise minimum wage by 50 cents as of September 2017. This is one of several smaller increases leading to a promised $15 minimum wage by 2021. According to the government, 63% of minimum wage workers are women and the raise will benefit more than 100,000 MORE
The Honourable Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, has reached out to both the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and First Call for preliminary consultations on a poverty reduction plan for BC. The PRC met with the Minister and staff on August 10, and First Call conducted a MORE
Income inequality continues to rise, notes a new report from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. Recent OECD data show the top 1% of Canadians hold more than 15% of overall wealth in the country, and in 2012 the richest 20% of Canadian households held 67% of the country’s net MORE
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
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
PeerNetBC is forming a Social Justice Bus Tour youth team to learn and share stories of social justice legacies in Vancouver this summer through to October. Contact Simran here by June 19 if interested.
Members and supporters of First Call and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition met on June 14 to share input and help shape the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy being developed by the federal government. Strong themes from the session included enhanced income supports, free and affordable child care, social housing, and MORE
The City of Vancouver became the largest employer in Canada to be certified as a Living Wage Employer by the Living Wage for Families Campaign. The living wage is one part of the City of Vancouver’s Healthy City Strategy. Through implementing a living wage the City of Vancouver has demonstrated MORE
BC Poverty Reduction Coalition’s volunteer Poverty Free Action Team has released the third episode of their Talking Poverty podcast. They interview Heather McCain, executive director of Citizens for Accessible Neighbourhoods, about Sharing Our Realities: Life on Disability Assistance in British Columbia, a new report co-written with the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition. Listen MORE
Metro Vancouver Alliance leaders will meet soon to discuss how to move forward with the commitments made by NDP leader John Horgan and Green Party leader Andrew Weaver at the MVA’s Provincial Election Accountability Assembly held on Apr. 4, 2017. These included a commitment to work with MVA and other MORE
On Wednesday, May 10, people across British Columbia will bring their teddy bears to work, school, daycare and everywhere to “bear witness” to Canada’s continued failure to live up to Jordan’s Principle. First Call will have our teddy bears with us at our coalition meeting that day, and we encourage MORE
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