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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


Campaigns and Issues

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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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


research

Systems gaps identified in new RCYBC report on teen suicide

Bernard Richard, BC’s Representative for Children and Youth, as released Missing Pieces: Joshua’s Story, which draws from the death of a 17-year-old the lesson that major gaps exist in BC’s youth mental health system. Richard calls on BC’s new Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to take the lead in MORE


resources

Indigenous Early Years education bursary

The New Relationship Trust Foundation (NRT Foundation) has launched a new $1 million Indigenous Early Years Scholarship and Bursary program. Made possible with the support of the Provincial Office for the Early Years, eligible program types include certificate, diploma and associate’s degree programs. For more information contact Senior Project Officer MORE


Campaigns and Issues

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