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2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card Media Advisory

Media Advisory What: 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card press launch When: 9:00-10:00 am, Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Where: BC Teachers’ Federation, 550 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Vancouver – On Tuesday, November 21, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition will release its annual report card on child MORE

November 2017 First Call Coalition Meeting Agenda

First Call Coalition Meeting BC Teachers’ Federation Building, 550 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver Wednesday, January 11, 2016 9:15 to 11:30 am – Refreshments served at 9 am AGENDA 1. Welcome and introductions 2. First Call updates Fostering Change Youth Policy Solutions Day in Victoria Provincial Poverty Reduction Advisory Forum appointments ECD MORE

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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

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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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Education funding budget reforms highlighted by parent-led advocacy groups

Parent-led advocacy groups have submitted powerful recommendations regarding education funding and reform for the BC budget consultation. Families Against Cuts to Education (FACE) urges the Committee to increase operational funding to reflect the actual costs of providing quality equitable public education, increase capital funding to address deferred maintenance, speed up 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