The following is a selection of election toolkits from First Call coalition members. Members are welcome to send in your own election toolkit for us to circulate in this newsletter.
$10ADAY CHILD CARE PLAN: CHILD CARE CHALLENGE TO POLITICAL PARTIES
This International Women’s Day, Mar. 8, advocates from the $10aDay child care campaign sent out a news release challenging all BC political parties to adopt, match or top the $10aDay Child Care Plan in their election platforms.
The child care advocates called for a step-by-step increase in government funding that can lower fees to a maximum of $10aDay, create enough spaces, and enhance quality by ensuring early childhood educators are fairly paid and well educated.
They say that within four years – a new government’s first term of office – we can meet the needs of families with children under age three. By the end of a second term we can make high quality, universal $10aDay Child Care available for all children under age six.
The $10aDay campaign has also released an updated fact sheet highlighting the relationship between the $10aDay Child Care Plan and a poverty reduction strategy for BC. The fact sheet has been updated with the latest poverty statistics, child care fees, living wage rates and research into the economic benefits of the $10aDay Plan.
Find more info at 10aday.ca and sign the petition
BC FEDERATION OF STUDENTS
The BC Federation of Students has a brand new website (http://www.wearebcstudents.ca/) and logo – as well as a campaign to get students out to vote by encouraging them to take the pledge at http://www.studentsarevoting.ca/
They also have the Squash the Squeeze campaign on high student debt.
Vancouver Sun: Opinion: B.C. students are definitely voting, and do care
BC SOCIETY OF TRANSITION HOUSES
BC Society of Transition Houses’ 2017 Election Toolkit encourages election candidates to inform British Columbians about how they will work to eliminate violence against women and children if elected.
Use this toolkit as a starting point to draft letters to your local candidates to advocate for legislation, policy and practice commitments that benefit women and children experiencing gender-based violence. BCSTH will be sending letters to party leaders based on the information from this toolkit.
FEDERATION OF COMMUNITY SERVICES OF BC
The Federation of Community Social Services of BC has identified two key goals for the 2017 provincial election:
1. A greater number of social issues make it onto the agendas of politicians across the province.
2. Eligible voters across the province better understand the breadth and impact of social issues facing BC.
The FCSSBC’s Life in BC snapshot series – eight fact sheets on the state of social care in BC – helps people understand their connection to the social issues facing BC. These snapshots describe what’s at stake and what needs to change in order for the people of British Columbia to prosper and thrive.
The children and youth snapshot focuses on the issue of youth in care.
FOSTERING CHANGE BC ELECTION CAMPAIGN – #SUPPORTTHE700
Fostering Change’s new campaign #SUPPORTTHE700 invites all candidates in the 2017 British Columbia Provincial Election to demonstrate their commitment to the success of approximately 700 youth who age out of foster care each year in BC.
The website – fosteringchange.ca – makes it easy for you to contact all the candidates in your riding, and keep track of the promises they make.
Inclusion BC invites you to join in pursuing the vision of a province where we all belong. A province where each child has the love and support they need to thrive and achieve their full potential. Where families and communities are empowered, providing a welcoming and supportive place for all.
Print and share the Inclusion BC’s BC Election 2017 Toolkit, including background and questions for candidates on four priority issues. Use these BC Election 2017 hashtags and spread the word:
LIVING WAGE FOR FAMILIES CAMPAIGN
Are you part of a group organizing an all-candidates meeting or an event? The Living Wage for Families Campaign has set up a provincial election website (www.goodjobsbc.ca) with a photo booth kit (pdf) for you to show support for the living wage in your community.
The Living Wage for Families Campaign is calling for all parties to commit to a living wage for all provincial government direct and contract staff. The provincial government should take action to end poverty, not create it.
BC is the last province without a poverty reduction plan, and we have the second-highest rate of poverty in Canada. Paying a living wage to all direct and contract staff is a key part of an overall poverty reduction strategy. We have the ability to create good jobs and invest in our communities.
Seven local governments across BC have committed to paying a living wage to all direct and contract staff. Paying a living wage is an achievable and practical way to show leadership on the issue of working poverty. It’s time for the BC government to step up.