Publication Topics: Income Assistance/Welfare


First Call Monthly Updates

March 2016 Monthly Update

March, 2016 Welcome to our monthly update about First Call’s advocacy work and key actions you can take to support children and youth in BC. Highlights this month include: We reviewed the federal budget for highlights and misses for BC’s children and youth We heard back from MSDSI Minister Stilwell MORE


News-Releases-and-Op-eds

Federal budget 2016 takes aim at child poverty, misses early childhood urgency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 31, 2016 First Call Coalition members were looking for a 2016 federal budget that put Canada’s children and youth first and that ensured that BC’s children and youth have the resources they need to thrive. We were heartened by a number of new commitments for MORE


Letters and Submissions

Federal Finance Minister Responds to Campaign 2000 Letter Re: Canada Child Benefit

February 2016 In response to the December 2015 letter by Campaign 2000 Steering Committee members and partners, including First Call, federal finance minister Bill Morneau writes that he discussed the Canada Child Benefit with his provincial and territorial counterparts and that he “emphasized the importance of low-income families being able MORE


News-Releases-and-Op-eds

Walking the Line Report on Single Parents: SPARC BC, First Call, SFU and Single Mothers’ Alliance Call for Change

Navigating British Columbia’s social assistance system can be challenging. This report shares the stories and experiences of single parent families and the struggle they face in meeting their everyday needs. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Vancouver, B.C., January 15, 2016 – The 2015 BC Child Poverty Report Card released by First Call MORE


Reports

Report on Single Parents, Welfare and Work: SPARC BC, First Call, SFU and Single Mothers’ Alliance Call for Change

January 2016 Navigating British Columbia’s social assistance system can be challenging. This report, Walking the Line to Put Their Families First: Lone Mothers Navigating Welfare and Work in British Columbia, shares the stories and experiences of single-parent families and the struggles they face in meeting their everyday needs. Income assistance MORE


Letters and Submissions

2016 Provincial Budget Submission: Will BC’s 2016 Budget Put Children and Youth First?

September 2015 First Call made a presentation and written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2016 provincial budget. (Each fall, the Select Standing Committee holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget, then drafts recommendations for the budget based on the input given.) MORE


Letters and Submissions

Letter from MSDSI Minister Michelle Stilwell Re: Child Support Clawback

March 2015 First Call received this letter from BC’s then-new Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation Michelle Stillwell in response to our letter of thanks to former Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation Don McRae – regarding his role in ending the clawback of child support from single parents MORE


Letters and Submissions

Letter to MSDSI Minister Don McRae Re: End of Child Support Clawback and Mandatory Family Maintenance Rights

March 2015 BC Minister for Social Development and Social Innovation Don McRae attended First Call’s 2014 coalition meeting where single mothers described the negative consequences of a policy that treated child support as income, including the deduction of child support payments from disability assistance cheques. In this March letter, First MORE


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Submission to MSDSI’s Child Support Clawback Consultation Process

February 2015 First Call prepared this joint submission with the Single Mothers’ Alliance and the Community Legal Assistance Society and presented it to the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI) as part of the ministry’s Family Maintenance Consultation process. First Call grounded its submission in a child’s rights MORE


Letters and Submissions

Minister Cadieux Responds to 2014’s Child Poverty Report Card

December 22, 2014 Minister Cadieux responded to 2014’s BC Child Poverty Report Card by outlining government’s two-pronged approach to child poverty: 1) job creation and 2) targeted support programs/services. For example, Cadieux noted that government has increased BC’s minimum wage to $10.25/hour; lowered taxes by 37 per cent since 2001; MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call Urges BC Mayors and Councils to Support BC Children and Youth at UBCM Convention

September 2014 With several significant resolutions regarding the rights and well-being of children and youth coming forward at the 2014 Union of BC Municipalities convention, this open letter to BC’s mayors and councils urged resource support for sexually exploited children and youth, trades and technology skills training and a $10/day MORE