Submissions to Government

BC Child Benefit Submission – 2018

In 2018 First Call made a submission to the BC Government recommending that they redesign the BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit into a BC Child Benefit that would cover children under age 18, instead of under age 6, increase the…

Submission: Federal Budget 2024

First Call’s submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance for Budget 2024 includes recommendations that would help to improve the lives of families who are living in poverty. Those recommendations include: Read First Call’s submission here.

Letter to City of Vancouver on Transit for Teens

In our 2022 BC Child Poverty Report Card, First Call recommended that the provincial government “Provide free public transit for minors ages 13 to 18 and free or reduced-fee transit access for low-income households.” In June 2023 we wrote to…

Letter to Health Canada on Marketing to Kids

On June 13, 2023 First Call submitted a letter to Health Canada recommending changes to current policy proposals for regulations that will restrict the advertising to children of “Prescribed Foods Sodium, Sugars and Saturated Fat.” First Call is a long-time…

Letter to BC MPs

First Call wrote to BC Members of Parliament about the findings in our 26th annual BC Child Poverty Report Card. The report found that during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, BC’s child poverty rate dropped significantly largely due…

Submission: BC Budget 2024

First Call’s submission to the BC government’s Budget 2024 public consultation included recommendations in three key policy areas. Drawing from the recommendations in our 2022 BC Child Poverty Report Card we encouraged government to increase investments in targeted child poverty…

Submission to BC’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

Our recent submission to the review of the BC government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy is informed by the cross-sectoral expertise and province-wide reach of our diverse network of affiliates, a commitment to the Four Keys to Success, and findings from our…

Canada Should Restrict Marketing to Kids

On April 10, First Call wrote to the Prime Minister and Minister Duclos urging them to restrict the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children and youth. Along with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Childhood Obesity Foundation,…

Letter to Minister Dean on restoring infant development advisor positions

On behalf of our Early Childhood Development Roundtable, First Call submitted a letter to Mitzi Dean,Minister of Children and Family Development, requesting the restoration of the positions of Provincial Advisor for Infant Development Programs (IDP) and Supported Child Development Programs…

Letter to BC MLAs

In February 2023, First Call sent a letter to all Members of the Legislative Assembly in BC about the release of our 26th Annual Child Poverty Report Card and its findings. The report contains 25 child poverty reduction recommendations for…

2023 Federal Government Budget Submission

First Call’s February 2023 submission to the federal government’s pre-budget consultation includes key recommendations from our Child Poverty Report Card including:

2022 Submission to MCFD on Youth Transitions Engagement

In response to the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s request for feedback on their July 2022 Youth Transitions Implementation Paper, First Call reviewed responses from several youth servicepartner organizations, as well as previous reports containing research and the perspectives…