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First Call Submission to BC Budget Consultation

Submission to Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services First Call’s September 2021 budget submission, highlighted five priority areas for children, youth, and their families, with recommendations for next year’s budget: Poverty reduction measures and income security for families Investments in early childhood development and prevention services Support youth MORE

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ECEBC Letter to ECEs and BC Minister of Health and CCCABC Statement

This week’s CTV article highlights that struggles to maintain staff ratios and locate and buy necessary cleaning supplies are just two of the concerns being raised by childcare workers, operators and advocates regarding the B.C. government’s decision not to close daycares during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC) MORE


CCPA Report on Child Care Fees in Canada 

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released their sixth annual report that provides a snapshot of the median child care fees parents pay in 37 cities across Canada for full-time licensed child care of infants, toddlers and preschool-age children. Though child care fees remain unaffordable across the country, policy initiatives clearly make MORE


2020 Budget Delivers on Previous Promises but Thin on New Initiatives for Children, Youth and Their Families

This week’s BC budget followed through on promises made in past budgets – including the BC Child Opportunity Benefit – but comes up short on new initiatives and investments that would assist children, youth and their families. “We need to invest more in upstream, preventative family supports,” commented Adrienne Montani, MORE

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$10aDay Brief: Recommendations for Effective Expansion of Licensed Child Care Spaces in BC

The $10aDay Campaign recently released a list of recommendations for effective expansion of licensed child care spaces in BC. The brief explains that the BC government is committed to creating 24,000 new licensed child care spaces by 2021. Consistent with $10aDay Plan recommendations, government is encouraging partnerships with public partners (school districts, MORE


PIRS Pop-up Childminding Social Enterprise

Pacific Immigrant Resources Society is launching a social enterprise called Pop Up Child Care. The intention is to train and employ immigrant women to work as childminders in childminding and childcare settings. If you are running a program that needs quality childminding set up to support the program, give their MORE

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Childhood and Children’s Rights in Federal Minister Mandate Letters

Last week, the Prime Minister of Canada released ministerial mandate letters to guide the work of federal cabinet ministers. UNICEF Canada analyzed the ministerial mandate letters and outlined key policy priorities that will improve child and youth well-being in Canada and around the world. To mark the start of a new parliament, a new MORE


Child Care Search Portal

FASTFORWARD Child Care is a recent project of Canadian Union of Postal Workers and is managed by Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre. It provides a web portal for people to find all licensed and registered child care and preschool programs where they live. The web portal also includes resources on supporting MORE

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#DoneWaiting Campaign

The #DoneWaiting campaign calls for urgent actions to address inequitable living situations for women in Canada. One goal is to end wage discrimination. Women’s wages shouldn’t come at a discount, but the gender pay gap in Canada hasn’t improved in decades. In fact, for many women it’s getting worse. Another MORE