News Topics: Child Health


First Call’s Statement on the 2019 BC Budget Announcement

  The big news for families with children is that starting in October 2020 a new B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit will replace the Early Childhood Tax benefit. In our annual Child Poverty Report Card we have been calling for improvements to this benefit for years. BC is the only province MORE


HungerCount 2018

Food Banks Canada’s HungerCount2018 Report includes powerful recommendations to governments including a call to Support the Creation of Standardized, Affordable Early Learning and Childcare Across the Country. Read the full report and four public policy recommendations that would decrease Canadians’ reliance on food banks. In BC, 31% of food bank users were families with MORE

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Provincial Health Officer Releases Annual Report

Last week BC’s provincial heath officer (PHO), released the report, Taking the Pulse of the Population: An Update on the Health of British Columbians. One of the four areas highlighted for more attention is early childhood development. The report recommends that government increase support for programs and policies that focus MORE


Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2018: Preventing Problematic Substance Use in Youth

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, released her report on the state of public health in Canada, titled, “Preventing Problematic Substance Use in Youth.” The report reveals that Canada’s national life expectancy has decreased for the first time in decades, which may be attributed to the opioid overdose MORE

Child and Youth News of the Week (Opinion) Extend Canada Child Benefit to all The Nelson Daily: Op/Ed:Progress on Child Care in BC StarMetro Vancouver: Even social-housing workers are being priced out of Vancouver Global News: Housing crunch pushing even the suburbs out of reach of B.C. families: report Times Colonist: Tent cities a ‘viable first step’ toward solving housing crisis MORE