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Employment of Children and Youth in BC – Briefing Note on Recent Announcements

Last week, BC’s Minister of Labour introduced Bill 8 in the legislature that will amend the Employment Standards Act to provide better protections for children and adolescents who are working. This Bill modernizes BC’s employment laws and brings us into compliance with international standards, specifically the International Labour Organization’s Convention 138 on MORE


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Employment Standards Act Review Update

The Ministry of Labour’s Employment Standards Act consultation is open until March 31, 2019. They are seeking input on their new consultation paper that identifies six key areas. The first question asks for input on child employment standards by asking, “What is your view on increasing protections for child workers? Should government MORE


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First Call’s Employment Standards Submission

Last Friday, First Call submitted recommendations to the Ministry of Labour and The Law Institute of B.C. calling for better government protection for children who are working. First Call’s recommendations provide a framework for the B.C. government to develop employment standards consistent with Canada’s commitment to establish 16 as the age for MORE


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Media Release: Most British Columbians Unaware That Children Allowed to Work at 12 Years of Age

Media Release For immediate release July 6, 2018 Opinion Survey Finds Most British Columbians Unaware That Children Allowed to Work at 12 Years of Age Vancouver – A June public opinion survey commissioned by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition found that only 6% of British Columbians could MORE


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Report exposes violations of basic workplace rights including children at risk

The BC Employment Standards Coalition released a report on Labour Day titled Workers’ Stories of Exploitation & Abuse: Why BC Employment Standards Need to Change that cites previous research and reports by First Call on the deregulation of child labour in BC and its impact on children and youth (pages 32-33). The MORE


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Government reaches out to coalitions on BC poverty reduction plan

The Honourable Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, has reached out to both the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and First Call for preliminary consultations on a poverty reduction plan for BC. The PRC met with the Minister and staff on August 10, and First Call conducted a MORE


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Canada lags behind rich nations in meeting SDGs for children

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in 2016, set ambitious targets that apply to rich countries as well as poor. The most telling sign of a nation’s progress towards meeting those goals will be how well it meets the needs of its children. The June 2017 UNICEF report card, Building the Future: MORE


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NDP government sworn in and new cabinet ministers announced

First Call congratulates all new ministers on their appointments, and we look forward to educating key ministers about the work of First Call and addressing issues and recommendations related to our 4 Keys to Success. The First Call BC Election Toolkit addressed key policy areas, noted below, which we look MORE