News Topics: Education (Post-Secondary)


BC consultation on preventing sexual violence on post-secondary campuses

The province is holding a consultation on how to prevent sexual violence on post-secondary campuses. Feedback will help determine whether government can do more to ensure, informed, safe and healthy post-secondary campuses. Post-secondary students are asked to review their institution’s sexual violence and misconduct policy and then complete an online MORE

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First Call’s 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card

Data in the First Call 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released November 21, highlights how growing income inequality among BC families has one in five, or 18.3%, of our children living in poverty. Other key findings from the 2015 data include: This represents 153,300 children under age 18, a decrease MORE

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2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card release: Looking for action to change BC’s child poverty story

Data in the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released today by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights the income inequality that leaves far too many British Columbia families struggling to cover basic living expenses. One in five of our children still lives in poverty. Using the MORE

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First Call budget submission: child care, poverty, education, foster youth

First Call’s budget submission to the provincial Finance Committee for the 2018 budget makes 23 specific recommendations covering early childhood, public education, poverty reduction, supports and services for vulnerable children, youth and families and post-secondary education. Some highlights are: Redesign the BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit into a BC Child MORE


Indigenous Early Years education bursary

The New Relationship Trust Foundation (NRT Foundation) has launched a new $1 million Indigenous Early Years Scholarship and Bursary program. Made possible with the support of the Provincial Office for the Early Years, eligible program types include certificate, diploma and associate’s degree programs. For more information contact Senior Project Officer MORE

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Tuition waiver for former youth in care expanded

The provincial government has expanded an existing tuition waiver for former youth in care. The advancement expands existing tuition waivers from 11 schools to all 25 of BC’s post secondary institutions, a request made in this First Call letter last year. Bernard Richard, BC Representative for Children and Youth (RCY), welcomed the necessary expansion 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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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


Election 2017 party responses to First Call coalition questions

On behalf of our 101 member organizations, First Call sent questions from our 2017 Provincial Election Toolkit to each of the three main parties in this election. All three parties have responded, and we encourage everyone to read their answers to our questions about putting the interests of children, youth MORE

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First Call op-ed: BC Budget 2017 fails to fill the hole we’ve dug for children, youth and families

Over the last 15 years provincial child-serving ministries, school districts, post-secondary institutions and community service agencies serving children, youth and families had their provincial funding slashed or squeezed. Meanwhile inflation, growing service needs and increased government-imposed fees and costs forced them to cannibalize and reduce their services to balance their MORE