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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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2022 BC Budget Consultation

The BC Government’s 2022 budget consultations are underway and First Call has developed an overview of our key priorities for your reference. First Call’s submission reminds government that we have a long way to go in ending child poverty with 1 in 5 BC children still growing up poor and MORE


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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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The Millennium Scoop: Indigenous youth say care system repeats horrors of the past

In a special edition of CBC Radio’s The Current, Anna Maria Tremonti brings together three Indigenous youth who have spent time in Canada’s care system. jaye simpson, Reina Foster, and First Call Youth Organizer Dylan Cohen discuss their experiences and recommendations for the care system. While their experiences and lived MORE


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Child and youth news of the week

National Observer: BC working on big changes for Indigenous child welfare Times Colonist: Victoria sobering centre to start taking older teens Province: Dylan Cohen: More educational support needed from government for kids leaving foster care Castlegar Source: OP/ED: BC Poverty Reduction Coalition says minimum wage hikes inadequate Global News: Foster parents say contract terminated after MORE


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Minister Shane Simpson’s Response to 2017 Child Poverty Report Card

Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson has written to First Call in response to the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card. The letter notes creation of a poverty reduction strategy is part of his ministry’s mandate, and that this will address key First Call issues that include housing, 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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Federal government indexes Child Tax Benefit to inflation

Beginning in July 2018, Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payments will be adjusted as the cost of living increases, nearly two years ahead of the previously planned adjustment. According to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, a family with two children will pocket approximately a $200 increase in Canada child benefit payments starting MORE