News Topics: Income Inequality


Government Announces Extension for Youth Aging Out of Care

Today, Fostering Change, issued a media release today praising the provincial government for responding to concerns about youth aging out of care in this pandemic. Yesterday, government announced that youth who turn 19 during the COVID-19 pandemic will have their care agreements extended, and that those on the Agreements with 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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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

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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


The Oxfam Summit and the Day of Action

The Oxfam Summit gathers activists, community leaders and passionate individuals from across Canada to Ottawa (unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory) for two and a half days packed full of workshops, inspiring speakers, and break-out sessions. The Day of Action follows the Summit where participants take all they’ve learned and put MORE

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UNICEF Index ‘Where We Stand: The Canadian Index of Child and Youth Well-Being’

UNICEF Canada recently launched the Canadian Index of Child and Youth Well-Being. This is a framework to communicate to Canadians what Canada is like for kids from birth to age 18, track progress for their rights and well-being, and guide action to address the greatest challenges. Canada’s middle position among its MORE


2019 PHABC Conference – Call for Abstracts 

The Public Health Association of British Columbia will host its annual conference in November in downtown Vancouver. This year’s theme is “Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches & Practice in Complex Systems,” and will explore sub-themes of food systems & security, immunization & infectious disease control, wicked problems in health equity, MORE

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BC Poverty Reduction Coalition Campaign Calling for Increase to Welfare and Disability Rates

As was released in our past newsletter, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services released their Budget 2020 Consultation Report and corresponding Media Release. We were pleased to see a number of recommendations included in the report. However, for the first time in many years, the report did not call for an increase to MORE


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


Oxfam Report on Rise of Global Inequality

A new report from Oxfam found that Canadian billionaires saw a one-year $20 billion increase in their wealth. Over the same period (March 2017 – March 2018) wealth held by the poorest half of Canadians remained the same. The report on global inequality Public Good or Private Wealth, makes recommendations including MORE


Food Costing in BC 2017: Food prices rising, but lack of income the real problem

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control collaborated to release the Food Costing in BC 2017 report earlier this month. Please share this report and infographic which demonstrate that 1 in 6 BC children live in homes that struggle to feed them well.  Food insecurity negatively affects maternal health, birth outcomes, mental, emotional and MORE