First Call has made a robust submission to the Fair Wage Commission regarding the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, recommendation 1, which states that the provincial government should raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour and index it annually to the cost of living and ensure all workers MORE
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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
TransLink has released a survey within the Transit Fare Review Phase 3 process, asking for input on a range of options for reforms to the current fare system and cost structure. Access a discussion guide to the survey and fare review options here. Fill out the full survey here.
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
The fall economic update also includes an increase to the federal Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB). For some time, policy advocates such as the Caledon Institute for Public Policy have suggested the WITB needs increased benefit levels and extended coverage. Government will now enhance the WITB by $500 million annually MORE
A conference held in September 2017 at the Centre for Labour Management Relations (CLMR) and the Better Way to Build the Economy Alliance brought together over 20 speakers from academia, community, government, health, and policy and many participants for – Smart Employers Talk – Building a Better Economy One Job MORE
The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition’s budget submission proposes the following 7 key points: Significantly increase welfare and disability rates, and index them to inflation Improve the earnings and working conditions of those in the low-wage workforce Address the needs of those most likely to be living in poverty Address homelessness MORE
Raise the Rates will launch the 6th annual welfare food challenge starting on November 1, 2017. Participants will try to survive on $19 a week for food. The Challenge seeks participants who are keen to blog and share their experience throughout the week. Could this be you? Participants are asked to MORE
Parental-leave rich and parental-leave poor: Inequality in Canada labour market based leave policies by Lindsey Mckay, Sophie Mathieu and Andrea Doucet, compares access to parental leave benefits between Quebec and the rest of Canada by family income and by its two different programs. Maternal access to leave benefits has improved dramatically MORE
The PRC is partnering with Raise the Rates BC to host a strategy session next Friday called Let’s Take on the Roots of Poverty Together. The session is for youth living in Surrey who want to take action against poverty. Youth, teachers, parents and community members are welcome to join the session on Friday September MORE
First Call and partners met with Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Honourable Shane Simpson, on August 24, 2017. The minutes from that meeting can be found here.
BC has announced it will raise minimum wage by 50 cents as of September 2017. This is one of several smaller increases leading to a promised $15 minimum wage by 2021. According to the government, 63% of minimum wage workers are women and the raise will benefit more than 100,000 MORE
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
Income inequality continues to rise, notes a new report from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. Recent OECD data show the top 1% of Canadians hold more than 15% of overall wealth in the country, and in 2012 the richest 20% of Canadian households held 67% of the country’s net MORE