The Society for Children and Youth of BC (SCYBC) has launched a pilot Urban Explorers educational program within the Vancouver School District (SD39). With a focus on children’s rights to participate in decisions that affect their lives, Urban Explorers invites elementary and high-school students to explore their community, identify community assets, MORE
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 City of Richmond has released the Richmond 2017-2022 Child Care Needs Assessment and Strategy, with several strong key recommendations now adopted by council. The recommendations include that the City of Richmond endorse the $10aDay plan for BC. Other recommendations include supporting wage enhancements for child care workers, implementation of MORE
The District of Central Saanich is the first local government in the Capital Region and one of the first municipalities in the province to officially adopt a living wage policy for staff and contractors. “For us it’s about ensuring our employees are receiving a wage that reflects the true costs of MORE
BC211, operator of the Red Book Online directory of community services, has expanded its reach from Metro Vancouver to now offer service throughout BC. In addition to phone service, BC211.ca now also offers a live web chat service with call centre staff, ready to refer callers to anything from emergency MORE
The City of Vancouver became the largest employer in Canada to be certified as a Living Wage Employer by the Living Wage for Families Campaign. The living wage is one part of the City of Vancouver’s Healthy City Strategy. Through implementing a living wage the City of Vancouver has demonstrated MORE
It’s time for Greater Victoria’s annual checkup! If you live or work in the Capital Region (including the Southern Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island, and Juan de Fuca up to Port Renfrew), take the 2017 Victoria’s Vital Signs survey and share what you love about living, working and playing in MORE
Did you know that there are only 12 child care spaces available per 100 children in Surrey? And that 41% of food bank clients in Surrey are children and babies? This infographic tells the story of the children and families in Surrey and White Rock.
The Children’s Partnership Surrey-White Rock has updated its brochure for resources for families with children in Surrey and White Rock. The brochure lists programs and services for child care, early literacy, parents and more. Download the brochure
Kudos to New Westminster’s city council, which endorsed the city’s new Community Poverty Reduction Strategy in December 2016. The strategy provides a vision for moving forward and specific actions to enhance the quality of life of families, while providing a supportive environment and opportunities to help families move out of MORE
The Living Wage for Families Campaign congratulates the City of Port Coquitlam for becoming the third municipality in Canada to implement a living wage policy. The living wage is a regional calculation that looks at the amount that a family of four – two adults working full year, full time MORE
Data in the 2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released November 24, 2016, by First Call, highlights how growing income inequality among BC families has one in five of our children living in poverty, and how our failure to properly support youth as they leave foster care is putting many MORE
Data in the 2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released November 24, 2016, by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights how growing income inequality among BC families has one in five of our children living in poverty, and how our failure to properly support youth as they MORE