News Topics: Poverty

Campaigns and Issues

The Impact of Poverty on Canadian Children: a Call for Action

In case you missed it, the Canadian Medical Association Journal released a blog article in February to discuss the impact of poverty on Canadian children. Cal Robinson, a postgraduate year two Pediatrics resident in Ontario, explains that Canada’s position as third highest rate of child poverty amongst 17 similarly developed countries points to the MORE


Media Release: BC’s Poverty Action Strategy

Media Release For immediate release March 18, 2019 BC Poverty Reduction Strategy Offers Initiatives That Will Help Lift Families Out of Poverty (Vancouver) Today, government released BC’s first ever poverty reduction strategy TogetherBC setting out a number of strategies and initiatives aimed at meeting legislated poverty reduction targets including a MORE

Campaigns and Issues

Affordable Child Care for All Plan

Too many parents and guardians in Canada still can’t find affordable child care for their kids – with today’s young families still relying on the patchwork of inadequate solutions of their parents’ generation. Child Care Now is hosting The Affordable Child Care for All Plan that calls for accessible child care for MORE


Spotlight: Child Welfare

Spotlight: Child Welfare is a collaborative journalism project that aims to deepen and improve reporting on B.C.’s child welfare system. Their goals are to produce in-depth, nuanced, data-driven and solutions‑oriented reporting about B.C.’s child‑welfare system, and to develop a model for collaborative journalism projects that folks can use in other regions 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

Campaigns and Issues

Shifting the Culture at the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition collaborated with partners in developing a discussion paper based on key concerns and observations collected over years of working on assistance issues with people seeking MCFD services. The paper includes 31 specific and achievable recommendations for the Ministry so that those seeking help have their needs met MORE


HungerCount 2018

Food Banks Canada’s HungerCount2018 Report includes powerful recommendations to governments including a call to Support the Creation of Standardized, Affordable Early Learning and Childcare Across the Country. Read the full report and four public policy recommendations that would decrease Canadians’ reliance on food banks. In BC, 31% of food bank users were families with MORE