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2020 BC Child Poverty Report Card

Media Release For immediate release December 9, 2020 2020 BC Child Poverty Report Card Finds Little Change in Number of Children Growing up Poor (Vancouver BC) Today, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition released the 24rd annual BC Child Poverty Report Card finding that not much has changed MORE


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First Call and Basics for Health Urge Government Action on Children’s Health

Today, First Call and Basics for Health Society sent a letter to the BC government urging a coordinated response to children’s health during this COVID-19 pandemic. Advocates, physicians, researchers and health care professionals have come together to voice their alarm about the harmful impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, MORE


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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


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ECEBC Letter to ECEs and BC Minister of Health and CCCABC Statement

This week’s CTV article highlights that struggles to maintain staff ratios and locate and buy necessary cleaning supplies are just two of the concerns being raised by childcare workers, operators and advocates regarding the B.C. government’s decision not to close daycares during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC) MORE


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BC Rent Bank Offering Support

BC Rent Bank is pleased to partner with a great number of organizations that are offering rent bank services in their community! If you are someone looking for services, please have a look here at the agencies currently offering rent bank services. Since each organization has its own set of criteria for MORE


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More BC Budget Analysis from Our Members

In mid-February, First Call sent out a special edition of our Weekly Newsletter to respond to the BC Budget 2020 announcement. The budget followed through on promises made in past budgets – including the BC Child Opportunity Benefit – but came up short on new initiatives and investments that would assist children, 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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Have a Heart Day

Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation event organized by First Nations Child & Family Caring Society that brings together caring Canadians to help ensure First Nations children have the services they need to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud MORE