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First Call’s 2019 BC Budget Submission

On October 15th, we submitted our recommendations to the 2019 BC Budget consultation. Our submission makes recommendations that would improve the lives of children, youth and families in BC that have been informed  by our research and our member organizations on  various themes. We highlight recommendations, which are followed by a list of MORE


Child and Youth News of the Week

Toronto.com: (Opinion) Extend Canada Child Benefit to all The Nelson Daily: Op/Ed:Progress on Child Care in BC StarMetro Vancouver: Even social-housing workers are being priced out of Vancouver Global News: Housing crunch pushing even the suburbs out of reach of B.C. families: report Times Colonist: Tent cities a ‘viable first step’ toward solving housing crisis MORE


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BC Poverty Reduction Strategy Announcement

This week, the Provincial Government announced legislation to guide BC’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy. The Poverty Reduction Strategy Act defines the goals of the strategy, which will be released in early 2019, and sets poverty reduction targets and timelines that government must meet. First Call has called for a 50% reduction in MORE


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Ta Saantii Best Strategic Practices Guide

Métis Nation British Columbia developed this guide as result of the findings from the Ta Saantii- Healthy Métis Communities Project. The survey details Métis participation in sports and physical activity in BC, and informs best practices for encouraging Métis participation. The study found that communities that hosted child-friendly events attracted families versus MORE


Child and Youth News of the Week

Kelowna Daily Courier: B.C. budget committee hears plea for provincial funds for youth recovery house Columbia Valley Pioneer: B.C. advocacy groups aim for new federal autism funding Globe and Mail: B.C. cancer patient’s case exposes gaps in care for homeless people, advocates say The Tyee: Health Minister Reflects on BC’s ‘Big Challenge’: Fighting Poverty MORE


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$10aDay Child Care Plan Releases New Policy Brief

The $10aDay Child Care Plan has launched a new website design that includes a “Track Progress” section where they will regularly post about government announcements, policies, programs, budgets, and other updates. They also released the first of four policy briefs about what’s working (and what’s worrying) about the government’s approach to child care. The MORE


Child and Youth News of the Week

Globe and Mail Limited screen time, adequate physical activity and sleep associated with improved cognition for kids: study Times Colonist: Comment: Are private schools better than public schools? Perception versus reality Huffington Post: Canada Needs A ‘Children’s Charter’ To Protect Kids’ Rights Georgia Straight: Melanie Mark: Provincial tuition waiver program helps young people formerly MORE


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Speak Up for Children & Youth in the Provincial Budget 2019 Consultations

Organizations and individuals can participate in Provincial Budget Consultations via written, audio, video submissions, online survey, and in-person presentations. These consultations are an important opportunity to voice your priorities for government spending and programs impacting children, youth and families. First Call is encouraging submissions and presentations to include our call for enhancing BC’s MORE


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Speak Up for Children & Youth in the Provincial Budget 2019 Consultations

Organizations and individuals can participate in Provincial Budget Consultations via written, audio, video submissions, online survey, and in-person presentations. These consultations are an important opportunity to voice your priorities for government spending and programs impacting children, youth and families. First Call is encouraging submissions and presentations to include our call for enhancing BC’s MORE


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$10aDay Campaign: Urge Government to Continue Moving Forward

The newest petition launched by the $10aDay Campaign expresses appreciation for the BC government’s bold steps to address the child care situation in BC. The government is lowering parent fees, raising educator wages and education, and creating more licensed spaces. $10aDay Campaign thanks everyone who has participated in the campaign MORE


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Federal Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework Announced

Co-developed by the federal government with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapirit Kanatami and the Métis National Council, this newly-announced IELCC Framework includes 3 frameworks (First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation). Also announced was up to $1.7 billion over 10 years to support the autonomous, community-driven and nation-based governance of Inuit, MORE