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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


Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy

On September 5, 2018, Health Canada launched a public consultation on potential next steps in the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy (CDSS). The CDSS is the federal government’s health-focused approach to substance use issues. First Call is looking for youth who are knowledgeable on substance use to participate in our submission to MORE

Child and Youth News of the Week (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


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