Campaigns and Issues

First Call co-hosts federal poverty reduction consultation

Members and supporters of First Call and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition met on June 14 to share input and help shape the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy being developed by the federal government. Strong themes from the session included enhanced income supports, free and affordable child care, social housing, and fairer taxation, among others. A summary of the input from this session is being prepared and will be posted to the First Call and BC Poverty Reduction Coalition websites.

This joint consultation followed Campaign 2000’s June 12 national forum, and the release of Campaign 2000’s submission with eight recommended priorities and a target for the federal government to reduce child poverty rates in Canada by 50% by 2020.

The North Okanagan Social Planning Council and North Okanagan Early Years Council held a joint consultation in Vernon on May 25. Information regarding the submission from that forum can be obtained by contacting Annette Sharkey, Executive Director of the Social Planning Council for the North Okanagan.

The deadline to make your own submission to the federal poverty reduction strategy consultation is June 30, and the link to do that is here.

Read the summary of Campaign 2000’s submission
Read the full Campaign 2000 Federal Action Plan to Eradicate Poverty
Learn about measurements used in the Plan