On August 3, First Call participated in the federal government’s Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2019 Budget with a submission that made recommendations in three key areas:
1. Tax Fairness and Income Support: Leveling the playing field for Canada’s children and youth is one of the best investments government can make to ensure they thrive and become full participants in society and the economy.
2. Targeted Initiatives for Groups Over-Represented in Poverty Data: In many cases, government systems present barriers and exclude families and their children from both contributing to and benefiting from Canada’s economy.
3. Lower Barriers and Improve Lives Through Universal Programs: Reducing poverty is about enough income but it’s also about affordable, low-barrier access to basic services including child care, education, transportation, employment programs and health care.