Our Coalition


The First Call coalition provides a unified, strong and respected voice for BC’s children and youth.

Over the years, the First Call Coalition has grown. It started as a few key advocates who came together when Canada ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991. There are now 110 provincial and regional member organizations from a wide variety of sectors.

The advocacy of the First Call coalition is grounded in the 4 Keys to Success for Children and Youth. And it is informed by the cross-sectoral expertise and province-wide reach of our diverse coalition members. The coalition meets monthly to discuss emerging issues and set priorities. Coalition members working in early childhood development (ECD) meet bi-monthly in an ECD Roundtable. Representatives from the coalition form a Steering Committee, which oversees First Call’s strategic direction.

A number of government departments or organizations, or those who choose to participate in the coalition without voting rights, support the 4 Keys to Success for Children and Youth and send representatives to participate in coalition meetings as well. These liaison relationships are currently in place with the following organizations:

BC Representative for Children and Youth 
Public Health Agency of Canada
Ministry of Children and Family Development
Human Early Learning Partnership, UBC
BC School Trustees’ Association

We invite your organization to join our coalition and to add your voice to our call to put children and youth first.


UWCV“Members of The University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft are proud to be active members of  First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition. We regularly use First Call’s materials in our own advocacy work to promote an end to Child Poverty in B.C. The First Call Coalition is an important voice for the most vulnerable children and youth in B.C. and we gladly lend our support to such an important and vital organization.”

– Cleta Brown, Past President UWCV