Publication Topics: Children with Special Needs


Letters and Submissions

Letter to Minister Katrina Chen – Differential Fees for Families

On October 16, 2018, First Call sent a letter to Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen on behalf of the Early Childhood Development Roundtable. The roundtable has been discussing concerns arising from the experiences of families who have children with special needs about the fees they are being MORE


Reports

First Call 2017 BC Child Poverty Executive Summary

Each year First Call publishes a BC Child Poverty Report Card, analyzing the latest federal and provincial data to accurately portray the extent of child and family poverty in our province. In 2017, using the most recent available data, we found that 153,300, or 1 in 5, BC children are MORE


News-Releases-and-Op-eds

Op-ed: B.C.’s child poverty story needs to change

Published November 21, 2017, in The Province By Adrienne Montani A generational opportunity to change the child-poverty story in B.C. is knocking. The provincial NDP government and the B.C. Green party have committed to work together to design and implement a province-wide poverty reduction strategy. The new cabinet includes a minister MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call 2018 Provincial Budget Submission: Respecting Child & Youth Rights with Timely Investments

  First Call has submitted a written brief, Respecting Child & Youth Rights with Timely Investments, to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services as part of their public consultation to prepare British Columbia’s 2018 budget. Each fall, the Committee drafts recommendations for the provincial budget based on the MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call Briefing Note to Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy and Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen

On September 28, 2017, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition met with Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy and Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen, and presented the following briefing note to highlight our coalition’s priorities regarding child welfare and early childhood development, and MORE


News-Releases-and-Op-eds

Time to make investing in B.C. families our top priority

Published February 11, 2017, in the Vancouver Sun by Adrienne Montani, Faith Bodnar, Sherry Sinclair and Sharon Gregson As families across British Columbians celebrate the 5th annual B.C. Family Day, it’s a welcome opportunity to spend extra time together, have some fun and celebrate all the wonderful reasons our families are important MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

October 2016 Monthly Update

2017 fundraising gala details – MSP coverage for all infants – First Call budget submission – and more! Welcome to our monthly update about First Call’s advocacy work and key developments in child and youth policy in BC. Highlights this month include: Guest of Honour: Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond MSP coverage MORE


Letters and Submissions

2017 Provincial Budget Submission: Time to Meet Our Responsibilities to BC’s Children and Youth

October 2016 First Call made a written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2017 provincial budget. (Each fall, the Select Standing Committee holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget, then drafts recommendations for the budget based on the input given.) We MORE


News-Releases-and-Op-eds

Federal budget 2016 takes aim at child poverty, misses early childhood urgency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 31, 2016 First Call Coalition members were looking for a 2016 federal budget that put Canada’s children and youth first and that ensured that BC’s children and youth have the resources they need to thrive. We were heartened by a number of new commitments for MORE


Letters and Submissions

2016 Provincial Budget Submission: Will BC’s 2016 Budget Put Children and Youth First?

September 2015 First Call made a presentation and written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2016 provincial budget. (Each fall, the Select Standing Committee holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget, then drafts recommendations for the budget based on the input given.) MORE


Letters and Submissions

Letter to MSDSI Minister Don McRae Re: End of Child Support Clawback and Mandatory Family Maintenance Rights

March 2015 BC Minister for Social Development and Social Innovation Don McRae attended First Call’s 2014 coalition meeting where single mothers described the negative consequences of a policy that treated child support as income, including the deduction of child support payments from disability assistance cheques. In this March letter, First MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call Urges BC Mayors and Councils to Support BC Children and Youth at UBCM Convention

September 2014 With several significant resolutions regarding the rights and well-being of children and youth coming forward at the 2014 Union of BC Municipalities convention, this open letter to BC’s mayors and councils urged resource support for sexually exploited children and youth, trades and technology skills training and a $10/day MORE


Letters and Submissions

Moving Together Toward an Accessible BC: A Disability White-Paper Submission

March 2014 First Call provided this submission as part of the provincial government’s disability consultation, which informed the creation of the Disability Consultation Report: Moving Together Toward an Accessible B.C. In this submission, First Call noted that the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act is discriminatory and undermines the MORE


Letters and Submissions

2014 Provincial Budget Submission: BC’s Children and Youth: A Smart Investment

September 2013 First Call submitted this written brief to the BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. (Each fall, the Select Standing Committee holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget, then drafts recommendations for the budget based on the input given.) First Call’s recommendations call for a MORE


Letters and Submissions

2012 Provincial Budget Analysis

August 2012 This budget analysis compared First Call’s recommendations to the province’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services and the committee’s recommendations relating to child and youth issues, as published in First Call’s Report on the Budget 2012 Consultations – with the actual budget commitments made by the MORE