Publication Topics: Health


Reports

2018 BC Child Poverty Report Card

Media Release November 20, 2018 First Call’s Annual 2018 Child Poverty Report Card Finds One in Five Children Still Poor (Vancouver BC) Today, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition released its annual BC Child Poverty Report Card finding that not much has changed for poor children and their families. MORE


Letters and Submissions

Submission to The Advisory Council on the Implementation of a National Pharmacare Program

On September 28, 2018, First Call submitted recommendations to The Advisory Council on the Implementation of a National Pharmacare Program. The submission recognizes that socioeconomic position is one of the most important social determinants of health. Our submission highlights five recommendations: Recommendation 1: Implement a national pharmacare program with a high-level focus MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

August Monthly Update

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: First Call Submission to Federal Budget Tent Cities: Open Letter Calls For Public Health Approach To Reducing Health And Safety Risks Welcome Nadine Gagné-L’Hirondelle Living Wage MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call’s Submission to the BC Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation

NEW June 2018: Revised Submission to BC Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation On March 30th 2018, First Call sent in a submission to the BC Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation to Minister Simpson. Our first provincial report card containing data for 1994 showed that one in five BC children were poor. It is MORE


Letters and Submissions

2016 Reduction in Outdoor Play Space Requirements – Minister of Health Adrian Dix Response

On October 31, 2017, First Call sent a letter to the Minister of Health, Adrian Dix to ask why the minimum outdoor play space per child as determined in the Child Care Licensing Regulation was reduced from 7 square metres for licensed child care programs to 6 square metres. First Call requested details 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


2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card

Media release: November 21, 2017 Looking for Action to Change BC’s Child Poverty Story Data in the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released today by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights the income inequality that leaves far too many British Columbia families struggling to cover basic MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

October 2017 Monthly Update

Youth Policy Options Day – BC 2018 Budget Submission – Opioid Action Plan – and more! October 2017 Highlights this month include: First Call Youth Policy Options Day BC 2018 Budget Submission Call to increase child care outdoor play space BC Opioid Action Plan open letter First Call out and MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call letter to Minister of Health Adrian Dix regarding 2016 reduction in outdoor play space requirements

With unanswered questions about why the minimum outdoor play space per child as determined in the Child Care Licensing Regulation was reduced from 7 square metres for licensed child care programs to 6 square metres, First Call sent Minister Dix a letter asking for more details about this change from his ministry, 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

Letter to Health Minister Terry Lake on Reduction of Child Care Play Space

March 16, 2017 Honourable Terry Lake Minister of Health PO Box 9050 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, BC V8W 9E2 Dear Minister Lake, I am writing on behalf of First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition’s Early Childhood Roundtable to inquire about the change made to the Child Care Licensing 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