Publication Topics: Income Assistance/Welfare


Letters and Submissions

Social Development Minister Simpson’s response to First Call letter and policy memorandum from youth from care

On November 24, 2017, First Call sent a letter to Premier Horgan and six cabinet ministers along with a policy brief developed with youth from care calling for action to enhance supports for youth leaving the foster care system. The brief, which was also shared with all BC MLAs, made MORE


Reports

2017 First Call Annual Report

December 2017 First Call is proud of what our coalition has accomplished in 2017. From holding government to account for BC’s child poverty crisis to amplifying the voices of foster youth, together we’ve done some amazing work to put BC’s children and youth first. Here are highlights of key successes, victories, communications and outreach 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


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


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


Reports

2016 First Call Annual Report

December 2016 First Call is proud of what our coalition has accomplished in 2016. From holding government to account for BC’s child poverty crisis to stopping yet another clawback to amplifying the voices of foster youth, together we’ve done some amazing work to put BC’s children and youth first. Here are highlights of key successes, MORE


Letters and Submissions

Joint Letter to Federal Minister Duclos on EI Parental Leaves

First Call is a signatory to this joint letter sent to the Jean-Yves Duclos, the federal minister of families, children and social development regarding federal consultations on parental leaves, compassionate care and employment insurance. Excerpt: We urge the Government to keep a focus on the big picture which includes our MORE


Letters and Submissions

MSDSI Minister Stilwell Response to First Call Letters on End to EI Maternity Benefit Clawback

Via email From: Minister, SDSI SDSI:EX [mailto:SD.Minister@gov.bc.ca] Sent: October-20-16 11:51 AM To: Adrienne FirstCallBC <adrienne@firstcallbc.org> Subject: 190900 Montani SDSI Response Ref: 190900 Adrienne Montani Provincial Coordinator First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition adrienne@firstcallbc.org Dear Ms. Montani: Thank you for your letter of September 6, 2016, regarding Employment insurance 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


Letters and Submissions

Letter Thanking MSDSI Minister Stilwell on End to EI Maternity Benefit Clawback

October 5, 2016 Honourable Michelle Stilwell Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation PO Box 9058, Stn Prov Govt Victoria, BC V8W 9E2 Dear Minister Stilwell, We are writing to thank the BC government for doing the right thing and ending the clawback of child-related Employment Insurance benefits from income MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

September 2016 Monthly Update

BC cancels family clawbacks – First Call backs foster youth supports – Best wishes to Lin Ruitong– 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: BC ends maternity and parental and EI MORE


Letters and Submissions

Letter to MSDSI Minister Stilwell on EI Maternity Benefit Clawback

September 6, 2016 Honourable Michelle Stilwell Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation PO Box 9058, Stn Prov Govt Victoria, BC V8W 9E2 Dear Minister Stilwell, I am writing on behalf of our coalition members to ask you to work with your government to authorize a simple amendment to the MORE