Publication Topics: Parent Support

Letters and Submissions

Join us: Call for Improvements to BC’s Early Childhood Tax Benefit in Budget Consultations

The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services is currently inviting British Columbians to share their ideas and priorities for the next provincial budget. We are recommending improvements to BC’s Early Childhood Tax Benefit. In our annual Child Poverty Report Cards we have been calling on government to improve MORE

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First Call’s Submission to Federal Budget Consultation Focuses on Reducing Child Poverty

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: Tax Fairness and Income Support Leveling the playing field for Canada’s children and youth is one of the best investments government can MORE

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New First Call Research and Recommendations on Enhancing BC’s Child Tax Benefit

In our 2017 child poverty report card, we made a recommendation to enhance BC’s current early childhood benefit to more effectively reach poor, children-supporting households. We know, from international data that, on average, social transfers in high-income countries reduce child poverty rates by about one third. Of the provinces offering a child benefit, BC MORE


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

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Supporting youth ‘aging out’ of care in British Columbia: Recommendations for change and extended support

On October 24, 2017, a group of more than 60 youth from foster care rallied outside the BC Legislature to call for changes to the provincial foster care system. Earlier that day, several of these youth leaders presented a policy brief that features their key recommendations and expected next steps, MORE

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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

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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

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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

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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

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MPs and Ministers Congratulated on Federal Election and Invited to Learn about First Call

April 2016 This letter from the First Call Coalition congratulated all Members of Parliament and relevant Ministers (re)elected in the 2015 federal election and invited them to learn more about First Call’s vision and work. It also commends them on the actions they have already taken in their first few months of MORE