Publication Topics: Parent Support


Reports

Federal Policies That Put Children and Youth First – Progress Update

In the lead-up to the federal election, First Call developed an election toolkit outlining what is at stake for BC’s children and youth at the federal level under each of the 4 Keys to Success for Children and Youth. In this new report we’ve tracked the progress made on our policy recommendations based on announcements MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

March 2016 Monthly Update

March, 2016 Welcome to our monthly update about First Call’s advocacy work and key actions you can take to support children and youth in BC. Highlights this month include: We reviewed the federal budget for highlights and misses for BC’s children and youth We heard back from MSDSI Minister Stilwell MORE


Letters and Submissions

Response from MSDSI Minister Stilwell Re Family Maintenance Service

March 2016 On March 8, 2016, Michelle Stilwell, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation, responded by email to First Call, West Coast LEAF and Single Mothers’ Alliance BC’s Dec 18, 2015 email regarding Family Maintenance Services (FMS). In the Dec 18 email we asked whether the Ministry anticipated any changes to the following MORE


Letters and Submissions

Follow-up Letter to MSDSI Minister Stilwell Re Family Maintenance Service

December 2015 On December 18, 2015, First Call, West Coast LEAF and Single Mothers’ Alliance BC sent an email to Michelle Stilwell, the BC minister of social development and social innovation, regarding Family Maintenance Services (FMS). This email follows up on Minister Stilwell’s March 23, 2015 response to Adrienne Montani’s March 2, 2015 letter. They ask 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

MCFD Response to First Call Roundtable on Child Care Registry

April 2015 Arif Lalani, executive director of the Provincial Services Division of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, responds to the letter by First Call’s Early Childhood Development Roundtable expressing concerns about the government’s online child care registry. Lalani confirmed that the intent of the online registry is to improve parents’ 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


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Submission to MSDSI’s Child Support Clawback Consultation Process

February 2015 First Call prepared this joint submission with the Single Mothers’ Alliance and the Community Legal Assistance Society and presented it to the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI) as part of the ministry’s Family Maintenance Consultation process. First Call grounded its submission in a child’s rights MORE


Letters and Submissions

Minister Cadieux Responds to 2014’s Child Poverty Report Card

December 22, 2014 Minister Cadieux responded to 2014’s BC Child Poverty Report Card by outlining government’s two-pronged approach to child poverty: 1) job creation and 2) targeted support programs/services. For example, Cadieux noted that government has increased BC’s minimum wage to $10.25/hour; lowered taxes by 37 per cent since 2001; 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

BC Premier Defends Lack of Support for Poverty Reduction Legislation – Bill M212

June 2014 In response to First Call’s call to action regarding Private Member Bill M212, the Poverty Reduction and Economic Inclusion Act, Premier Clark stated that legislated targets are not necessary to achieve “good outcomes.“ Rather, the solution is to lift “people out of poverty through job creation and improved MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call Urges Premier to Support Poverty-Reduction Legislation – Bill M212

June 2014 In this letter, First Call urged Premier Clark to rise above partisan politics and address the root causes of poverty by supporting Bill M212, the Poverty Reduction and Economic Inclusion Act. “The actions proposed in Bill M212 are essential steps that government must take in order to meet MORE