Publication Topics: Parent Support


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


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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


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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


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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


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SDSI Minister McRae Sidesteps Call for Exemption on Child Support Clawbacks

January 2014 Don McRae, the minister of social development and social innovation, responded to the November 2013 letter from First Call and key partners detailing how a $300 exemption would alleviate the injustice and child-poverty ramifications of the clawback of child support payments in single-income families. SDSI Minister Don McRae reiterated MORE


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Child Poverty Advocates Repeat Call for Exemption on Child Support Clawbacks

November 19, 2013 In this National Children’s Day follow-up to their April 2013 call to action, First Call, the West Coast Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund and the Community Legal Assistance Society again urged Premier Clark and Minister McRae to implement an immediate $300 child support exemption for single MORE


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BC MPs Urged to Establish Office of the Commissioner for Children and Young Persons Via Bill C-420

October 2012 This October 2012 letter template was produced by First Call for coalition members and other organizations to email to all BC Members of Parliament urging them to vote for Bill C-420, legislation to establish the Office of the Commissioner for Children and Young Persons in Canada. The position MORE


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2013 Provincial Budget Submission: Time to Stop the Neglect and Invest in Our Children

October 2012 In October 2012 First Call made a presentation and written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2013 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 MORE


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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


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2013 Federal Budget Submission: Supporting a Sustainable Society with Children in Mind

August 2012 This submission was First Call’s response to the federal Standing Committee on Finance’s online questionnaire regarding the 2013 federal budget. The questionnaire was narrowly focused on economic recovery/growth and job creation/productivity, among other challenges.


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A Submission on the MCFD Plan for Early Childhood Supports and Services

March 2012 First Call’s ECD Roundtable made this submission to the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Strategic and Operational Plan Working Draft, ECD and Child Care section, regarding the 2012 provincial budget. The roundtable noted that the plan provides a good overview of the research on the importance of MORE


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2011 Brief to MCFD Minister Mary McNeil

September 2011 This brief to Ministry of Children and Family Development Minister Mary McNeil outlines First Call’s recommendations for improved supports, services and outcomes for BC children and youth, including its 4 Keys to Success. The recommendations include: Permanency for children and youth in care Prevention of vulnerability through enhanced MORE


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2012 Federal Budget Submission: Invest More in Children

August 2011 First Call submitted three recommendations to the federal Standing Committee on Finance during pre-budget consultations on the 2012 federal budget: Place a high priority on increasing Canada’s annual investments in early childhood care and learning, from the current 0.25% of GDP to the recommended UNICEF benchmark of 1% MORE


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2011 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission

October 2010 First Call made this submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2011 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.) First Call’s MORE


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2011 Federal Budget Submission: Living Up to Our Commitments to Our Children

August 2010 First Call made this submission to the federal Standing Committee on Finance during pre-budget consultations on the 2011 federal budget. In recognition of Canada’s commitments to children and youth under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as the sustained criticism Canada has received MORE