Publication Topics: Poverty


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

Minister Shane Simpson – letter on the Poverty Reduction Strategy Act

On November 2, 2018, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson wrote First Call a letter to update about the processes, targets, and next steps toward the poverty reduction initiative in BC. He explained the process of consultation, including engaging 8,500 people, hosting 28 facilitated meetings, and appointing MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call Submission to Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services

First Call submitted our BC Budget 2019 consultation on October 15, 2018. Our submission raises concerns and makes recommendations affecting children youth and families in BC that have been raised by our research and our member organizations regarding various themes. We highlight four recommendations: Enhancing and expanding BC’s child benefit to reduce MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

September 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: We’re Hiring! Living Wage Campaign Hiring Research Coordinator BC Poverty Reduction Strategy Act introduced Policy Solutions Lobby Day 2018 BC Child Poverty Report Card Release Date 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


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


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 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


Letters and Submissions

Mayor Derek Corrigan and Lorraine Cunningham – Response to Joint Public Meeting on Transit

On June 20, 2018, Mayor Derek Corrigan, Chair, Mayors’ Council, and Lorraine Cunningham, Chair, TransLink Board of Directors, responded to First Call’s presentation to the Joint Public Meeting of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation and TransLink’s Board of Directors. They expressed appreciation for First Call’s presentation and follow-up letter and MORE