Publication Topics: Poverty


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


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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


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First Call Submission to National Consultation on a Human Rights-Based Approach to Housing

This spring the Government of Canada invited responses to a proposed new framework for a human rights-based approach to housing. First Call’s submission recommended the federal government focus on four areas of action: ensure access to safe and affordable housing for children and youth who live in households struggling with 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


Letters and Submissions

First Call Presentation to the Joint Public Meeting on Transit

On May 24, 2018, First Call presented to the Joint Public Meeting of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation and TransLink’s Board of Directors. First Call’s comments added to those from a delegation of speakers including the Single Mothers’ Alliance of BC and the TripEd Campaign. First Call drew attention MORE