Publication Topics: Provincial


Letters and Submissions

Social Development Minister Simpson’s response to First Call letter and policy memorandum from youth from care

On November 24, 2017, First Call sent a letter to Premier Horgan and six cabinet ministers along with a policy brief developed with youth from care calling for action to enhance supports for youth leaving the foster care system. The brief, which was also shared with all BC MLAs, made MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call submission to the BC Fair Wages Commission consultation

As part of consultations held over November and December 2017, First Call made a submission to the BC Fair Wages Commission, demonstrating why BC urgently needs a minimum wage in line with the current cost of living and the social costs of keeping wages in BC unacceptably low, as well MORE


Letters and Submissions

Living Wage for Families submission to the BC Fair Wages Commission consultation

The Living Wage for Families Campaign has been active throughout November and December 2017 in mobilizing Living Wage and progressive employers to take part in ongoing BC Fair Wages Commission consultations happening around BC, ensuring the voices of low-wage workers are well-represented in the process. Find the full submission here.


Reports

Report on Youth Policy Solutions Day Partnership with Vancouver Foundation’s Fostering Change Initiative

On October 24, 2017, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition worked closely with the Vancouver Foundation’s Fostering Change Initiative to bring youth in and from foster/government care, and their allies from around the province, to Victoria for a full day of policy action. The October 24 Policy Solutions MORE


News-Releases-and-Op-eds

Op-ed: B.C.’s child poverty story needs to change

Published November 21, 2017, in The Province By Adrienne Montani A generational opportunity to change the child-poverty story in B.C. is knocking. The provincial NDP government and the B.C. Green party have committed to work together to design and implement a province-wide poverty reduction strategy. The new cabinet includes a minister MORE


2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card

Media release: November 21, 2017 Looking for Action to Change BC’s Child Poverty Story Data in the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released today by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights the income inequality that leaves far too many British Columbia families struggling to cover basic MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

October 2017 Monthly Update

Youth Policy Options Day – BC 2018 Budget Submission – Opioid Action Plan – and more! October 2017 Highlights this month include: First Call Youth Policy Options Day BC 2018 Budget Submission Call to increase child care outdoor play space BC Opioid Action Plan open letter First Call out and MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call letter to Minister of Health Adrian Dix regarding 2016 reduction in outdoor play space requirements

With unanswered questions about why the minimum outdoor play space per child as determined in the Child Care Licensing Regulation was reduced from 7 square metres for licensed child care programs to 6 square metres, First Call sent Minister Dix a letter asking for more details about this change from his ministry, MORE


Letters and Submissions

Letter to Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy and MLA Andrew Weaver urging action on Child Care commitments in 2018 BC Budget

To address the ‘difference in opinion’ between government and the BC Green Caucus that has delayed child care commitments in the provincial budget, First Call’s ECD Roundtable sent a letter to Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy and BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver: Early childhood advocates and MORE


Letters and Submissions

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