Publication Type: Letters and Submissions to Government


Letters and Submissions

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


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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


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Premier John Horgan – Response to Youth Policy Solutions Day Policy Memorandum

In April 2018, Premier John Horgan sent a thoughtful response to the policy memorandum that was developed at the Youth Policy Solutions Day that First Call co-hosted with Vancouver Foundation’s Fostering Change in October 2017. His letter outlines actions that the government has implemented since July 2017 and clearly outlines MORE


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First Call’s Submission to the BC Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation

NEW June 2018: Revised Submission to BC Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation On March 30th 2018, First Call sent in a submission to the BC Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation to Minister Simpson. Our first provincial report card containing data for 1994 showed that one in five BC children were poor. It is MORE


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2016 Reduction in Outdoor Play Space Requirements – Minister of Health Adrian Dix Response

On October 31, 2017, First Call sent a letter to the Minister of Health, Adrian Dix to ask 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 requested details MORE


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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


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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


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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.