Publication Type: Letters and Submissions to Government


Letters and Submissions

Letter from Minister Mark – Fostering Change

On December 18, 2019, Honourable Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, wrote a letter to Fostering Change Community Organizers and adult allies. In the letter, she references Policy Solutions Day 2019 and thanks organizers for their determination to make BC’s child welfare system more comprehensive and universal. MORE


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Submission to Ministry of Labour on Employment Standards for Children

In November 2019, First Call responded to the Ministry of Labour’s call for submissions on child employment standards regulation. We’re optimistic that new legislation and the accompanying regulations will better protect children from accidents, injury and exploitation while working in BC. We appreciate the Ministry has received many submissions, including MORE


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Submission on Potential Changes to BC Human Rights Tribunal Complaints From Minors

Last summer, the BC Human Rights Tribunal contacted First Call seeking feedback on recommendations in the report The Working Group on Strengthening Tribunal Processes for Representative Complaints. Specifically, the Tribunal sought input on recommendations with regard to representative complaints brought on behalf of children and on building a child-centred approach MORE


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Response Letter from Ministers Katrine Conroy and Katrina Chen – Early Childhood Educators Wage Enhancement

On July 16 2019, Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy and Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen responded to our May 27, 2019 letter that reinforced the call for a more urgent focus on the issue of fair compensation for Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) in government’s MORE


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Submission to Select Standing Committee On Finance and Government Services

In this year’s BC budget submission, First Call highlights five recommendations from our 2018 Child Poverty Report Card starting with important targeted poverty reduction measures for families living in deep poverty. Key Recommendations 1. Increase income supports for families living in deep poverty 2. Invest in early childhood 3. Ensure MORE


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Submission to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth Special Project on Children and Youth With Neuro-Diverse Special Needs

In June, First Call sent in our submission to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth Special Project on Children and Youth with Neuro-Diverse Special Needs. We note appreciation for the Committee’s interest in the experiences of families raising children with neuro-diverse special needs in seeking assessments and access MORE


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Letter to Ministers Katrine Conroy and Katrina Chen – Early Childhood Educators Wage Enhancement

On May 27 2019, First Call sent a letter to Minister of Children and Family Development, Honourable Katrine Conroy, and Minister of State for Child Care, Honourable Katrina Chen. We wrote on behalf of First Call’s Early Childhood Development Roundtable to reinforce the call for a more urgent focus on MORE


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BC Budget Media Release: BC Budget 2019 Brings Financial Relief for Low-income Children, Youth and Their Families

Media Release For immediate release February 19, 2019   BC Budget 2019 Brings Financial Relief for Low-income Children, Youth and Their Families   (Victoria, BC) First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition applauds the Provincial Government for significant improvements to the child tax benefit announced in today’s budget. The MORE