Publication Type: Letters and Submissions to Government


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


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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.


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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


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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


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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


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Letter to Finance Minister Carol James and MLA Andrew Weaver on Child Care omission in 2017 BC Budget

As firm commitment to a universal child care plan was omitted in the September 2017 budget update, First Call wrote this letter to urge the new provincial government to strive to overcome any internal differences of opinion that may be delaying implementation of a universal child care plan. First Call MORE


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First Call 2018 Provincial Budget Submission: Respecting Child & Youth Rights with Timely Investments

  First Call has submitted a written brief, Respecting Child & Youth Rights with Timely Investments, to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services as part of their public consultation to prepare British Columbia’s 2018 budget. Each fall, the Committee drafts recommendations for the provincial budget based on the MORE


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First Call Briefing Note to Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy and Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen

On September 28, 2017, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition met with Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy and Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen, and presented the following briefing note to highlight our coalition’s priorities regarding child welfare and early childhood development, and MORE


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First Call submission to the Canada Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation

June 2017 Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation, June 2017  Submission to Minister of Families, Children and Social Development By First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition  FIRST CALL  First Call is a non-partisan, cross-sectoral coalition of 101 provincial and regional organizations who share a commitment to putting children and MORE