Publication Type: Reports


Reports

First Call Response to BC Budget 2022

This year’s budget announced historic investments in child care, brought some welcome news for youth in care and for kinship care families, but fell short on other important investments for children, youth and their families. Here’s our take on Budget 2022. Child Care For children and their families, the highlight MORE


First Call Annual Update 2020 – 2021

This year has brought many changes at First Call but our commitment to putting children and youth first along with you remains at the heart of everything we do. COVID19 has had a profound effect on children and their families, and on how we, as a staff working remotely, undertake MORE


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25th Annual BC Child Poverty Report Card

25th Annual BC Child Poverty Report Card Finds 1 in 5 Children Poor and Dramatic Rise in Income Inequality Our 25th annual BC Child Poverty Report Card finding that not much has changed for poor children and their families. In 2019, the year this report covers, there were 156,560 (18.0%) MORE


Reports

2018 BC Child Poverty Report Card

Media Release November 20, 2018 First Call’s Annual 2018 Child Poverty Report Card Finds One in Five Children Still Poor (Vancouver BC) Today, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition released its annual BC Child Poverty Report Card finding that not much has changed for poor children and their families. MORE


Letters and Submissions

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


Reports

Report on the Proceedings of the Symposium on Basic Income, Social Security and Poverty Reduction

On March 16, 2018, First Call collaborated with the UBC School of Social Work, CCPA, City of Vancouver, SFU, BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship, Vancity, CCPA-BC, UN Association of Canada-Vancouver Branch, Centre for Inclusion and Leadership to organize the Basic Income, Social Security and Poverty Reduction Symposium. MORE


Reports

First Call 2017 BC Child Poverty Executive Summary

Each year First Call publishes a BC Child Poverty Report Card, analyzing the latest federal and provincial data to accurately portray the extent of child and family poverty in our province. In 2017, using the most recent available data, we found that 153,300, or 1 in 5, BC children are MORE


Reports

2017 First Call Annual Report

December 2017 First Call is proud of what our coalition has accomplished in 2017. From holding government to account for BC’s child poverty crisis to amplifying the voices of foster youth, together we’ve done some amazing work to put BC’s children and youth first. Here are highlights of key successes, victories, communications and outreach MORE


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


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