In the lead-up to the federal election, First Call developed an election toolkit outlining what is at stake for BC’s children and youth at the federal level under each of the 4 Keys to Success for Children and Youth. In this new report we’ve tracked the progress made on our policy recommendations based on announcements MORE
January 2016 Navigating British Columbia’s social assistance system can be challenging. This report, Walking the Line to Put Their Families First: Lone Mothers Navigating Welfare and Work in British Columbia, shares the stories and experiences of single-parent families and the struggles they face in meeting their everyday needs. Income assistance MORE
What a year it’s been for BC’s children and youth! We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish in 2015 – from the success of the child support clawback campaign to shining a light on BC’s child poverty crisis with over 100 media hits – together, we’ve MORE
November 2015 Still in Denial: BC’s Reluctance to Act Boldly to Reduce Child Poverty The 2015 BC Child Poverty Report Card released by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition shows BC’s continued failure to develop a comprehensive poverty reduction plan with targets and timelines has left the provinces MORE
To supplement the October 8, 2015 media release by Campaign 2000: End Child and Family Poverty in Canada of maps showing the rate of child poverty in federal ridings across the country, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition has released two charts profiling the child poverty rates in the federal ridings MORE
March 2015 Make BC’s Young Children and Families a Priority: A Call to Action builds on First Call’s previously published Framework for Action, a 2008 framework for an integrated, adequately resourced, province-wide early years strategy to ensure healthy child development in BC. An executive summary of the 2015 Call to Action can MORE
In 2014 First Call and partners continued our ongoing advocacy since 2007 for an end to the clawback of child support from single parents on income and disability assistance through letters, meetings, actions, and a coalition meeting with the Minister of Social Development. This lead to a public policy victory MORE
November 2014 Government inaction leaves one fifth of BC’s children poor First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition with the support of SPARC BC produces an annual report card with the latest statistics on child and family poverty in British Columbia. This is done in conjunction with the release MORE
First Call had a very busy year in 2013, including advocacy campaigns around child poverty, child labour, living wages, and early childhood development. We also published an election toolkit for the provincial election and gave many public presentations and media interviews. We had a very successful fundraising dinner with First Nations activist Cindy MORE
November 2013 Action on child and family poverty long overdue The latest figures from Statistics Canada (2011) once again show that BC is the worst province in Canada when it comes to major measures of child poverty: BC had a child poverty rate of 18.6% – the worst rate of MORE
May 2013 First Call’s Child Labour Is No Accident: The Experience of BC’s Working Children brings together original research through interviews and focus groups with existing studies to examine the consequences of child labour laws in BC. The study focused on three areas of potential impact: health and safety, wages and MORE
May 2013 On the eve of publishing the report Child Labour Is No Accident, we received important new data from WorkSafe BC that expands on child work-related injury data and risks working children face in BC. Since it was too late to integrate this new data into the report, we included it as MORE
First Call’s Four Keys to Success for Children and Youth continue to provide a strong framework for our public education, community mobilization and public policy advocacy. Download the annual report to read more First Call highlights of 2012.
December 2012 This update to the annotated bibliography from Early Childhood Development in BC: First Call’s Framework for Action features links to reports by researchers, including Clyde Hertzman and Paul Kershaw, and to websites of organizations, including the Childcare Resource and Research Unit and Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development.
August 2012 The BC Liberal government is trying what no other government in Canada has ever dared to try: fighting poverty without spending more money. The “alleged” poverty reduction strategies announced in April by Mary McNeil, Minister of Children and Family Development, will start in summer 2012 with the help of perhaps 100 MORE