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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


First Call Monthly Updates

January Monthly Update

Welcome to our monthly update about First Call’s advocacy work and key developments in child and youth policy in BC. Highlights this month include: Last Chance! Feb 28 First Call Fundraising Gala Join First Call Visioning Session at Upcoming Coalition Meeting What’s New With Fostering Change Representative of Children and MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

December Monthly Update

Welcome to our monthly update about First Call’s advocacy work and key developments in child and youth policy in BC. Highlights this month include: February 28 First Call Fundraising Gala We Moved Offices! Fostering Change in the Globe and Mail Living Wage for Families Update Welcoming Leila Trickey to Living MORE


Letters and Submissions

Letter from Minister Adrian Dix – Response to follow up on outdoor play space regulations

On November 2 2017, First Call sent Minister Dix a letter asking for more details about this change from his ministry, and for the minimum outdoor play space per child to be increased. Sue Bedford, Director of Community Care Facility Licensing and Assisted Living Registry, responded on Minister Dix’s behalf on October 31, 2017, explaining 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

Minister Shane Simpson – letter on the Poverty Reduction Strategy Act

On November 2, 2018, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson wrote First Call a letter to update about the processes, targets, and next steps toward the poverty reduction initiative in BC. He explained the process of consultation, including engaging 8,500 people, hosting 28 facilitated meetings, and appointing MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call Submission to Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services

First Call submitted our BC Budget 2019 consultation on October 15, 2018. Our submission raises concerns and makes recommendations affecting children youth and families in BC that have been raised by our research and our member organizations regarding various themes. We highlight four recommendations: Enhancing and expanding BC’s child benefit to reduce MORE


Letters and Submissions

Letter to Minister Katrina Chen – Differential Fees for Families

On October 16, 2018, First Call sent a letter to Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen on behalf of the Early Childhood Development Roundtable. The roundtable has been discussing concerns arising from the experiences of families who have children with special needs about the fees they are being MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

September Monthly Update

Welcome to our monthly update about First Call’s advocacy work and key developments in child and youth policy in BC. Highlights this month include: We’re Hiring! Living Wage Campaign Hiring Research Coordinator BC Poverty Reduction Strategy Act introduced Policy Solutions Lobby Day 2018 BC Child Poverty Report Card Release Date MORE


Letters and Submissions

Submission to The Advisory Council on the Implementation of a National Pharmacare Program

On September 28, 2018, First Call submitted recommendations to The Advisory Council on the Implementation of a National Pharmacare Program. The submission recognizes that socioeconomic position is one of the most important social determinants of health. Our submission highlights five recommendations: Recommendation 1: Implement a national pharmacare program with a high-level focus MORE