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Letters and Submissions

First Call Submission to BC’s Budget Consultation

At the end of June, First Call submitted our recommendations to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services as they consider spending priorities in the next provincial budget. This year, in the midst of uncertainty about how COVID-19 has (and will continue to) affect BC’s children, youth and MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call and Basics for Health Society urges a coordinated response to children’s health

Today, First Call and Basics for Health Society sent a letter to the BC government urging a coordinated response to children’s health during this COVID-19 pandemic. Advocates, physicians, researchers and health care professionals have come together to voice their alarm about the harmful impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, MORE


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ECD Roundtable Letter to Minister

Today, First Call’s Early Childhood Development Roundtable (ECDRT) wrote to Ministers Chen and Conroy to share concerns expressed by the forty-three people from around the province who participated in our March 25th meeting. Many issues raised were related to the fragility of providers of early child development services and the MORE


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First Call in the News – February 2020

FIRST CALL IN THE NEWS CBC News: Child care, housing top of mind for parents ahead of  BC budget The Tyee: Budget 2020: New taxes on pop and the rich, plus a boost for health care Eagle Valley News: The price of poverty: Schools, community notice more people in Salmon Arm struggling The MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

February 2020 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: First Call Fundraising Gala 2020 a Success! Fostering Change Campaign Update First Call Responds to BC Budget 2020 Making Ends Meet Project Launch Event: March 7 MORE


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First Call in the News – January 2020

FIRST CALL IN THE NEWS The Tyee: One in Five Children Still Live in Poverty in BC. Can We Ever Improve? Vancouver Sun: Another generation of B.C. children has grown up in poverty: new report Global TV: Health Matters: BC Child Poverty Report Card CKNW: First Call releases Child Poverty Report Card (January 14) Vancouver MORE