Letters and Submissions

2011 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission

October 2010

First Call made this submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2011 provincial budget. (Each fall, the Select Standing Committee holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget, then drafts recommendations for the budget based on the input given.)

First Call’s recommendations were based on the expertise and first-hand knowledge of its coalition members.  Recommendations also reflected the growing accumulation of empirical research – both Canadian and International – on human brain development; the causes and consequences of health inequities; the life-long harmful effects of growing up in poverty; the importance of public education in a democracy; the value of the social services sector in creating a healthy, productive society, and the cost-effectiveness of preventative programs and services in these areas.