First Call submitted three recommendations to the federal Standing Committee on Finance during pre-budget consultations on the 2012 federal budget:
Place a high priority on increasing Canada’s annual investments in early childhood care and learning, from the current 0.25% of GDP to the recommended UNICEF benchmark of 1% of GDP.
Prioritize spending and re-design federal tax policy with the aim of reversing the growth of income inequality in Canada.
Submit all budget decisions for a child-impact assessment – particularly for the impact on especially vulnerable groups such as Aboriginal children, children with disabilities, recent immigrant children and children in lone-parent female-led families.
Note: Submitted briefs are now published on the Finance Committee’s website