Letters and Submissions

2017 Provincial Budget Submission: Time to Meet Our Responsibilities to BC’s Children and Youth

October 2016

First Call made a written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2017 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.)

We outline how the government is not meeting our responsibilities to our children and youth on a number of fronts, citing high child poverty rates, inadequate supports for youth in and from care and lack of child care spaces, among others.

We then provide specific recommendations regarding poverty reduction, early childhood investments, services for vulnerable children and youth, and public and post-secondary education.