The issue of child poverty was among the agenda items for the meeting of Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial finance ministers on December 20-21, 2015:
- Lifting hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty through the introduction of the new Canada Child Benefit, and providing more support for 9 out of 10 Canadian families.
Ahead of the meeting, Campaign 2000 Steering Committee members and coalition partners, including First Call, sent a letter reminding them:
“The consistent position of Campaign 2000 and its partners is that all children and families in poverty must see a direct benefit in their incomes from any improvements in child benefits. All children should be treated equally regardless of the source of their parents’ income. Therefore, we urge the federal government to take the lead on entering into agreements with the provinces and territories to ensure that no clawbacks or deductions are permitted on any portion of the CCB from social assistance/income support benefits. Of course, this could be accomplished by adding this as a condition for receiving the Canada Social Transfer.”
The letter was also copied to other appropriate BC ministers and was forwarded to all of BC’s members of parliament to put this issue on their radar, too.