On June 27, 2018, First Call sent a package to all MPs in BC with ranked child poverty in BC’s federal electoral ridings based on new research from our partner, the national Campaign 2000: End Child and Family Poverty in Canada.
First Call endorses Campaign 2000 recommendations including legislation with targets and timelines, specifically:
- Reduce child and family poverty by 50% by 2020, using 2015 as the base year.
- Reduce Canada’s poverty rate by 50% in 5 years, and by 75% in 10 years.
- Reduce deep poverty by 50% within four years, and by 75% within a decade (LIM-40). Ensure the poverty rate for children and youth under 18, female lone-parent households, single senior women, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, recent immigrants, and racialized people also declines by 50% in 4 years and by 75% by in 10 years in recognition that poverty is concentrated within these populations.
- Ensure every person has an income that reaches at least 75% of the poverty line in 2 years.
- Ensure there is sufficient stock of quality, supported, and affordable housing for all in 10 years.
- In 4 years, reduce by half the number of households who report food insecurity.
- Reduce income inequality by lowering the share of after tax income held by the wealthiest 10% of Canadians in four years.
In addition to the letter, First Call sent a Media Release and Backgrounder, as well as an Executive Summary of our 2017 Child Poverty Report Card.