The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services is currently inviting British Columbians to share their ideas and priorities for the next provincial budget.
We are recommending improvements to BC’s Early Childhood Tax Benefit.
In our annual Child Poverty Report Cards we have been calling on government to improve BC’s Early Childhood Tax Benefit for many years. Of the provinces offering a child benefit, BC is the only one that cuts off the benefit for parents with children over the age of six. Every other province that offers this benefit extends it to families with children up to the age of 18.
In light of government’s commitment to reduce poverty and discussions we have had with government officials, we believe there is an opportunity in the upcoming budget to improve this benefit to more effectively assist poor working families and those that rely on social assistance. Government decision-makers need to hear there is support for these recommendations.
If your organization plans to make a submission, we encourage you to ‘cut and paste’ from our recommendations and advocacy tools document.
Please note, you can participate on behalf of an organization or as an individual.
How to participate:
- speak in-person at a public hearing (there are limited teleconference opportunities available)
- make a written, audio or video submission
- fill out an online survey
The deadline for all input is Monday, October 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Visit the Finance Committee Budget 2019 Consultation page to register or submit, and to access the government’s consultation paper here
You can also contact the Parliamentary Committees Office at 250-356-2933 (or toll-free in BC: 1-877-428-8337) to inquire.