Letters and Submissions

First Call’s Submission to the BC Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation

On March 30th 2018, First Call sent in a submission to the BC Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation to Minister Simpson. Our first provincial report card containing data for 1994 showed that one in five BC children were poor. It is profoundly disappointing that 20 years later the data still shows that one in five BC children are poor. We are encouraged to see the provincial government putting a comprehensive poverty reduction plan into progress. 

Our submission includes 16 recommendations:

  • Accountability
  • Focus on building a healthy, resilient, inclusive society
  • Establish quality, affordable child care
  • Raise the minimum wage
  • Raise income and disability assistance rates
  • Enhance the Provincial Child Tax Benefit
  • Work with youth to establish a plan for youth aging out of care
  • Collaborate with First Nations and Indigenous Organizations to develop strategies and increase funding
  • Support grandparents raising grandchildren
  • Support immigrants and refugees
  • End youth homelessness and ensure affordable, rental housing for families
  • Ensure access to public transportation
  • Eliminate food insecurity for families and children
  • Fund public education to meet the needs of students
  • Ensure access to post-secondary education
  • Implement Fair Tax Policy

“As a starting point, we recommend the plan contain a goal to reduce BC’s child poverty rate to 7% or lower by 2020”