Federal Election Kit





Background Materials and Resources from First Call




Election News and Other Resources

Are Children and Youth on the Federal Agenda?

Ask your candidates for Parliament!

First Call's Federal Election Kit is a tool for individuals and communities to support the promotion of child and youth issues in the May 2, 2011 election. Organized around First Call's Four Keys to Success for Children and Youth, the election kit:

identifies ways that advocates (this means you!) can engage with candidates and learn more about issues that are important to their community;
provides facts about child and youth issues affected by federal government policy and decisions and why they are important;
describes the federal government's responsibilities to children, youth and families;
offers sample questions that can be asked at all candidates meetings, in the media, or via e-mail correspondence with candidates;
provides great links to more resources and advocacy information.

Download First Call's Federal Election Kit.

2011 Federal Pre-Budget Submission
First Call’s recommendations for a child and youth friendly budget, titled Living Up to Our Commitments to Our Children.

BC Campaign 2000 2010 Child Poverty Report Card
Every November through our partnership with Campaign 2000, First Call releases a series of report cards profiling child poverty in BC.

Leveling the Playing Field for Children: A Community Action Toolkit
This Community Action Toolkit from First Call provides information and resources on how to level the economic playing field for children and youth, including advocacy work around issues such as early learning and child care, child benefits, affordable housing, and parental leave. Open the bookmarks function to use the index of hyperlinks when navigating this document (in Adobe go to View>Navigation Panels>Bookmarks).

Elections Canada
Visit Elections Canada to register to vote, find out which electoral district you're in, and find contact information for your current Member of Parliament.

Campaign 2000
Information on taking action during this election from Campaign 2000, the campaign to end child poverty in Canada. You can also download the national child poverty report card here and read their key questions to all party leaders.

Make Poverty History
Get involved in this national campaign and Vote to Make Poverty History.

Making It Count
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' federal election blog.

Code Blue for Child Care
Resources on child care as an election issue.

UNICEF Canada Vote 2011

Leadnow.ca is an independent, youth-led advocacy organization that helps Canadians of all generations participate in their democracy. They are organizing Vote Mobs at university campuses across the country.

BC Association for Community Living
BCACL has compiled a number of resources to put disability on the agenda in the federal election.

Find out more about each party's platform and policies from their web sites:
Conservative Party of Canada
Green Party of Canada
Liberal Party
New Democratic Party