Campaign 2000 Child Poverty Report Cards
Summary of and commentary on Community Poverty Reduction Strategies in BC (2012)
This report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives examines the costs of the lack of action on poverty reduction. Check out the short video, too!
This summary report updates the 2008 living wage calculation for Metro Vancouver. To find out more about the Living Wage for Families Campaign, visit www.livingwageforfamilies.ca.
Refugee transportation loans campaign and responses from BC Members
of Parliament (June 2010)
Sample letter to send to your MP.
From 2009: Letter to BC Members of Parliament on refugee transportation loans.
Backgrounder and sample letter: Campaign to repeal refugee transporation loan requirement.
Find out more from the Canadian Council for Refugees.
New Westminster has become the first
living wage municipality in Canada! (May 2010)
Find out more at www.livingwageforfamilies.ca.
First Call signed on in
support of Dignity for All, the campaign for a poverty free Canada (Nov 2009)
Find out more at www.dignityforall.ca.
First Call Letter to the Premier about the August 2009 Council of the Federation and the issue of child and family poverty (July 2009)
Correspondence with Minister of Social Housing and Development (July 2009)
Ongoing correspondence with the Minister of Housing and Social Development on the minimum wage and the living wage can be found here - scroll down to correspondence.
Are Not to Blame: Understanding the Structural Causes of Family Poverty
Report from the BC Teachers' Federation on Poverty and Education.
Time is Now: A Poverty Reduction Plan for BC (2008)
Report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Takes a Nation to Raise a Generation (2008)
PowerPoint presentation on First Call featuring child poverty data.
to the Senate on Urban Child Poverty (2008)
In February 2008, First Call Chair Michael Goldberg presentated to the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology on the topic of urban child poverty. This briefing is an overview of topics including measuring poverty; child poverty rates; and the interaction between market income, social security benefits, taxation and statutory deductions, and income tested social programs.
Leveling the Playing Field for Children: A Community Action Toolkit (2007)
This Community Action Toolkit 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 the document (in Adobe go to View>Navigation Panels>Bookmarks).
The factsheets from this toolkit are also available in Spanish
Summoned to Stewardship: Make Poverty Reduction a Collective Legacy (2007)
This report from Campaign 2000 addresses child poverty and indicates that all political parties should commit to a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy.
the Falling Fortunes of Young Families with Children (2007)
This report from Campaign 2000 argues that young families should have a living wage - a just wage that keeps workers and their families out of poverty.
and Youth Development and Income Inequality: A Review of Selected Literature
As part of our Leveling the Playing Field Project we have compiled a review of the relationship between income poverty, inequality and child outcomes in Canada, with a particular focus on studies completed since 1998.
Review of Policy Options for Increasing Food Security & Income Security
in British Columbia (2007)
This report by Steve Kerstetter and Michael Goldberg includes direct and indirect measures of food insecurity in BC and an analysis of the impact of various policy options on seven family types which are most likely to face food insecurity.
The Cost of Eating in BC (2007)
Each year First Call coalition partner the Dietitians of Canada, BC region release a report to demonstrate that some groups within our population are denied the right to safe and nutritious food due to limited financial resources. Individuals and families receiving income assistance and those working in low paying jobs are at high risk for food insecurity.
Child Poverty Public Service Announcement (2006)
Poverty Status Report (2006)
This report is the most detailed report on child and family poverty in British Columbia ever published by First Call. It includes not only province-wide data on poverty, but also data for 25 of the larger population centres in all regions of the province.
Economic Security Project Research on Economic Equality (2006)
First Call is a partner in the Economic Security Project, a join initiative of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Simon Fraser University. The document provides an overview of the findings from the Economic Security Project that focus on public policy affecting the economic equality of children and families in BC.
Jean Swanson Speaks about Making Poverty History (2005)
At a public forum on April 28th organized by the Make Poverty History campaign, Jean Swanson of the Carnegie Community Action Project and the Raise the Rates Coalition gave a thought-provoking speech on government decisions and how they impact poverty and homelessness.
A Bad Time to be Poor: An Analysis of British Columbia’s New Welfare Policies (2003)
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives warns that the province’s new welfare rules will create unacceptable hardship and upheaval in communities across BC.
Everyone Counts Campaign - Welfare
Everyone Counts is a public awareness campaign and poster series launched in 2004. The general theme of all the posters is “everyone counts,” a not-so-subtle reminder that democratically elected governments are supposed to serve all their constituents – not just a chosen few.
• Welfare backgrounder and press release