News - Children and youth

February 16, 2015
The Georgia Straight has published an open letter from First Call BC to BC Premiere Christy Clark and BC Minister for Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux. The letter responds to...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Government Policy, British Columbia
January 12, 2015
A new report published by the Ministry of Children and Family Development has found that children in foster care are disproportionately accessing income assistance upon turning 19, according to an...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Education, Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
August 18, 2014
A short documentary by David Shortt and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition highlighting the root causes of queer and trans poverty in British Columbia. Premiering at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Homelessness, LGBTQ, Welfare, British Columbia
May 9, 2014
Social workers unable to access the government’s child-welfare computer system are being told to check with police to see whether there are prior safety concerns about a family, documents show. A...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
May 7, 2014
The Opposition Critic for Social Development says a major glitch in the provincial computer system is putting vulnerable children and adults at serious risk. The province’s Integrated Case Management...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
April 29, 2014
In a report released yesterday, independent watchdog Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond called for "targeted services and supports" for youth past the current age limit of 19. She is recommending the province...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, British Columbia
April 14, 2014
A single mother with one child receives $945 a month in income assistance or $1,242 in disability assistance. If she receives any child-support money from an ex-partner, the government reduces her...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Disability, Women, British Columbia
March 28, 2014
A recent article in The Tyee highlights the critical need for funding of youth programs in the town of Houston, British Columbia. The Dze L' K'ant Friendship Centre in Houston runs the Teen...
Keywords: Children and Youth, British Columbia
March 24, 2014
Squamish officials backed a call for a $10-a-day B.C. child care program that would come with a $1.5 billion annual price tag. Last week, the District of Squamish became the 26th municipality to...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Government Policy, British Columbia
March 3, 2014
A report entitled "Coming of Age: Reimagining the Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada," written by Stephen Gaetz, a professor at York University in Toronto, explains that Canada needs to do a...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Homelessness, British Columbia
February 12, 2014
A Newswire article argues that the 2014 Federal Budget has no clear strategies to address Canada's 14.3% child poverty rate and is out of step with Canadian values of caring about our neighbours'...
Keywords: Children and Youth, All of Canada
February 12, 2014
"Recessions are always harder on young workers, but we are nearly five years out from the end of the last recession and there is still no recovery in sight for young workers. For a comparison on the...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, Unemployment, All of Canada
January 23, 2014
According to an article in the Vancouver Sun, former foster children in B.C. will soon have access to a $200,000 fund that will help pay for non-tuition expenses if they cannot afford to attend post-...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Education, British Columbia
January 17, 2014
Last year, 45 people in Nunavut took their own lives, the highest level of suicides ever recorded in the territory. Nunavut has had a suicide crisis since becoming a territory in 1999. Lynn Ryan...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, Indigenous, Nunavut
January 15, 2014
A group of health-care professionals is urging the Ontario government to raise the minimum wage to $14 from $10.25 an hour, saying poverty is a real health issue, especially for children. Doctors,...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, Health, Ontario
November 27, 2013
Yesterday Campaign 2000 along with their provincial partners including First Call BC, released their annual child poverty report cards. 1 in 7 children in Canada are poor, and the rate is actually...
Keywords: Children and Youth, British Columbia, All of Canada
September 12, 2013
The Tyee's Pieta Woolley has been writing about the reasons why many graduates of the provincial foster care and child protection system become homeless as young adults. As 620,000 B.C. children and...
Keywords: Children and Youth, British Columbia
August 7, 2013
Throughout the winter and spring of 2013, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) conducted wide-ranging consultations to gather input on Canadians’ views on the social determinants of health. Public...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Disability, Foodbanks and Food, Homelessness, Mental Health, Poverty Research, Welfare, All of Canada
July 8, 2013
The child poverty rate in British Columbia is back to being the worst in Canada. It rose from 10.5 percent in 2010 to 11.3 percent in 2011, according to newly-released figures from Statistics Canada...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Poverty Research, British Columbia
June 20, 2013
A study released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has found that a deplorable 40% of indigenous children live in poverty in Canada. In Saskatchewan and Manitoba, two thirds of status...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Indigenous, All of Canada
April 12, 2013
First Call, a coalition of organizations and individuals who have come together to work for stronger policies and a better allocation of resources for the benefit of children and youth, have prepared...
Keywords: Children and Youth, British Columbia
March 19, 2013
In January, inspired by the Idle No More movement, six Cree youth and one guide, left their community of Great Whale on the Hudson Bay to begin The Quest of Wisjinichu-Nishiyuu (Quest For Unity), a...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Indigenous, Ontario
December 4, 2012
In late November, First Call released their annual Child Poverty Report Card, that again showed that BC remains near the bottom when it comes to various measures of poverty. The report found: BC had...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Poverty Research, British Columbia
November 19, 2012
Earlier this month the Supreme Court of Canada released a landmark decision that held that severe learning disabled students are entitled to the same access to education as students without...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Disability, Education, British Columbia, All of Canada
September 11, 2012
A new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives looks at trends in tuition and compulsory fees in Canada since 1990, projects fees for each province for the next four years, and examines...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Debt and Consumer Law, Education, All of Canada
July 18, 2012
A new website focused on family law in Nova Scotia has recently launched. Nova Scotia Family Law website aims to meet the needs of families and professional stakeholders involved with family justice...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Legal Aid, Legal Assistance, Women, Nova Scotia
May 1, 2012
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are overrepresented in the homeless youth population. It has been estimated that approximately 25-40% of homeless...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Homelessness, LGBTQ, All of Canada
February 21, 2012
Classroom teachers are front-line witnesses to the devastating impact of poverty on children in their communities. Amy Dash, a Home Economics teacher at Lakes District Secondary in Burns Lake, notes...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Poverty Research, British Columbia
November 24, 2011
November 2011 marks 22 years since the House of Commons adopted an all-party resolution to end child poverty in Canada. Today, Campaign 2000 has released its 20th National Report Card on Child/Family...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Poverty Research, All of Canada
November 15, 2011
Keywords: Children and Youth, Poverty Research, British Columbia
November 10, 2011
The Homeless Hub has released a new report, "Can I See Your ID? The Policing of Youth Homelessness in Toronto" that shows that despite strong evidence that panhandling and squeegeeing have declined...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Homelessness, Ontario
September 27, 2011
There are two sides to the debate over child poverty in British Columbia. According to the well-funded researchers at the Fraser Institute, the problem is exaggerated, but despite attempts such as...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Education, Family, Poverty Research, British Columbia
August 5, 2011
Justice Education Society of BC and We Can BC have launched a program aiming to end violence against women and girls. They're looking for students to join their 'Youth Against Violence Team.' The...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Violence, Women, British Columbia
November 25, 2010
The child poverty rate in British Columbia dropped to 14.5 percent in 2008, according to the latest figures published by Statistics Canada. The number of poor children was 121,000 - or about one of...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Poverty Research, British Columbia, All of Canada
September 14, 2010
For the last seven years, BC has had the highest child poverty rate in Canada. These early years of poverty have been proven to have long ranging effects on children including health problems later...
Keywords: Children and Youth, British Columbia
May 25, 2010
Once at No. 6 in world ranking, ‘shockingly high’ death rate now puts Canada at No. 24, prompting urgent request to Health Minister.
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Poverty Research, All of Canada
January 20, 2010
First Call, the BC child and youth advocacy organization has compared child poverty statistics from 1989 and 2007. The year 1989 was the best year of the 1980s for the economy, and the national child...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Poverty Research, British Columbia
January 18, 2010
An article in the online magazine, Global Voices looks into the crisis of Aboriginal youth suicides in Canada due to poverty, colonization, isolation and lack of basic services. Suicide rates have...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Indigenous, All of Canada
December 16, 2009
Almost half of Toronto's street youth don't want to be homeless - getting help for them early would make a big difference, says a groundbreaking study of Toronto street-involved youth. Changing...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Homelessness, Ontario
November 24, 2009
According to a report released today by First Call and Campaign 2000, although child poverty is persistent across Canada, BC has the highest rate of child poverty in Canada for the sixth year in a...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Poverty Research, British Columbia