News - Family

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
November 19, 2014
The BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre is assisting a Lower Mainland woman who wants a B.C. Supreme Court judge to overturn a B.C. Legal Services Society decision denying her legal aid. The case...
Keywords: Family, British Columbia
May 8, 2014
The Federal Court of Appeal ruled last week that Canadian employers must try to accommodate parents juggling work with child-care obligations. The judges found that the Canada Border Services Agency...
Keywords: Family, Human Rights, Women, All of Canada
April 29, 2014
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has published its report, "Working for a Living Wage 2014: Making Paid Work Meet Basic Family Needs in Metro Vancouver." The report finds that the living...
Keywords: Family, British Columbia, All of Canada
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 10, 2014
West Coast LEAF has proposed two ways to address a critical lack of family law services in British Columbia. The first recommendation is a pilot project with lawyers working in community agencies so...
Keywords: Family, Legal Aid, Legal Assistance, Women, British Columbia
February 19, 2014
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has published an article on their Policy Note blog entitled, "What you need to know about BC Budget 2014." It notes that despite a significantly weak...
Keywords: Family, Government Policy, British Columbia
July 19, 2012
Acorn Canada, a community organization made up low and middle income families, is seeking a meeting with Minister Rich Coleman. They have written a letter outlining steps they are asking the Minister...
Keywords: Family, Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, Organizing, Seniors and Elders, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
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
October 13, 2011
"It is shameful that in our wealthy province we no longer have resources available which would give real help to parties in this situation," wrote B.C. Supreme Court Justice Loryl Russell in a...
Keywords: Family, Legal Aid, Women, British Columbia
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 31, 2011
The CCPA blog Policy Note posed the question, "HST referendum: was the vote split along income lines?" in a recent post. Be sure to check out the comments, and the Vancouver Sun article quoted by...
Keywords: Family, Government Policy, British Columbia
August 22, 2011
Activists in Ontario have launched the website "Remember the Day," as they begin a campaign to highlight the crucial issue of rising poverty in Ontario as the provincial election draws near. Pathway...
Keywords: Family, Government Policy, Organizing, Ontario
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
May 4, 2010
Two earners in a family of four must each make at least $18 an hour to afford basic rent, food, childcare and transportation in metro Vancouver, according to a report by CCPA. New Westminister...
Keywords: Family, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
February 16, 2010
A study on family financial health in Canada shows that personal debt is an increasing problem. The study says that in 2009 the average household debt climbed to $96,100, creating a debt to income...
Keywords: Debt and Consumer Law, Family, All of Canada
March 30, 2009
A couple of reports have looked at the links between income, women, and childcare in Canada. Stats Canada just released a report that shows that a sizeable earnings gap exists between Canadian women...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Women, All of Canada
March 11, 2009
A new study released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has found that today's poor and middle class families in BC are in worse financial shape than their parents’ generation. The study...
Keywords: Family, Poverty Research, British Columbia
September 20, 2008
After more then twenty-five years the New York City municipal government has finally decided to settle a lawsuit filed by the Legal Aid Society to draw attention to homeless families. The lawsuit...
Keywords: Family, Homelessness, Housing, United States
February 21, 2008
PIVOT Legal Society has released a report, Broken Promises: Parents Speak out About B.C.’s Child Welfare System (in PDF), that finds children are all too often apprehended as the first form of...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, British Columbia
March 26, 2007
The Ontario government promised that the 2007 Ontario Budget would tackle child poverty. This budget introduces the new Ontario Child Benefit which is suppose to help Ontario families with lower...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Welfare, Ontario
February 17, 2007
Code Blue for Child Care, a national campaign to protect child care is accusing the Conservative government of abandoning child care. Code Blue has issued Harper and his government an "F" in three...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Organizing, British Columbia, All of Canada
May 3, 2006
The Manitoba government is giving all families who are getting Employment and Income Assistance, the full federal Universal Child Care benefit. This policy is part of several adopted by the Manitoba...
Keywords: Family, Welfare, Manitoba
November 5, 2005
Rainbow Lodge, a 32-unit transitional housing facility that will provide support to homeless families opened in Calgary. This project will be managed by a Tri-Agency Committee that includes Métis...
Keywords: Alberta, Family, Homelessness, Indigenous
May 21, 2005
The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Canada issued a press release of the announcement in February 2005 that most spouses and common-law partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents...
Keywords: Family, Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
January 23, 2005
The latest issue of the newsletter of the B.C. Institute Against Family Violence focuses on the connection between family violence and homelessness from a variety of communities - women, youth,...
Keywords: Family, Homelessness, Violence, British Columbia
July 5, 2004
The Ontario Employment Standards Amendment Act (Family Medical Leave) 2004, will provide up to eight weeks of job-protected leave for employees who wish to take time off work to provide care or...
Keywords: Family, Health, Workers' Rights, Ontario
March 15, 2004
Statistics Canada has released the low income cutoffs (LICOs) for 2003 and low income measures (LIMs) for 2001, before and after tax. LICOs are income thresholds, determined by analysing family...
Keywords: Family, Government Policy, All of Canada
January 5, 2004
Manitoba will stop clawing back the National Child Benefit Supplement from individuals on social assistance. The changes, including details of improvements in basic income assistance rates, were...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Welfare, Manitoba
October 11, 2003
"My kids are supposed to grow up healthy yet I can't even afford to buy them food." A report by the Community Nutritionists Council of BC and Dietitians of Canada - BC Region, a low income family...
Keywords: Family, Foodbanks and Food, British Columbia
August 26, 2003
The Social Planning and Research Council of BC has produced a report on child and family poverty in BC for the B.C. Federation of Labour. The report A Path to Poverty: A Review of Child and Family...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Poverty Research, British Columbia
November 29, 2002
StatsCan's publication, The Daily, recently featured a story regarding the release of family income figures for the year 2000. "After-tax income rose for the fifth straight year in 2000 ... At the...
Keywords: Family, Poverty Research, All of Canada