British Columbia - Children and youth

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Healthy Aboriginal Network creates posters, multimedia and comic books on health and social issues for and with indigenous youth. Check out their YouTube channel to see how they focus group-test...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Children and Youth, health, Indigenous, indigenous, literacy, native youth, wellness, British Columbia
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
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
YouthInBC.com (sometimes referred to as YIBC) is an on-line crisis chat service, where you can chat 1-on-1 with a trained volunteer from the Crisis Centre, where their service is based. Their site...
Keywords: Children and Youth, crisis, crisis line, online crisis line, suicide, British Columbia
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
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