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26 Nov 2016  |  No Comment >>

The coalition of organizations focusing on supporting youth in the province, First Call, has just released its annual report on the state of child poverty in B.C. Findings show that one out of every five children in the province live in poverty, which is higher than the national average. Click here to read the full report.

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15 Nov 2016  |  No Comment >>

The Richmond Poverty Response Community’s mission is to work towards alleviating the effects of poverty through research, advocacy as well as filling gaps in service. To that end, the RPRC is launching a new project titled “Eliminating barriers to participation for Richmond residents experiencing poverty.”
The goal is three-fold — to help those living in poverty develop a self-advocacy network to tell their stories; educate local service providers on the wide range of issues contributing to poverty; and create opportunities for like-minded folks to meet (via community forums, neighbourhood gatherings, city …

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7 Nov 2016  |  No Comment >>

Do you believe that everyone should have a voice in decision-making? Do you think it’s fair that some people can’t access important community and health services because of their income? Do you want to help people living in poverty give voice to their stories and issues? Is it important to you to move from dialogue to action? If you answered yes, then this opportunity might just be for you.  
Richmond Poverty Response Committee (RPRC) is seeking two volunteers to assist on a project addressing barriers to participation in community and health …

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1 Nov 2016  |  No Comment >>

Have you recently welcomed a child into your life? The Canadian government is currently considering making benefits for eligible new parents a little more flexible, and is asking for input from the public on two different options:

Allowing combined maternity and parental benefits and unpaid leaves to be extended to up to 18 months at a lower EI benefit rate (more time off work, with less money per month)
Allowing the current amount of parental benefits and unpaid leave to be taken in smaller blocks of time over a period of up to …

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9 Oct 2016  |  No Comment >>

Following long-time opposition and a recent human rights complaint from a family on Vancouver Island, the provincial government has ended the clawback of maternity and parental benefits from families on income assistance, as well as employment insurance benefits from those caring for terminally ill children. This action benefits some 200 parents in B.C. Read coverage about the issue from CBC and Times Colonist.

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19 Sep 2016  |  No Comment >>

The Mayor of Richmond has proclaimed this September as Literacy Month, with the purpose of encouraging children and youth to develop positive lifelong literacy habits. The Richmond Public Library is giving tips to parents and guardians, one each day, on how to get their kids interested in the topic. Today’s tip involves checking out Tumblebooks, which are e-books designed for youngsters.

Click here to download all the tips.

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14 Aug 2016  |  No Comment >>

In July, the federal government announced the arrival of the new Canada Child Benefit, estimating it will help lift more than 16,000 youth out of poverty in B.C. And more good news — there will be no clawbacks for families seeking assistance across Canada. Read more in this First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition update.