First Call's 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card

First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition with the support of SPARC BC produces an annual report card with the latest statistics on child and family poverty in British Columbia. This is done in conjunction with the release of the national child poverty report card by Campaign 2000.


We know that such a widespread problem requires policy changes and social investments from our provincial and federal governments. It’s a question of priorities. The BC Child Poverty Report Card includes a list of recommendations that would make a real difference to the size and depth of BC’s child and family poverty problem. We encourage you to read the report card and take action to reduce child poverty in BC!
Learn about the reality of child poverty in BC on a variety of themes from the rate of child poverty to working poverty to income inequality.
Raise your voice to reduce child poverty by emailing the Premier and telling him you support First Call's recommendations to eliminate child poverty in BC!
Parents and grandmothers share their stories of hardship and resilience, and how policy changes could reduce child poverty.

It’s cold, my son is cold, I want to have the heat up but I can’t. You shouldn’t have to turn your heat off just to make sure you can pay your bill.

BL Larsen

2017 First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition