Weekly Update Blog

In a fast-paced sector constantly changing, our members need regular information and updates on policy changes, government priorities, research, and program updates. That’s why our Executive Director posts a sector update each week for all of our members. Those posts appear here the following week.

A time for thanks and for looking forward

It’s that time of year when we focus on what matters most to us and when we reflect on where we’ve come from and where we want to go in the months ahead. I expect 2018 will be a very busy year in which The Federation builds on new opportunities, strengthens relationships, and works even […]

The Federation’s Youth Education Bursary and Holiday Giving

“There was a point in life where I thought I could never succeed or amount to anything. Receiving this award really gives me a sense of purpose in my career and in life. It gives me confidence going forward in my post-secondary education and provides me with hope. Thank you so much for all you […]

Considering Secure Care in BC

The need for, and appropriateness of, safe or secure care has been discussed and debated in British Columbia for nearly two decades. The current overdose crisis has once again brought attention to this ongoing debate. The Federation is tracking and analyzing a lot of different issues and this is definitely one of them. In March […]

Conversation & Collaboration: Engaging with the BC’s social care ministries

Last week’s ‘Building on Success’ conference was a big success. Over two days, The Federation and MCFD brought together practitioners and leaders from across the province—and across the sector—to examine and explore some of the promising practices emerging in BC’s child, family, and community service. Conference presentations, recordings, and slide decks are being uploaded to […]

2017 Select Standing Committee Presentation

Below is the full text of the 2017 Select Standing Committee Presentation submitted by The Federation of Community Social Services of BC. 2017 Select Standing Committee Presentation The Federation of Community Social Services of BC Thank you for the opportunity to address the committee today. My name is Rick FitzZaland and I am the Executive Director […]

Advocating for sustainable social services

Earlier this week, I stood before the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government services on behalf of all Federation members. I explained to them the importance of community social services in BC and I told them that well-funded community social services are a necessity if BC’s communities are to prosper. I told them that, […]

Making our voice heard

Making our voice heard: Engaging with BC’s new government Earlier this month, BC’s NDP government released their first budget which mapped out an initial financial plan for our province. I was, like many of you, happy to see new social spending (even though some bigger promises were noticeably delayed) and the overall reaction to the budget has been […]

Supporting our youth: Tuition waivers and the Youth Education Bursary

Last Friday, like so many of you, I was thrilled to hear that the Provincial Government has expanded it’s tuition waiver program to include all 25 of BC’s public post-secondary institutions. It is a step in the right direction to provide meaningful support to young people who have been in care. Beyond the actual support, this program will […]

Insuring a strong and sustainable social services sector: Some benefits of being a Federation member

We are a sector that takes care of people. In order for us to do that job well, we need to also take care our organizations and the people that make up those organizations—it’s one of the most important things that we do. And The Federation has a number of programs and products available as […]

The NDP government’s mandate and The Federation’s next steps

Last week, BC Premier John Horgan released the mandate letters sent to each newly appointed Cabinet Minister as well as select Ministers of State. These letters (and additional information about each minister) can be found here. While there are many significant and promising objectives, there are also some omissions that our sector needs to address. In […]