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.

Police Act Reform Submission

In December, the BC government appointed a Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act. The committee’s mandate was to examine, inquire into, and make recommendations to the government on reforms related to the modernization of policing in our province. (A committee was initially appointed in July, but the 2020 provincial election necessitated a delay.) This […]

Community Social Services Training Fund

One year ago this month, as part of the 2020 provincial budget, we were told that BC’s community social services sector would be receiving funds for training and professional development. We were told that the funding, while one-time-only, would be managed by the sector itself and devoted to “build capacity, support recruitment and retention, and […]

Youth Education Bursary

Supporting young people who want to support others As most of you now know, when I was first considering joining The Federation crew, the Youth Education Bursary was one of the things that really drew me to this organization. And since I took on this role, it has consistently surprised and inspired me over the […]

Looking Forward: Roles at The Federation Team for 2021

Last week, I offered a bit of a road map in terms of where The Federation was headed in 2021—highlighting some of the biggest issues and initiatives ahead of us. This week I want to take a moment to re-introduce you to the staff team that will be focused on doing this important work. There […]

Looking Forward: The Year Ahead at The Federation

The dual delays of the COVID-19 pandemic and the provincial election halted work on a number of our key initiatives and priority issues. But the new year has found The Federation team busy at work meeting and engaging with our government colleagues and we are keen to push the agenda forward on these items—especially since […]

Reflecting on a year like no other…

This has been a challenging and scary year for all of us. And as we head into, quite literally, the last and darkest days of 2020, it would be easy to focus on all of the negatives. Indeed, the news this week about the delay in Temporary Pandemic Pay may have been one more reason […]

Federation Projects & Issues Update

Since the spring, The Federation team has been focusing a lot of our time and attention on supporting you and your organizations through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But there remain many other very important issues and projects that we are also working on. We understand that many of the issues Federation members were facing before […]

Cabinet Ministers and their Mandates

Last week, Premier Horgan announced his new cabinet and released the mandate letters for each minister. The Federation board and staff team had been eagerly awaiting this information and, in the days since the announcement, have been in high gear. We have been reviewing the mandates for each social care ministry through our strategic lens […]

The 2020 Annual General Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended The Federation’s 2020 Annual General Meeting last week. While the meeting looked and functioned a little different from past AGMs, we managed to cover a lot of ground and our staff team and Board of Directors did a remarkable job of pacing, organizing, and including everything and everyone that […]

The Federation’s 2020 Annual Report

This year’s annual report explores what Altogether better really means. The reason those two words show up so often on our website and our branded materials is that they actually say a lot about our values and the approach we take in our work. We are committed to exemplifying those values in everything we do—being […]