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.

Response Paper: Building BC’s Recovery, Together

Over the past month, the BC government has been soliciting feedback, ideas, and priorities for our province’s economic recovery. The discussion paper, Building BC’s Recovery, Together, asked key questions like: What do we need to do together to strengthen and improve our health care system? What is the top priority for you personally when it comes […]

BC Social Care Oral History Project

All the way back in 2011, The Federation and the United Community Services Coop (now Realize Strategies) partnered on a pilot project to interview social sector leaders and document the oral history of their careers and of the sector at large. We were really excited about the opportunity and even had a potential funding source […]

Federation Research Bulletin: July 2020

This month’s research bulletin includes new articles and reports about youth substance use, treatment needs and barriers to accessing services, hospital stays relate to youth substance use, and a systematic review of youth substance use interventions. Youth Substance Use Services in BC: An Update (2020) Assessing service and treatment needs and barriers of youth who […]

Summer Reconciliation Reading List

Summer is upon us! And while this summer already feels quite different from years past, there are familiar things that I am looking forward to—and one of those things is sitting back and digging into a new book or two or three. We may not be able to travel as far or take part in […]

2020 Select Standing Committee Submission

Every year, The Federation presents during the consultations of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. This year was no different. (Although our presentation was done virtually rather than in-person, for the first time.) Our submission and presentation highlighted both the strength and vulnerability of BC’s community social services sector and prioritized three […]

National Indigenous Peoples Day

This Sunday is National Indigenous Peoples Day. Normally at this time, we would be sharing various events and celebrations that are taking place around the province. This year, we will all have to take a slightly different approach—re-thinking what it means to celebrate during a pandemic, re-learning the oft-ignored history of this country, and responding […]

COVID-19 Going Forward: Key Pieces of Information for Members

Early on in the COVID-19 state of emergency, The Federation team decided that one of the best ways we could serve our members and the community social services sector as a whole would be to facilitate the flow of information, updates, and resources to and from organizations in the sector. We know there is a […]

Learning Opportunities for Members

The Federation supports our members and strengthens BC’s community social services sector through advocacy and outreach, networking, exchanging information, and consistently bringing a balanced perspective to discussions with provincial and national decision-makers. Doing all of that requires that we stay in constant communication with our members—both providing them with up-to-date resources and information and listening […]

COVID-19 and Kids (and a survey)

Over the past few weeks, we have been getting more information about how COVID-19 is affecting children in particular. The slides from Dr. Behn Smith’s presentation during the MCFD Town Hall for residential service providers can be viewed here. They contain helpful insights and information. You can also view a recording of the presentation here. […]

Going Forward: Plans, Approaches, and Considerations

Last week, Premier Horgan announced the measured approach that BC will be taking as our province moves forward in its ongoing response to COVID-19. This approach aims to balance vital population health goals—saving lives by protecting the most vulnerable and preventing the health care system from being overwhelmed—with the need to get people safely back […]