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.

June Conference in Penticton

Register today and join us in Penticton! It may seem hard to believe but The Federation’s June Conference and Annual General Meeting are less than three months away! And for the first time in a very long time, we will be hosting a Federation provincial conference in person! On Thursday, June 16th we will be […]

BC Budget & Social Policy Forum

The 2022 Federation Social Policy Forum Thank you to all those who attended The Federation’s 2022 Social Policy Forum. It was great to have participation from so many member organizations as well as our colleagues from the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth and various government ministries—the Ministry of Children and Family Development, […]

Projects & Issues Update: Round Table, SHSS, WorkSafeBC, Support 2 Practice

We are well into the new year but as you may suspect, The Federation remains hard at work on a number of important issues that demanded our attention through 2021. Our entire board of directors and staff team are continuing to support you through the ongoing pandemic restrictions and changing guidelines while also advocating on […]

Youth Education Bursary

The Federation’s Youth Education Bursary was one of the things that most strongly drew me to this organization before I joined this team many years ago. And once I took on the role of Executive Director, the bursary program and what it stands for inspired and motivated me in significant ways. That’s because the Youth […]

Projects & Issues Update: Vaccine, COVID Tests, SHSS, WorkSafeBC, Professional Development

There have been a lot of changes around The Federation of late—both in terms of the work we are doing and the people doing that work. And there are a number of important issues and items that we wanted to update you about as we get ready to close out the year. There are many […]

A New Team Member Has Appeared…

Hello Federation Members, My name is Catherine Rana and I am the new Director of Programs and Services at The Federation. There is a lot going on in our sector and across our province and I wanted to reach out and introduce myself as one of your main points of contact at The Federation. Prior […]

New Funding & Subsidized Training

Most of you are already well aware of the grant funding that is available for organizations through the Community Social Services Training Fund and many Federation members have applied for monies to support organizational training and/or staff education and certification. What you may not know is that as of last month, two changes to the […]

2021 Select Standing Committee Submission

Every year, The Federation makes an official submission and presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. This committee holds province-wide consultations on the upcoming provincial budget and this year The Federation made very clear what our priorities and recommendations were. Our submission and presentation highlighted both the strength and vulnerability of […]

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

What we are doing and what you can do… September 30th has been introduced as a National Day of Truth and Reconciliation by the federal government. The day—a new federal statutory holiday— has been created to give everyone an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the harmful legacy of the residential school system which more than […]

Projects and Issues Update: Subsidized Training, Specialized Homes and Support Services, Adolescent Health Survey

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of meetings and announcements and consultations and issue management at The Federation. We are continuing to work and advocate on many different fronts on behalf of you, our members, while also supporting you through the fourth wave of the pandemic and the rollout of vaccine cards and […]