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.

Calling all youth in care: Applications for the Federation Youth Education Bursary are open!

Since 2009, The Federation’s Youth Education Bursary has been supporting young people who want to pursue a career in the human social services. Over that time, more than 120 recipients have received over $140,000 dollars to help them access post-secondary studies. Applications for the 2017 bursary are now open. I encourage you all to share […]

Federation election strategy update: Let’s get out the vote!

Only a small number of people across BC would agree that they are much better off than they were five or ten years ago. Research, statistics, and anecdotal evidence reiterate the fact that things have not significantly improved since the last election. As such, The Federation identified two key goals for the 2017 provincial election […]

Life in BC Snapshots 2017: The state of social care in BC

Two years ago, The Federation scoured the news, research, and literature to take a ‘Snapshot’ of what life in BC was like. We wanted to understand how good things were for the people of our province. We also wanted to investigate important aspects of day-to-day life that have been overlooked by a government focused on […]

The Residential Review Report five years later: new funding, new focus, and new opportunities

Earlier this month in the BC legislature the MCFD Minister was asked about the implementation of the 2012 Residential Review Report that was co-authored by the Ministry and The Federation. In her response, she mentioned that most of the recommendations have been implemented. I know that report and its recommendations very well. So do many […]

The Federation’s response to the 2017 BC Budget

Part one: New investments could mean improvements for kids in care. On Tuesday, BC’s Finance Minister released the provincial budget and pledged an additional $796 million over three years to support families, individuals, and children in need. We have been told that this investment includes a much-needed increase to services and supports for young people […]

BC’s Health Care Assistant oversight renewal and institutional models of care

In late 2016, the BC Ministry of Health made clear its intention to move forward with a new model of oversight for Health Care Assistants (HCA) in the province. An HCA Oversight Policy Intentions Paper described a new, single nursing regulator (made up of the three nursing colleges) which would be given full regulatory oversight once […]

The Federation’s stance on the recent RCY report

As many of you know, our province’s new Representative for Children and Youth released his first report last week. It revisits the heartbreaking story about the life and death of a young man who experienced the worst parts of a broken social care system. What happened to Alex Gervais was awful and leaves no doubt […]

Guiding the future of BC’s Representative for Children and Youth Act

Some of you may know that The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth is reviewing our province’s Representative for Children and Youth Act. As part of this process, the committee has invited British Columbians to participate and make submissions to help guide the committee’s review. The Federation clearly understands the importance of this legislation […]

The February Social Policy Forum: Changing attitudes about social care

A few years ago, we started talking about The Federation as being part of a movement—a movement that views caring as a foundational principle of humanity and puts such caring at the center of social policy. That movement is slowly growing and it needs your voice. Next month, The Federation is hosting our second annual […]

Altogether better: the value of caring

I want to end 2016 on a positive note. I want to take a moment to celebrate all the wonderful things that Federation members do every day, all year long. Beyond the various job descriptions we hold, everything we do as part of this federation moves our province in the direction of greater inclusion, equality, […]