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.

The Federation’s priorities for BC’s new NDP government

John Horgan will be sworn in as BC’s next Premier on July 18, the same day his NDP government take power. The swearing in at Government House in Victoria will also include the new cabinet—the size and makeup of which has garnered much speculation. The Federation is ready to continue working closely with the new […]

Conference reflections and next steps for The Federation

The Federation’s June Conference and AGM in Penticton took steps down two important paths. On one hand, we endeavoured to create a space grounded in understanding as we imagined new ways of working and considered different paths toward reconciliation. We also wanted to update members on the Federation’s priorities and provide first-hand insight into the […]

Read The Federation’s 2016-17 Annual Report

The Federation’s mission is to be a catalyst for positive change to British Columbia’s social policies and community programs. This year’s Annual Report reflects that goal and details the many ways we have been working toward it. You can read about initiatives and activities focused on influencing social policy development including our tireless work to […]

Reconciliation in Action: Moving forward, together

The Federation’s June Conference, Reconciliation in Action, takes place next week in Penticton. We started this work at our conference last October where we framed reconciliation as a continuous way of being. This event is our next step down that path. Our intention is to create a space grounded in understanding as we consider different […]

Engaging with our next provincial government: planning and positioning

Just like many of you, we at The Federation office have been watching closely the results of the BC election and the media coverage of the unexpected, unprecedented results. The legislature is now poised to tussle over who should (or could) be appointed Speaker—a choice that will give us a better idea of how the next […]

Reconciliation in action: creating opportunities to think about things differently

If you attended our October conference in Richmond or have been reading these weekly updates you will know that reconciliation is one area of work The Federation remains focused on. In my posts on reconciliation over the past months, I have spoken about our intention to support Federation members—and the sector at large—in considering reconciliation […]

It’s time to have our say: every vote matters

Election day is less than a week away. Over the past months we’ve worked hard to put social issues on the agenda of candidates and strived to help you, our members, be more informed and engaged about the parties, issues, and candidates. Links to election resources and information on polling stations and advance voting can […]

BC Election: The key issues and our questions for the main parties

The provincial election on May 9 is drawing close. As we did in the last provincial election, The Federation has sent a series of questions on key issues to each provincial party. The reason that we (and many other organizations) do this is to make sure that politicians and party leaders know exactly which issues […]

Save the date: The Federation’s June conference and AGM

The Federation’s 35 Annual General Meeting will take place on the morning of Friday, June 23rd at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. The AGM will follow Thursday’s Reconciliation in Action Conference and will wrap up by noon so members can catch flights or get a head start on their sunny weekend in the Okanagan. The AGM […]

The BC Election: Putting social issues on the agenda

Those of you who have been following The Federation’s election strategy efforts will know that our organization is focusing on two main goals: We want social issues to make it onto the agendas of a greater number of candidates and politicians across the province. We also want a greater number of eligible voters across the province to better understand […]