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.

Early Years Community Sessions

We at The Federation believe that there is wisdom to be found in different and differing perspectives. We believe that the best community social services are built upon local knowledge and strong relationships. And we believe that the intentional inclusion of many voices is integral to creating lasting change. Over the past six months, The […]

The Youth Education Bursary

When I was first joined The Federation team years ago, the Youth Education Bursary was one of the things that really drew me to the organization and inspired me as I took on this role. That’s because I recognized that the bursary was more than just a dollar amount of financial support. It was (and it still […]

Research Bulletin January 2019: Social Determinants of Health

This month’s research bulletin focuses on articles and reports related to the social determinants of health—the social, economic, and political conditions that affect the health and wellbeing of people, communities, and populations. The reports below provide an overview of current and recent research focused on the social determinants of health and their use as a […]

Building Strong & Sustainable Community Social Services

Last February, the 2018 Social Policy Forum identified and focused on four of the key factors affecting the sustainability and capacity of British Columbia’s community social services sector: Inclusive and culturally safe workplaces Attraction and retention Supervision and training A coordinated system of social care This focus carried us through 2018 and these four themes […]

Early Years Community Consultations

From January to March, MCFD, ECL Early Childhood Consulting, and The Federation of Community Social Services of BC are teaming up to host brand-new training and dialogue sessions for early years providers across BC. We’ll be coming to locations across the province (see below for a full list of dates and communities) and each date […]

Report on the 2019 Budget Consultations & Social Services Investments

Last fall, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services held public consultations on the upcoming provincial budget. This process happens every year—and every year The Federation presents to the committee and provides input on what we believe should be the priorities for the provincial budget. The result of those consultations was released in […]

Legislative Roundup and Recap 2018

The Federation’s focus on advocacy takes different forms at different times. But a big part of this work involves closely monitoring legislative changes and policy developments that affect the well-being of British Columbians. That’s why we’re providing summaries of some of the changes that will affect our sector and the people we serve the most. A […]

Research Bulletin November 2018: Income Supports and Services

This month’s research bulletin focuses on research and reports related to income and disability supports, poverty reduction, and welfare-related service delivery. The articles and reports below discuss income supports for the working poor, asset-based poverty reduction, supporting employment and income assistance recipients, and the perils of downloading the cost of welfare reform. They also include a […]

Legalization of Cannabis: Implications, Resources, and Research for Federation Members

At the October Conference, we hosted an Open Space session focused on concerns about the legalization of cannabis. Members hosted sessions focused on HR implications, practice implications, the history of how Canada got to this place, and what the future might look like. Following that session, The Federation committed to two follow-up actions: an informational webinar […]

Charities and Political Activities: Update and Next Steps

Last month, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled a motion in the House of Commons that would, among other things, amend Canada’s Income Tax Act in order to “remove the limits on political activities for charities, so that they may pursue their charitable purposes by engaging in non-partisan political activities and in the development of public policy.” […]