In March of 2013 Board Voice began advocating for the province to undertake a BC wide public discussion about how we want to treat our children, our seniors, people with disabilities, new immigrants.Indeed, how do we all want to be treated so we can live our lives to the fullest.
A Social Policy Framework would set out a vision, measurable objectives and strategies for coordination across relevant ministries, sectors, government, non-profits and the corporate world.
It would live alongside the economic development plan, helping guide and improve social prosperity for all British Columbians.
Vancouver area Board Voice members applied for a Community Boards in Action grant to bring together five of Metro Vancouver’s largest social service agencies to begin this discussion.
There is a Better Way, the declaration drafted by five Vancouver area Community Social Service organizations in June 2013.
The list of organizations calling for a discussion to begin creating a Social Policy Framework
What is a Social Policy Framework: Questions & Answers:
The SFU School of Public Policy report, Making the Case: A Social Policy Framework for British Columbia
Here is the 2nd SFU School of Public Policy report, Building the Case for an Explicit Social Policy Framework in British Columbia.
The City of Vancouver’s Healthy City Strategy, an example of a SPF at the municipal level.
Presentation to Duncan City Council Jan 2014: PowerPoint and Briefing note:
KPMG survey of international efforts at integration of human and social service delivery:
A PowerPoint presentation looking at the components of the Alberta Social Policy Framework:
A verbal presentation given to the Vancouver Board of Trade
Federation of Community Social Services paper on Social Policy frameworks in other Canadian jurisdictions.
Social Policy in BC Briefing Note July 2013
Media Coverage of the Social Policy Discussion
SFU Report on CBC Radio Early Edition
Prince George Council endorses Call for SPF
Opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun August 15, 2014
Opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun July 4, 2013
Opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun May 8, 2013