We’re building a poverty reduction strategy, with your help.

The poverty rate in B.C. is among the worst in Canada. Too many people are struggling to make ends meet, earn a living wage, or find and keep affordable housing. Too many families are suffering without basic necessities, relying on food banks, going hungry or sending their children to school hungry.

It’s time to lift people out of poverty.

As a first step, the B.C. government raised income assistance and disability rates by $100 per month to help people who need it most. This is only the beginning. There’s more to do. One of the critical next steps is to build and implement a province-wide poverty reduction plan with targets and timelines.

There were several ways British Columbians shared their input on B.C.’s first poverty reduction strategy:

Your feedback is helping us understand what poverty looks like in communities across B.C., and how we can best take action to improve people’s lives. In order to promote the transparency of this engagement, feedback collected at the community meetings is available online. Names are not included. We will release a “What We Heard” report in June 2018. This will capture all of the feedback we have received through the engagement. Poverty reduction legislation will be brought forward in Fall 2018. The poverty reduction strategy will come after that.