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.

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

A consultation report “What We Heard About Poverty in B.C.” was released on July 12, 2018. This report includes a summary of the feedback we received through the engagement as well as supplemental reports from the First Nations Leadership Council, Metis Nation BC, the Social Planning and Research Council of BC, and the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres.

Poverty reduction legislation will be brought forward in Fall 2018. The poverty reduction strategy will follow.