British Columbians were invited to come and talk about how poverty can be reduced in the province. Ideas shared at the in-person community meetings are helping inform the Poverty Reduction Strategy. The community meetings ran from the end of November to the end of March.

Supports were available to help people participate, including transportation, child care, disability and health supports, as well as secure storage for belongings. All locations were accessible.

Victoria
Date:  Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
Location:  Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay St.
Times: Doors opened at 6 p.m. The community meeting ran from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Note: A hot meal was provided.

Prince Rupert:
Date: Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
Location: Nisga’a Hall, 860 3rd Ave. West
Time: Doors will open at noon. The community meeting ran from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Note: A hot meal was provided.

Terrace / Kitimat:
Date: Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
Location: Elks Lodge, 2822 Tetrault St.
Time: Doors opened at noon. The community meeting ran from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Note: A hot meal was provided.

Smithers:
Date: Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
Location: Smithers Senior Citizens Association, Branch 21, 4018 Mountainview Ave.
Time: Doors opened at noon. The community meeting ran from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Note: A hot meal was provided.

Kamloops:
Date: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
Location: Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services, 707 Tranquille Road
Time: Doors opened at 5 p.m. The community meeting ran from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Kelowna:
Date: Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
Location: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26, 1380 Bertram St.
Time: Doors opened at 5 p.m. The community meeting ran from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Nanaimo:
Date: Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
Location: Beban Park Social Centre, 2300 Bowen Road
Time: Doors opened at 5 p.m. The community meeting ran from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Port Alberni:
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
Location: Athletic Hall, 3727 Rogers Street (2nd floor)
Time: Doors opened at 5 p.m. The community meeting ran from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Campbell River:
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
Location: We Wai Kai Nation – Band Hall, 2005 Eagle Drive, Cape Mudge Reserve, Campbell River, V9H 1V8 (just off of Island Highway 19)
Time: Doors opened at 5 p.m. The community meeting ran from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Richmond:
Date: Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
Location: Richmond Secondary school gymnasium, 7171 Minoru Blvd.
Time: Doors opened at 5:30 p.m. The community meeting ran from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

New West/Burnaby:
Date: Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
Location: Firefighters Banquet & Conference Centre, 6515 Bonsor Avenue
Time: Doors opened at 5:30 p.m. The community meeting ran from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Duncan:
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
Location: Ramada Duncan, 140 Trans-Canada Hwy.
Time: Doors opened at 5:30 p.m. The community meeting ran from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Surrey:
Date: Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
Location: Princess Margaret Secondary School cafeteria,  12870 72 Avenue.
Time: Doors opened at 5:30 p.m. The community ran from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Williams Lake:
Date: Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
Location: Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex Gibraltar Room, 525 Proctor Street.
Time: Doors opened at 2:00 p.m. The community meeting ran from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Quesnel:
Date: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
Location: Quesnel Tillicum Society Native Friendship Centre, 319 North Fraser Drive.
Time: Doors opened at 9:30 a.m. The community meeting ran from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Cranbrook:
Date: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
Location: Senior Citizens Hall, 125 17 Avenue South.
Time: Doors opened at 4 p.m. The community meeting ran from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Nelson:
Date: Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
Location: Central Education Centre (Central School) Gymnasium, 811 Stanley Street
Time: Doors opened at 12:30 p.m. The community meeting ran from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Prince George:
Date: Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Location: Prince George Native Friendship Centre – Power of Friendship Hall, 1600 Third Avenue.
Time: Doors opened at 1 p.m. The community meeting ran from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

North Vancouver:
Date: Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018
Location: 221 West Esplanade, North Vancouver (Lobby)
Time: Doors open at 9 a.m. The community meeting ran from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Vancouver – One:
Date: Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018
Location: Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre, 920 E Hastings Street
Time: Doors opened at 10 a.m. The community meeting ran from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Coquitlam:
Date: Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018
Location: Best Western Plus Coquitlam Inn Convention Centre –  319 North Road
Time: Doors opened at 10:00 a.m. The community meeting ran from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Vancouver – Two:
Date: Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018
Location: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street
Time: Doors opened at 5:30 p.m. The community meeting ran from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Fort Nelson:
Date: Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018
Location: Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship Society, 5012 49 Avenue
Time: Doors opened at 5 p.m. The community meeting ran from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Fort St. John:
Date: Friday, Mar. 23, 2018
Location: North Peace Cultural Centre, 10015 100 Avenue
Time:  Doors opened at 1 p.m. The community meeting ran from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Maple Ridge:
Date: Monday, Mar. 26, 2018
Location: Maple Ridge Seniors Activity Centre, 12150 224 Street
Time: Doors opened at 2 p.m. The community meeting ran from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Langley:
Date: Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018
Location: Langley Senior Resource Society, 20605 51B Avenue
Time: Doors opened at 5:30 p.m. The community meeting ran from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Abbotsford:
Date: Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018
Location: Garden Park Towers – 2825 Clearbrook Road #101 – Magnolia Dining Room
Time: Doors opened at 5:30 p.m. The community meeting ran from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.

Chilliwack:
Date: Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018
Location: Coast Hotel Chilliwack – 45920 First Avenue
Time: Doors opened at 5:30 p.m. The community meeting ran from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal was provided.