We received a lot of input from stakeholders and people about ideas to reduce poverty in B.C. The input will help us understand what poverty looks like in communities, and how we can best take action to improve people’s lives.

What We Heard

To inform BC’s first poverty reduction strategy, the government engaged in a broad, province-wide consultation process that asked British Columbians to share their experiences with poverty, their solutions, and their visions for a better, more inclusive province.

  • What We Heard About Poverty in B.C.
  • Supplemental Reports
    • Included are:
      • First Nations Leadership Council Report – Meetings with First Nations Leadership Council and First Nations Health Council
      • Métis Nation BC Report – Métis Nation British Columbia Poverty Reduction Conversation: Regional Consultation – Winter 2018
      • BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres Report – Indigenous Poverty Reduction Consultations: A Summary Report
      • Social Planning and Research Council Report – Summary Report: Community Meetings on Poverty Reduction
      • Social Planning and Research Council Report – Summary Report: Small Group Discussions
      • Letter from the Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity
      • List of Policy Submissions
  • List of Ideas Shared During the Consultation
    • This document includes a list of the ideas received through all engagement streams. It has been edited to reduce repetition.

Community Meeting Notes from SPARC

On behalf of government, the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC) is organizing meetings in 28 communities to hear from individuals and families about their experiences, ideas and solutions to help lift people out of poverty. Here are the notes from each community meeting.

Stakeholder Input

We have also received input from stakeholders throughout the province.

Small Group Discussions

1 1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre Society
2 Afro-Canadian Positive Network of BC
3 Association of Neighborhood Houses BC
5 BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
6 Bridges for Women Society
7 Brightside Community Homes Foundation
8 Canadian Mental Health Association – Kamloops
9 Canadian Mental Health Association – Vernon & District
10 Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division
11 Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre
12 Carnegie Community Centre Association
13 Carney Hill Neighborhood Centre Society
14 Cedar Cottage Neighborhood House
15 Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia
16 Chilliwack Community Services (Chilliwack Healthier Community)
17 Clayoquot Biosphere Trust
18 Collingwood Neighbourhood House
19 Community Action Network
20 Community Connections (Revelstoke) Society
21 Community Connections Abbotsford
22 Community Futures Boundary
23 Comox Valley Elders Take Action
24 Connecting Community to Surrey Youth Leaving Care (Van City Community Foundation)
25 Deaf Community Poverty Reduction Consultation Report
26 Desert Sun Counselling and Resources
27 Downtown Eastside SRO
28 Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre Association
29 Eagle Valley Community Support Society
30 First Call – BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
31 First Call- BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition with The Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks
32 Fraser Regional Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association
33 Friends of the Grove-Cedar Bark Poet
34 Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
35 Habitat for Humanity Kamloops Society
36 HollyBurn Family Services Society
37 Hupacasath First Nation
38 Ishtar Transition Housing Society
39 Jewish Seniors Alliance
40 Kamloops A Way Home Committee to End Youth Homelessness
41 Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
42 Kiwassa Neighbourhood House
43 Lakes Districts Family Society
44 Langley Community Services Society
45 Langley Seniors Community Action Table (LSCAT)
46 Leq’á.mel First Nation
47 Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services
48 Living Wage for Families Campaign and United Food and Commercial Workers
49 Lookout Housing and Health Society (Surrey)
50 Lookout Housing Society (Langley)
51 Lower Kootenay Band
52 Lower Mainland Purpose Society – Burnaby Youth Hub
53 Migrant Workers Centre
54 Mission Community Services Society
55 Mom2Mom Child Poverty Initiative Society (Mom2Mom)
56 More Than A Roof Housing Society
57 Mount Pleasant Food Network (Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House)
58 Mount Waddington Health Network
59 North Shore Disability Resource Centre
60 Oaklands Community Association
61 Oliver Parks & Recreation Society
62 One Straw Society
63 Pacific Community Resources Society
64 Phoenix Transition Society
65 Port Alberni Friendship Center
66 Positive Living BC
67 Positive Living North
68 PREP Community Programs
69 Prince George New Hope Society
70 Raise the Rates
71 Ray-Cam Community Association
72 Renfrew Collingwood Community Response Network
73 Restorative Justice Salt Spring Island and the Salt Spring Community Services Society
74 Revelstoke Poverty Reduction Working Group
75 Sea to Sky Community Services Pemberton
76 Sea to Sky Community Services Squamish
77 Seniors Advocacy Centre
78 Single Mothers Alliance of BC Society
79 Skeena Diversity Society
80 Small Group Discussions in the Alberni Valley
81 Sources Community Resource Centre
82 South Vancouver Neighborhood House
83 Spinal Cord Injury BC
84 Sunshine Coast Community Services
85 Surpassing Our Survival (SOS) – Prince George Sexual Assault Centre
86 Trail Family and Individual Resource ( Fair) Centre Society
87 TRRUST. Collective Impact for youth aging out of care in Vancouver
88 Union Gospel Mission
89 United Church Salmon Arm
90 United Way
91 Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users
92 Vancouver Rape Relief
93 Vibrant Abbotsford
94 Watari Research Association – Watari Counseling and Support Services
95 West End Seniors’ Network
96 Westside Health Network Society
97 Whistler Community Services Society
98 Yellowhead Community Services (YCS) Ashcroft-Clinton-Cache Creek
99 Yellowhead Community Services (YCS) North Thompson
100 Youth for Chinese Seniors in the DTES


Policy Brief Submissions

1 411 Seniors Society
2 Access Pro Bono
3 Alberni Clayoquot Health Network
4 Alberni Clayoquot Health Network Submission #2
5 Basic Income, Social Security and Poverty Reduction – Report on the Symposium Proceedings
6 BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society
7 BC Coalition of Nursing Associations
8 BC College of Family Physicians
9 BC Federation of Labour
10 BC Federation of Retired Union Members
11 BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
12 BC Poverty Reduction Coalition #2
13 BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre
14 BC Teachers’ Federation
15 BCANDS-DABC-Plan Institute
16 Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada
17 British Columbia Dental Association
18 Bulkley Valley Social Planning Council
19 Canadian Bar Association BC Branch
20 Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, BC Office
21 Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division
22 Canadian Union of Postal Workers (Pacific Region)
23 Canadian Union of Public Employees British Columbia
24 Canadian Union of Public Employees British Columbia Library Workers
25 Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy
26 Centre for Community Engaged Learning (UBC)
27 Check Your Head and Broadway Youth Resource Centre
28 Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC
29 Continuing Education and Training Association of BC
30 Dietitians of Canada Submission
31 Dixon Transition Society
32 First Call BC Poverty Reduction Strategy
33 First Call Comparisons of Child benefits and Recommendations for BC
34 Federation of Post-secondary Educators
35 Fraser Health Population and Public Health
36 Health Officers’ Council of BC
37 Interior Health
38 Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver
39 Kamloops and District Labour Council
40 Legal Services Society
41 Livable Income Vancouver
42 Living Wage for Families Campaign
43 Local Economic Development Lab (LEDlab)
44 North Okanagan Early Years Council
45 Northern Women’s Forum
46 Office of the Representative for Children and Youth
47 Office of the Seniors Advocate
48 Parent Support Services Society of BC
49 PG Poverty Free Committee
50 Prosper Canada
51 Public Health Association of BC
52 Quesnel Shelter and Support Society
53 School District 8 (Kootenay Lake) Board of Education
54 Single Mothers’ Alliance BC
55 Society of St. Vincent de Paul
56 South Granville Seniors Centre
57 S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
58 Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition
59 “Sylvia” Think Tank
60  The Advocacy Centre
61 The Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of BC (COSCO)
62 The Society To End Homelessness In Burnaby
63 Together Against Poverty Society
64 Union of BC Municipalities
65 United Way of the Lower Mainland
66 United Way of the Lower Mainland – Response #2
67 Urban Core
68 West Coast LEAF