557,000 British Columbians living in poverty can’t wait.
We need an accountable, bold and comprehensive poverty reduction plan to save lives and promote equality. Click here to arrange to Meet Your MLA and ask them to ensure that the upcoming poverty reduction plan is Accountable, Bold and Comprehensive. It’s most effective to meet your MLA in person but, if you’re short on time, just send them an email with our easy tool below!
The over-arching vision and first steps of a poverty reduction plan matter. This policy brief recommends the first steps that the government can take in order to implement an accountable, bold and comprehensive plan.
The government released a report as well as several supplemental reports outlining “what they heard” during the poverty reduction consultations across the province. The reports clearly show the need for an accountable, bold and comprehensive plan!
A new report released in July 2018 surveyed 1,000 low income people in British Columbia and found the health and social impacts of economic hardship to be devastating, ranging from stress to skipping meals to not socializing. Due to low incomes (whether from work, income assistance or pension), housing and food costs are highlighted as the number one challenges throughout BC, followed by health, debt and transportation.