Solving the challenges of poverty requires all three levels of government working in collaboration. Municipal councils cannot address these pressing social issues alone and yet they face them daily as they show up at the local level within our communities. This is why it is so important to align municipal commitments with provincial and federal strategies.
Email your new council encouraging them to call for an accountable, bold and comprehensive provincial poverty reduction plan. (You can find contact details for your council in the CivicInfoBC directory.) We’ve prepared a draft resolution that they can use.
As the province has recently announced its plan, it’s critical that they hear from as many voices as possible about the need for a strong poverty reduction plan, which is accountable, bold and comprehensive. Municipal governments have the potential to be a strong voice in this call.
In the lead up to the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) 2016 annual convention, 24 municipalities adopted resolutions calling for a comprehensive and accountable provincial poverty reduction strategy. The UBCM resolution was passed that September. Now that a poverty reduction plan is being developed, we are asking incoming councils to renew the call for an accountable, bold and comprehensive plan for BC and to commit to working with the provincial government to implement such a plan.
Click the icons on the map below to learn more about the motions (BCPRC logos represent councils who passed motions in 2018-2019; blue stars represent councils who joined the call in 2016 or earlier):