News from the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition

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News and Updates from the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition

Greetings BC Poverty Reduction Open Letter endorsers,

We’ve been quiet for much of the summer, but the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition is back at the table. We’ve regrouped and are more committed than ever to our goal. We’ve come together to call for the introduction of a bold and comprehensive poverty reduction plan from the government of British Columbia that would include legislated targets and timelines to significantly reduce poverty and homelessness. It’s a simple ask: to improve the health and wellbeing of all British Columbians. 

The Coalition may have taken the summer off, but our members didn’t (neither did our provincial government) and we’ve got some news and updates for you. For more news and events, updated resources/recent reports, or to learn more about our call

Homelessness Action Week, October 11-17

The 4th annual Homelessness Action Week is coming up and there are a record number of events planned in communities across the province. To learn more or to find a list of events where you live, visit

First Call Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, a BC Poverty Reduction Coalition member, has also launched the Speak Up for Affordable Housing Campaign. Canada is the only G8 country that does not have a national housing strategy, and it is estimated that 250,000 people are homeless in Canada. Many individuals and organizations have already signed-on to the campaign and now you can add your voice.

The CCPA wants to hear from you

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (another of our Coalition members) is working to document recent provincial budget cuts and their impacts around BC. And they need your help to do this. If a program, organization or service is being cut in your community, let the CCPA know by sending a message to And feel free to include details or a quote about how the cuts will affect you, your family or others in your community. Find out more.

Poverty Olympics Torch Relay: organizers needed around the province

Some of our Coalition members have been working with The Poverty Olympics Torch Relay. The Relay is looking for community groups or individuals around the province to commit to being a part of the first ever Poverty Olympics Torch Relay to be held in January and February 2010 in the lead-up to the official Olympics. Relay organizers will provide most of the materials needed, including a banner, leaflets and torch instructions.


So often the face of poverty is Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, but we know people are struggling all over the province.  The Torch Relay will highlight these stories, the stories of your community, and call on the government to make some very necessary changes. Contact Trish at for more information. View proposal.

Keep us posted and we’ll let you know what the Coalition and our members are doing to promote poverty reduction in BC.

Best regards,
BC Poverty Reduction Committee