UBCM poverty reduction resolution coming this fall!

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Whistler, September 27th – October 1
The annual UBCM Convention (Union of BC Municipalities) is an opportunity for government leaders from across the province to come together and take a united position on important issues facing their communities. This year’s Convention will include a resolution to urge the province to adopt a poverty reduction strategy. Urge your local councilors to vote for it!

Your task in 3 easy steps:

  1. Contact your municipal council over the summer.
  2. Tell them why a poverty reduction resolution is important to you.
  3. Urge them to vote in favour of it!

Having a resolution before the UBCM that takes a stand on poverty and encourages the province to adopt a plan sends a clear message that this is an important issue across constituencies. In our open letter the Coalition called for a post-Olympic legacy that included a clear and concise plan to end poverty and homelessness in our province. Delegates at this year’s UBCM will focus on the theme “Forging Gold Medal Standards”, striving to build upon the Olympics’ momentum to build gold medal communities. We want them to go in with the clear message that our standards are much higher than the shameful levels of poverty that currently exist across BC. We want a vision and a plan that captures the hopes and aspirations of all of us and establishes a profound and lasting legacy.

Our sincerest thanks to the city councils of Vancouver, Grand Forks, White Rock, Victoria, Nelson, Parksville, The Island Trust, New Westminster, as well as the Lower Mainland Local Government Association for supporting a poverty reduction motion to go to the UBCM Convention this fall!

If your city passed a related motion we don’t know about let us know at info [at] bcpovertyreduction [dot] ca.