Our society puts up immense barriers to a quality education in front of people living in poverty. Meaningful, long-term training and education must be offered and supported, so that low-income people can access stable, well-paying jobs.
What’s in the government’s TogetherBC Plan?
- Tuition waiver program for former youth in care up to age 26.
- Eliminating interest on BC student loans
- Skills Training for Employment programs for people needing extra supports including people who are 55 years and older and women fleeing violence.
- Eliminating tuition for Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning
- Introduced the BC Access Grant, the first up-front, needs-based student grant program in nearly two decades.
What Priority Actions are We Still Fighting For?
- Reduce tuition fees by 50% and increase the availability of post-secondary grants for low-income students
- Allow welfare recipients to attend post-secondary education and get apprenticeships
- Deliver operational funding for K-12 education to adequately support a thriving public education system and to ensure adequate library staff and resources, and special needs assessment and support.
For more information, please read the following resources:
- Take Action for a strong Poverty Reduction Strategy
- ABC plan policy brief
- “What’s in the Government’s Plan? What are we still fighting for?” poster
- Parent Advocacy Network for Public Education website
- BC Federation of Students website
- BC Teachers’ Federation website
- Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC website
- BC Poverty Reduction Coalition’s submission to the Poverty Reduction Consultations
- Long Overdue: Why BC needs a poverty reduction plan