Focus On Those Most Likely To Be Living In Poverty

Indigenous people, people with disabilities (including mental illness), recent immigrants, refugees and temporary foreign workers (including farm workers and live in caregivers), single mothers, single senior women, queer and transgender people (particularly youth) have higher rates of poverty and homelessness. The poverty reduction plan must focus its efforts on the structural barriers faced by these groups:

What’s in the government’s TogetherBC Plan?

  • Child Opportunity Benefit will provide an increase of the maximum lifetime benefit for a family with two children from $7,920 to $48,000 and will significantly reduce child poverty.
  • Increases to the Climate Action Tax Credit, and increases to caregiver rates including some kinship caregivers.
  • Gaming revenue sharing with First Nations and investment in Aboriginal Friendship Centres.

What Priority Actions are We Still Fighting For?

  • Restructure federal and provincial funding to better address the needs of all Aboriginal people, including the large off-reserve population.
  • Essential investment in all elements of the legal aid system.
  • Provide free transit for children 0-18 years of age and a low-income transit pass for adults.
  • Increase HandyDART service hours.
  • Universal and comprehensive supports for youth aging out of foster care.
  • Address income and support for kinship caregivers left out of 2019 budget announcement.

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