The current income assistance system in BC is fundamentally broken. People in desperate need are being denied assistance, and if lucky enough to navigate all the structural and administrative barriers to welfare and have their application accepted, they are subjected to a life of “survival,” struggling to meet the most basic needs of shelter and food.
- Significantly increase welfare and disability rates to the Market Basket Measure, and index them to the cost of living.
- Increase earnings exemptions, and remove clawbacks and arbitrary barriers that discourage, delay and deny people in need
For more information, please read the following resources:
- Take Action for a strong Poverty Reduction Strategy
- The Raise the Rates Coalition website
- The Welfare Food Challenge
- Accessibility at the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre, November 2017)
- Sharing Our Realities: Life on Disability Assistance in British Columbia (Citizens for Accessible Neighbourhoods and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, April 2017)
- 5 things you should know about poverty in BC
- “What does a poverty reduction plan for BC look like?” Poster
- BC Poverty Reduction Coalition’s submission to the Poverty Reduction Consultations
- BC Poverty Reduction Coalition policy recommendations
- Long Overdue: Why BC needs a poverty reduction plan