Submission to the 2017 BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services

The BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services is accepting submissions on social and economic priorities for the provincial government. Now that we have a commitment to a poverty reduction plan for BC, we just sent in our submission highlighting the strong policy pillars that the plan should include.

You can too! Here’s the website where you can make a video, audio or written submission or complete the four-question survey! The deadline is Monday October 16 at 5 pm.

We call on the Government of British Columbia to launch a comprehensive and accountable poverty reduction plan aimed at dramatically reducing homelessness and poverty in our province, including commitments to specific policy measures and concrete actions in each of the following policy areas:

  1. Significantly increase welfare and disability rates, and index them to inflation.
  2. Improve the earnings and working conditions of those in the low-wage workforce.
  3. Address the needs of those most likely to be living in poverty.
  4. Address homelessness and adopt a comprehensive affordable housing and supportive housing plan.
  5. Provide universal publicly-funded child care by implementing the $10/day child care plan from Child Care Advocates of BC and Early Childhood Educators of BC.
  6. Enhanced support for training and education for low-income people.
  7. Enhance community mental health and home support services, and expand integrated approaches to prevention and health promotion services.

A comprehensive approach needs to boost the incomes of those living in poverty, but also build the social infrastructure, public services and assets that are vital to providing a path out of poverty and improving quality of life. If we commit to a bold plan, a dramatic reduction in poverty and homelessness within a few short years is perfectly achievable.

BC Poverty Reduction Coalition members and allies also made submissions

The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives 

First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition

BC Federation of Labour

BC Teachers’ Federation 

The Parent Advocacy Network for Public Education

Families Against Cuts to Education

BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils