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Poverty Reduction should be a Budget Priority

The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services held their Budget 2019 consultation from September 17-October 15, 2018. British Columbians were invited to participate by speaking at one of 14 public hearings, by making a written, audio or video submission, or by completing an online survey. The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition wrote a submission to push for the substantial investment needed for an effective poverty reduction plan.

In the submission, we argue that:

An Accountable, Bold and Comprehensive poverty reduction plan for BC is the solution to save lives and promote equality.

As it says in the Budget 2019 Consultation document, budgets “are about people and the choices we make today will shape the future of our province.”

We encourage you to choose a future that includes all those who live, work and play in our beautiful province so that more British Columbians are able to thrive not merely survive. We thank you for your government’s commitment to lift people out of poverty and we look forward to seeing the necessary investments for the ABC poverty reduction plan in the budget next year.

Read the full submission here.