What Municipalities Can and Can’t Do To Prevent and Reduce Poverty in our Communities

You’re seeing increasing levels of homelessness in your community and you are turning to your local government to take action. However, solving the challenges of poverty requires all three levels of government working in collaboration. Municipal councils cannot address these pressing social issues alone and yet they face them daily as they show up at the local level within our communities. This is why it is so important to align municipal commitments with provincial and federal strategies.

Government budgets show the scale of responsibility and investment each level of government should be taking:

  • Municipal: $1.8 billion[1]
  • Provincial: $50 billion
  • Federal: $340 billion

Local governments can play an important role in poverty reduction but much of that role must include strong advocacy to senior levels of government to impact their priorities and necessary investments.

Now is an especially critical time to advocate to the provincial government because they are developing a poverty reduction plan for BC for the first time!

Before the plan is launched in February 2019, municipal governments can join the call for the ABC Plan, which highlights that an effective poverty reduction plan must be Accountable, Bold and Comprehensive.

We’ve developed this resource to share what Local Governments and School Boards can do to combat poverty in our communities; and what they can’t do. You can use this to hold your newly elected officials accountable to bold action and advocacy after they have been elected.

What Municipalities Can And Can’t Do To Prevent and Reduce Poverty in Our Communities


[1] maximum, using Vancouver as example