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Who we are

We are a coalition that includes community and non-profit groups, faith groups, health organizations, First Nations and Aboriginal organizations, businesses, labour organizations, and social policy groups. We have come together around a campaign aimed at seeing the introduction of a bold and comprehensive poverty reduction plan from the government of British Columbia that would include legislated targets and timelines to significantly reduce poverty and homelessness. We seek to improve the health and well-being of all British Columbians.

Our Vision

A British Columbia where no one lives in poverty.

Our Purpose

To advocate for the reduction of poverty, homelessness, and inequality in British Columbia.

Our Mission

Working strategically and collaboratively, provide leadership and advocacy to secure effective public policy to reduce poverty and inequality in British Columbia.

Our work is grounded on the recognition that there is not only a moral duty to eradicate poverty but also a legal obligation under international human rights law, such as the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, ratified by Canada in 1976. The Covenant recognizes “the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions.” As such, the existence of poverty in BC is a Human Rights violation, as detailed in our Human Rights Framework.

As of October 2017, members of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition have unanimously recommended these policy recommendations within the 7 policy action areas outlined in our Open Letter.

We have over 50 Coalition Members and almost 400 supporting organizations with a collective membership of over 300,000 that have joined the call for a poverty reduction plan.

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Special thanks to Vancity, United Way of the Lower Mainland, the Vancity Community Foundation, and the Vancouver Foundation for their financial and in-kind support of this campaign.

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