2018 Municipal Elections

General local elections take place in British Columbia are on October 20, 2018. Local governments can play an important role in poverty reduction as they work with and lobby other levels of government. BC Poverty Reduction Coalition members and supporters are taking action. Watch this space for toolkits, all candidates meetings and campaigns targeted at the local government elections.

#AllonBoard Campaign

#AllOnBoard stands for affordable and accessible transit based on income in Metro Vancouver to ensure our communities can access public transit to live, work and thrive.  We advocate for:

  • Free transit for all children and youth 0-18
  • Sliding scale monthly pass system based on income 

We also advocate for a social justice and poverty reduction mandate for Translink, non-stigmatizing affordability measures, fare evasion fines to be unlinked from ICBC and infrastructure expansion. 

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Kelowna and Lake Country All-Candidates Forum on Poverty and Early Childhood Development

Wednesday, October 17, 7-9 p.m.
Rutland Centennial Hall, 180 Rutland Rd N, Kelowna

Public opinion polling shows that British Columbians believe poverty is one of the most important issues needing to be addressed in this province. This forum is an opportunity for candidates to let constituents know how they plan to address poverty and early childhood development at the local level.

The Central Okanagan Early Years Partnership and the B.C. Poverty Reduction Coalition are hosting an All-Candidates Forum on Poverty and Early Childhood Development for candidates in Kelowna and Lake Country including Mayoral candidates and City council candidates. 

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Burnaby Votes: Social Inclusion

Tuesday, October 16, 7-9 p.m.
Maywood Community School – Gymnasium, 4567 Imperial Street, Burnaby, BC V5J 1B7

Some members of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition are also members of the Burnaby Inter-Agency Council. The Burnaby Inter-Agency Council invites to you meet candidates for Burnaby’s Mayor, Council and School Trustees. Candidates will be available to speak with you about how they, if elected, would work to make Burnaby a place for everyone.

The event includes a moderated Question & Answer session on social issues with Mayoral candidates from 7:30-8:30pm.

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First Call BC’s Municipal Election Toolkit

First Call’s municipal election toolkit is meant to support individuals and community groups in their advocacy for legislation, policy and practice that benefit children and youth and their families in the lead-up to the October 20, 2018, municipal elections.

The toolkit is structured around First Call’s 4 Keys to Success. Each section highlights some of the current issues facing children, youth and families in BC, the role of the municipal government and suggests solutions government can act on, in the form of questions to candidates. Read the Election Toolkit!

Your City. Your Vote.

The British Columbia Federation of Students is providing resources through their student unions about local government jurisdictions and how to register to vote. Whether you live in a rural area, in a small village or town, or in a large urban centre, local government is tasked to take care of community needs. Specifically, local government (municipalities and regional districts) shapes communities by offering essential services, regulates local policies, regulates land-use/development, and plans for the future economic growth of the community. Learn more here!

BC Society of Transition Houses 2018 Municipal Election Toolkit

The BC Society of Transition Houses has developed the BC Municipal Election Toolkit to encourage candidates running in the October 2018 municipal election to work to eliminate violence against women and children if elected. In order to raise awareness about violence against women in BC, they ask that their members, women serving organizations, individuals and other community groups contact their local candidates to advocate for legislation, policy and practice commitments that benefit women and children experiencing gender-based violence.

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BC Non-Profit Housing Association’s Make Housing Central Campaign

The BC Non-Profit Housing Association is asking their non-profit and cooperative housing members to take action in helping to ensure that affordable housing is addressed by their candidates. They are also asking all candidates across the province to Make Housing Central in their campaigns. The campaign has community guides including snapshots of census data in your community, a Make Housing Pledge for candidates, a municipal toolkit about what local governments ca do to support affordable housing and questions for local candidates.

See the whole toolkit here!

The Vancouver Tenants’ Union’s Renters Report Card

The Renters Report Card working group sent questions to all candidates about their positions on the City We Need Platform that their membership had previously endorsed. Over 30 VTU members amalgamated and graded the responses. 

Read the Report Card here!