Poverty Free BC Action Week

We’re teaming up with Raise the Rates, the BC Federation of Labour and many other groups for the:

Poverty Free BC Rally
Saturday, March 4th 2017, 12-2pm
Vancouver Public Library, Robson side

Please join us! Join and share the Facebook page for the rally here.

This is our chance to raise our voices together and show candidates in the provincial election that we’ll be voting for politicians that commit to a strong, comprehensive poverty reduction plan.

There will be a week of action leading up to the rally (Feb. 25 – Mar. 3) with each day of the week lined up with an essential pillar of an effective poverty reduction plan. There will be film screenings, panel discussions, webinars and more. Details of all the events can be found here:

February 25: The Fight for $15 and good jobs

Good Jobs, Good Wages for BC, Feb. 25, 1:30-3:30pm

Room 1400-1500 Segal Building, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver

Free Admission; Register here.

Join us for a panel presentation and discussion. Panelists will discuss issues and solutions including the Fight for 15 campaign, the rise of precarious work, the erosion of BC’s employment standards laws, and the need for better apprenticeship programs and green jobs.

Brought to you by the BC Federation of Labour

February 26: Marginalized communities

Migrant Justice, Feb. 26, 2-4:30pm

UFCW Hall, 350 Columbia St, New Westminster

Community launch of a labour trafficking documentary (20 mins) followed by a discussion about recent campaigns (Justice 4 All Workers, End Project Guardian and Rising Up Against Unjust Recruitment) and how people can get involved in the fight for migrant justice. A speaker from the Migrant Workers’ Dignity Association will discuss their recent report Beyond Our Plates. News from UFCW on their recent win with the Labour Relations Board!

Refreshments provided, close to skytrain.

Brought to you by UFCW 1518, West Coast Domestic Workers Association, Migrant Workers’ Dignity Association and Migrante BC.

February 27: Health

Digital Action for Health, Feb 27

On Monday February 27, we’re asking health care advocates to help raise awareness about how health care can reduce poverty.

Please print and fill out this sign and send us a photo of you holding it. We’ll use the photo on February 27 to show how health care advocates are supporting a Poverty Reduction Plan for BC. Please email your photo to:

You’re also welcome to post it yourself on your own social media channels. If you decide to post your photo on February 27, please use the hashtag #povertyfreebc

Brought to you by the Hospital Employees’ Union, BC Health Coalition and the Health Sciences Association

February 28: Education

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation Hungry to Learn Webinar on Poverty and Education in BC, Feb 28 3:30-4:30 pm

Online or at the BCTF Building, 100 – 550 West 6th Ave, Vancouver

BCTF President Glen Hansman will facilitate  a panel discussion on the effects of poverty on our students and the need for a poverty reduction plan in British Columbia.  BC teachers and antipoverty action group members Annie Ohana and Sue Spalding will talk about challenges faced by their students who are experiencing poverty in Surrey and Terrace. Megan Hooft, Deputy Director of Canada Without Poverty, will address how poverty reduction plans in other Canadian provinces have effectively addressed these issues.

This webinar is open to the public. Please register at

To register to attend the event in person, please contact Barb Ryeburn, at

Brought to you by the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation

March 1: Child care

$10aDay Child Care Plan Key to Reducing Poverty – An Interactive Webinar, March 1 6:30-8:00 pm

Online: RSVP here and detailed registration information will be sent to you.

The $10aDay Child Care Plan is one the quickest ways government can help BC families and their children move out of poverty. That’s why it is a central pillar of an effective BC Poverty Reduction Strategy. (See for action tools)  

On March 1, join anti-poverty activists and $10aDay supporters from across BC to learn about what you can do to help strengthen connections between these two powerful movements in your community.

The $10aDay Child Care Plan will make child care affordable for all – with no fees for families earning under $40,000 a year. This will move many families out of poverty and keep others from becoming poor. And the Plan will provide the women who care for children a living wage.

On the webinar, Sharon Gregson from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates, Trish Garner from the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and others will share information about the $10aDay Plan, a BC Poverty Reduction Strategy and how we can work together to make them happen.

RSVP to Detailed registration information will be sent to you.

Brought to you by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC

March 2: Welfare and Disability 

Rise Up to End Poverty & Deprivation of BC’s Disabled & Poor, March 2, 12-2pm

BC Legislature, 501 Belleville St, Victoria

We can’t afford government making life easier for the rich and powerful and harder for the rest of us.

Here is the Facebook page for the event:

Brought to you by the BC Disability Caucus

March 3: Housing

March 4: Rally

Poverty Free BC Rally
Saturday, March 4th 2017, 12-2pm
Vancouver Public Library, Robson side
Join the the Facebook event for the rally here.

If you would like to host an event for the week of action or a rally in your community, please contact Trish Garner for coordination and support.