Poverty Free BC Action Week

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

Rally for a Poverty Free BC
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.

You can change your profile picture to show your support for a Poverty Reduction Plan in British Columbia here:

The BCTF Antipoverty Social Justice Action Group have assembled activities/resources for each day of the week as well as a PowerPoint and speaking notes, which you can see here. The Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks are pleased to present the Lettuce Turnip the Heat on Poverty Reduction – Vote! campaign to support the Poverty Free BC Action WeekThey created graphics for each day of the Action Week.

Click the images below or scroll down for info about all the week’s events:

Low Wage Equity Health Education
Welfare Housing Rally

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: Equity

The Hidden Struggles of Migrant Workers, Feb. 26, 2-4:30pm

UFCW Hall, 350 Columbia St, New Westminster

Film screening:
Labour Trafficking, Farm Workers and Migrant Workers in Canada
A short documentary produced by the West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association.

On January 20th, migrant agricultural workers in the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) working at Floralia Plant Growers Ltd. in Abbotsford, BC achieved an important victory. The B.C. Labour Relations Board ruled that Floralia broke labour laws by impeding the ability of migrant workers who are known to be union supporters to return to the farm in 2016.

Join us for a panel presentation and discussion. Panelists will discuss issues about human trafficking, Farm Workers and Migrant Worker in BC.

Aaron Ekman, BC Federation of Labour
Brett Matthews, Counsel for UFCW
Felix Martinez, UFCW
Abby Leung, UFCW Local 1518
Natalie Drolet, West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association
Karen McRae, Act Alberta
Erie Maestro, Migrante BC
Angelina Canada, Curly Tail Pictures

Refreshments provided, close to skytrain.

Here is the Facebook Page for the event:

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

February 27: Health

Download SignDigital 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.

You can re-watch the webinar here:

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 or in person at Expressions Café, 554 Ward St, Nelson

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.

You can re-watch the webinar here:

Brought to you by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC, Early Childhood Educators of BC, Single Mothers’ Alliance BC and the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

March 2: Welfare and Disability 

Download PosterRise 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

Pre-release showing of I, Daniel Blake March 2, Doors open 7 pm and starts at 7:30

The Cultch, 1895 Venables St
Admission by donation, suggested $20 for people with a reasonable income, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Tickets available at the box office on the night.

Raise the Rates, with others, is pleased to have a pre-release showing of Ken Loach’s new film I, Daniel Blake. This is a hard-hitting look at the reality of the British welfare system. After the film, there will be a panel discussion on comparisons with BC’s experience.

Here is the Facebook page for the event

Brought to you by Raise the Rates

March 3: Housing

Guacamole: a cooking lesson for justice, March 3, 12-1:30 pm

BC Federation of Labour Building; 200-5118 Joyce Street

Do you know where the vegetables and fruits used in making guacamole come from? Do you want to know about the people who grow these ingredients for us and what to do to treat them ethically and with dignity?

Join us to have fun, food, and learn with Foreign Farm Workers, who grow our BC produce, in an interactive, theatrical cooking lesson followed by a discussion with them.

Learn about Migrant Workers’ Dignity Association’s new report Beyond Our Plateswhich emerges from interactions with over 1,300 workers over two years during 2014-2015.


Brought to you by the Migrant Workers’ Dignity Association

Renters Unite – End the Housing Crisis Now!, March 3, 12-1:30 pm

Burnaby Residential Tenancy Branch – 5021 Kingsway #400, Burnaby, BC V5H 4A5

ACORN members are calling on Renters all across the Lower Mainland to come stand in solidarity to demand justice! Stand against the erosion of tenants’ rights, which is making getting justice unattainable for most! Housing is becoming completely unaffordable! The wait for Social housing is years long! Landlords are able to pull dirty tricks to evict, and displace people from their communities and their homes! Worst of all, cities are allowing for the destruction of perfectly good rental housing so that rich developers can make a quick buck! Low and moderate income people are being left out in the cold! It’s time to UNITE and FIGHT BACK!

BC ACORN is calling on the next government of BC to:

  1. Build 10,000 units of Social Housing per year until the deficit in housing accessibility is closed;
  2. End the Fixed Term Lease Loophole;
  3. Implement Real Rent Control to manage the skyrocketing cost of housing.
  4. Empower Municipalities in BC to implement Inclusionary Zoning clauses to force new development to include rental housing;
  5. Open the Residential Tenancy Act for a full review.

Come out and have your voice heard! The people united will never be defeated!

Here is the Facebook Page for the event:

Thank you to the Left Coast Labour Chorus for singing at the action.

Brought to you by ACORN BC

March 4: Rally

Rally for a Poverty Free BC
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.

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