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Working Poverty in Metro Vancouver

Working Poverty in Metro Vancouver coverThis report co-published by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC Office, the United Way of the Lower Mainland, and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition explores the economic and public policy contributing to working poverty and develops recommendations for change.

No Vacancy: Affordability & Homelessness in Vancouver

No Vancancy coverThis report co-published by the University of Victoria Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia and the Union Gospel Mission indicates a growing number of people experiencing homelessness in our community and makes recommendations to prevent and respond to homelessness.

2015 BC Child Poverty Report Card

First Call's 2015 child poverty report coverBC has had one of the highest child poverty rates in Canada, and in 2015, 1 out of 5 BC children are poor representing 167,810 children — enough children to fill the Disneyland theme park 4 times. Download the report released in November 2015 by First Call: Child & Youth Advocacy Coalition, with the collaboration of SPARC BC and Campaign 2000.

$10/day Child Care Plan

10aday planThe Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning responds to the deepening child care crisis facing families in British Columbia. On the basis of extensive community consultation, the Plan was released in April 2011 by the Child Care Advocates of BC and the Early Childhood Educators of BC, and has been endorsed and supported by a growing number of individuals and organizations. Find the updated 2016 Plan here.

Poverty

A Poverty Reduction Plan for Healthy People and Healthy Communities

Download the Fact Sheet and Poster to learn more about the crisis of poverty in BC, the cost of poverty, and the need for a long-term sustainable solution: a poverty reduction plan for BC. Please share the fact sheet widely and put up the poster in your local community. Email Trish for free printed copies to be sent directly to you.

Poverty in BC is a Human Rights Violation

This document, prepared by the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, details instances where International Law supports the case of poverty being a Human Rights violation, and lists multiple interventions by United Nations Rapporteurs who have made strong calls for the Canadian government to live up to its commitments before UN Treaties. Read the full report here.

The Cost of Poverty in BC

CCPA Cost of poverty report coverThis study by Iglika Ivanova of the Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives published in July 2011 details the huge costs of dealing with the negative consequences of poverty in higher healthcare and justice costs, as well as lost productivity. Not doing anything about poverty is costing us all.

The Time is Now: A Poverty Reduction Plan for BC

This campaign grew out of this comprehensive plan to dramatically reduce poverty and homelessness published in December 2008 by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Read the CCPA’s news release, download a summary of the study, and read the full report.

Better is Always Possible: A Federal Plan to Tackle Poverty and Inequality

This paper, which expands upon a chapter on poverty and inequality in the upcoming 2016 Alternative Federal Budget, proposes the terms of a comprehensive federal poverty reduction plan. If the government is serious about its campaign pledge to bring real economic opportunities to more people, the practical and affordable policy tools outlined here will take them some way toward that goal. Download the report.

Poverty Progress Profiles

Every year, Canada Without Poverty compiles Poverty Progress Profiles of each Province in Canada, which look at the current status of poverty, plan development and implementation or organizational appeals for a plan, and details on specific thematic areas related to poverty (such as housing, welfare, employment support, and early childhood education and care). You can read the reports here.

The Canada Social Report

The Canada Social Report is a living online compendium of social information. It includes summaries of provincial and territorial Poverty Reduction Strategies, annual calculations of welfare in Canada, and more.

BC Jobs Plan Reality Check: The First Two Years

CCPA jobs plan report coverStatistics Canada data reveals that BC’s labour market stalled in 2013, despite the much-hyped BC Jobs Plan launched over two years ago. This report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives looks at how and why the plan is failing, and calls for a more diversified and sustainable approach to job creation.

On the Margins: a glimpse of poverty in Canada

On the Margins: a glimpse of poverty in Canada coverThis report by Citizens for Public Justice examines poverty in Canada and who is most impacted by poverty. It reports that 4.9 million people in Canada (or roughly 1 in 7) live in poverty. It also provides a breakdown of poverty rates for each province and territory as well as the 20 big cities and small communities in Canada with the highest poverty rates.

Welfare in Canada 2015

This report by the Caledon Institute, found a single “employable” person on welfare in B.C. receives just under 40 per cent of the poverty line, leaving a poverty gap of more than $12,000. Welfare in B.C. is deeply inadequate at $610 per month for a single person and has been frozen for nine years.

The Dollars and Sense of Solving Poverty

A report from the now-defunded National Council of Welfare released in the Autumn 2011 concluding that we all pay for poverty, and that investing to reduce poverty benefits everyone. Download the report here.

Income Inequality

Working Poverty in Metro Vancouver

Working Poverty in Metro Vancouver coverThis report co-published by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC Office, the United Way of the Lower Mainland, and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition explores the economic and public policy contributing to working poverty and develops recommendations for change.

Haves and Have-Nots: Deep and persistent wealth inequality in Canada

Haves and have-nots report coverThis report by the Broadbent Institute shows that the wealthiest 10 per cent own over half the wealth in B.C. while the bottom 50 per cent have only three per cent of the wealth, with many of the poorest facing huge amounts of debt.

The Case for Increasing the Minimum Wage

This report, published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, is written by Economist David A Green, a professor and former chair of the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC and an International Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London, who conducted a thorough review of academic research on the economic impacts of minimum wages, and concludes that bold increases to the minimum wage make good economic sense. The report came out a month after the provincial government announced an increase to BC’s minimum wage of 20 cents more per hour, an announcement that was widely criticized as insufficient and a missed opportunity. You can read the full report here.

Working for a Living Wage 2016 Update

Living WageThis report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives determines that the 2016 living wage for Metro Vancouver is $20.64 an hour. This is the amount needed for a family of four with two parents working full-time to pay for necessities, support the healthy development of their children, escape financial stress and participate in the social, civic and cultural lives of their communities.

Growing Gap

The CCPA’s Growing Gap Project takes an in-depth and sustained look at one of the biggest challenges of our time: Worsening income and wealth inequality in Canada. Our team of economists and researchers have been tracking household income, wealth, spending and credit data, unearthing a troubling phenomenon.

“Staying Power – CEO Pay in Canada” Report

CEO pay in Canada coverThis report, issued by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, shows how by 12:18 pm on January 4, 2016 the first official working day of the year, Canada’s top 100 CEOs have already pocketed $48,636 — what it takes most Canadians an entire year, working full-time, to earn.

UNICEF REPORT CARD 13: Fairness for Children

UNICEF Report Card The UNICEF Report Card 13: Fairness for Children, released in 2016, measures the depths of inequality in children’s well-being across the richest countries. Canada is one of the more unequal societies for children and youth, ranking 26th of 35 nations. Over the past decade some of the gaps in health, education and other aspects of their lives have widened, while others have remained stable or improved.

“Making Ends Meet” Report

Making Ends Meet coverThis report was released in December 2013, and is the fourth and final report in Citizens for Public Justice’s Poverty Trends Scorecard series. The report shows that in the face of economic uncertainty and stagnant incomes, Canadians are working hard to keep up with rising living costs.

“Taxes for the Common Good: A Public Justice Primer on Taxation

Taxes for the Common GoodTaxes for the Common Goodis a series of six fact sheets highlighting the positive role taxes play in a democratic society and summarizing up-to-date information on the costs and opportunities afforded by various federal tax policy options.

The Case for Fair Tax Reform in BC

CCPA Progressive tax options report cover“Tackling inequality means talking taxes.” The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC have collected all of their tax-related publications in one spot here. It’s well worth a look! For instance, did you know that the richest British Columbians now pay less tax as a share of their income than the poorest?

The Broadbent Institute’s Income Inequality Resources

This set of data and resources from the Broadbent Institute show that the majority of Canadians see income inequality as a “serious problem” and want to take part in government-led solutions to ending it.

In It Together: Why Less Inequality Benefits All

OECD coverThis book from the OECD explains that the gap between rich and poor keeps widening. Growth, if any, has disproportionally benefited higher income groups while lower income households have been left behind. The book argues that this long-run increase in income inequality not only raises social and political concerns, but also economic ones.

Precarious: Temporary Agency Work in British Columbia

CCPA precarious work report coverThis report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives examines the rise of temporary agency work in British Columbia, and explores the experiences of temporary agency workers, which include low wages, insufficient hours, unequal treatment and lack of protection under employment standards legislation.

The Equality Trust

This organization from the UK uses research from Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett to show the negative effects that inequality has on multiple social issues, including life expectancy, child development, math and literacy levels, infant mortality, murder rates, obesity, homophobia, racism, voter turnout, and trust. Check out this accessible summary of Wilkinson and Pickett’s book, The Spirit Level – Why Equality is Better for Everyone, published by The Canadian Unitarians of Social Justice in Autumn 2011.

Mind the Gap: Income Inequality Growing

BC has the highest rate of inequality in Canada, according to this report from BC Stats published in January 2012, which states that BC had the largest income gap of all the provinces between the top 20% and the bottom 20% of earners. The report notes that the lowest group of earners spend half of their money on basic necessities like food, shelter and clothing, while the highest earners spend only 30% of their income on the same items. Access the report and other BC Stats updates here.

BC’s Growing Gap: Family Income Inequality, 1976-2006

This study from March 2009 reveals that BC’s poor and middle class families are in worse financial shape than their parents’ generation. The study finds that fully 60% of families with children are earning less than their counterparts in the late 1970s, while incomes for the wealthiest 10% have increased dramatically. The result is a widening gap between the rich and the rest of the population. Download the report.

Seniors, Women, Immigrants & First Nations

Shameful Neglect: Indigenous Child Poverty in Canada

Shameful Neglect report coverThis report calculates child poverty rates in Canada, and includes the rates on reserves and in territories—something never before examined. The authors call for immediate action to resolve the ongoing crisis affecting Indigenous people across the country, and recommend a poverty reduction plan for reserves that would: report poverty rates on reserves and in the territories; improve direct income support; improve employment prospects on reserves; and begin to implement longer-term solutions. Read the full report here.

2015 First Nations Child Poverty: A Literature Review and Analysis

A comprehensive literature review and analysis of First Nations Child Poverty  “to determine how existing research on the structural drivers of First Nations child poverty can be effectively translated into pragmatic, community-based solutions.” Download the report here.

Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) 2015 Report Card

West Coast LEAF publishes the CEDAW Report Card each year on October 18 (Person’s Day), grading the BC government on how well it has adhered to the Convention over the past year. As UN CEDAW only reports on Canada every four years, the Report Card monitors BC’s compliance to the Convention between reporting periods in order to hold the government accountable to both UN standards and BC Women. View the reports since 2009 here.

Walking the Line to Put Their Families First: Lone Mothers Navigating Welfare and Work in British Columbia

Navigating British Columbia’s social assistance system can be challenging. This report from SPARC BC, Single Mothers’ Alliance, SFU and First Call BC, Walking the Line to Put Their Families First: Lone Mothers Navigating Welfare and Work in British Columbia, shares the stories and experiences of single-parent families and the struggles they face in meeting their everyday needs. Download the report.

Poverty and Inequality among Seniors

This fact sheet prepared by Iglika Ivanova of the CCPA for the 2015 System Change for Seniors Care Forum outlines the recent trends in poverty and inequality among seniors.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in British Columbia

On January 12, 2015, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released this report, which highlights the grave human rights violations experienced by Indigenous women in Canada.

Seniors’ Housing in B.C.: Affordable, Appropriate, Available

This report from the Office of the Seniors’ Advocate highlights that 93% of seniors are living independently, and the help they need is mostly financial. Among the 18 recommendations in the report, Mackenzie proposes a bold new initiative to help senior homeowners afford to stay at home, calls for increases to rent subsidies for seniors, demands a commitment from the province to address lack of appropriate housing in rural B.C., argues for a fundamental redesign of assisted living, and presses for more action on getting seniors into the residential care facility of their choice.

The Intersection of Poverty and Immigration in BC

This fact sheet from February 2013 by the Association of Multicultural Societies and Services Agencies of BC shows that recent immigrants are three times more likely to live in poverty than Canadian-born persons. Actions needed to eliminate poverty for immigrants and refugees include implementing a poverty reduction plan.

Seniors Fact Sheets

These recent fact sheets on health care and housing from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC provide information on improving health care and access to affordable housing for the growing seniors population in BC.

Immigrants and Low-Paid Work: Persistent Problems, Enduring Consequences

This report by Jennifer Jihye Chun and Amanda Cheong from the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia published in December 2011 highlights the fact that immigrants experience chronic low pay and are more likely to be unemployed and live in poverty than non-immigrants.

2011 United Way Seniors Vulnerability Report

The purpose of this report is to review factors facing vulnerable seniors in order to build a vision for how the United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM) can target investments and work with community partners to create supportive, age-friendly communities. The report builds on the good work already going on in communities and adds important insights about how to tackle the social, economic, cultural and built environment-related conditions that have the greatest detrimental impact on the lives of older adults.

Canada’s Colour Coded Labour Market: The gap for racialized workers

Despite an increasingly diverse population, this report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Wellesley Institute in March 2011 on Canada’s racialized income gap shows that racialized Canadians are more likely to be unemployed or get stuck in dead-end minimum wage jobs.

Precarious & Vulnerable: Lone Mothers on Income Assistance

A Social Planning and Research Council of BC report, December 2008. This report explores the impact income assistance changes made by the BC government in 2002 have had on lone mothers with young children. Download the report.

Improving First Nations Children’s Health with Social Justice Education for Children Factsheet

CCCABC' childcare cost benefits factsheet coverThis factsheet provides an overview of social justice education, the role of educators and schools in providing a socially conscious education, and examples of social justice initiatives led by children. It was produced by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.

The Rights of First Nations Children in Canada Factsheet

CCCABC' childcare cost benefits factsheet coverThis factsheet highlights how Aboriginal children continue to experience unacceptable and disproportionate levels of risk due to a combination of historical trauma, intergeneration poverty, and discriminatory and underfunded child welfare policies. Also produced by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.

Youth & children

Shameful Neglect: Indigenous Child Poverty in Canada

Shameful Neglect report coverThis report calculates child poverty rates in Canada, and includes the rates on reserves and in territories—something never before examined. The authors call for immediate action to resolve the ongoing crisis affecting Indigenous people across the country, and recommend a poverty reduction plan for reserves that would: report poverty rates on reserves and in the territories; improve direct income support; improve employment prospects on reserves; and begin to implement longer-term solutions. Read the full report here.

2015 First Nations Child Poverty: A Literature Review and Analysis

A comprehensive literature review and analysis of First Nations Child Poverty  “to determine how existing research on the structural drivers of First Nations child poverty can be effectively translated into pragmatic, community-based solutions.” Download the report here.

2015 BC Child Poverty Report Card

First Call's 2015 child poverty report coverBC has had one of the highest child poverty rates in Canada, and in 2015, 1 out of 5 BC children are poor representing 167,810 children — enough children to fill the Disneyland theme park 4 times. Download the report released in November 2015 by First Call: Child & Youth Advocacy Coalition, with the collaboration of SPARC BC and Campaign 2000.

$10/day Child Care Plan

10aday planThe Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning responds to the deepening child care crisis facing families in British Columbia. On the basis of extensive community consultation, the Plan was released in April 2011 by the Child Care Advocates of BC and the Early Childhood Educators of BC, and has been endorsed and supported by a growing number of individuals and organizations. Find the updated 2016 Plan here.

Youth Rights! Right Now! Ending Youth Homelessness: A Human Rights Guide

Youth RightsCanada Without Poverty’ new guide for ending youth homelessness with a human rights framework: Youth Rights! Right Now! Ending Youth Homelessness: A Human Rights Guide. Every day dedicated policymakers, educators, social workers, volunteers and young people are improving the lives of homeless youth. To help with this important work, this guide brings human rights to the forefront of decision making with an aim to assist in the identification of systemic causes of homelessness and human rights solutions.

UNICEF REPORT CARD 13: Fairness for Children

UNICEF Report CardThe UNICEF Report Card 13: Fairness for Children, released in 2016, measures the depths of inequality in children’s well-being across the richest countries. Canada is one of the more unequal societies for children and youth, ranking 26th of 35 nations. Over the past decade some of the gaps in health, education and other aspects of their lives have widened, while others have remained stable or improved.

Are We Doing Enough? A status report on Canadian public policy and child and youth health

This 5th edition of this report from the Canadian Paediatric Society released in May 2016 identifies child poverty as a key concern in relation to child health, and concludes that Canada’s provincial and territorial governments could do more to address this issue and promote child and youth health. Access the report and other resources here.

2013 The Face of Child Poverty in Richmond Report

Richmond Children First's 2013 report coverThe report, It’s Not Fair! The Face of Child Poverty in Richmond: A Call to Action, was released in November 2013 by Richmond Children First. It aims to de-mystify poverty, put a face on child poverty and serve as a call to action for the Richmond community.

2013 State of the Child Report: Central Okanagan

2013 Okanagan child poverty report coverThe Community Action Toward Children’s Health (CATCH) coalition endeavours to make the Central Okanagan the best possible place to raise young children, and releases this yearly report to raise awareness of the need for action on child poverty in BC. You can read the report here. See the 2014 Update here.

Improving First Nations Children’s Health with Social Justice Education for Children Factsheet

CCCABC' childcare cost benefits factsheet coverThis factsheet provides an overview of social justice education, the role of educators and schools in providing a socially conscious education, and examples of social justice initiatives led by children. It was produced by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.

The Rights of First Nations Children in Canada Factsheet

CCCABC' childcare cost benefits factsheet coverThis factsheet highlights how Aboriginal children continue to experience unacceptable and disproportionate levels of risk due to a combination of historical trauma, intergeneration poverty, and discriminatory and underfunded child welfare policies. Also produced by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.

Food

Priority health equity indicators for British Columbia: Household food insecurity indicator report

PROOF Food InsecurityA new report from PROOF, a research group based at the University of Toronto, and the Provincial Health Services Authority finds that almost half a million British Columbians experienced some level of household food insecurity in 2011-2012.

Hunger Count 2015

2015 Hunger count report coverThe latest report from Food Banks Canada detailing the use of food banks in 2015. In March 2015, 852,137 people received food from a food bank in Canada. More than one-third of those helped were children. Food bank use in March was 1.3% higher compared to the same period in 2014 and 26% higher than in 2008, before the start of the global financial crisis.

Food Costing in BC 2015

Food Costing 2015Every two years, the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) works with the Ministry of Health and the five regional health authorities to monitor the cost of a nutritionally adequate diet in British Columbia (BC). The purpose of this document is to present the 2015 data on the average monthly cost of a nutritionally adequate, balanced diet in BC based on the National Nutritious Food Basket (NNFB).

Dietitians of Canada Food Insecurity Fact Sheet

DietitiansThis info sheet from the Dietitians of Canad notes that Food Insecurity is due to lack of income and calls for a comprehensive, integrated strategy to reduce food insecurity, ensuring sufficient incomes and benefits, so that all Canadian households can pay for basic needs, including food.

2014 Household food insecurity in Canada

2014 Household food insecurity in Canada report coverThis report, issued by Research to Identify Policy Options to Reduce Food Insecurity (PROOF), documents that 2.3 million Canadians, nearly 1 million children, lived in households that struggled to afford the food they needed in 2014. In 2013 and 2014, the Household Food Security Survey Module was optional on Statistics Canada’s annual Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), and British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Yukon chose not to include the measurement of food insecurity for their populations. Therefore, statistics from those provinces and territories are not included in the report. See more information including fact sheets here.

Finding Effective Solutions to Reduce Food Waste & Food Security in Canada

This paper responds to the National Zero Waste Council’s (NZWC) proposal for the Government of Canada to introduce a federal tax incentive for businesses to donate food they cannot sell to charities serving Canadian households in need and calls for more systemic, not simplistic, solutions that effectively address the separate problems of food waste and food insecurity.

The Cost of Eating in BC 2011

2011 Cost of eating report coverDietitians of Canada, BC Region publish this report to bring attention to the fact that many British Columbians don’t have enough money to buy healthy food. And it’s not getting any better. Shelter and food costs have risen significantly over the past decade. However, income assistance rates (commonly called ‘welfare’) have remained virtually unchanged. And even when earning more than the new minimum wage, families have barely anything left for other necessities after paying for both shelter and healthy food. Find out more here.

Health

Poverty Health Hazard for All: Fact Sheet

Health Hazard coverThe lack of resources and choices, social isolation and stress shaped by poverty make it one of the most signifi cant contributors to ill health, and it has detrimental effects on all stages of life. Learn more on our fact sheet here.

The BC Healthy Living Alliance’s Health Inequities Page

This page has documents, reports, webinars and blogposts about health inequities in British Columbia.

Priority health equity indicators for British Columbia: Selected indicators report

This report is intended to contribute to and complement provincial health status reporting of the BC’s Guiding Framework for Public Health. By analyzing current data, 16 health equity indicators drawn from the priority suite are examined across selected geographic, demographic and socio-economic dimensions. To keep the report timely, it analyzed indicators and equity dimensions for which data was accessible and available.

Housing need in Canada: Healthy lives start at home

Housing affects the health of children and youth. One-third of households in Canada live in substandard conditions or in housing need. This statement from the Canadian Paediatric Society reviews the literature documenting the impacts of housing on personal health and the health care system.

Health Inequities in British Columbia

2013 Health inequities report coverIn general, people from more advantaged socioeconomic groups enjoy longer life expectancy and better health than people from less advantaged groups. Download the updated report from April 2013 by the Health Officers Council of BC.

On the path to better health

2014 On the path to better health report coverThe BC Healthy Living Alliance issued in March of 2014 this report, which found that British Columbians who live in the province’s poorest communities are more likely to die early from cancer (24%), respiratory diseases (53%), circulatory diseases (65%) and diabetes (91%). Among its many recommendations, the report calls for a Poverty Reduction Plan for BC.

Overdue: The Case for Increasing the Persons with Disabilities Benefit in BC

2012 People with disabilities report coverThis paper was released in July 2012 by the Disability Without Poverty Network and makes a strong case that we need the following changes to ensure people with disabilities are not living in poverty: increase the PWD benefit to $1,200 per month, index the PWD benefit and establish a shelter assistance program for people with disabilities.

Investing in Prevention: Improving Health and Creating Sustainability

From BC’s Provincial Health Officer in September 2010, this report documents health inequities between rich and poor, and recommends a poverty reduction plan for BC.

The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2009: Growing Up Well-Priorities for a Healthy Future

Children living in families with low socio-economic status are less likely to have their basic needs met (sufficient family income, adequate food and shelter) and are more likely to experience ill health. View the full report here.

Housing

No Vancancy: Affordability & Homelessness in Vancouver

No Vancancy coverThis report co-published by the University of Victoria Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia and the Union Gospel Mission indicates a growing number of people experiencing homelessness in our community and makes recommendations to prevent and respond to homelessness.

Getting Serious About Affordable Housing: Towards a Plan for Metro Vancouver

Shameful Neglect report coverThe housing market in Metro Vancouver is broken, and we need more rational planning and management in the interests of local people. This paper proposes a bold affordable housing solutions agenda, including an ambitious program of public re-investment in social and co-op housing, putting the brakes on absentee ownership, and progressive property taxation options. Read the full report here.

Still Dying on the Streets: Homeless Deaths in British Columbia, 2006-2014

Dying on the Streets 2 coverThis report by Megaphone Magazine finds that at least 46 people died on the streets in B.C. in 2014–a 70 per cent increase from the year previous. The median age of death for a homeless person in BC is between 40 and 49 years, almost half the life expectancy of 76.4 years for the average British Columbian.

Putting an End to Child & Family Homelessness in Canada

This report is the result of Raising the Roof’s Child and Family Homelessness Initiative, a comprehensive, three-year examination of homelessness affecting children and their families across Canada. Download the report here.

Youth Rights! Right Now! Ending Youth Homelessness: A Human Rights Guide

Youth RightsCanada Without Poverty’ new guide for ending youth homelessness with a human rights framework: Youth Rights! Right Now! Ending Youth Homelessness: A Human Rights Guide. Every day dedicated policymakers, educators, social workers, volunteers and young people are improving the lives of homeless youth. To help with this important work, this guide brings human rights to the forefront of decision making with an aim to assist in the identification of systemic causes of homelessness and human rights solutions.

Our Homes Can’t Wait: 2015 Hotel Survey and Housing Report

Our Homes Can't WaitCarnegie Community Action Project’s annual Hotel Survey and Housing Report measures whether low income people can afford to remain living in their community. The vast majority of privately owned and run hotels now charge more than $425 a month for rent. Residents surviving on social assistance of $610 a month and paying the average lowest rent of $517 a month have a mere $93 a month left for food and everything else.

BC’s Real Social Housing Numbers

This opinion editorial by Seth Klein, CCPA-BC, published in March 2013 in The Tyee reveals that only 418 new units of social housing have been built per year over the last 8 years. While that is an improvement on the numbers from 2010, it’s a far cry from the 1000-1500 new social housing units that BC used to build every year with joint funding from the feds.

The State of Homelessness in Canada 2014

The State of Homelessness in Canada 2013 coverThis report from the Canadian Homelessness Research Network, shows that Vancouver has one of the highest rates of severe housing need in Canada, and a growing number of homeless people from the latest homelessness count.

A Community Under Attack

A Community Under AttackThroughout February, volunteers with the Stop Demovictions Burnaby Campaign conducted a social impact survey on the square block at Dunblane and Imperial just east of Metrotown where over two hundred apartment units have been or will be soon demolished. In these surveys, they found people saying that demovictions are disorienting, violent forces in their lives: communities are being displaced, people are being pushed out of Burnaby, residents feel stressed and unable to cope, and their future is unknown.

2016 Vancouver Homeless Count Report

The Vancouver Homeless Count, conducted on March 10, 2016, is the tenth homeless count in Vancouver. In 2016, 1,847 homeless persons were counted: 539 unsheltered (29%) and 1,308 sheltered (71%). The total number of homeless persons counted in Vancouver this year is higher than last year (1,746 homeless persons) and it is the highest number of all previous years, though it does not represent the highest street count (both 2005 and 2008 were higher). Find out more here.

Prince George Point‐in‐Time Homeless Count Community Report 2016

The Prince George Point-in-Time Homeless Count, conducted on April 18, 2016, is the third homeless count in Prince George. In 2016, 205 homeless persons were counted including 118 (58%) who were absolutely homeless, either unsheltered or emergency sheltered. Find out more here.

Housing need in Canada: Healthy lives start at home

Housing affects the health of children and youth. One-third of households in Canada live in substandard conditions or in housing need. This statement reviews the literature documenting the impacts of housing on personal health and the health care system. It’s recommendations include advocating for enhanced action at all levels of government and for housing-supportive policies, including a national housing strategy.

Our Home, Our Future: Projections of Rental Housing Demand and Core Housing Need

BC Non-Profit Housing Association has created the first ever publicly available provincial and regional projections of rental housing demand and core housing need for BC and for 28 regional districts. These reports will assist the non-profit sector, housing planners and policy makers in planning for the future of housing BC. This is a significant milestone as we are seeking to build a non-profit housing strategy for the province so that all British Columbians have access to safe, secure and affordable housing.

Homelessness: Clear Focus Needed

This report from the Auditor General of BC in March 2009 concludes that, despite many good practices, a lead agency and comprehensive plan are needed to reduce homelessness in BC.

Housing and Support for Adults with Severe Addictions and/or Mental Illness in British Columbia

This SFU study from 2008 found there are 11,750 ‘absolutely homeless’ in BC with severe addictions and/or mental illnesses, costing $644 million per year — or $55,000 per person — in health care, correctional, and social services. Download the study here.