We Can’t Afford Poverty Videos

BCPRC Coalition Member Raise the Rates produced a series of videos for their We Can’t Afford Poverty election campaign following their community art workshops dealing with poverty issues in British Columbia. 

Vancouver comedian Charlie Demers takes a walk on the West Side, talking about obscene wealth, obscene poverty and the future of British Columbia that hangs in the balance:


It costs more money to keep people in poverty than it does to end poverty. Watch this short video to find out more. Featuring Carmen from the Carnegie Community Action Project and Seth Klein from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (BC).  Music:  Rooftops by Ari de Niro is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License. :

Vancouver comedian Charlie Demers does the math on why BC poverty just doesn’t add up.:

Giving Change

BC is one of the most generous provinces in Canada. We give our time and money to charity because we care about those less fortunate than ourselves.

And yet, BC has had one of the highest poverty rates in Canada for the last 15 years. There are almost 500,000 people in our province desperately trying to make ends meet and keep their heads above water. It’s clearly time for a different approach.

Poverty Myth Busters – Don’t Get Sick

Think you’re covered when you get sick? Think again! This is a real story of trying to access welfare and disability benefits in BC. Read more on our Poverty Mythbusters page.

Art by Joys Chow and Luc Faris

Poverty Myth Busters – “Get a job” doesn’t cut it!

Whether you’re at a party, having dinner with your parents, at the bus stop, or listening the news, whenever there’s a discussion about poverty, you will no doubt hear things like “the situation in BC isn’t that bad”, how “the poor are lazy” and they “just need to get a job”, or that “those on welfare are taking advantage of our world-renowned social assistance programs.”

This is why the Poverty Free Action Team has launched the Poverty Myth Busters campaign. It’s time to bust these poverty myths and get to the root of the problem!


Poverty is an LGBTQ issue

Queer and trans people face a high level of poverty and marginalization, yet these communities have previously not been included in initiatives trying to address poverty. So we created a video with an accompanying fact sheet as a start of addressing and making the issue visible. You can watch a teaser of our documentary Under the rainbow, based on our Queer and Trans Poverty Research Study. Please visit our campaign page here to download the fact sheet, and for more information.

Poverty: Health Hazard for All Webinar with Dr. Gary Bloch

Dr. Gary Bloch has a simple cure for the health problems ailing low-income British Columbians: increase their income. That’s the message that Dr. Bloch, a family physician with St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians’ Committee on Poverty and Health, brings to us in this webinar, which was part of our Poverty Free BC Speaker Series.

This is what inequality looks like in BC

In this video from 2012, students at Princess Margaret Secondary in Surrey show what income inequality looks like in BC in this video.

What is poverty costing us in BC?

Think we can’t afford to end poverty? Actually, we can’t afford not to.