Action for a Poverty Reduction Strategy

After years of community pressure, the provincial government introduce the Poverty Reduction Strategy Act (Bill 39). If passed, the Act could ensure the foundation for the first ever poverty reduction plan for BC. Now we need community action to ensure an accountable, bold and comprehensive plan. You can be a part of this effort to make BC’s government take action against poverty.

We’ve told them the urgent needs, and we expect action. We will continue to raise our collective voice loud and clear highlighting the pillars of a strong, comprehensive poverty reduction plan.

Visit to take action.

Can we count on you to meet your MLA and share with them the important role they can play in pushing for a strong poverty reduction plan? We’ve created step-by-step instructions for arranging such a meeting and resources to help prepare for it. It’s as easy as ABC!

Here are step-by-step instructions (it’s most effective to meet your MLA in person but, if you’re short on time, send them an email!):

  1. It can be more effective to meet as a group and demonstrate that poverty impacts our whole community. Click here to find Community Champions who have volunteered to lead delegations in their riding. If you don’t see a champion in your community, you can email us to volunteer for that role.
  2. If you don’t have a Community Champion in your riding, click here to email your MLA and directly request a meeting.
  3. Use these resources to help you focus on the issue:
  4.  Make sure to let us know how your meeting went! Send us a photo with this poster in front of your MLA’s office (or with your MLA if they’re willing).
  5. It’s most effective to meet your MLA in person but, if you only have a moment, click here to email them (as well as key provincial political leaders).

We look forward to hearing how your meetings go!

You can check out the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition’s submissions to the consultations here.

You can read the government’s What We Heard Reports and Public and Stakeholder Input here.

Submissions from BC Poverty Reduction Coalition members, supporters and allies here:

For more examples, you can also take a look at individual submissions from Bernice Kamano and Brent Winterbottom. Bernice and Brent both submitted to the government and then generously shared their recommendations with us as well.