For the last 13 years, BC has had one of the highest poverty rates in Canada, but is the ONLY province without a poverty reduction plan.
Many perceive the issue being unemployment, but most people living in poverty have at least one job. A low minimum wage of $10.25 means that even those working full time can fall well below the poverty line, especially lone parents. And for those on welfare, income assistance comes to just $610 a month, making it hard just to survive week to week.
When one person in our community suffers, the whole community suffers. Poverty affects us all. LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE ISSUES.