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Thank You! r1 ... r33 Over the last month, communities across the province have been advocating for a Poverty Free BC. Organizations across the province held rallies, film screenings, and other events demanding a poverty reduction strategy. We're also proud to be a part of the Fight for $15 BC campaign which presented a petition with over 56,500 signatures to the BC legislature on Wednesday.

As we approach mid-March, there are more ways for you to get involved:
  • Attend the second part of our Speaker Series, a panel discussion on economic inequality with Tamara Vrooman, President and CEO of Vancity Credit Union, Janet Austin, CEO of the YWCA Metro Vancouver, and Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade. 
  • Join our Election Campaign Webinar to learn how we can fight for good jobs and good policy.
  • Keep the momentum going from our Poverty Free BC Action Week.
  • Give input into the federal government's consultations about developing and implementing a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Stay tuned for more election materials later this month!

Trish and Omar

Book your free ticket here!

7-8:30 PM March 29, 2017
Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Room
Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia St

Join us for a panel discussion with Tamara Vrooman, President and CEO of Vancity Credit Union, Janet Austin, CEO of the YWCA Metro Vancouver, and Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade. 

How do we turn the tide on increasing inequality in BC and ensure that all British Columbians share the prosperity in our province? Join these three influential business leaders for a panel discussion moderated by CBC journalist Kathryn Gretsinger as they discuss creating vibrant, diverse and inclusive communities that leave no-one behind.

Follow us on Facebook to see the event live-streamed.

You can register for the event here.

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Make Poverty Public: Fighting for Good Jobs and Good Policy

Election Campaign Webinar
Wednesday March 29th
1-2 pm

Register here!

1 in 5 children in BC live below the poverty line, and the majority of children living in poverty in BC live in a home with at least one working parent. While 595,000 British Columbians live in poverty, BC is the only province that steadfastly refuses to even consider a poverty reduction plan. Adrienne Montani of First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, Deanna Ogle Living Wage for Families Campaign, and Trish Garner of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition will discuss the current realities of poverty and low wage work in our province and what a poverty free BC might look like.

Join us in learning how you can advocate for positive change during the provincial election. We will discuss ways that you can take action online, on your doorstep, and in your community.

Click here to register now.

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Poverty Free BC Action Week

Thank you to those who organized and participated in the Poverty Free BC Action Week

Organizations across the province held panels, webinars, and rallies fighting for all the pillars in our poverty reduction plan. If you missed it, you can still catch the webinars on education and childcare here. The week culminated with the Rally for a Poverty Free BC.

Following Poverty Free BC Action Week, we sent over 600 postcards from BC residents to the Premier asking her to implement a Poverty Reduction Plan. Here are some ways that you can keep the momentum going.

  • Write to the Premier and other party leaders asking them to support the Poverty Reduction and Economic Inclusion Act.
  • Sign Raise the Rates' We Can't Afford Poverty pledge to vote for the candidate in the 2017 BC election who commits to ending poverty, starting with raising social assistance to livable levels.
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Federal Consultations

Earlier this month, we made a submission to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA)'s study on poverty reduction strategies.

Now, we're in the next stage of consultation. Dignity for All, a national campaign for a federal poverty reduction strategy, has compiled a range of materials for participating:

  • Fill out and send this form to clearly share what you want to see in the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy. You can look at our submission for ideas about BC-specific language that you can use.
  • Until March 27, the government is accepting nominations for their Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty, which will develop and implement a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy. If you have personally experienced living in poverty or if you are a service provider who knows someone who is living in poverty (with their consent), you can submit a letter of nomination by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail: 

    Social Policy Directorate 
    Advisory Committee on Poverty 
    140 Promenade du Portage, 3rd floor 
    Gatineau, QC K1A 0J9 

  • Individuals with knowledge of and experience with poverty and poverty reduction in one of the following field areas are also able to apply. See the full criteria here.  

  • If there are in-person consultations hosted in your community, please let Dignity for All know so that they can add it to their interactive map to let others know about these consultations in their community.
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