UBCM (Union of BC Municipalities): B47 Poverty Reduction Strategy for BC

I still need it. I wonder if my children and me are on some targeted list somewhere because I am still struggling to keep a roof over my children’s heads and food on the table. Thankfully a homeless housing advocate is paying my hydro or we would be without power. I’m living in a ground floor apartment with a peeping tom who is a known stalker. I am unable to move due to the lack of affordable housing in my community. Click here to read all the resolutions or an excerpt below.

 

Conference decision:

Powell River City Vancouver Prince Rupert Summerland Surrey Langley Township Prince George

Whereas the poverty rate in British Columbia continues to be among the highest in Canada yet BC is the last province in Canada to have a commitment to a poverty reduction plan;

And whereas many impacts of poverty are experienced at the local level, and local residents pay for poverty in increased health care costs, higher crime, higher demand for community, social and charitable services, lack of school readiness, reduced school success, and lower economic productivity:

Therefore be it resolved that UBCM urge the Government in BC to follow the lead of all other provinces by adopting a comprehensive and accountable provincial poverty reduction strategy to reduce the number of people living in poverty in BC by setting concrete targets and timelines to reduce poverty.

Not presented to the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities

UBCM Resolutions Committee recommendation: Endorse

UBCM Resolutions Committee comments:

The Resolutions Committee notes that the UBCM membership endorsed resolution 2015-B44, which made similar requests for the provincial government to develop and implement a poverty reduction strategy.

In response, the provincial government emphasized its focus on growing the economy and creating jobs, and indicated that it aimed to provide “targeted supports for the individuals and families who need them.”

See also resolution C16.

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