This week, the government released BC’s first ever poverty reduction strategy TogetherBC setting out a number of strategies and initiatives aimed at meeting legislated poverty reduction targets including a 50% reduction in the child poverty rate by 2024. First Call is pleased to see several significant initiatives restated in this plan, including the B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit. We are also encouraged by other recent government initiatives including the ChildCareBC programs and BC’s housing plan.
We recognize there are important areas missing from the Plan, including affordable public transportation, measures to alleviate food insecurity, and adequate assistance rates.
Adrienne Montani, Provincial Coordinator, looks forward to being a member of Minister Simpson’s Poverty Reduction Advisory Committee. She says, “I look forward to advising government and providing my honest assessment of how they are doing on reducing poverty and improving the lives and health of BC’s children, youth and their families.”