On Monday November 5, the Legislative Assembly of BC voted unanimously to approve the Poverty Reduction Strategy Act. This is an exciting next step towards eliminating poverty in BC, especially noting that the Act calls for a 50% reduction of child poverty in BC by 2024. A late amendment to the Act added “women” as one of the groups that must be considered under section 5(3), as advocated by Single Mothers’ Alliance BC founder Viveca Ellis.
Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson wrote First Call a letter, noting the Act commits the government to developing and implementing the poverty reduction plan by March 31, 2019.
On November 6, federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos also introduced Bill C-87, an Act respecting the reduction of poverty. It also contains targets and timelines, but has not yet been passed by Parliament.