Websites, Documents, and Reports

Here is some more information about poverty, its true costs, and its harm on society.

‘We Can’t Afford Poverty’ website
has lots of info and materials too:

BC Poverty Reduction Plan

Food Costing BC 2015, Provincial Health Services Agency
Food Costing in BC 2015 (PDF)

Carnegie Community Action Project
Working to build community in the Downtown East Side

Cost of Poverty (CCPA)

Cost of Eating BC (Dieticians of Canada)
The Cost of Eating in British-Columbia

Child Poverty in BC (First Call)
First Call BC Child Poverty Report Card 2015 (PDF)

HUNGRY FOR JUSTICE: Advancing a Right to Food for Children in BC by Laura Track (PDF)

Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2011

Opinion poll on poverty in BC (BC Healthy Living Alliance)

Poverty Damages attention and thinking

Money the best prescription for health
What Makes Us Sick (PDF in English)

BC’s Hardest Working (Poverty Reduction Coalition)

Inequality bad for most people and society (Equality Trust)
There is a wealth of info. Have a look at and

Canadian Social Research Link
This site is a virtual resource centre for Canadian social program information. It’s a compilation of key provincial and territorial government welfare links – a great resource for getting the government perspective on welfare issues and for comparing data from one province/territory to another.

BC Progress Board Report: Monitoring and Reducing the Incidence of Poverty (July 10, 2007)
Download the report (PDF)

In 2005, BC ranked second last in Canada in terms of the proportion of families living below low income cut-offs (LICO), at 17.3 % compared to the Canadian average of 15.2 %. PEI was the top performer, with only 9.4 % of families living below the LICO. BC’s share has been above the Canadian average since 1995, and while it has been on a generally decreasing track since 1997, British Columbia had the lowest annual improvement of the provinces between 1996 and 2005.

Previous Progress Board research suggests that lower labour market engagement in BC vis-a-vis Canada, as well as differences in provincial and federal transfers and taxes explain some of the difference in BC’s performance on LICO. BC’s underground economy — unreported legal activities such as under-the-table services, and illegal activities such as those related to the drug trade — is likely a contributing factor to BC’s lower relative labour market engagement Paradoxically, BC’s official employment rate has been climbing steadily over the last five years. Though direct measurement and comparison of the size of the underground economy is difficult due to its hidden nature, a larger relative service sector and higher drug-related crime and drug use suggest BC likely has a larger underground economy than Canada overall. Underground economic activity blurs the relationship between official low income and measurements of poverty. However. despite this. efforts to monitor and reduce poverty by increasing productive labour market engagement must continue to be a priority. Recent provincial initiatives to increase housing options is an important initiative to help improve living standards for many people, especially for those in strained circumstances.