About

Raise the Rates …is a coalition of community groups and organizations concerned with the level of poverty and homelessness in British Columbia. In 2002, the provincial government cut welfare rates and introduced arbitrary barriers that keep people in need from…

Justice, Not Charity. Photo by Tamara Herman.

Our Demands

Raise the Rates Coalition calls on the government to do the following: increase income assistance to the Market Basket Measure – about $1,500 a month for single person on regular welfare Remove the arbitrary barriers to receiving welfare Raise earnings…

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Take Action

Here are ideas for things you can do to encourage politicians to act to raise welfare rates and tackle poverty in BC. Sign the petition Please sign the petition, it only takes a few seconds. Also please send this on…

News

Inequality Kills 40,000 Canadians a Year

Low Welfare Rates Cause Early Death At a mock funeral today people commemorated the shameful 10th anniversary of BC’s frozen welfare rates. “Welfare cheques don’t come with a health warning,” said Raise the Rates organizer Bill Hopwood.  “But about 100…

Inequality Kills 40,000 Canadians a year

Friday, March 31, Raise the Rates is holding a funeral walk, for the 40,000 people killed by government policies that create inequality . April 1 is 10 years since basic welfare was last raised in BC, frozen at $610 a…

Organizer for Raise the Rates

Raise the Rates is looking to employ an organizer. The job description is below. If you are interested please apply. Also feel free to share this with anyone you think might be interested.   Raise the Rates Campaign Organizer Contract…

Raise the Rates launches new Campaign – We Can’t Afford Poverty

We Can’t Afford Poverty is a community art-driven campaign to eradicate poverty from British Columbia, starting with raising social assistance rates. https://nopovertybc.ca/  

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Volunteer

Raise the Rates is always looking for people who would like to help fight poverty in BC. Please contact Bill Hopwood at bill50 [at] vcn.bc.ca or 604 738-1653 for more information or to join our ongoing campaign to Raise the…

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