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…


Why We Still Need Food Banks in BC? Poverty is a Political Decision.

Bill Hopwood | Raise The Rates Coalition | http://www.raisetherates.org Harold Lavender | Carnegie Community Action Project | http://www.carnegieaction.org Joanne Shaw | Anti-Poverty Activist and Writer were guests on FoodLine Radio on Monday, December 12, 2016. Foodline is on Mondays 8–9pm…

Justice Not Charity March and Poor People’s Radio on Fri, Dec 2nd

Join us on Friday, December 2nd! 11 am at Carnegie Commuity Centre or come to the CBC Building (700 Hamilton) at noon https://www.facebook.com/events/1813557325553107/ This will be Raise the Rates’ fifth annual march and Poor People’s Radio show to tell the…


Graphic Recording from the 2016 Welfare Food Challenge Town Hall. By Tiare Jung.

People who want much higher welfare rates took over Vancouver City Council Chambers on Sunday, October 23. They gathered to talk about what it was like to eat on just $18 a week, and what needs to be done about…

Bif Naked and Jenny Kwan with members of the Raise the Rates Coalition launch the 2015 Welfare Food Challenge at the Aboriginal Front Door on Oct 27th, photo by Jean Swanson

Take the 2016 Welfare Food Challenge!

R to L: Harold Lavender, Bif Naked, Bill Hopwood, Jenny Kwan, and Fraser Doke at 2015 Food Challenge.  Photo by Jean Swanson The 5th Annual Welfare Food Challenge will be start on October 16, 2016 and runs for one week….

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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 778-686-5293 for more information or to join our ongoing campaign to Raise the Rates!

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