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 Remove the arbitrary barriers to receiving welfare End the clawbacks of child support Raise earnings exemptions Increase the minimum wage…

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For the month of January 2012, Jagrup Brar responded to Raise the Rates’ MLA Welfare Challenge and lived on the welfare rate of $610. This gained widespread media coverage and public support for tackling the deep poverty in BC. BC…


5th Annual Welfare Food Challenge Town Hall Meeting

Sunday, October 23, at 2pm A week with only $18 worth of food. The City of Vancouver and Raise the Rates are hosting a Town Hall meeting on Sunday, October 23, to mark the end of the 5th annual Welfare Food…

The Welfare Food Challenge starts Sunday, October 16. Bif Naked gives her support.

Bif Naked has been a solid supported of the Welfare Food Challenge. This year she is out of the country so cannot take part . She has sent this letter of support. Bif remains a solid – a rock solid…

Stop the Bus Pass Robbery

160 Organizations sign letter In the 2016 budget, the government announced a tiny increase in the welfare rate for People with Disabilities. There was nothing for people on the basic rate of $610 a month. After nine long years, they…

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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