Coalition

Raise the Rates Coalition members: 411 Seniors Centre Society Anglicans for Eco-Justice BC Coalition of People with Disabilities BC Federation of Labour BC Government Employees Union British Columbia Association of Social Workers British Columbia Teachers’ Federation Carnegie Community Action Project…

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. Fact Sheet This fact sheet has some of the key facts about the reality of welfare in BC….

News

Stupid rules of welfare? Tell us about it!

Raise the Rates is hosting a movie night on Friday, February 2nd, from 6-8pm. We will be screening I Daniel Blake and having break-out discussions about the stupid rules of welfare and the qualifications that make it impossible to get on…

Justice Not Charity–for the 10000th time!

These are the reflections of our organizer, Kell, after CBC’s Food Bank Day. We hosted a pop-up rally that day to demand system change. This op-ed went out to several different media sites, and not a single one picked up….

#WelfareFoodChallenge2017 has launched

Press release For immediate release– November 1st 2017 VANCOUVER, COAST SALISH TERRITORIES While the government has implemented the election promise of raising income assistance by $100, Raise the Rates has launched their 6th Annual Welfare Food Challenge to highlight that…

Justice Not Charity–for the 10000th time!

These are the reflections of our organizer, Kell, after CBC’s Food Bank Day. We hosted a pop-up rally that day to demand system change. This op-ed went out to several different media sites, and not a single one picked up….

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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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Raise the Rates Demands

Welcome to the new Raise the Rates website! Be sure to check out the Take Action page to find out how you can help put pressure on government to raise welfare rates. Raise the Rates is campaigning for 5 demands…

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