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

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Take Action

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…

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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…

Don’t Get Sick

Raise the Rates’ Fraser Stuart narrating his story of trying to get on disability: Check it out, pretty powerful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7kzU0EFfXI

Raise the Rates Report 2015

Raise the Rates 2015 report is here.

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. Photo by Jean Swanson The 5th Annual Welfare Food Challenge will be in mid-October, 2016 and runs for one week. Please consider taking it this year….

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

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