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…

Photo of Audrey Siegl

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

2017 Welfare Food Challenge: $710 is NOT enough!

We have launched our 2017 Welfare Food Challenge over at https://welfarefoodchallenge.org/ ! Let’s be real: While the new government is taking steps, these steps are much too small and much too slow to begin to tackle the depth of poverty that people…

Raise the Rates meets Minister of ‘Poverty Reduction’

  On August 15th, a small group of Raise the Rates organizers and volunteers headed to Minister Shane Simpson’s downtown Vancouver office to give him our demands. This is our confirming letter. To Minister Shane Simpson; Hello! Raise the Rates…

Raise the Rates: Submission to Federal Consultation on Poverty Reduction Plan

In early June, Raise the Rates contributed to the Federal Consultation on creating a poverty reduction plan. We doubt this will have much impact– consultations feel very removed from any actual change. However, it’s about time the federal government was…

2017 Welfare Food Challenge: $710 is NOT enough!

We have launched our 2017 Welfare Food Challenge over at https://welfarefoodchallenge.org/ ! Let’s be real: While the new government is taking steps, these steps are much too small and much too slow to begin to tackle the depth of poverty that people…

Learn More

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…

Learn More