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…


Inequality Kills 40,000 Canadians a year

Friday, March 31, Raise the Rates is holding a funeral walk, for the 40,000 people killed by government policies that create inequality . April 1 is 10 years since basic welfare was last raised in BC, frozen at $610 a…

I, Daniel Blake

Thursday, March 2, Doors open 7 pm and film starts at 7:30, The Cultch, 1895 Venables St Admission by donation, suggested $20 with a reasonable income, no one turned away for lack of funds. Tickets at the box office on…

Picket Christy Clark’s $1,000 a plate dinner

5 pm, Tuesday, February 7 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver  

Raise the Rates launches new Campaign – We Can’t Afford Poverty

We Can’t Afford Poverty is a community art-driven campaign to eradicate poverty from British Columbia, starting with raising social assistance rates. https://nopovertybc.ca/  

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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 604 738-1653 for more information or to join our ongoing campaign to Raise the…

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