One in seven British Columbians live in poverty. This adds up to a staggering 670,000 people who struggle everyday to make ends meet.
This is the second highest rate in Canada, behind Nova Scotia.
Yet BC stands alone as the only province in Canada without a poverty reduction plan.
Poverty in BC is a low-wage story. Nearly half a million workers in BC earn less than $15 an hour.
If we are serious about making BC a better place, we must make significant changes. Raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour is a necessary step in achieving a poverty-free BC.