City of Vancouver staff report one in every five residents living in poverty

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City of Vancouver staff report one in every five residents living in poverty

City of Vancouver staff are trying to narrow the gap between the so-called “Have’s and have not’s.”

The Managing Director of Social Policy says the gap between the rich and poor is widening with roughly 20-per cent of  residents living in poverty.

Mary-Clare Zak says the city is trying to take steps to address the problem.

“We’re looking for ideas from the public and from all of our stakeholders on what we can do as a City and what we can do in partnership with others in terms of leveling that playing field.”

Zak says affordability is one of the biggest hurdles along with housing costs and low welfare rates.


  1. For a Province such as ours these stats are abominable. What does our esteemed leader say about this? Remember one of her pre election planks was about Family. This Government is an unmitigated disaster and should bow its head in shame. Recall anybody ?

  2. I hope the city didn’t shell out much on what everyone probably knew anyways. There’s abolutely zero chance of City Hall changing welfare, real estate prices or much else.

    • We know its the provincial &Federal Governments responsibility, but sure funny you keep pointing fingers at Vancouver you should Stay in Surrey.You love the status quo, nothing will chance!

  3. No mention of the fact that most below the poverty line are single parent families. Why not focus on the real problem ? Why not encourage counselling for young people to help them make better life choices ?

    • Better life choices are you still stuck in the 90′s, this is about strong business not giving people a living wage just raking in the profits and hiring TFW’s. When the market adjusts to supply and demand for resources,like at the Gas pump going through the roof again because someone farted in an oil field,somewhere. up goes those gouging prices. When it to do with people wages they stop training and you hear all the time that it cost mega bucks to bring over a TFW, but they will just to drive the wages down even further, as Canadians stay home I all areas of Employment,TFW doing practicums students do the same or are in internships for free! Then Chris talks about Better choices in a stacked house,against the Canadian youth and workers,I have been saying this all along and you of the entitled love it.Do you see the cost of anything going down with all these TFW’s not at all just higher welfare ranks . The necessity of life is out of control which is Food&Shelter.

    • what does that mean? “Better life choices”? and who are you to dictate who should do what with their lives? You think everyone can go to college and get a Masters and a $200,000 per year job?

      Sure, why not.

  4. But wait, there’s more! The federal government is allowing banks to lower mortgage rates so the prices of houses (and thus rental rates) will be even more unaffordable for the poor in the future. Doing this will give them lots more company as more and more join their ranks every day and they will no longer be lonely. Oh Joy!

  5. 1. Unequal Distribution of Wealth and Income
    Despite rising wages overall, income distribution was extremely unequal. Gaps in income
    had actually increased since the 1890s. The 1% of the population at the very top of the
    pyramid had incomes 650% greater than those 11% of Americans at the bottom of the
    pyramid. The tremendous concentration of wealth in the hands of the few meant that the
    American economy was dependent on high investment or luxury spending of the rich.
    However, both high spending and high investment are very susceptible to fluctuations in
    the economy; they are much less stable than people’s expenses on daily necessities like
    food, clothing, and shelter. Therefore, when the market crashed and the economy
    tumbled, both big spending and big investment collapsed. The crash Of 1929 and nothing learned still heading in the same direction. How much debt are we in BC today from 3 years ago?

    • How about if everyone over 18 gets a flat $20 per hour, everything must cost $5 each and every family (to be defined monthly) must have a bike and a 3 bedroom house on a city lot? That should solve everything.

  6. 1)
    Reduce the salaries of everyone making greater than $ 150,000 by 20%, between $ $100,000 and $150,000 by 15%. and use the money to increase salaries of those under $ 50,000 by 25%.

    Focus on the family. Make positive statements about the value of the nuclear familiy. Divorce is one of the most crippling things that can occur to people (mentally, financially, emotionally).
    Divorce is no where near half of marriages in Canada. In fact it is near that in only two countries in the world.

      • Not all have white picket fences……in Vancouver most have hedges…some have railings around their apartments and some have cars being repaired in the yard.
        The point is that families are not homogenous in practice but thanks to a wonderful thing called immigration, the family unit is growing again becasue we learned that the rest of the world did it similarly.

        Do you have a problem with the co-habitational make up of 95% + of all humans for the last 7500 years?
        Are you a symptom of a divorce and misery loves company?
        Or do you dispute the collateral damage of divorce as mentioned above?