Did you know that B.C. is the only province in Canada that doesn’t have a poverty reduction plan?
That’s according to a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, which is out with a report on why the province needs one.
Even with B.C. being one of Canada’s wealthiest provinces, it actually has the second highest poverty rate in the country at 13.2 per cent.
The report says basic welfare for a single person is only $610 a month, an income that is less than 40 per cent of the poverty line.
About half those living below the poverty line are either low income individuals, or children of those who are low-income.
It adds the government touts ‘jobs’ as the answer to poverty, but a large number of low income earners already have jobs but in a low wage labour market.
Among the recommendations, the report recommends the government increases the minimum wage to $15, and to increase welfare and disability rates according to inflation.