Raise the rates

In 2002, the new Liberal BC government introduced policies and laws that increased the suffering and hardship for people living in poverty. The Raise the Rates Campaign aims to reduce poverty by pushing the provincial government to raise BC welfare rates by 50%, end the arbitrary barriers that stop people who need help from accessing welfare, allow everyone on welfare to keep the first $500 they earn, raise minimum wage to $10 an hour, and end the $6/hour training wage. Initiated by the Carnegie Community Action Project, the campaign is supported by a number of BC social justice organizations. VIPIRG’s involvement in Raise the Rates is part of Research Coordinator Bruce Wallace’s ongoing work combining welfare research with action to address economic injustice.

You can help by:

  1. Raising awareness with campaign leaflets and posters (hard copy available at VIPIRG)
  2. Collecting petition signatures
  3. Sending a letter to Claude Richmond, Minister of Employment and Income Assistance

For more information about the Raise the Rates Campaign, email info@raisetherates.org