B.C. Government Making Policy Changes to Combat Provincial Poverty

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The B.C. Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction is making policy changes as part of TogetherBC, the provincial poverty reduction strategy, to try and cut poverty by 25% over the next five years while also reducing child poverty by half.

The policy changes being implemented are looking to "break the cycle" of poverty and build a better British Columbia for vulnerable residents.

Effective July 1st, 2019, the B.C. Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction is implementing the following policy changes:

  • Decreasing the work search from five weeks to three weeks
  • Ending penalties for families providing room and board to a family member
  • Expanding access to the identification supplement
  • Expanding access and simplifying the application process for Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers programs
  • Eliminating the "transient" client category
  • Removing $10,000 asset limit on primary vehicle
  • Increasing asset limits for people on income assistance
  • Expanding the moving supplement for people to move anywhere in B.C.

"Additional changes will be made in the coming months to further improve ministry services and ensure that people are able to access the supports they need when trying to overcome social and economic barriers," said the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.

Full details on the B.C. Government's Poverty Reduction Strategy here: TogetherBC


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