The provincial government has introduced what it says is historic legislation that set targets and timelines to reduce poverty in B-C.
The BC NDP Government is promising to put together an independent advisory panel, who will produce a poverty reduction plan in six months time.
Mid-Island – Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser says his government is committed to reducing the overall poverty rate by 25 per cent and the child poverty rate by 50 per cent in the next five years, and says Port Alberni has a lot to gain from the plan
Fraser said the N-D-P government will produce a poverty reduction strategy by March 31st that focuses on key issues including housing, education, employment, income supports and social inclusion.
The Poverty Reduction Strategy Act announced in the legislature yesterday was sparked by public engagement sessions throughout the province, where more than 8,500 people shared their thoughts on poverty reduction.