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Take the Welfare Food Challenge

Can you live on $610 per month?  That is the maximum welfare rate for a single person to cover everything including food, shelter and clothing.  This rate is below the poverty line. 

One in seven people in BC live in poverty.  Poverty in BC costs us all between $8 – 9 billion a year in crime, poor health, and lost economic opportunities. The cost of fixing it is less than half of that.   BC has the greatest economic inequality and the worst poverty and child poverty rates in Canada.

Take action today:  

  • Invite Jagrup Brar to speak on his experience living on $610 a month or a speaker from Raise the Rates;
  • Write to your local MLA;
  • Hold a public meeting or event;
  • Do a public action, maybe outside your local MLA’s office;
  • Contact your local media about any activities you organize including taking the Welfare Food Challenge to live on only the food you can purchase for $26 for a week.

Support the work of Raise the Rates, a long time CCEC Member.  Work to build a movement for change that raises welfare, tackles poverty and shifts the priorities of society to putting the needs of people first.


For more information visit these websites: 

Raise the Rates

MLA Welfare Challenge

Welfare Food Challenge

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·      Phone: 604 738-1653 (Bill Hopwood) or 604 729-2380 (Jean Swanson)

·      E-Mail Bill bill50@vcn.bc.ca  or Jean jean.swanson@gmail.com

Ask them for a copy of their 2012 Raise the Rates Report.


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