Download the End of the 2015 Welfare Food Challenge News Release (PDF). Media Advisory For Immediate Release November 8, 2015 Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territory Photos available free here. “It’s important that we keep talking about [raising welfare rates] and get louder and louder.” That is what singer Bif Naked told a well-attended news conference in Vancouver on the last day of the 4th Annual Welfare Food Challenge. The Challenge is sponsored by Raise the Rates, a coalition that wants government to raise welfare rates to $1,500 from $610 a month for… Read More
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$610/month. That’s how much someone on social assistance is expected to live on in BC. BC has the highest poverty rate in all of Canada. Welfare rates have not been raised in since 2007. Meanwhile, the BC government has given massive tax cuts to the province’s wealthiest people and most-profitable corporations, which has slashed government revenue dramatically. People are starving on $3 a day for food. Change is long overdue. Please sign the petition!