About Raise the Rates
RAISE THE RATES is a coalition of community groups and organizations concerned with the level of poverty and homelessness in British Columbia.
My name is Katrina, and I am the Executive Director of Pivot Legal Society. Pivot works on behalf of marginalized communities to create a just, fair, and equal society through litigation, law reform, research, and legal education. I am participating in the 2017 welfare food challenge because of the completely unacceptable situation in BC, which has one of the highest poverty rates in Canada, no poverty reduction plan and appallingly low welfare rates. Even with an increase of $100, we need to do much more. The cost of housing and other necessities of life continues to increase every year and welfare rates are woefully below the poverty line. So, one of thing that I can do is add my voice to the powerful movement that is demanding that we raise welfare rates and reduce barriers to welfare in BC.