TogetherBC, British Columbia’s First-ever Poverty Reduction Strategy

TogetherBC (PDF, 881KB), British Columbia’s first poverty reduction strategy, sets a path to reduce overall poverty in B.C. by 25% and child poverty by 50% by 2024.

With investments from across Government, TogetherBC reflects government’s commitment to reduce poverty and make life more affordable for British Columbians. It includes policy initiatives and investments designed to lift people up, break the cycle of poverty and build a better B.C. for everyone.

Built on the principles of Affordability, Opportunity, Reconciliation, and Social Inclusion, TogetherBC focuses on six priority action areas:

  • More affordable housing for more people
  • Supporting families, children and youth
  • Expanding access to education and training
  • More opportunities, more jobs
  • Improving income supports
  • Investing in social inclusion

Legislation

Targets, timelines, and accountability for TogetherBC are laid out in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Act.  

  • Targets: Legislated targets are to reduce the overall poverty rate by at least 25% and child poverty by 50% by 2024.
  • Progress: Government will release annual progress reports by October 1 each year that describes the actions taken and progress made.
  • Accountability: An independent Advisory Committee has been appointed to advise the Minister, with representation from around the province. It includes advocates, experts, Indigenous peoples, and people with lived experience. The committee will include a letter in each annual report, outlining their views on progress made and progress required.