Ending poverty in BC
Addressing the urgent needs of people living in poverty is essential - and a moral responsibility. John Horgan's BC NDP will help by immediately:
- Reducing the depth of poverty in BC by immediately raising all income assistance and disability rates by $100 per month.
- Supporting assistance recipients as they re-enter the workforce by allowing them to keep an additional $200 per month in earnings exemptions.
- Ending Christy Clark's disability bus pass clawback, fully restoring the BC Bus Pass program for people with disabilities.
A BC Green government will:
- Begin the transition to liveable incomes with an increase in Persons with Disabilities (PWD), income assistance and shelter allowance rates.
- Introduce a basic income support for youth aged 18 to 24 who are transitioning out of foster care.
- Draw on experience in other jurisdictions to design a basic income pilot project that will test its ability to reduce poverty, improve health, housing and employment.
- Establish an arm's-length fair wages commission, that will be tasked with establishing a new minimum wage and overseeing regular rate reviews.
- Work with the federal government to provide a Low-Income Benefit of up to $205 per month for low-income families.
- Roll Medical Service Plan (MSP) premiums into the payroll tax and personal income tax to ensure that they are administered in a more equitable and progressive manner.
Make homelessness rare
This is a many-faceted problem. There are issues from broken homes, drug addictions, mental health and just plain hard luck. Some lack job skills or communication skills. Some have formed habits and prefer tent cities to the rules and disciplines in more formal shelters. Again, we should be addressing mental health issues, providing suitable safe shelters and helping people get on their feet.
BC Citizens First
HOMELESS ACCOMMODATION AND SUPPORT
Homeless accommodation will be provided at CAMH and all of its Regional Annexes, as well as at Riverview Hospital, with an initial focus on those homeless who are concurrently suffering addiction and mental health issues. These people need to be immediately taken off the streets where they cannot attack students in schools, private citizens on our streets, and other short term residents of homeless shelters, nor abuse citizen or visitor pedestrians in our cities.