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11 Apr 2017  |  No Comment >>

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has just released a report that looks at the changes in the poverty rate among seniors in the province over the last four decades. Income and wealth inequality are just two of the factors examined in this detailed document, which you can download and read here.

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27 Mar 2017  |  No Comment >>

Earlier this month, our partners at the B.C. Poverty Reduction Coalition made a submission to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA)’s study on poverty reduction strategies. Richmond PRC proudly endorses the report, which you can read in full here.

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27 Jan 2017  |  No Comment >>

Following some deliberation, the The British Columbia Utilities Commission has decided against ordering BC Hydro to subsidize electricity costs for low-income individuals, citing a lack of legal authority.
The commission was given various recommendations by the B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre including discounting rates up to a threshold, as well as dismissal of certain fees for the select demographic.
Read coverage of the topic on thetyee.ca.

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23 Jan 2017  |  No Comment >>

The Eating Together Campaign, launched in 2011, is offering a complimentary pancake breakfast to raise awareness of the benefits of families eating together — research shows families who regularly share meals bond and connect more effectively, have fewer problems, and stay together.
The event also raises funds for Touchstone Family Association’s barrier-free Front Porch Program, which provides counselling to families in need and have no place to turn.

Taking place on Feb. 19 at DeBeck Elementary School at 8600 Ash St., there will be activities for the whole family. Attendance is free and the breakfast …

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9 Dec 2016  |  No Comment >>

The Richmond Poverty Response Committee would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season! Please see the attached graphic detailing various events and service closures around the city.

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26 Nov 2016  |  No Comment >>

The coalition of organizations focusing on supporting youth in the province, First Call, has just released its annual report on the state of child poverty in B.C. Findings show that one out of every five children in the province live in poverty, which is higher than the national average. Click here to read the full report.

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15 Nov 2016  |  No Comment >>

The Richmond Poverty Response Committee’s mission is to work towards alleviating the effects of poverty through research, advocacy as well as filling gaps in service. To that end, the RPRC is launching a new project titled “Eliminating barriers to participation for Richmond residents experiencing poverty.”
The goal is three-fold — to help those living in poverty develop a self-advocacy network to tell their stories; educate local service providers on the wide range of issues contributing to poverty; and create opportunities for like-minded folks to meet (via community forums, neighbourhood gatherings, city …