Poverty Prevention and Reduction


Many residents of the region face an affordability crunch. Their real wages have declined, and the costs of the essentials of living (transportation, food, housing, child care, education) are increasing. We convene a Community Action Plan on Poverty to involve stakeholders from all sectors (community services, faith based, business, government, activist) to collaborate on strategic action to prevent and reduce poverty, and create sustainable livelihoods for all our residents. We produce an annual “Living Wage” calculation to track affordability challenges, and promote the certification of “Living Wage Employers.” We also manage the BC Transit Ticket Assistance Program to help with the cost of transportation. The Council will continue to support strategies to create solutions to poverty in the region and are members of the BC Coalition to End Poverty and the Canadian Cities Reducing Poverty Network.

Poverty Prevention and Reduction Reports

Point-in-Time Homeless Count Report 2020

July 31, 2020

2020 Greater Victoria Point-in-Time Count: The Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria (CSPC) coordinated its third one-day Point-in-Time Count of homeless people in the region on March 12, 2020, a count and survey of homeless individuals in sheltered and unsheltered locations that provides a snapshot of where people slept on the night of March … Read more

Letter to council regarding occupancy bylaw

February 21, 2020

February 21, 2020 Mayor and Council District of Saanich 770 Vernon Ave, Victoria BC, V8X 2W7 Sent via email to council@saanich.ca Dear Mayor and Council, Re: Unrelated occupants and Zoning Bylaw, 2003, Amendment Bylaw, 2020, No. 9608. We write in regard to the proposal to amend the unrelated occupants provisions of Zoning Bylaw, 2003. The … Read more

Greater Victoria to Participate in the 2020 National Coordinated Point-in-Time Homeless Count

November 25, 2019

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Living Wage for Greater Victoria 2019

May 7, 2019

Living Wage for Greater Victoria: Expenses up but living wage down Download the report

Living Wage for Greater Victoria 2018

April 19, 2018

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Living Wage for Greater Victoria 2017

January 18, 2017

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Living Wage for Greater Victoria 2016

April 18, 2016

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Living Wage Supplement for BC’s Capital Region 2015

July 7, 2015

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Youth Pathways In & Out of Homelessness in the Capital Region

March 7, 2015

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Living Wage Supplement for BC’s Capital Region 2014

August 12, 2014

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