FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Advocates Welcome Welfare and Disability Rate Increase, Calling for System Overhaul
Victoria, BC (July 20, 2017) – Today the Government of BC, has announced an increase to income assistance and disability rates. Effective September 20, 2017, the new monthly rates will be $710 for a person on income assistance and $1,133 for a person receiving disability assistance, an increase of $100. The raise in the basic income... Read the full article
Thanks so much to all those who attended, sponsored and contributed to TAPS' Annual Fundraiser Tapas for TAPS! It was because of all of us, working TOGETHER, that we were able to make it such a special evening - raising more funds for TAPS than ever!!!!!! Thank you!!!!
We would like to extend a special shout out and expression of gratitude to Andrew Moffat and the staff at the Heron Rock Bistro who, for the sixth year in a row, gave so generously to support our small but mighty... Read the full article
As of Thursday, March 02, 2017 TAPS Volunteer Income Tax Project will provide free, one-on-one assistance for people needing assistance filing their 2016 tax returns. TAPS tax preparation services will be provided on a first-come, first serve basis. Please arrive early as we anticipate being very busy, with spaces filling up fast.
Over the next two months, MARCH and APRIL, TAPS' Tax Volunteers will only be assisting with the past three years, 2016, 2015 and 2014. If you require... Read the full article
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (February 22, 2017)
BUDGET 2017 ENSURES GROWING POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS
Victoria - Budget 2017 marks the immoral continuation of a 10 year freeze on the basic income assistance rate of $610 per month for British Columbia’s poorest citizens. This will ensure that poverty and homelessness will continue to grow throughout BC.
The lack of an... Read the full article
Comment: Laws on assistance are unfair to people living in poverty
STEPHEN PORTMAN / TIMES COLONIST
FEBRUARY 14, 2017 12:27 AM
With St. Valentine’s Day upon us and the last sitting of this legislature opening with a throne speech on the day of hearts, it is worth considering how lawmakers have seen fit to ensure that people living in poverty have to love differently than those who do not.
For most, falling in love and deciding to move in together is a decision... Read the full article
BC is Canada’s only province without a poverty reduction plan. Long Overdue: Why BC needs a poverty reduction plan examines the most recent statistics on poverty and its associated hardships in BC, and demonstrates that strong policies are urgently needed to dramatically reduce and ultimately eliminate poverty in our province. - See more at: https://www.... Read the full article
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The Victoria Tenant Action Group (VTAG) is a newly formed group of tenants and allies who are concerned about renters' rights - particularly the displacement of renters - in the Capital Regional District.
VTAG is looking for supporters and members who are interested in offering peer support, addressing common tenancy concerns, and taking action to bring the power of the collective voice to the attention of decision-makers and the public at large.
Please join us at our Public... Read more about this event
Every Wednesday, join your fellow co-workers and local labour activists for the first-ever Working Class Wednesday!
If you work in Retail, Hospitality, or Food Service, then bring your pay stub for FREE food, FREE admission, and $4 drink specials.
Doors open and dinner is served.
Live entertainment and drink specials.
Q&A with worker's rights organizations
We hit the town for some real worker solidarity. Participation is fully... Read more about this event