News & Events


03/01/2017 - 16:19

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

02/22/2017 - 10:19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (February 22, 2017)                                                                               


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

02/14/2017 - 13:35

Comment: Laws on assistance are unfair to people living in poverty


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

01/16/2017 - 11:24

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

11/28/2016 - 09:57

Job Posting: Income Assistance Legal Advocate

Job Description

Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS) is seeking a temporary, full-time Legal Advocate in the Income Assistance Legal Advocacy Project.  This is a four-month contract position, January – April 2017.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  1. Provide legal information and summary advice to applicants and recipients of income assistance and provincial... Read the full article
11/22/2016 - 14:55

Last night and with a fist in the air TAPS recognized the inaugural recipients of TAPS' Social Justice Firebrand Award, Jasmine MacAdams and Cathie Boies Parker. Two lawyers that struck a cord this past year through inspirational advocacy in the defense of homeless rights. Two firebrands who will be commemorated as the first two names added to the fire. Gratitude, love and solidarity to our Firebrands today and tomorrow! Special thanks to ... Read the full article

TAPS Events

Working Class Wednesday
Location: Victoria Event Centre
Wed, 02/10/2016 - 17:00

On Wednesday, February 10th, 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.... Read more about this event

Goodwin's Way Documentary - Victoria Premier
Location: Solstice Cafe - 529 Pandora Ave, Victoria BC
Tue, 05/10/2016 -
19:00 to 22:00
Event Fee: $15.00CAD


Victoria Premiere of Goodwin's Way documentary linking miners' struggles in the 1910's with recent organising to win against the Raven Coal Project on K'omoks, Tla'amin and Homalco Territories. Part of Mayworks events.

7:00 - 7:30 - Meet and greet with film director Neil Vokey

7:30 to 8:30 - Film... Read more about this event

Location: Heron Rock Bistro - 435 Simcoe St.
Thu, 06/09/2016 - 17:00
Event Fee: $75.00CAD

On Thursday, June 9 Together Against Poverty Society and local humour-colonist Jack Knox, are hosting our yummy fundraiser, Tapas for TAPS at the lovely Heron Rock Bistro in James Bay – and we’d love it if you joined us!

This event features delicious appetizers, a local craft beer tasting, live entertainment, great c­­ompany, and incredible live and silent auctions.

Please join us as we celebrate the important... Read more about this event

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 11:30


Monday, November 21 @ 5:00pm

Christ Church Cathedral - Located On Quadra Street, Across from the Downtown YMCA, Entrance at 930 Burdett Ave.

FEATURING: TAPS inaugural “Firebrand” award!

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