BCPIAC's areas of focus aim to address systemic discrimination that affects low and fixed income people in British Columbia. Systemic discrimination arises when an institution exercises a pattern of policies or practices that discriminate a given group of people.
Every day low income people go to courts and tribunals across the country without any legal representation. They struggle to follow the complex rules of the court, to gather the evidence they need to establish their case, and to get their views across to a decision-maker. Continue Reading ACCESS TO LEGAL AID
BCPIAC’s letter to the Attorney General regarding funding for poverty law legal aid services, including recommendations on how these services could be structured in the short and long terms. Continue Reading Poverty Law Legal Aid Services
The Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction will be addressing poverty in BC with a Poverty Reduction Strategy. And we’re thrilled! Now is the time to tackle the serious (and worsening) issues with service delivery at the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, and raise BC’s shamefully low social assistance rates. Learn more about what we hope to see in BC’s poverty reduction strategy. Continue Reading Accessibility at the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
On November 17, 2017, the B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC), the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC Office (CCPA-BC), the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS), the Poverty and Human Rights Centre, and West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (West Coast LEAF) made submissions to the government in support of a common vision for the BC Human Rights Commission (Commission). Continue Reading Human Rights Leaders Share Common Vision for BC Human Rights Commission