What we do

BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) is a not-for-profit law office located in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories. Our mission is to promote equality, fairness and social inclusion by providing legal representation on systemic social and policy issues. Our current areas of focus are improving access to welfare and legal aid, and addressing energy poverty and the cost of utility services. Find out more about these areas.

Access to Welfare

BCPIAC works on systemic issues concerning provincial income assistance (welfare). We are currently focusing on issues impacting access to welfare.

Access to Legal Aid

A significant part of BCPIAC’s mandate is to advocate on behalf of disadvantaged groups to obtain access to justice and equality before the law.

Affordable Energy

Most of our work on energy issues is before the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) where we address energy poverty and the cost of utility services.

Looking for an Advocate?

Legal advocates provide free support for people on low and fixed incomes. To find one in your region visit PovNet.org or see a list of advocates in our Resource section.