Poverty Reduction Forum Underway

Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson has announced the creation of an Advisory Forum on Poverty Reduction. The Forum will support the development of a provincial poverty reduction strategy. UBCM Past President Murry Krause has been appointed as one of the Forum members.

The Advisory Forum will assist the Minister in identifying causes of poverty and innovative approaches to poverty reduction, recommend priority actions and principles for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, and provide advice on legislation. 

B.C. local governments have endorsed numerous resolutions asking the provincial government to establish a province-wide poverty reduction plan. UBCM has also been actively involved in the issue of poverty since 2009. Advocacy efforts have included meetings with the Representative for Children and Youth, the Minister of Children and Family Development and outreach to provincial party leaders. UBCM also participated in the Community Poverty Reduction Strategy Initiative that ran from 2012-2015.

UBCM nominated Prince George Councillor Murry Krause for the Minister’s Advisory Forum based on his community and social justice work over the past 40 years. Murry was elected to the UBCM Executive as a Director at Large in 2009, and is currently the UBCM Past President and Chair of its Indigenous Relations Committee.

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