Powell River, BC –The City of Powell River, qathet Regional District and Tla’amin Nation, along with Lift Community Services and First Credit Union, have begun work on Phase I of the Regional Poverty Reduction Strategy.
As part of this initiative, the Community Well-being Survey was launched on Monday, March 15 to gather community input to help understand income-related experiences of individuals and households throughout the qathet region.
“Through partnering with the public, private, and non-profit sectors, the community is able to come together, and work towards the common goal of a region without poverty,” said Regional Social Planner, Kai Okazaki. “By engaging multiple agencies and stakeholders, we can make a collective impact to improve the well-being and quality of life in our community.”
While there are existing supports for people experiencing poverty in the region, the statistics remain stark. The 2019 Powell River Regional Social Planning Program Final Report concluded that one in four children and youth in Powell River and one in six seniors have experienced poverty. Provincially, indigenous people and people with disabilities are twice as likely to experience poverty and children in single parent families are three times more likely to experience poverty than those of two parent families.
The Community Well-being Survey will explore barriers and opportunities to poverty reduction in our region. Survey responses will be accepted until April 15, 2021. The online survey is accessible through Participate Powell River. For information on access to paper copies, including pick up and submission details, please contact the Regional Social Planner, Kai Okazaki at email@example.com or call 604-485-8655.
The Regional Poverty Reduction Strategy is being produced as part of the Union of British Columbian Municipalities (UBCM) Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Program.
Regional Social Planner
City of Powell River