Poverty in BC and What You Can Do About It

November 11, 2021 Contributions By: Akash Dosanjh, Amarjot Sangha, Chris Motiu, Kai Wu, Quynh Nguyen and Vanessa Castaneda
No Poverty

What Is The UN’s “No Poverty” Goal?

“No Poverty” is the first United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, which aims to “Eradicate poverty everywhere, in all its forms”.

To ensure the goal has been achieved, the UN will aim to (1) eliminate extreme poverty (people living on less than $1.25 a day), (2) reduce all other forms of poverty by at least 50%, (3) implement national social protection systems and measures, (4) build resilience of the poor and vulnerable, (5) mobilize resources and (6) create policies and reforms worldwide to end poverty once and for all.

So why this blog?

Although we live in one of the most developed and resource-rich countries globally, Canada and British Columbia have to deal with alarming poverty levels here at home. Thus, the purpose of this blog is to raise awareness about poverty in BC. If poverty is eliminated, we believe that it will contribute to building better communities by reducing social inequality and fostering economic growth. Poverty is a human rights issue that is prominent in BC. Women, gender diverse people, Indigenous people, single seniors and adults, people with disabilities and people of colour are more likely to live in poverty (BC Human Rights).

Global Poverty

October 17, 2021, marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, yet the world doesn’t have anything to celebrate. For the first time in 20 years, extreme global poverty increased to almost 125 million people. Based on this gloom data, it is now projected that the world will miss the 2030 target to eradicate poverty when global poverty persists at about 7 percent or 600 million people.

Poverty in Canada