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Social Policy Research & Advocacy


SPARC BC’s work in the areas of social policy research and advocacy focuses on addressing gaps in the social safety net and in working to create the conditions needed for positive policy change for people receiving income assistance as well as families and individuals living in poverty. Our work in the area of social policy research and advocacy includes public education and outreach as well as knowledge development through leading-edge, evidence-based research to advance and support positive policy change in the area of income security and poverty reduction.


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2016 Child Poverty Report Card

Working in partnership with First Call, we produced the 2016 Child Poverty Report Card. The Report Card shows that BC continues to struggle with high levels of child poverty, with 1 in 5 children under the age of 17 in BC living below the poverty line.

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For $5 you can provide a comfort kit for someone who is homeless

Comfort Kits

For as little as $5, you can provide someone who is homeless with a kit containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, tissues, and soap.

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Overdue: The Case for Increasing the Persons with Disabilities Benefit in BC

This report reviews the cost of basic essentials in BC and proposes an increase to the PWD rate to better reflect the actual cost of living in BC.

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Watch Dimensions of Diversity and related videos.

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Watch the Invisible Senior - a 9 minute video that shows the struggle that senior renters are facing to stay in the West End.

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