We appreciate Minister Simpson’s quick and responsive action for people with disabilities, low-income workers, and others dependent on income assistance to meet their needs in the face of COVID-19. We are relieved to see that many of the actions we called for have been implemented by the provincial government.

But we know there are still people left behind. We want to ensure no once falls through the cracks during this pandemic, including people relying on CPP-D, sex workers, street vendors and binners. We also ask the Minister to ensure that everyone who needs to access the BC Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, can do so safety, and without barriers – even if they don’t have a phone, or a computer, or rely on the help of an advocate.

Click here to read our full follow-up letter to Shane Simpson, B.C. Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.