Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, has released the following statement on Statistics Canada’s release of the Canadian Income Survey 2018, which shows declines in poverty rates in British Columbia:
As British Columbians work to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the Province is taking swift action to protect vulnerable people, including those experiencing homelessness, in communities around British Columbia.
Women in the Lower Mainland will get training and work experience in the road-building industry, giving them opportunities for job success and improved lives, thanks to more than $370,000 in provincial government funding.
People struggling with mental-health and substance-use challenges will be supported through a new research project to test an integrated set of employment supports for people with multiple and long-term barriers to employment.
Up to 36 eligible people in Surrey will receive construction trades training for Red Seal certification as electricians, carpenters and plumbers, thanks to more than $500,000 in provincial government funding.
People in Doig River First Nation will soon have better access to more nutritious food sources through a new grant for local food-security projects.
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