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Income Security

Our Vision for 2015

No person with a developmental disability lives in poverty.


Many British Columbians with developmental disabilities live in poverty. Many are poor because they cannot find jobs, or can only find jobs that pay very low wages. Some people with disabilities are able to qualify for disability benefits provided by the provincial Ministry of Housing and Social Development (called Benefits for Persons with Disabilities, or PWD). But often, this isn't enough money to pay for basic things.

When someone does not have enough money, their health and well-being are affected. Being poor means living in poor housing, not being able to eat the proper foods, and often not getting the health and support services that they need. It often means not having opportunities to meet other people or participate in community life. Poverty often leads to poor health, social isolation, and homelessness. Read Inclusion BC's adequate income social policy here.

Photo above: Taken at the Inclusion BC, formerly BCACL, poverty forum in November, 2010. Participants discuss ways of addressing the persistent poverty faced by people with disabilities. The forum ended with a call for a poverty reduction strategy in B.C. Read more about the forum here

What's New

October 22, 2014
On Friday, October 17, 2014, Inclusion BC submitted the written segment of our presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services for input towards the provincial budget 2015 consultation....
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March 21, 2014
Registration is now open for Inclusion BC's 2014 Conference, Tides of Change: Justice, Diversity and Inclusion for All! It will take place June 11-14 in Nanaimo, BC....
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December 10, 2013
Inclusion BC will host its 2014 conference, “Tides of Change: Justice, Diversity and Inclusion for All” in Nanaimo, BC, on June 11-14, 2014. ...
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