- There was an average of 36,918 children in families on welfare in 2010. Many of the children were in female-led lone-parent families.
- In 2010, a BC two-parent family with two children aged 10 and 15 on welfare received a total income of $21,608. That’s $20,457 below the Statistics Canada poverty line for a family of 4 in a large urban area (or at 51% of the poverty line). A BC lone-parent family with one child aged two received $17,121, which is $11,061 below the poverty line (or at 61% of the poverty line).
- Families on welfare are frequently forced to rely on food banks and other sources of charity to feed and clothe their children.
- The provincial government claws back $15 million annually in child support payments intended for children whose parents are on income assistance.
Q: If elected will your party increase welfare rates to the after-tax poverty line and index them annually?
Q: If elected will your party restore the income exemption for child support payments for lone parents on welfare?
Q: If elected, will your party allow welfare recipients to retain benefits while attending a post-secondary institution?