As disabled and neurodivergent people, we are deeply aware that our communities are disproportionately living in poverty and constantly struggling to survive. After the B.C. Government increased income and disability assistance rates during the COVID-19 pandemic, many disabled and impoverished people were finally able to afford basic necessities such as food, medicine, and shelter. We are calling on the BC Government to maintain the $300 monthly rate increase to income and disability assistance and further increase the rates to at least the poverty line.
1. Maintain the $300/month increase to income and disability assistance rates 2. Permanently raise income assistance rates further to at least the poverty line, indexed to inflation 3. Ensure that increases to income assistance and disability assistance include a clear, earmarked increase to the shelter portion.
Who We Are
We are a coalition of disabled and neurodivergent people in B.C., fighting for our right to survive during the pandemic and afterwards. This campaign arose from the work of disabled and neurodivergent people in Autistics United Canada (B.C. chapters) and the Vancouver Queer Spoon Share. Autistics United Canada is a national self-advocacy organization by and for autistic people. The Vancouver Queer Spoon Share is a mutual aid group connecting queer people with community support and help, based on the principles of disability justice.