Announced today, the CERB/CESB exception and $300/month supplement has been extended. The supplement will be applied automatically for the next 2 months. However, the fight isn't over yet! Rates must be increased PERMANENTLY to livable amounts.
There has been some confusion about whether the supplement will be extended to all assistance recipients or not, because of discrepancies between the press release the ministry sent out and the information provided on the ministry website. The ministry sent out the following message via MySelfServe on July 13th:
"Updates from the Ministry
Tuesday July 14, 2020
Federal Emergency Benefits Exempted:
Earning exemptions for clients receiving federal government emergency benefits, such as Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), and Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) are fully exempt for existing clients already receiving Income or Disability Assistance and remain for as long as those programs are in place.
Temporary $300 COVID-19 Crisis Emergency Supplement:
The Province is extending the provincial temporary $300 per month COVID-19 crisis supplement for Ministry clients who are not receiving any of the federal government supports. This payment will be automatically included on cheques issued on July 22 and August 26, 2020. This extension also applies to those eligible to receive the Senior’s Supplement.
Senior’s Supplement Recipients
Eligible clients who receive the Senior’s Supplement will continue to receive the temporary $300/adult COVID-19 Crisis Emergency Supplement. This payment will be automatically included on Senior Supplement cheques issued on July 29 and August 27, 2020."
Our Next Steps
We are working on setting up meetings with key politicians to bring forward your stories and our demands. We are still accepting survey responses and open letter signatures, and will share the latest with them.
Stay tuned for upcoming events and actions -- we are collaborating with various groups to plan online and possibly in-person (and physically distanced) events.
Please continue sharing our campaign and contacting your government representatives! Our suggested actions and tips can be found here: https://www.300tolive.org/campaign.html
300 To Live Organizing Team
Thank you for your continued support of the 300 To Live campaign! We have a few updates to share.
2021 Budget Submission & Survey Report
Our organizing team has completed a written submission to the 2021 budget consultation, which along with our open letter includes an analysis of responses and stories shared to our survey as of June 21, 2020. You can read and download our report here.
We submitted this report, along with our open letter and signatures to the Premier, the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, and the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services for the budget consultation on June 26th 2020.
Yesterday, the #300ToLive campaign was in the news! Two disabled people in our organizing team, along with two others who have been independently campaigning to retain the increase, were interviewed. Read the article here.
“A lot of what I’m hearing from members in AUC and the Vancouver Queer Spoon Share is requests at the end of the month — ‘I’m struggling to make ends meet,’ and ‘Someone just lend me $10 so I can eat today.’ It’s heartbreaking.” - Vivian Ly
“That $5 for a box of freezer bags is something that usually breaks me. I have to put things back at the grocery store by the time we’re two weeks into the month. This time, the feeling was different. I didn’t have to panic over small things, several times a day. I’m raising a one-year-old and doing that in poverty is incredibly stressful. We need this extra $300 a month.” - Billie Rose
“We’re living in a real state of poverty right now and with this COVID, everything has gone up in price. (The supplement has) just helped out tremendously and we would like to keep it that way.” - Sonjia Grandahl
“We want to make it permanent because the rates have been suppressed for so long." - Brent Frain
Thank you everyone for the tremendous support so far for the #300ToLive campaign!
We have received over 260 responses to our survey—thank you for sharing your stories and sending us photos for our website and social media campaign. We have highlighted a few stories on our website and are continuing our efforts to put your responses together to present to the B.C. government.
Today is our official launch! 300 To Live now has a website where you can find more information about the campaign.
There are 6 actions you can take now from home:
1. Read, sign, and share our open letter to Premier Horgan and Minister Simpson
2. Phone and/or email the Premier, the Minister, and your MLA (phone script and email template here!)
3. Take the survey and submit comments to the Budget 2021 Consultation (deadline: Friday, June 26 at 5 pm)
4. Share our survey with others to fill out (we can keep responses anonymous!)
5. Host or join an event—supporting each other in participating in actions together
6. Share a photo with us or on social media on how the $300 helps you and your community. Remember to tag it #300ToLive!
Want to join the organizing team, host an event, or contribute your skills? Send us an email!
Please help us spread the word! Supporters can follow our campaign on our mailing list and on social media platforms @300ToLive, where we will post updates and future actions: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.