You can use our Make Poverty Public app to phone your new MLA and ask them to commit (if Liberal) or maintain their commitment (if NDP or Green) to voting implement a fully-funded poverty reduction plan with legislated targets and timelines.
- Sign the We Can’t Afford Poverty Vote Pledge
- Share our social media posts through Twitter and Facebook. Use #MakePovertyPublic to join the conversation.
- Send a message to your candidates’ Twitter feed, Facebook page or other social media platforms.
- Add a banner to your Facebook profile picture to show your support for a Poverty Reduction Plan in British Columbia.
- Print and fill out the “Reduces Poverty” sign and send us a photo of you holding it. Share on Social Media with #MakePovertyPublic. Check out the photos that have been sent in so far: here.
In Your Community
- Attend or host All Candidates Meetings. Click here to see our helpful toolkit for organizing All Candidates Meetings with a twist.
- Meet with each candidate in your riding. Visit Elections BC’s Provincial Election website for the latest information
- Talk to candidates or volunteers when they knock on your door or telephone you. Click here to see our election toolkit with engaging questions.
- Send an email to the candidates in your riding outlining your issue.
- Call in to a radio or TV phone-in show when candidates are on the air.
- Raise Awareness by putting up the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition’s posters and/or We Can’t Afford Poverty’s posters.
- Write a letter to the editor (it’s the most read section of the paper).
- Personalize and send this op-ed to your local paper or add it to your newsletter.
A call is building across British Columbia for a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy. You’ve heard the call and joined the call, and now you want to pass it on to your local MLA candidates. The lead-up to May’s provincial election is a window of opportunity for you to get the attention of candidates in your riding. This guide will give you some tips for getting started, provide you with a brief overview of the political context, the breakdown of poverty in BC, and offer suggestions for some engaging questions. Click here to download.
All candidates meetings are a good opportunity to hear from your local candidates on the issues you care about. However, they can become platforms for candidates to talk about the issues they care about or to provide a “laundry list” of election promises. This guide will support you in keeping the focus on your community and your issues by providing practical steps for hosting a Celebration of Humanity, an all candidates meeting with a twist. Click here to download.
Visit our Resources page for research and policy recommendations to support your action.