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2015/12 - Pacific Community Resources Society certified as the Fraser Valley’s fourth Living Wage employer - Media release - Blog - PCRS was one of the first employers in Metro Vancouver to adopt the living wage. This week, they have been recognized as the fourth certified Living Wage employer in the Fraser Valley.

2015/07 - Mount Lehman Credit Union recognized as Fraser Valley's third Living Wage employer - Media Release - Media release - Blog - Nine employers, including Mount Lehman Credit Union, were certified on July 2nd as Living Wage Employers by the Living Wage for Families Campaign.

2015/06 - Poverty Reduction Summit Recap Blog - Major takeaways from the "Poverty Reduction Summit: Every city, province and territory working together."

2015/04 - Living Wage Fraser Valley 2015 Update 2015 Update - Blog - The 2015 Fraser Valley living wage rose by 25 cents from the 2014 figure of $17.02/hour. This represents an increase of 1.5%, higher than the general inflation rate of 1.0% for British Columbia.

2015/03 - BC’s minimum wage going up to $10.45 an hour - Media release - This wage increase does not address the key issue that people who work full time for minimum wage are still living in poverty.

2014/05 - Abbotsford Harvest Box provides affordable produce - Media release - A new program in Abbotsford is filled with surprises every two weeks...when people pick up their 10-pound boxes of produce and discover what’s inside.

2014/04 - Living Wage Fraser Valley 2014 Update 2014 Update - Media Release - BlogThe 2014 Fraser Valley living wage rose 4% over the last two years. Families must spend $156 more each month to make ends meet.

2013/06 - Vancity recognized as Fraser Valley's first Living Wage employer -  Media Release - Media release - Blog - "It is our hope that more B.C. employers will consider their social and economic impact and pay their employees a living wage.”

2013/05 - Living Wage Fraser Valley 2013 Update - 2013 Update - Media Release - BlogEven with full-time work year round, both parents in a family of four must earn at least $16.37 to escape severe financial stress in the Fraser Valley.

2013/01 - Free Yourself: Youth Filmmaking Weekend - YouTubeBlogAbbotsford youth collaborated with Reel Youth to create a video to raise awareness of poverty in our community.

2013/01 - Banking on YouthFinal Report - Blog - 61 local youth gained knowledge, skills and confidence in financial matters through Vibrant Abbotsford's Banking on Youth project.

2012/02 - Top Abbotsford Employer - News Release - Newsletter - Employer Checklist - BlogTreating employees well benefits employers through increased staff retention and reduced advertising, hiring and training costs.

2011/05 - Business Engagement  Report - Blog - Employees earning less than a Living Wage and their employers were surveyed on topics such as familiarity with the Living Wage, employment satisfaction and hiring practices.

2011/05 - Neighbourhood Action Grants - News ReleaseVibrant Abbotsford funded projects focused on poverty reduction, neighbourhood safety, social and cultural diversity, affordable recreation, and team building.

2010/10 - Abbotsford Connect - Blog - Abbotsford Connect is an annual event that provides services to people sleeping rough, staying with friends, living on the edge, or who just can’t make ends meet.

2010/06 - Harm Reduction Report - Blog -  A set of practical strategies that reduce the negative consequences of drug use from safer use, to managed use, to abstinence.

2010/05 - 100 Conversations: How does Poverty Affect You? - Summary -  Quotes - 2008 Report - 2009 Report - Blog - Community conversations on what poverty means to people, what they feel causes it, and what might be done to improve the situation.

2010/05 - Myths and Truths about Poverty in Abbotsford Pamphlet - Blog - Explore common myths about the standard of living in Abbotsford and shed some light on the poverty in our midst.

2009/05 - Economic, Social and Civic Opportunities for All - Report - Blog - Vibrant Abbotsford participants hope to reform the environment in which poverty has taken root.

2008/05 - Abbotsford Community: A Vibrant Abbotsford Poverty Profile Report - Blog - Abbotsford faces unique challenges and opportunities in poverty reduction including rapid growth, a rural/urban dichotomy, a young population and an ethnically diverse community.

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Key Organizations


BC Poverty Reduction Coalition - For a bold and comprensive poverty reduction plan for BC.

Broadbent Institute - Champions progressive change through the promotion of democracy, equality, and sustainability.

Caledon Institute of Social Policy - Non-profit think tank: Social policy research and analysis.

Canada Without Poverty - Dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Research institute: Social, economic and environmental justice.

Canadian Council on Social Development - Advances solutions to today’s toughest social challenges.

Dignity for All - To create a poverty-free and more socially secure and cohesive Canada.

First Call - BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition

Prosper Canada - Expanding economic opportunity for Canadians living in poverty through program and policy innovation. 

Tamarack - An institute for community engagement and collaborative leadership.

United Way Fraser Valley - Empowers Fraser Valley citizens to contribute to lasting, positive change.

Vibrant Communities Canada - 100 Cities Reducing Poverty for over one million Canadians.