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Pacific Community Resources Society certified as the Fraser Valley’s fourth Living Wage employer

In 2010, PCRS was one of the first employers in Metro Vancouver to adopt the living wage, advocating that paying a living wage serves as a strategic solution to BC’s rising poverty rate. This week, they have been recognized as the fourth certified Living …
PACIFIC COMMUNITY RESOURCES SOCIETY RECOGNIZED AS THE FRASER VALLEY'S FOURTH LIVING WAGE EMPLOYER Monday December 21st, 2015  (Abbotsford) Pacific Community Resources Societ… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/pacific-community-resources-society-certified-fraser-valleys-fourth-living-wage-employer/

Poverty Reduction Summit Recap

Here are some of the major takeaways from the "Poverty Reduction Summit: Every city, province and territory working together," held in Ottawa, May 6-8th, 2015.
POVERTY REDUCTION SUMMIT: EVERY CITY, PROVINCE AND TERRITORY WORKING TOGETHER Here are some of the major takeaways from the "Poverty Reduction Summit: Every city, province and … http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/poverty-reduction-summit-recap/

Living wage rises again in 2015: $17.27/hour required for Fraser Valley families to make ends meet

$17.27 is the wage required to cover the real costs of raising a family in the Fraser Valley. This is the 2015 Fraser Valley living wage, the hourly wage that two full-time working parents with two young children must earn to meet their basic expenses (in…
LIVING WAGE RISES AGAIN IN 2015: $17.27/HOUR REQUIRED FOR FRASER VALLEY FAMILIES TO MAKE ENDS MEET  (Abbotsford) $17.27 is the wage required to cover the real costs of raising … http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/living-wage-rises-again-2015-1727hour-required-fraser-valley-families-make-ends-meet/

Living Wage Week brings together communities across Canada

Abbotsford residents make up some of the 1.8 million employed people across Canada who don’t earn enough at their jobs to pull themselves and their families above the poverty line. These are the working poor. Paying employees a living wage can change tha…
Living Wage Week brings together communities across Canada Abbotsford residents make up some of the 1.8 million employed people across Canada who don’t earn enough at their… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/living-wage-week-brings-together-communities-across-canada/

Living Wage Fraser Valley Project Update

Living Wage Fraser Valley is now an established, multi-sectoral group who partners with Living Wage for Families to deliver an employer recognition program. Read more about what has been going on with this project for 2013-2014.
Living Wage Fraser Valley Living wage is the minimum hourly income required for a family of four with both parents working full-time to meet basic needs without financial a… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/living-wage-fraser-valley-project-update/

Banking on Youth Project Update

The Banking on Youth project has just completed it's 2nd cycle, with a total of 163 local youth now trained in Financial Literacy. Read more about what has been going on with this project for 2013-2014.
Banking on Youth Vibrant Abbotsford recognizes that youth need knowledge, skills and confidence to become and stay economically self-sufficient. The Banking on Youth projec… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/banking-youth-project-update/

$17.02/hour required for Fraser Valley families to make ends meet

$17.02 is the 2014 Fraser Valley Living Wage - the hourly wage that two working parents with young children must earn to cover the real costs of raising a family. Up 65 cents (4%) since 2012, families must now spend $156 more each month to make ends meet.
2014 LIVING WAGE CALCULATION ANNOUNCED: $17.02/HR REQUIRED FOR FRASER VALLEY FAMILIES TO MAKE ENDS MEET (Abbotsford) $17.02 is the 2014 Fraser Valley living wage rate,… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/2014-living-wage-calculation-announced-1702hour-required-fraser-valley-families-make-ends-meet-1702hour-required-fraser-valley-f/

Living Wage Fraser Valley - 2013 Update

For families with young children, the costs of basic necessities like food, rent and childcare quickly add up. Even 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 …
LIVING WAGE CALCULATION SHOWS THE REAL COSTS OF RAISING A FAMILY IN THE FRASER VALLEY ABBOTSFORD, B.C., May 2nd, 2013 – For families with young children, the costs of basic… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/living-wage-fraser-valley-2013-update/

Free Yourself: Youth Filmmaking Weekend

Abbotsford youth collaborated with Reel Youth to create a video to raise awareness of poverty in our community. A team of local youth collaborated with Reel Youth to create a video that raises awareness of poverty in our community. The helps shift attitu…
Vibrant Abbotsford organized for five local youth to collaborate with Reel Youth over a weekend of filmmaking to create a video that raises awareness of poverty in our communi… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/free-yourself-youth-filmmaking-weekend/

Banking on Youth

Sixty-one local youth completed Financial Literacy sessions as part of Vibrant Abbotsford's Banking on Youth initiative. Youth gained knowledge, skills and confidence and became better equipped to make positive financial choices that could prevent them fr…
 Vibrant Abbotsford’s Banking on Youth project is now complete with 61 youth having participated in 14 Financial Literacy sessions. Participants gained knowledge, skills and c… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/banking-youth/

Abbotsford Connect

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. The 2010 event reached over 215 guests and 27 service agencies took part.
Abbotsford Connect 2010 reached approximately 215 guests that filled out paperwork, and probably more that did not. Twenty-seven service agencies took part in this event, in a… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/abbotsford-connect/

Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies that reduce the negative consequences of drug use, incorporating a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use, to abstinence. Harm reduction strategies meet drug users "where they're at," addressi…
Excerpts from Vibrant Abbotsford's Harm Reduction: Theory and Practice; Barriers and Benefits Principles of Harm Reduction Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies tha… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/harm-reduction/

100 Conversations: How does poverty affect you?

100 conversations were undertaken with randomly selected Abbotsfordians (at the bus loop, and a local shopping centre) to gather input on what poverty means to people, what they feel causes it, and what might be done to improve the situation. The results …
Overview 100 conversations were undertaken with randomly selected Abbotsfordians (at the bus loop, and a local shopping centre) to gather input on what poverty means to people, w… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/100-conversations-how-does-poverty-affect-you/

Myths and Truths about Poverty in Abbotsford

Explore common myths about the standard of living in Abbotsford and shed some light on the poverty in our midst. This rich booklet highlights poverty myths as they relate to Canada in general and Abbotsford in particular.
Excerpts from Vibrant Abbotsford's Myths and Truths about Poverty in Abbotsford Overview Abbotsford has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. The population expand… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/myths-and-truths-about-poverty-abbotsford/

Creating Election Excitement

Hosting a conversation café in Abbotsford around the topic of poverty provided a great opportunity for focused discussion among citizens and provincial candidates. Organizers learned a great deal about residents’ views on poverty while also recognizing a …
Excerpts from Vibrant Abbotsford's Creating Election Excitement: All-Candidates Poverty Forum in Abbotsford Challenge Finding ways to reignite passion and interest in electio… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/creating-election-excitement/

Neighbourhoods Project Report

The Neighbourhoods Project gathered information about issues surrounding rural and urban perceptions of poverty in Abbotsford. The project led to conversations with immigrant and migrant farm workers and members of Abbotsford’s Indo-Canadian community – a…
Excerpts from Vibrant Abbotsford's The Neighbourhoods Project: Vibrant Abbotsford Talks about Poverty Challenge Abbotsford, BC, is described as “the city in the country.” Split … http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/neighbourhoods-project-report/

Economic, Social and Civic Opportunities for All

Vibrant Abbotsford is a group of diverse community partners working together to generate long-lasting solutions that prevent and reduce poverty in Abbotsford, BC. To create conditions for reducing poverty in Abbotsford, we present low income residents wit…
Excerpts from Vibrant Abbotsford's Economic, Social and Civic Opportunities for All Introduction Abbotsford, BC, is now the province’s fifth largest city with a population of mo… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/economic-social-and-civic-opportunities-all/

Abbotsford Community Poverty Profile

Abbotsford faces unique challenges and opportunities in poverty reduction including rapid growth, a rural/urban dichotomy, a young population and an ethnically diverse community.
Excerpts from Vibrant Abbotsford's The Abbotsford Community - A Poverty Profile Overview Located in British Columbia's Fraser Valley, Abbotsford faces unique challenges and op… http://vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog/abbot/