This is a place to get general information about poverty. The information is chosen to counteract the Mythology around poverty and to educate people about the realities of living on an income below, and sometimes far below, the poverty lines. We will be building on this all the time. If you have information you would like included, please Email me or leave it on the Discussion Area. (For Poverty Lines see the Poverty Test, Item 3 on the Poverty Sig Menu.) A Reform candidate in the recent election suggested lowering the Poverty Line so there would be fewer poor people in Canada. This is a little like redefining the word Death so there will be fewer traffic deaths in Canada. How does this make you feel? Tell your MP and MLA. The Ministry of Human Resources considers it not possible for people to survive on what they get from the Ministry of Human Resources according to an article that appeared in the Times/Colonist on April 1,1997. Ministry spokeperson, Corrine Deshaw, was quoted in that article saying essentially the above. In effect then, the Ministry is putting people in the position of having to cheat to survive. How does this make you feel? Tell your MLA. There are an estimated 600,000 people living in poverty in BC. alone. This represents about 20% of the population. Twenty percent of the population of Canada live in poverty as well. That is a lot of people. A single employable person on welfare gets $500 per month. The average price of a Bachelor apartment in Victoria is $550. People on welfare are not living high of the hog as some people think.