Working poverty is on the rise in Metro Vancouver

We are often told that the solution to poverty is for the poor to “get a job” or for various sectors to create more jobs. But our latest study finds that a job is not a guaranteed path out of poverty.

Over 100,000 working-age people in Metro Vancouver were working but stuck below the poverty line in 2012, not counting students and young adults living at home with their parents. And contrary to stereotypes about poverty being concentrated mainly in Vancouver and Surrey, this study finds the growing ranks of the working poor are spread out across the Metro Vancouver region.

Read the study: Working Poverty in Metro Vancouver