The City of Prince George is seeking public input that will inform actions aimed at reducing poverty and increasing understanding of how poverty affects the whole community. Starting today, a public survey on poverty reduction is available at www.princegeorge.ca/getinvolved.
Participation in the survey will help the city prioritize recommendations for action and advocacy aimed at reducing poverty that have been drafted by the city’s Select Committee on Poverty Reduction. The select committee was created to make recommendations to mayor and council about how Prince George can support implementation of TogetherBC, the province’s poverty reduction strategy, which aims to reduce overall poverty in B.C. by 25 per cent and child poverty by 50 per cent by 2024.
All residents are welcome to fill out the city’s Poverty Reduction survey, which is available at the City’s public engagement hub at www.princegeorge.ca/getinvolved until March 12.
“The challenges associated with poverty affect our community as a whole; therefore, all Prince George residents are invited to participate,” said Councillor Murry Krause, who chairs the committee, in a news release. “However, there are key members of our community who are at greater risk than others–youth, seniors, Indigenous peoples, single-parent families, those experiencing mental health and addictions issues– and it is their feedback, and the feedback of agencies and advocates who support them, that we are diligently seeking as part of this public engagement process.”
Starting next week, the city will be working with community partners and agencies to obtain feedback from diverse groups of residents, especially those with lived experience of poverty. In order to ensure accessibility and inclusion, paper surveys and phone calls will be available for those who may not be able to fill out the survey online.
“The goal of tackling poverty may feel overwhelming, especially during COVID-19,” said Krause. “However, the Select Committee on Poverty Reduction has narrowed the focus to ensure that the recommendations being prioritized by those providing feedback can be achieved at the municipal level.”
Surveys and other public engagement opportunities, such as public hearings and opportunities to serve on City committees, are provided on the City’s public engagement hub: www.princegeorge.ca/getinvolved.
Residents who wish to receive information about this and future public consultation events and opportunities can also subscribe to receive email notifications from the City directly to their inbox (select “Public Consultations and Information sessions”).