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The Province is making changes to three laws so it can better help people get out of poverty.

Government is setting new 10-year targets to reduce overall poverty and child poverty, and introducing a new target to reduce seniors’ poverty. Another change reduces barriers for people receiving income assistance or disability assistance, improving their access to supports and employment.

“We know people in B.C. are facing big challenges, so we are setting new, ambitious poverty-reduction targets, to better help people, including seniors, get through tough times,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “People say they feel better – and are better off – when they have a job and community connections, so we are also reducing barriers for those who can work, while continuing to support those who cannot.”

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