Surviving, Not Thriving: Poverty in the Lower Columbia Region

Photo Credit: Ryan Flett, Tourism Rossland

In 2016, the Skills Centre, was awarded the Tech Serv Applied Research Internship, to undertake an applied research project examining and documenting the level of poverty in the Lower Columbia Region. The research internship is generously supported by Teck Trail Operations and administered by the Applied Research and Innovation Centre at Selkirk College. The Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI) partnered with the Skills Centre with strong alignment to their Poverty Reduction Indicators Project.

The purpose of this project is to support the development of a poverty reduction strategy for the Lower Columbia Region (LCR). The baseline indicators of poverty and information in this report provide insight into conditions of poverty and will serve to guide an upcoming poverty reduction planning process. The report provides an overview of indicators that are useful for informing planning processes, and can be used to track impact of poverty reduction initiatives over time. Data has been sourced from federal, provincial, and regional agencies, as well as through direct communications with local organizations.

Please click on the link to read the full report here.