The B.C. government’s public consultations into the development of a poverty reduction plan have ended.

Now the ideas and recommendations from hundreds of British Columbians are in the hands of the government as it turns all that input into the official plan. We’ve been told to expect enabling legislation—including legislated targets and timelines—for the fall session of the B.C. Legislature and a comprehensive plan by the end of 2018.

It’s great that the plan will include legislated targets and timelines. But what those targets and timelines will actually be remains to be seen. And based on engagements the CCPA and our coalition partners have had with the government to date, one area where it seems ministry architects are reluctant to set targets is with respect to the depth of poverty.