Help Make Unemployment #UNIGNORABLE

It’s clear that one of the most powerful ways for people to be lifted out of poverty is through employment. Having meaningful employment positively impacts an individual’s physical and mental well-being, providing a sense of purpose, identity, and self-esteem. It is more than a paycheque—it is also one of the most permanent and lasting solutions to poverty, offering a pathway to social inclusion and economic well-being.


Despite its key contribution to people’s health, sense of worth, and social relationships, many individuals who are able and wanting to work face barriers to employment. Victoria is a city with a high cost of living and without the skills and support to find a stable job, people can fall into a never-ending cycle of poverty, prohibiting them from fully participating in the economy and building a fulfilling life.

Programs and supports

United Way invests in programs and services that remove barriers to employment opportunities by providing career counselling, education, and skills training. Our investments ensure vulnerable individuals—such as people with disabilities and immigrants—have access to employment programs that develop their skills, networks, and opportunities to find and maintain meaningful employment.


BC’s population relies on social assistance at any given time. The rest are working poor.


Victoria couples with children earn less than the living wage.


Nearly half a million British Columbians – a quarter of paid employees in the province – work for $15 per hour or less. Of these, most are supporting a household (58%) and have a full time job (59%).


In BC, people with a disability are employed at a rate of 48% compared to 70% for those without a disability.

Help solve this issue.

There are so many ways you can do local good in your community—right here, right now. Even the smallest actions have the power to change someone’s life. Doing local good is all about helping people who might be struggling. It can be as simple as smiling at a stranger, or a coordinated effort to raise money for good at your workplace. By taking action, you’re helping put an end to some of the biggest issues in Greater Victoria —including mental illness, domestic violence, and poverty. You’re showing your belief that everyone deserves to live a great life in a great place. You are a champion for your community.

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