Social Hiring and Income Assistance in the DTES

This challenge brief was created to illustrate the nuanced and interconnected systemic issues that are associated with accessing employment if you are someone who is living on income assisstance. The work is based on interviews held with DTES social enterprise employers and income assistance advocates.

Key challenges include:

  • Misinformation and lack of information
  • Gaps in Work BC employment service provision
  • Lack of financial/informational support for social enterprise
  • Unacknowledged value of flexible, non-traditional employment
  • Non-recognition of barriers
  • Disincentivize to employment created by earnings exemption limits/clawbacks
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