The Comox Valley Regional District is taking a deeper look at poverty reduction in the valley.

It’s teaming up with Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland and the K’ómoks First Nation to launch a  survey.

It will add to the already completed Regional Housing Needs Assessment to get a better idea of how to combat poverty in the Comox Valley.

“Covid-19 has helped to shine a light on the fact that many people in our community are experiencing various levels of economic insecurity,” states Alana Mullaly, Senior Manager of Sustainability and Regional Growth Strategy Planning.

 “Lack of affordable housing, childcare, transportation and employment options all increase the incidence and impact of poverty within our community. Actions to reduce poverty can have a positive effect on the entire community, improving quality of life, helping people to live with dignity and creating equal opportunities for residents to contribute and live a full life. We want to hear from you to help guide our Poverty Reduction Strategy and find ways to reduce poverty and build a more inclusive and resilient community.”

The Regional District is encouraging you to get involved by sharing your thoughts and taking part in the short survey, participating in a small group virtual discussion, or a self-guided toolkit. 

The CVRD says community feedback will be used to develop this action plan moving forward.

To learn more, or to take the survey, visit the regional district’s website, or reach out to them at  at 250-334-6000. 

The survey closes on February 15th.