Social Inequality in the City: Panel Discussion

Inequality has been rising for three decades in Canada. In Vancouver, the gap also continues to grow. Inequality is associated with decreasing health outcomes, poorer education levels, higher rates of mental illness, higher levels of incarceration and less social mobility. Minimum wage, social assistance rates and income levels generally, have not kept pace with the cost of living in cities. The number of people who are self-employed and underemployed has grown, while seniors’ poverty has increased.  On November 2, 2015, a six-member panel discussed the impacts of social inequality in Vancouver and offered policy ideas for civic governments to consider.

The event was a co-presentation of SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and the Vancouver City Planning Commission.

Panel members:


The lecture and panel  event is part of the Vancouver City Planning Commission’s program of dialogues on the future of the city. Current Commission initiatives are described here.

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