The Legislative Change Committee is a shared committee between Exchange Inner City and Urban Core. This group is committed to understanding the systemic barriers that prevent individuals from accessing income generating opportunities in the DTES, as well as the barriers to the widespread adoption of impact hiring. The Legislative Change had an inaugural event on May 19, 2016 to establish a working relationship with the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation to begin surfacing what works about the current service delivery model, and what doesn’t, from the employer’s perspective. LEDlab and Potluck cafe society co-hired a policy intern to help map the income assistance system, and carry forward the work from the May 19th event, which lead to the production of a Public Policy Report and infographic "On Income Assistance Can Work".
The Committee also produced a Policy Position Statement and submitted it to the BC Poverty Reduction Strategy. The policy position statement highlights the increasing inaccessibility of BC's income assistance and employment services programs and provides active recommendations and solutions to address this problem.
Current Initiative: The committee’s main priority is to utilize the income generation continuum as an avenue for advocacy and assessing Poverty Reduction Plans across all levels of government.