Diane le Clare

Name: Diane le Clare

Occupation: Community Volunteer

Diane is a French Native woman from Ontario who moved to BC with her young son 22 years ago.  She had great difficulty finding and being able to afford housing when she first came to Vancouver, and after many years she was accepted into Vancouver Native Housing.  She volunteers with the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) who advocate for safe and affordable housing and the rights of low-income earners in the Downtown Eastside.  She views the high cost of housing as one of Vancouver’s most significant issues negatively impacting people’s quality of life.

We support raising the minimum wage and building more social housing. The increased minimum wage of $10.25 an hour still does not lift workers above the poverty line. There is a severe shortage of publicly subsidized housing in BC, and many people have to wait years before they are able to live in an affordable rental unit.

“The status quo solution is always, ‘well, why don’t you just get a job?’  But, if you’re not earning enough to pay your food and your rent, there’s little left for clothing or the needs and wants of a teenager.”