Name: Tom Page

Occupation: Community Activist

Tom lives in New Westminster in a studio suite in a building for people over 55. He spent 20 years in Kamloops, and started his own company in the early 1990s. He married, raised a family, and owned a home on a single income.  Later in life, he developed several chronic illnesses.  Working exacerbated his conditions so he ultimately decided to go on disability. After rent and bills, he is left with just under $300 month for food.  He goes to the food bank when his illness allows, but the whole process takes up to 2 or 3 hours.

We support raising disability rates. An income of $906 per month ($10,782 annually) is significantly below the poverty line. As housing costs continue to rise without a corresponding increase in disability benefits, those living on disability are forced to make difficult choices to make ends meet. People on disability have the right to live with dignity, without having to resort to charities.

“The situation is unfair to all British Columbians. The vast majority of British Columbians don’t want to see any poverty in the province but, above all, it is economically irresponsible.”