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The most important action you can take is to personally understand and reflect on poverty issues. Below are some resources to get you started.

Local/Regional Information:

Cowichan Community Health Profiles (Our Cowichan Community Health Network - Jan 2021) - Community health profile based on an overview of 12 Key Determinants of Health and how our region and subregions measure up to the province, the Regional District of Nanaimo, and the Island Health Region.

Community Health Profile for the Cowichan Valley West Service Area 

Cowichan Region Affordable Housing Strategy

General Poverty Resources:

Poverty 101: Looking for Answers - An informative resource to promote understanding and reflection about poverty issues developed by St. John's poverty reduction team.

Beyond Hunger - Every day, one in eight Canadians struggles to put good food on the table for themselves and their families. Learn more about food insecurity in Canada.

BC Child Poverty Report Card - developed by First Call, the BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition.

Make the Month - An impactful tool developed by the United Way to understand the impact of the choices people make each month when their income is inadequate. Simply choose any city to work through scenarios. 

Women and Poverty in Canada Fact Sheet - from the Canadian Women's Foundation

Provincial Poverty Reduction Efforts: TogetherBC Provincial Poverty Reduction StrategyWhat we Heard About Poverty in BC 

Federal Poverty Reduction Efforts: Opportunity for All - Read Canada's First Poverty Reduction Strategy



Low Income Children (<6 years): 43.1%

Low Income Adults (18 to 64): 21.3%

Low Income Seniors (65+): 13.7%​

  • 50% of rental households spend > 30% of income on housing

  • 20% of owned households spend > 30% of income on housing 


Several local organizations in the Cowichan Lake area assist those in our community with services such as the Food Bank and supports for youth, parents and seniors:

Lake Cowichan Food Bank New Logo.jpg

Mental health support services:

Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 

1‑888‑494‑3888 24/7 support.

KUU-US Crisis Line Society: 24/7 provincial Aboriginal crisis line

Toll-free 1-800-588-8717

250-723-4050 Adults and Elders

250-723-2040 Children and Youth

Tsow Tun Le Lum: 1-888-403-3123 to access counselling and cultural supports.

First Nations Health Authority Mental Health Benefit: 778-689- 0720 

(Vancouver Island Region)


Metis Supports: Emergency Shelter Toll Free: 1-800-940-1150 | Office: 604-557-5851, Mental Health Support and Youth Mental Health (

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