The cost of poverty is something we cannot afford in Saint John, N.B.
It’s just that simple and straight forward.
Reducing poverty is the right thing to do – morally, socially and economically.
Poverty creates disadvantage and inequalities, which impact a person’s quality of life, ability to contribute, and so much more.
But the cost of poverty extends well beyond personal circumstances. Healthcare, learning and academic performance, employment outcomes and productivity, policing and crime, are negatively affected. Also, there are other economic costs such as decreased tax revenues and increased government assistance.
Saint John simply cannot afford the cost of poverty.
For more than a decade, the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative (BCAPI) has been dedicated to breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty in Saint John by joining and working together with business leaders, community organizations, and individuals throughout the City. Our goal is clear: we must refuse to fail!