News & Events


02/20/2018 - 15:05

TAPS Executive Director Douglas King participated in the provincial lock-up to hear details of the 2018 budget and how it relates to TAPS' work on housing, income assistance, and employment standards. The following is a synopsis on some of the hits and misses from the current government's first full budget. 


Feb 20, 2018 - Victoria

First of all it is important to start with a recognition that this year's budget is very different from those seen over... Read the full article

01/08/2018 - 16:12
CSI for Victoria - 2016


The Together Against Poverty Society has submitted a letter to Mayor and Council on January 4th, 2018, urging a rejection of the Victoria Police Department's request for significantly more resources and the ability to hire additional police officers. Specifically TAPS takes issue with the allocation of more public funds to the ACT Team Pilot Project, which connects police with mental health outreach workers, as there is little to no data analyzing whether or not police presence is a... Read the full article

12/14/2017 - 13:05


Read the full text of the letter from Together Against Poverty Society which was sent to Victoria Mayor and Council regarding the need for minimum unit sizes in the Downtown Area (link below). 

There will be a public meeting on December 14, 2017 to address changes to zoning laws. Members of the public can speak directly to City Council at the meeting about the need for minimum unit sizes, and request an amendment to the proposed laws to make that happen. Affordability and... Read the full article

07/20/2017 - 15:01

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Advocates Welcome Welfare and Disability Rate Increase, Calling for System Overhaul


Victoria, BC (July 20, 2017) – Today the Government of BC, has announced an increase to income assistance and disability rates. Effective September 20, 2017, the new monthly rates will be $710 for a person on income assistance and $1,133 for a person receiving disability assistance, an increase of $100. The raise in the basic income... Read the full article

06/08/2017 - 16:41

Thanks so much to all those who attended, sponsored and contributed to TAPS' Annual Fundraiser Tapas for TAPS!  It was because of all of us, working TOGETHER, that we were able to make it such a special evening - raising more funds for TAPS than ever!!!!!!  Thank you!!!!

We would like to extend a special shout out and expression of gratitude to Andrew Moffat and the staff at the Heron Rock Bistro who, for the sixth year in a row, gave so generously to support our small but mighty... Read the full article

03/01/2017 - 16:19

As of Thursday, March 02, 2017 TAPS Volunteer Income Tax Project will provide free, one-on-one assistance for people needing assistance filing their 2016 tax returns.  TAPS tax preparation services will be provided on a first-come, first serve basis.  Please arrive early as we anticipate being very busy, with spaces filling up fast.  

Over the next two months, MARCH and APRIL, TAPS' Tax Volunteers will only be assisting with the past three years, 2016, 2015 and 2014.  If you require... Read the full article

TAPS Events

VTAG Public Launch
Location: James Bay New Horizons 234 Menzies St
Wed, 10/11/2017 -
19:00 to 21:00
Event Fee: $0.00CAD

The Victoria Tenant Action Group (VTAG) is a newly formed group of tenants and allies who are concerned about renters' rights - particularly the displacement of renters - in the Capital Regional District.

VTAG is looking for supporters and members who are interested in offering peer support, addressing common tenancy concerns, and taking action to bring the power of the collective voice to the attention of decision-makers and the public at large.

Please join us at our Public... Read more about this event

Working Class Wednesday
Location: Victoria Event Centre

Every Wednesday, join your fellow co-workers and local labour activists for the first-ever Working Class Wednesday!

If you work in Retail, Hospitality, or Food Service, then bring your pay stub for FREE food, FREE admission, and $4 drink specials.

Doors open and dinner is served.
Live entertainment and drink specials.
Q&A with worker's rights organizations

We hit the town for some real worker solidarity. Participation is fully... Read more about this event