Poverty Olympics Social Index

• Number of people Greater Vancouver Food Banks helps feed a week = 9000 (i)

Estimated cost of Vancouver and Whistler Olympic Villages = $ 1.261 billion (ii): Number of families that could be fed nutritiously for five years on this amount = 29, 393 (iii)

• Number of single parent, 2 children families on welfare in BC = 25 115 (iv)

Estimated Cost of Richmond Speed Skating Oval = $178 million (v): Cost of increasing welfare by 50% for 5 years for single parent, 2 children families = under $66 million (vi)

• Cost of a First Grade ticket to Opening Ceremonies = $1 118 (vii): Monthly welfare amount to single person with disability $906 *viii)

• Cost to Build ten – 64 bed treatment centre with detox beds and transitional housing units = $109 million (ix): Estimated cost of Whistler Nordic Centre = $112 million (x)

• 9,909 on waitlist for subsidized housing BC Housing (xi)

Estimated cost of Olympic spending including Trade & Convention Centre and RAV line = 6.044 billion (xi): Number of social housing units that $6.044 billion could build = 30,220 (xiii)

i Foodbanks Canada Hunger Count 2008: A Comprehensive Report on Hunger and Foodbank Use in Canada, http://foodbankscanada.ca/documents/HungerCount_en_fin.pdf

ii The Province, Jan. 19, 2009. http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:qPZiGLGco4AJ:www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html%3Fid%3D38d1c321-0874-4096-94ac-42a16494adbf%26k%3D6221+vancouver+whistler+”olympic+village”&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=4&gl=ca

iii The Cost of Eating in BC 2007: Dieticians of Canada. P. based on figures for family of four, p. 5 http://www.dietitians.ca/news/frm_resource/imageserver.asp?id=1009&document_type=document&popup=true&contentid=1944

iv Welfare Incomes, 2006 and 2007. Winter 2008, Vol 128. National Council of Welfare.p.151 http://www.ncwcnbes.net/documents/researchpublications/OtherPublications/2008Report-WelfareIncomes2006-2007/Report-WelfareIncomes2006-2007E.pdf

v City of Richmond. Richmond Oval Fast Facts: Financial. http://www.richmond.ca/discover/events/oval/oval.htm

vi Ministry of Housing and Social Development. Increase to Income Assistance Rates Tables. Estimate based on April 2007 rates. http://www.eia.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/2007/increase_table.htm

vii Vancouver 2010. Ticketing Information. http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/-/32678/q0c15c/index.html

viii Ministry of Housing and Social Development. Increase to Income Assistance Rates Tables. Estimate based on April 2007 rates. http://www.eia.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/2007/increase_table.htm

ix BC Housing. April 20, 2007 http://www.bchousing.org/news/news_releases/archive/2007/04/20/1638_0704201047-878

x The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games: A Review of Estimates Related to the Province’s Commitments. September, 2006. Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia. http://www.bcauditor.com/pubs/2006-07/report2/report2%2020062007.pdf

xi BC Housing, Jan. 15, 2009

xii http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:qPZiGLGco4AJ:www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html%3Fid%3D38d1c321-0874-4096-94ac-42a16494adbf%26k%3D6221+vancouver+whistler+”olympic+village”&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=4&gl=ca

xiii Based on cost of $200 000/unit of housing.