News & Events


08/28/2017 - 15:35

Employment Opportunity - TAPS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The TOGETHER AGAINST POVERTY SOCIETY (TAPS) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.  TAPS is a small, but mighty non-profit society that provides free legal advocacy to people requiring help with income assistance, provincial and federal disability benefits, employment standards and tenancy matters who live in the Capital Regional District.  TAPS is a leading voice for social justice in the province of... 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

02/22/2017 - 10:19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (February 22, 2017)                                                                               


Victoria - Budget 2017 marks the immoral continuation of a 10 year freeze on the basic income assistance rate of $610 per month for British Columbia’s poorest citizens. This will ensure that poverty and homelessness will continue to grow throughout BC.

The lack of an... Read the full article

02/14/2017 - 13:35

Comment: Laws on assistance are unfair to people living in poverty


FEBRUARY 14, 2017 12:27 AM

With St. Valentine’s Day upon us and the last sitting of this legislature opening with a throne speech on the day of hearts, it is worth considering how lawmakers have seen fit to ensure that people living in poverty have to love differently than those who do not.

For most, falling in love and deciding to move in together is a decision... Read the full article

TAPS Events

Location: James Bay New Horizons
Sun, 12/13/2015 - 01:30
Working Class Wednesday
Location: Victoria Event Centre
Wed, 02/10/2016 - 17:00

On Wednesday, February 10th, 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.... Read more about this event

Goodwin's Way Documentary - Victoria Premier
Location: Solstice Cafe - 529 Pandora Ave, Victoria BC
Tue, 05/10/2016 -
19:00 to 22:00
Event Fee: $15.00CAD


Victoria Premiere of Goodwin's Way documentary linking miners' struggles in the 1910's with recent organising to win against the Raven Coal Project on K'omoks, Tla'amin and Homalco Territories. Part of Mayworks events.

7:00 - 7:30 - Meet and greet with film director Neil Vokey

7:30 to 8:30 - Film... Read more about this event

Location: Heron Rock Bistro - 435 Simcoe St.
Thu, 06/09/2016 - 17:00
Event Fee: $75.00CAD

On Thursday, June 9 Together Against Poverty Society and local humour-colonist Jack Knox, are hosting our yummy fundraiser, Tapas for TAPS at the lovely Heron Rock Bistro in James Bay – and we’d love it if you joined us!

This event features delicious appetizers, a local craft beer tasting, live entertainment, great c­­ompany, and incredible live and silent auctions.

Please join us as we celebrate the important... Read more about this event