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Poverty Law Advocate



Position:  Poverty Law Advocate – Permanent Full Time

Location:   Newton (Surrey)

Hours:  35/wk

We are looking for a Poverty Law Advocate to join our Sources Advocacy team! This individual must be have excellent communication skills, be a team player and commitment to social justice.

About Sources

Sources is a community-based non-profit organization that has been providing help, encouragement, and hope for individuals and families in White Rock, Surrey, Delta, Langley, and Prince George for 40 years. We serve 40,000 individuals yearly and that is all owing to our dedicated team. We provide services such as food banks, counselling, employment services, and community living programs. At Sources we value respect and collaboration as we are all striving to promote the same mission—social wellness for our community.

Sources Newton Resource Centre

This position provides comprehensive advocacy services to marginalized individuals and families for income assistance, disability assistance; to maintain tenancy, Canada Pension Plan Disability, Employment and Insurance, debt, and other income support related programs.  Provides assistance and representation through administration hearing processes.


  • Provide a full continuum of services in the areas of income support programs both provincially and federally and residential tenancy.  This includes providing support information, referral, completion of forms, written communications on behalf of the client, negotiation and mediation, written appeals, representation at tribunal hearings and arbitration
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with the Ministry of Social Development, other government agencies, other service agencies and the community
  • Maintains complete and accurate statistics and records for all program activities
  • Perform administrative practices including record keeping, file management and reporting to accredited standards
  • Promotes the project’s activities at public events and provides public education workshop



  • Minimum two years post-secondary education
  • Two years of experience in tenant, disability and income support programs advocacy an asset, an ability to read, interpret and understand legislation, an analytical ability and the ability to negotiate and mediate on behalf of clients with landlords and government agencies etc. necessary
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including verbal and written skills, team oriented and exercises good judgment Ability to speak Punjabi
  • Self-motivated with well-developed case management and planning skills; organization, time management, problem solving and decision making skills essential
  • Knowledge of local community resources and an awareness and understanding of poverty related issues
  • May be required to work the occasional weekend or evening

Start Date: ASAP

Benefits (if applicable):
100% employer paid coverage for extended health and dental
Long term disability, life insurance, critical illness insurance, accidental death & dismemberment coverage
Employee & Family Assistance plan
Pension plan
Generous paid time off, starting at 3 weeks
Closing Date: July 19, 2018
Internal candidates will be contacted by July 14, 2018

How to apply: Please email your cover letter and resume to Ram Sidhu at

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