There will be a promise to raise welfare rates in British Columbia by $100-a-month in the government’s throne speech on Thursday, which is expected to set in motion the defeat of the Liberals after more than 16 years in office.

Social Development Minister Michelle Stilwell said Monday the government wants to raise rates after freezing them for more than a decade.

Stilwell did not provide details about the increase other than to say it would take effect either in September or January. A single person on welfare in B.C. currently receives $610 a month.