Poverty and discrimination are closely linked, according to a report released Thursday that compiled the results of provincewide public consultations.

The What We Heard About Poverty in B.C. report is the result of public input on B.C.’s first official poverty reduction strategy.

Much of the report’s information came from feedback the government received from B.C. residents during community meetings held across the province from Nov. 2017 to March 2018.

The government says it intends to use the information gathered to create a provincewide poverty reduction plan.

B.C.’s Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction says the province has one of the highest poverty rates in Canada, yet B.C. is the only province without a formal poverty reduction plan.

The government says the official plan will be rolled out this fall.