More than six out of 10 British Columbians don’t believe a strong work ethic is all that’s needed to escape poverty, and one expert says this reflects tough economic realities and the province’s high cost of housing.

Nationwide, fewer than five in 10 think a good work ethic is not enough (sic) to escape poverty.

Graham Riches, professor emeritus of social policy at the University of British Columbia said that data from other research on poverty shows that even those who have jobs are struggling.

“Over 60 per cent of people who are food insecure across Canada and in B.C. are working poor,” he said. “You can have a strong work ethic, but actually that’s not going to get you out of poverty,” he added