Government News & Updates

B.C. Vaccine Card Increases Confidence, Keeps Businesses Open, Makes Events Safer

The BC Vaccine Card is now in effect throughout British Columbia, bringing people together to enjoy certain businesses and recreational events safely. Starting Sept. 13, 2021, new COVID-19 vaccine requirements will apply so businesses can stay open and people can feel safe in these settings, while vaccination rates continue to rise. BC Vaccine Card Increases […]

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Updated Forecast Signals Strong Recovery for B.C., Pandemic Uncertainty Remains

Despite ongoing uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic, current forecasts show an increase in revenues and a reduction in the deficit for the 2021-22 fiscal year as British Columbia’s strong vaccination rates are supporting a swift economic recovery in many sectors. In the Province’s first quarterly report, the year-end deficit is projected to be $4.8 billion […]

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Province Taking Action to Recycle More Products

Electric-vehicle batteries, mattresses, single-use fuel canisters and fire extinguishers are among the products that will be eligible for provincewide recycling as part of a five-year plan to advance recycling in British Columbia. Other items to be added to British Columbia’s Recycling Regulation and the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) strategy include more electronic products such as […]

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British Columbians Invited to Help Shape Anti-Racism Data Legislation

British Columbians are encouraged to help shape B.C.’s anti-racism data legislation, so government can better identify existing gaps and create a more inclusive, equitable province. The public consultation will help inform government about how to collect data in a way that is reflective of the needs and experiences of Indigenous, Black and people of colour […]

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Maximum Allowable Rent Increase Capped at 1.5% for 2022

B.C.’s maximum allowable rent increase amount for 2022 is being set at 1.5%, based on inflation. This increase cannot take effect prior to Jan. 1, 2022. If landlords choose to increase rent, they must provide a full three months’ notice to tenants using the correct notice of rent increase form. To support British Columbians, the […]

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Vaccine Card Enhances Confidence, Increases Safety at B.C. Events

The Province is launching the BC Vaccine Card, a digital or printed document that shows the stage cardholders are at in their COVID-19 vaccine progress. The BC Vaccine Card will allow vaccinated people to conveniently and securely show their proof of vaccination at higher-risk social and recreational events and settings when new COVID-19 vaccine requirement […]

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Transit Free in B.C. For Children 12 and Under

Public transit is now free for all children 12 and under in B.C., saving families money, increasing access to affordable transportation options and encouraging more people to use public transit. The free transit for children 12 and under program was officially launched at the Pacific National Exhibition fairgrounds in Vancouver on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. […]

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Province Supports Local Governments to Streamline Housing Approvals

Forty-three local governments throughout British Columbia are receiving grants to create more efficient development approvals processes that will help people get the homes they need built faster and support economic recovery. Province Supports Local Governments to Streamline Housing Approvals Government of BC | Ministry of Municipal Affairs | Wednesday, September 1, 2021 Forty-three local governments […]

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Province Expanding Electric Vehicle Charging Network

British Columbia’s provincewide electric vehicle (EV) charging network will get four new sites in the coming months. The number of EV charging stations throughout the province is growing rapidly. B.C. now has over 2,000 public Level 2 charging stations and 200 public fast-charging sites, with over 480 fast-charging stations. Province Expanding Electric Vehicle Charging Network […]

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Website Connects People to Vital Mental Health, Substance Use Supports

People in British Columbia have access to a new website that will help them more easily navigate and connect with mental health and substance use information and supports. “People seeking mental health and substance use supports have told me finding information is hard, and they don’t know where to start,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of […]

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