Government News & Updates

Province Extends Free, Affordable Community Counselling Services

People throughout British Columbia will continue to benefit from access to low- and no-cost counselling services with the extension of government funding to local community counselling agencies. The pandemic, toxic drug crisis and extreme weather events have led to an increase in mental-health and substance-use issues for many people in B.C. On top of these […]

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Province, UBCM Commit to Review Local Government Finance

The Province and Union of BC Municipalities will work together to review the local government finance system in B.C. to ensure that municipal governments and regional districts remain resilient in the face of economic changes. Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne, Finance Minister Selina Robinson, and UBCM president Laurey-Anne Roodenburg have signed a memorandum of understanding […]

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SVT Declaration Packages in the Mail

Residential property owners in designated taxable regions must complete an annual declaration for the speculation and vacancy tax (SVT). Out-of-province owners and those who own multiple vacant properties in B.C. will pay the tax. All revenue helps fund affordable housing developments in the five regions where the tax applies. SVT Declaration Packages in the Mail […]

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B.C. Securing Watersheds for a Stronger Future

Climate change and extreme weather events are strengthening the call for protection and restoration of B.C.’s watersheds to ensure healthy ecosystems support communities with secure access to clean water. The Province is developing B.C.’s first Watershed Security Strategy and Fund. The first step is to explore key themes, including governance, climate change, ecosystems and sources […]

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Rapid Test Kits Distributed for Symptomatic School Staff

This week, 200,000 rapid antigen test kits are being shipped to the kindergarten-to-Grade 12 (K-12) sector for use by staff, teachers and administrators with symptoms of COVID-19. Rapid antigen tests are an additional tool that can be used to support the continuity of learning in schools with the aim to reduce transmission of COVID-19. Rapid […]

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Minister’s Statement on Child Care, Covid-19 Guidance

Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care, has released the following statement on the new COVID-19 guidance for child care settings from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), which was recently provided to the sector: “COVID-19 continues to challenge us all, and we recognize that the child care sector is working hard to […]

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COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant Funds Doubled for Eligible Businesses

The Province is extending the COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant and doubling supports for eligible businesses that have been ordered to remain temporarily closed through public health measures until Feb. 16, 2022. “It’s fair to say that the Omicron variant has created new challenges for all of us, but our government’s commitment to support people and […]

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Record Funding Available for Cleaner, Stronger Communities

Communities across British Columbia will be receiving record investments in critical projects to reduce pollution, increase health and expand opportunities in response to a changing climate. The governments of Canada and British Columbia have committed a combined investment of as much as $134 million for the third intake of the CleanBC Communities Fund, bringing the […]

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Health Canada Authorizes Paxlovid for Patients with Mild to Moderate Covid-19 at High Risk of Developing Serious Disease

Health Canada has authorized the combination of two antiviral drugs, nirmatrelvir and ritonavir (brand name PAXLOVIDTM), to treat adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk of progressing to serious disease, including hospitalization or death. The active ingredient nirmatrelvir in PAXLOVIDTM works by stopping the virus from replicating. Until now, authorized medications […]

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Strong Response to Skilled Trades Certification Consultation

Hundreds of tradespeople and employers have shared their insights about how the Province can implement skilled trades certification to support higher-paying, more stable employment. This feedback has been compiled into the What We Heard reports, which are available online. Strong Response to Skilled Trades Certification Consultation Government of BC | Ministry of Advanced Education and […]

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