2022

Deputy Prime Minister Outlines Government’s Affordability Plan for Canadians 

Inflation is a global phenomenon driven in large part by the lasting impacts of a once-in-a-generation pandemic, and amplified by China’s ongoing COVID-zero policies and Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, highlighted the government’s Affordability Plan⁠—a suite of measures totaling $8.9 billion in new […]

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New Laws to Strengthen Canadians’ Privacy Protection and Trust in the Digital Economy

Canadians increasingly rely on digital technology to connect with loved ones, to work and to innovate. That’s why the Government of Canada is committed to making sure Canadians can benefit from the latest technologies, knowing that their personal information is safe and secure and that companies are acting responsibly. Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister […]

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Suspension of the Vaccine Mandates for Domestic Travellers, Transportation Workers and Federal Employees

Following a successful vaccination campaign, 32 million (or nearly 90%) of eligible Canadians have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and case counts have decreased. Canadians have stepped up to protect themselves and the people around them, and rates of hospitalization and deaths are also decreasing across the country, and Canada has one of the highest rates […]

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Rating Agencies Validate B.C.’s Financial Plan to Support People, Businesses

British Columbia’s continued stable credit ratings show that key stakeholders in the financial community validate the Province’s financial plan for investing in the services people need and building a strong, sustainable future for B.C. Despite major global events that have increased inflationary pressures and left no province or country unaffected, all four of the main […]

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Minister’s Statement on May’s Labour Force Survey Results

Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has issued the following statement on the release of Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey for May 2022: “As we focus on creating an economy built for everyone, B.C. continues to lead Canada’s economic recovery with the addition of 5,100 new jobs in May. B.C. saw a […]

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More Homes for British Columbians Through Speculation and Vacancy Tax

B.C.’s speculation and vacancy tax (SVT) helped make homes more affordable in the SVT areas of the province, based on independent analysis by Tsur Somerville and Jake Wetzel. “Homes should be homes, not safety deposit boxes,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Finance. “Two leading researchers in housing affordability have highlighted how the SVT turned thousands […]

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BC Bid System Opens to Buyers, Suppliers, Public

People, businesses and public-sector organizations can now view and bid on procurement opportunities on the newly launched BC Bid site, the Province’s online procurement marketplace.“The launch of a new, modernized BC Bid application is great news for people and local businesses who rely on the site to find suppliers and post opportunities,” said Lisa Beare, […]

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Anti-Racism Data Legislation Becomes Law

Indigenous and Black people, and people of colour, are another step closer to having better access to government programs and services as the historic Anti-Racism Data Act is enshrined in B.C. law. The Anti-Racism Data Act, introduced on May 2, 2022, passed unanimously through the legislative assembly and received royal assent on June 2, 2022. […]

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European Trade Mission Concludes, Significant Agreements Signed

Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, and B.C. delegates concluded a trade mission to Europe, highlighted by signing two agreements with European countries to create opportunities and jobs for British Columbians. “It was a privilege to represent B.C. and showcase the work being done to build a stronger B.C. for everyone,” Kahlon […]

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Legislative Session Focused on Building Stronger B.C. for Everyone

During the spring 2022 legislative session, Premier John Horgan and the B.C. government continued to deliver on commitments to put people first and build a stronger province for everyone. “The challenges British Columbians are facing today reinforce that we’re at our best when we look out for each other,” said Premier Horgan. “Instead of tax […]

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