Government News & Updates

New Regulation Next Step Toward Barrier-Free B.C.

Beginning Sept. 1, 2022, more than 750 public-sector organizations will start establishing accessibility committees, accessibility plans and public-feedback mechanisms as required under the new Accessible British Columbia Regulation. These organizations include school districts, post-secondary institutions, public libraries and local governments. “In B.C., there are more than 926,000 people with disabilities who face barriers in their […]

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Modernized BC Bid Site Open for Registration, Onboarding

The Province is inviting businesses and public-sector organizations to register on the new, modernized BC Bid site. BC Bid is an online marketplace where public-sector organizations such as municipalities, school districts, health authorities, Crown corporations and the B.C. government can advertise contract opportunities for work in a wide range of sectors and services. Businesses and […]

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B.C. Businesses Benefit from National Intellectual Property Partnership

Business owners and entrepreneurs in B.C. will have better access to intellectual property (IP) resources to protect and develop their ideas through a new partnership. A new partnership between the Province, Innovation Asset Collective (IAC) and Innovate BC is part of a national IP strategy to help Canadian businesses maximize the potential of their ideas […]

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Thousands of B.C. Families Benefit from Expansion of $10 a Day ChildcareBC

Thousands of families are seeing dramatic savings on the cost of child care with 84 more $10 a Day ChildCareBC sites available throughout the province. “We believe child care should be a core service that families can count on when they need it, at a price they can afford,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State […]

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Minister’s Statement on March’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 March 2022: “As we shift into spring, British Columbia continues to lead the country in economic recovery with eight straight months of job growth. B.C. created 10,500 new jobs in March, […]

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Global Conference on Environmental Assessment Innovation Coming to B.C.

Experts from more than 80 countries will gather in person and virtually to exchange ideas on best practices to protect the environment while balancing the need for solid and sustainable development. The B.C. Environmental Assessment Office and the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations will welcome environmental assessment leaders from around the world to Vancouver in […]

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Hospitality Sector Gets New Boost Through Temporary Patio Extension

Restaurants, bars and liquor manufacturers have more time to apply to make temporary service areas permanent as they recover from the pandemic. “Some local governments needed additional time to make the needed policy changes and assess applications for permanent structural changes in their communities,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “This […]

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B.C. Shifts to Weekly COVID-19 Data Reporting

As British Columbia continues to take the next step in its COVID-19 response, the Province is transitioning from daily to weekly COVID-19 reporting. Beginning on Thursday, April 7, 2022, COVID-19 dashboards and reports issued by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control will be updated on weekly basis. The new reports will focus on key […]

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Government of Canada Releases Budget 2022

Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, released Budget 2022: A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable. Since the depths of the pandemic recession, the government’s focus on jobs—on keeping Canadians employed and on keeping their employers afloat—has ensured Canada’s economy has made a rapid and […]

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B.C. Seeks Public Input on Cannabis Consumption Spaces

British Columbians are invited to share their thoughts on non-medical cannabis consumption spaces. The Province is launching an online public engagement about cannabis consumption spaces to help inform decisions about whether to permit these spaces and how they could be regulated. The engagement runs April 6 to May 8, 2022. “Cannabis consumption space” is a […]

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