Government News & Updates

B.C. Takes Next Steps in COVID-19 Response

As people in B.C. continue to get vaccinated, the Province continues with previously announced plans to further lift COVID-19 restrictions, while protecting those most at risk with the launch of the spring booster vaccine program. “Thanks to the many British Columbians who have stayed up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines, we are seeing high […]

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Province Extends Pandemic Relief Funding to Strengthen Public Transit Services

The federal and provincial governments are extending financial relief to BC Transit and TransLink to help protect service levels while ridership recovers and to make sure B.C.’s public transit system remains safe and reliable. BC Transit and TransLink will receive a combined $204 million to help offset the revenue impact as operators rebuild ridership. This […]

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More Recovery Support Coming for B.C.’s Art, Culture Sector

More than $12.4 million in one-time funding to the BC Arts Council will support a strong recovery for B.C. artists and organizations as the Province continues to build back from the COVID-19 pandemic. “We know the hardships and severe impacts artists and creative people have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Melanie […]

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New Members Appointed to B.C.’s Climate Solutions Council

B.C.’s Climate Solutions Council, which provides independent advice to government on climate programs, actions and accountability, has been renewed with the appointment of six new members. “The Climate Solutions Council’s advice was central to the development of the CleanBC plan and its early implementation. As a group, it went on to play a critical role […]

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Minister’s Statement on Inclusive and Sustainable British Columbia Report

Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has released the following statement on the release of a new report by Prof. Mariana Mazzucato on the StrongerBC Economic Plan, titled Inclusive and Sustainable British Columbia: a mission-oriented approach to a renewed economy: “Just over a year ago, Prof. Mazzucato agreed to help advise me […]

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Introduction of Miscellaneous Bill

The Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (Bill 17), 2022, was introduced in the legislative assembly on Thursday, March 31, 2022. If passed by the legislature, the amendments will affect the following provincial statutes: Insurance (Vehicle) Act, Ministry of Mines and Energy Act, and Offence Act. Introduction of Miscellaneous Bill Government of BC | Ministry of Attorney […]

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B.C. Moves to Streamline Hydrogen Projects to Ensure Clean Energy Future

The Province is establishing an office to rapidly expand hydrogen deployment and to streamline projects from proposal to construction. The BC Hydrogen Office will work with federal and local governments to help attract investments and simplify the multi-jurisdictional review and permitting processes. This investment is a key pillar of the StrongerBC Economic Plan, which will […]

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Province Simplifying, Strengthening Paid Sick Leave

Amendments to B.C.’s Employment Standards Act will strengthen paid sick leave legislation to protect workers and simplify the administrative process for businesses. Harry Bains, Minister of Labour, introduced changes to address two issues that have been raised since the five days of employer-paid sick leave came into effect on Jan. 1, 2022. In the first […]

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ICBC Relief Rebate Coming for Drivers

The Province is announcing that B.C.’s public auto insurer will provide a one-time relief rebate of $110 to customers to ease the financial burden of increased gas prices caused by the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces. This rebate will total more than $395 million and comes at time when the global increase in gas […]

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Recovery and Resiliency Fund Provides New Support for B.C.’s Non-profit Sector

A new $34-million fund for non-profit groups in British Columbia will provide much-needed support for organizations that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to struggle during recovery. The historic investment of $30 million from Budget 2022 includes an additional $4 million from Vancouver Foundation. The non-profit sector contributes $6.7 billion to the provincial […]

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