Provincial Government

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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AccessibleBC Plan Removes Barriers

Government’s new accessibility plan, AccessibleBC, outlines how provincial ministries will embed accessibility and inclusion in their work and services over the next three years. “When government announced the Accessible B.C. Act last year, we promised that it was just the beginning of our work to make British Columbia more accessible and inclusive for everyone,” said […]

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B.C. Minimum Wage Increases June 1 for Lowest Paid Workers

As of June 1, 2022, B.C.’s lowest paid workers will get a pay boost as the minimum wage increases from $15.20 to $15.65 per hour, which is the highest of any province. This increase is part of a commitment made by government in 2018 to support workers and their families. Five years of measured, predictable […]

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British Columbians Invited to Share 2023 Budget Priorities

People in British Columbia are asked to share their ideas and priorities to help make life better for people, businesses and communities as government plans Budget 2023. “British Columbians have faced extraordinary challenges in the past two years and, while we’re not through it yet, we’re making progress together,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Finance. […]

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