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Office of the Premier

Throne speech strikes a balance between economic, social, and environmental principles

Thursday, June 22, 2017 2:15 PM

The speech from the throne is an important moment in history – it reflects both the priorities British Columbians articulated in the recent election, and the ability to invest in programs and services that British Columbians depend on, thanks to years of sound fiscal management and building Canada’s leading economy.

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Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat

Nominate an exceptional citizen for the Province's highest honour

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:30 AM

Nominations are now open for the Order of British Columbia, the Province's highest honour for individuals who have served with great distinction or excelled in any field.

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Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

National Aboriginal Day: Reconciliation through renewal

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 7:00 AM

Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad has issued the following statement to mark National Aboriginal Day:

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Advanced Education

Health-care students at British Columbia Institute of Technology get new $78.3M centre

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 10:15 AM

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) will be home to a new Health Sciences Centre for Advanced Simulation (HSCAS) that will educate and train future health care professionals to meet the growing demands of British Columbian families.

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2016 sets B.C. agrifood and seafood export record for fourth year in a row

Sunday, April 2, 2017 9:00 AM

British Columbia agrifood and seafood producers exported more products than ever before in 2016, setting a new record for the fourth year in a row.

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Children and Family Development

Partnership expands before- and after-school programs in British Columbia

Thursday, April 6, 2017 9:45 AM

An innovative partnership between the Province, the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) and the Directorate of Agencies for School Health (DASH BC) means previously announced government funding for 1,000 before- and after-school arts and recreation spaces will go further thanks to those organizations’ existing partnerships and corporate sponsors.

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Community, Sport and Cultural Development

Province matches federal $2.2 billion funding commitment for transit in Metro Vancouver

Friday, March 31, 2017 9:20 AM

Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for TransLink issued the following statement announcing $2.2 billion in matching funds for new transit projects in Metro Vancouver, including rapid transit in Surrey and Vancouver.

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New website tool for students and parents will track achievements in education

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 9:47 AM

A new smartphone and tablet-friendly website will provide interactive information about student outcomes to make it easier for parents and students, as well as school districts, to understand and use information that will enhance education for students.

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Energy and Mines

Turbines and generators contractor starts work on Site C

Monday, April 3, 2017 2:30 PM

BC Hydro’s Site C project reached a milestone today as the turbines and generators contractor mobilized to the construction site.

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350-plus new campsites throughout B.C. open for 2017 camping season

Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:45 PM

Visitors will soon have more camping opportunities throughout British Columbia with the completion of more than 350 new campsites in BC Parks and forestry recreation sites, in time for the upcoming camping season.

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B.C.’s fifth consecutive balanced budget delivers the dividends of a strong economy

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 1:46 PM

British Columbia’s fifth consecutive balanced budget delivers the dividends of a strong and diversified economy and prudent fiscal management by cutting costs for middle-class B.C. families, investing in priority programs and services, and promoting a competitive, job-creating economy.

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Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

B.C. invests $7.7 million to advance wood use and grow global markets

Friday, April 7, 2017 12:55 PM

The Government of British Columbia is investing $7.7 million to promote the use of B.C. wood, advance wood building systems and products, and expand global markets.

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Ceremonial key to Teck Acute Care Centre presented to young patient

Friday, April 7, 2017 10:05 AM

Six-year-old Sammy Holmes was presented a ceremonial key to the new Teck Acute Care Centre by Vancouver-False Creek MLA Sam Sullivan, on behalf of Health Minister Terry Lake, commemorating the many milestones achieved by the BC Children’s and BC Women’s Redevelopment Project.

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International Trade

B.C. passes Discriminatory Provisions (Historical Wrongs) Repeal Act

Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:05 PM

Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement after legislation to permanently remove discriminatory provisions in 19 historical private acts received Royal Assent from British Columbia’s lieutenant-governor:

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Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training

More than 7,000 British Columbians train for local jobs with government support

Thursday, April 6, 2017 3:00 PM

More than 7,000 British Columbians will be trained by this fall through a wide range of skilled-trades and employment training projects throughout the province, thanks to $45.4 million from the provincial and federal governments in 2016/17.

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Provincial investments in justice keep families together, assist with everyday legal issues

Monday, March 27, 2017 3:15 PM

The British Columbia government is investing more than $16 million to support collaborative solutions for resolving child protection cases, enhance assistance with family and civil law issues, and improve access to justice. 

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Natural Gas Development

1,200 applications received for BC HOME Partnership

Friday, April 7, 2017 1:00 PM

More than 1,200 British Columbians looking to purchase their first home have applied to the BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership program.

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Public Safety and Solicitor General

#StopGunsGangsBC: March update

Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:30 AM

The Province, anti-gang units and local police continue to make progress with work underway on B.C.’s nearly $30-million Guns and Gangs Strategy, launched in April 2016.

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Small Business and Red Tape Reduction

New modern liquor laws come into effect

Sunday, January 22, 2017 10:00 AM

An updated Liquor Control and Licencing Act and regulation come into force Jan. 23 that will create new opportunities for businesses, increase convenience for consumers and enhance the Province’s commitment to social responsibility.

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Social Development and Social Innovation

$24 million for supports to benefit families living in low income

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 11:45 AM

The Province is investing $24 million to increase access for low-income families to fresh food, dental and hearing care for children, and to support community initiatives to reduce poverty.

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Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services

New grads and co-ops drive talent development in B.C.’s tech sector

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 9:22 AM

Speaking at the sold-out second annual #BCTECH Summit, which more than 5,000 delegates will attend, Premier Christy Clark announced a significant increase in the number of tech-related grads and co-op placements throughout the province to drive tech talent development and support continued growth in  British Columbia’s thriving technology sector.

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Transportation and Infrastructure

Twenty-six communities in British Columbia benefit from BikeBC funding

Thursday, March 30, 2017 9:00 AM

Twenty-six communities throughout B.C. will receive $9.25 million in funding for projects to expand and build cycling lanes, trails and paths for cyclists and pedestrians

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