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Additional property transfer tax exemptions will help grow economy, create jobs

Friday, March 17, 2017 10:45 AM

Workers coming to B.C. through the B.C. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) can now be exempt from the additional property transfer tax on foreign buyers, helping ensure B.C. continues to attract highly skilled workers and entrepreneurs across all sectors of the province’s diverse economy, including the growing tech sector.


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Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat

Canada and British Columbia invest in 144 new water and wastewater infrastructure projects

Friday, March 17, 2017 11:30 AM

Having access to clean, reliable drinking water is critical to the health and prosperity of Canadian communities and for attracting economic opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it.


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Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

B.C., Lake Babine Nation on path to 25-year partnership

Monday, March 20, 2017 9:30 AM

British Columbia and the Lake Babine Nation have agreed to develop a 25-year roadmap to reconciliation.


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Advanced Education

UVic students save money with open textbooks

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 10:45 AM

Students at the University of Victoria (UVic) have saved more than $51,000 through the Open Textbook Project. These educational resources are easily accessed and shared online among students and faculty, and are available in a number of programs including earth and ocean sciences, economics and technology and society.


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Agriculture

B.C. farming industry sows success with funding

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 11:15 AM

The farming industry in British Columbia is a source of local agrifood, providing diverse, fresh and great tasting products to communities all over the province.


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Children and Family Development

Domestic violence supports boosted in rural and remote communities

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 10:00 AM

As part of the Provincial Domestic Violence Plan, the Province is investing more than $1.5 million to continue to expand and strengthen supports for those affected by domestic violence in B.C.


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Community, Sport and Cultural Development

Canada and British Columbia invest in 144 new water and wastewater infrastructure projects

Friday, March 17, 2017 11:30 AM

Having access to clean, reliable drinking water is critical to the health and prosperity of Canadian communities and for attracting economic opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it.


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Education

B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant celebrates $75-million milestone

Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:15 AM

More than 60,000 B.C. children will have an additional $1,200 towards their post-secondary education by the end of March, as a result of government’s contribution to the B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant (BCTESG).


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Energy and Mines

Government actions renew B.C. as a leader in mining

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:35 PM

Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett outlined government’s actions, including new policies and funding, to increase competitiveness, strengthen First Nations involvement, and enhance responsible resource development in British Columbia’s mining sector.


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Environment

Book your backcountry adventure at Garibaldi Provincial Park

Monday, February 13, 2017 10:00 AM

Visitors will soon be able to book more backcountry adventures at Garibaldi Provincial Park, a favourite backcountry destination for outdoor enthusiasts.


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Finance

Additional property transfer tax exemptions will help grow economy, create jobs

Friday, March 17, 2017 10:45 AM

Workers coming to B.C. through the B.C. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) can now be exempt from the additional property transfer tax on foreign buyers, helping ensure B.C. continues to attract highly skilled workers and entrepreneurs across all sectors of the province’s diverse economy, including the growing tech sector.


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Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

British Columbia to increase investment in wildlife management

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:20 AM

As part of the Province’s long-standing commitment to healthy wildlife populations, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced that all hunting licence revenue will be re-invested to enhance wildlife management activities.


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Minister of State for Rural Economic Development

New economic development strategy to build on B.C.’s rural advantages

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 12:00 AM

Building on the economic benefits and jobs created by getting to yes on major projects and provincial investments in infrastructure, Premier Christy Clark and Minister of State For Rural Economic Development Donna Barnett released the Province’s rural economic development strategy, detailing immediate investments and a long-term action plan to support thriving rural communities.


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Health

Significant funding boost to strengthen care for B.C. seniors

Thursday, March 9, 2017 12:30 PM

The Province is investing $500 million over the next four years as part of a Ministry of Health action plan to improve care for seniors across the system, including increasing direct-care hours for seniors in residential care.


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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

A new year off to a great start for B.C.’s tourism sector

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 8:30 AM

In the first month of 2017, international visitor arrival numbers continue to show positive signs of growth for the booming tourism sector in British Columbia.


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Justice

Discriminatory content removed from historical B.C. legislation

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 10:23 AM

Government introduced a new Discriminatory Provisions (Historical Wrongs) Repeal Act to permanently remove discriminatory provisions in historical private legislation.


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Natural Gas Development

New agreements strengthen economic future for Lax Kw’alaams

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 12:20 PM

The Province of British Columbia and the Lax Kw’alaams Band have reached multiple agreements to ensure benefits accrue for First Nations as a result of the construction and operation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export industry in the Prince Rupert area.


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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

B.C. home to more small businesses

Monday, March 20, 2017 10:45 AM

Growth in the province’s small business sector remained strong through the fourth quarter of 2016 as outlined in B.C.’s Small Business Quarterly Report.


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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

Volunteers spring into action to install new playground

Friday, March 17, 2017 9:15 AM

A team of volunteers and public servants are pitching in to assemble a new playground at the Victoria Courthouse, creating a fun and interactive play space in the heart of Victoria for people of all ages to enjoy.


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Transportation and Infrastructure

Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan enables $2 million for community grants

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 11:15 AM

The B.C. government announced that 12 northern B.C. communities and organizations will receive community vehicle grants, as part of the B.C. government’s Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan.


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Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness

Province invests over $10.5 million in Fraser Valley flood mitigation

Monday, March 20, 2017 1:45 PM

Simon Gibson, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission, on behalf of Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness Naomi Yamamoto, announced a $10.5-million investment in dike and pump upgrades to the Fraser Valley Regional District’s Nicomen Island diking system, as part of the Province’s major investment in emergency preparedness and public safety.


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