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Office of the Premier

B.C. and Guangdong work together to open doors for businesses, create good jobs in B.C.

Monday, January 22, 2018 10:00 AM

Premier John Horgan kicked off his inaugural mission to Asia with a visit to British Columbia’s sister province Guangdong, China, to strengthen relationships and expand markets for the tourism, clean energy and technology sectors.

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Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat

B.C.'s highest honour recognizes 16 outstanding citizens

Thursday, November 30, 2017 3:05 PM

Sixteen exceptional civic leaders will be appointed to the Order of British Columbia, the Province's highest form of recognition, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon, chancellor of the Order, announced today.

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Advanced Education, Skills and Training

Students and tech sector to benefit from tech-programming expansion

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 9:15 AM

Students and the tech sector will benefit from thousands of additional tech-related spaces at public post-secondary institutions throughout British Columbia, announced Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

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Metro Vancouver land-matching project connects new farmers to farmland

Friday, January 5, 2018 10:00 AM

A pilot project that matches new farmers looking to get their start in B.C. agriculture with available fertile farmland in the Metro Vancouver area will kick off in 2018, thanks to a $25,000 investment from the governments of Canada and British Columbia.

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Attorney General

Government works across party lines to introduce amendments to campaign finance bill

Monday, November 20, 2017 12:55 PM

The Government of British Columbia has tabled amendments to strengthen provisions of the Election Amendment Act, 2017 that incorporate suggestions from both opposition parties as well as consultations with Elections BC.

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Children and Family Development

The Exchange Program keeps birth families and adoptees connected at special times

Friday, December 22, 2017 9:30 AM

It’s beginning to feel a lot like that festive time of year for Shi Ning, a registry administrator with the adoption and permanency team at the Ministry of Children and Family Development in Victoria.

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Citizens' Services

Rural and remote communities in coastal British Columbia will benefit from faster internet

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 3:27 PM

On January 17, 2018, a federal Connect to Innovate project called ‘Connected Coast’ was announced by the federal and provincial governments. The joint $45.4 million investment provides funding to two recipients – CityWest and Strathcona Regional District to install a new sub-sea fibre-optic cable from Prince Rupert to Vancouver with landings at multiple coastal communities along its route. Through a combined investment of $45.4 million, the Government of Canada, in partnership with the Government of British Columbia, is bringing new or improved high-speed internet to 154 rural and remote communities, enabling residents to get online. List of communities that will benefit from investment in the Connected Coast project.

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Seismic upgrade and new classrooms coming to Keating Elementary

Friday, January 12, 2018 1:15 PM

Students at Keating Elementary school will soon be learning in a seismically safer school with four new classrooms, Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, announced today.

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Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

Government will complete Site C construction, will not burden taxpayers or BC Hydro customers with previous government’s debt

Monday, December 11, 2017 11:30 AM

The British Columbia government will complete construction of the Site C hydroelectric dam, saying that to do otherwise would put British Columbians on the hook for an immediate and unavoidable $4-billion bill – with nothing in return – resulting in rate hikes or reduced funds for schools, hospitals and important infrastructure.

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Environment and Climate Change Strategy

B.C. government ends grizzly bear hunt

Monday, December 18, 2017 9:30 AM

The British Columbia government is bringing an end to the hunting of grizzly bears throughout the province, Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, and George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, announced today.

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Medical Services Plan premium cut starts Jan. 1, 2018

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 8:30 AM

Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums will be cut by 50% on Jan. 1, 2018, marking an important step toward improving fairness for all British Columbians, Finance Minister Carole James said today.

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Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

B.C. government ends grizzly bear hunt

Monday, December 18, 2017 9:30 AM

The British Columbia government is bringing an end to the hunting of grizzly bears throughout the province, Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, and George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, announced today.

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Concept planning underway for a new Surrey hospital to care for a growing population

Monday, December 18, 2017 11:15 AM

The Province is taking the first step in planning for a new hospital that would offer improved care for families living in Surrey, Health Minister Adrian Dix announced today.

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Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

Province, Maa-nulth strengthen treaty relationship

Friday, January 12, 2018 2:00 PM

British Columbia and the five Maa-nulth First Nations are strengthening and affirming their treaty partnership through a new government-to-government agreement.

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Jobs, Trade and Technology

Record-breaking employment and wages benefit B.C. tech workers

Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:30 PM

B.C.’s technology and innovation industry is providing people with more good-paying jobs and producing higher revenue than ever before, according to the latest BC Stats report on the sector.

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Province names Fair Wages Commission members

Thursday, October 5, 2017 12:30 PM

Minister of Labour Harry Bains took the next step toward raising British Columbia’s lowest paid workers with the official launch of the Fair Wages Commission.

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Mental Health and Addictions

Province puts more naloxone into the hands of British Columbians to save lives

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 9:40 AM

To help save lives and prevent overdose deaths, take-home naloxone kits are now available at community pharmacies throughout British Columbia, free to people who use opioids or are likely to witness an overdose, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy announced today.

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Municipal Affairs and Housing

Province bringing new homes and new jobs to Kamloops

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 1:45 PM

People in Kamloops will benefit from a partnership between the Province and the City of Kamloops that will deliver more than 100 new homes with 24/7 support, helping those most in need, creating jobs and boosting the local economy.

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Public Safety and Solicitor General

B.C. releases first decisions on cannabis regulation after public engagement

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 10:00 AM

After considering input from 48,951 British Columbians, and submissions from 141 local and Indigenous governments and a range of other interested stakeholders, the Province has announced a number of key decisions related to the anticipated legalization of non-medical cannabis in July 2018.

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Social Development and Poverty Reduction

Getting to work on B.C.’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy

Monday, October 30, 2017 10:15 AM

Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson announced the members of his Advisory Forum on Poverty Reduction as he invited British Columbians to share their ideas to help shape the Province’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy.

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Tourism, Arts and Culture

Visitor numbers show B.C. as a choice destination for international travellers

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 10:03 AM

September was a strong month for tourism in British Columbia, with an increase in international visitor arrival numbers.

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Transportation and Infrastructure

Highway 14 upgrades accelerated to make life easier for South Island commuters

Friday, January 19, 2018 1:00 PM

Starting immediately, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will initiate construction of a number of improvements to boost safety, reduce congestion, and keep people moving along the Highway 14 corridor. 

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