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Office of the Premier

2016 speech from the Throne outlines government's economic agenda

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 3:50 PM

In her speech from the Throne today, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon outlined the government’s agenda to create jobs and opportunity throughout British Columbia, and continue to grow a diverse economy to sustain and expand the vital services that British Columbians depend on.

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Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

Aboriginal families come together for B.C. Gathering

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 8:00 AM

Approximately 350 family members of murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls joined together for a three-day gathering of healing and memoriam at the Prince George Civic Centre.

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Advanced Education

Emerging tech researchers receive millions throughout the province

Monday, February 1, 2016 11:15 AM

The Government of British Columbia is investing $6 million for the next generation of talent in tech research and business to support the recently announced #BCTECH strategy.

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Cherries Jubilee! B.C. celebrates record year for cherry exports

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 9:15 AM

British Columbia’s Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick has issued the following statement regarding 2015 export statistics for B.C. cherries:

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Children and Family Development

21 new Early Years Centres on the way

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 9:45 AM

Families in 21 more communities will soon benefit from convenient one-stop access to supports and services that will help their children learn, grow and thrive.

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Community, Sport and Cultural Development

Province launches strategy to grow B.C.’s creative economy

Thursday, February 4, 2016 2:45 PM

In recognition of the importance of arts and culture to the overall economy and quality of life in British Columbia, the B.C. government announced a provincial strategy to help grow this thriving sector.

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B.C., BMO partner to help opportunities grow with $1,200 education grant

Thursday, February 4, 2016 11:15 AM

Parents and grandparents have a new place to apply for the $1,200 B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant that makes post-secondary and skills training more accessible.

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Energy and Mines

Government takes action to keep mine workers on the job

Friday, February 5, 2016 10:40 AM

Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett announced action to help keep thousands of B.C.’s metal and coal mines workers on the job by allowing mining companies to temporarily defer a portion of their hydro bills – supporting families and communities during the current slowdown in the sector due to low commodity prices.

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Help build B.C.’s new climate plan

Sunday, January 24, 2016 3:00 PM

British Columbians will have an opportunity to participate in the second public consultation on the development of B.C.’s new Climate Leadership Plan.

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B.C. enters world’s third-largest capital market with Panda bond issue

Friday, January 22, 2016 9:00 AM

The Province of British Columbia, Canada, issued its first Panda bond in China’s domestic bond market Jan. 21, 2016, officially accessing one of the world’s largest capital markets and strengthening relations with a key partner in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Globally significant landmark agreement reached

Monday, February 1, 2016 10:15 AM

First Nations, environmental groups and coastal forest industry representatives joined the Province to celebrate achieving ecosystem-based management in the Great Bear Rainforest.

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Supporting leading health research with Genome BC

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 10:15 AM

Cutting-edge health research projects at Genome BC received a big boost with $34 million in government funding.

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Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat

2016 speech from the Throne outlines government's economic agenda

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 3:50 PM

In her speech from the Throne today, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon outlined the government’s agenda to create jobs and opportunity throughout British Columbia, and continue to grow a diverse economy to sustain and expand the vital services that British Columbians depend on.

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International Trade

Chinese Canadian historic places receive provincial recognition

Friday, January 29, 2016 10:15 AM

Twenty-one places of historical significance to the Chinese Canadian community are being provincially recognized under the Heritage Conservation Act fulfilling a commitment in the Chinese Historical Wrongs Consultation Final Report and Recommendations.

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Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training

British Columbians take their careers to the next level with Canada – B.C. partnership

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 12:30 PM

Over 1,370 British Columbians across the province are receiving the training they need for jobs in their communities thanks to the federal and provincial partnership under the Canada Job Fund.

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Helping B.C. residents get out of debt with new rules

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 10:45 AM

Getting your finances back on track should not leave you penniless. B.C. is following through on a commitment to regulate the debt settlement industry, making sure individuals and families can pay what they owe, without being taken advantage of.

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Natural Gas Development

Additional temporary shelter and housing coming to Greater Victoria

Friday, February 5, 2016 11:00 AM

The Province will provide an additional 88 units of transitional housing and shelter, as well as 40 rent supplements for campers currently residing at the Victoria courthouse lawns.

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Public Safety and Solicitor General

Province toughens up drinking and driving laws

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 12:00 PM

New regulations are in place to clarify and toughen the consequences of drinking and drug affected driving in British Columbia, strengthening the Province’s resolve to have the safest roads in North America by 2020.

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Small Business and Red Tape Reduction

New funding will help young entrepreneurs reach their potential

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 12:30 PM

The B.C. government is investing in emerging business leaders with new funding to expand a successful Futurpreneur program that offers business skills and coaching for young entrepreneurs launching new small businesses.

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Social Development and Social Innovation

Five research projects benefiting unemployed

Thursday, January 28, 2016 2:00 PM

Government is investing more than $3 million in five research projects to find new and innovative ways to help unemployed British Columbians find a meaningful job.

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Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services

#BCTECH Strategy

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 7:11 AM

B.C.’s comprehensive Technology Strategy will deepen our talent pool, expand markets for B.C. technology and services and ensure access to venture capital for technology start-ups. Everyone in B.C. is touched in some way by technology – and B.C.’s technology strategy will provide economic opportunities for British Columbians in every corner of the province. Read more about the B.C. Tech Strategy. ( 

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Transportation and Infrastructure

A direct flight to improvements for B.C.’s airports

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 8:30 AM

The Province is providing $8 million in funding this year to support infrastructure improvements at B.C. airports.

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