Edition: govTogetherBC September 2016
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In this issue:
Your Input, Your Impact: Engagement Results
This summer, The B.C. government has committed to showing the results of engagements and how citizen ideas have turned into government action. At this point, there are 90 pages posted outlining public engagement results on a wide variety of topics. This section will be updated as existing consultations close, and the input results are available. Visit ‘Your Input, Your Impact’ on govTogetherBC and browse results by region or category to see how public input is making an impact across the province.
Read results here.
PharmaCare opened 2 new drugs September 21
Before PharmaCare decides if it will cover a drug, the drug goes through a full review. The purpose of a drug review is to ensure that covering it supports the health & well-being of British Columbians as well as ensuring it is affordable and provides the best value. There are currently six drugs up for review and public comment. Visit the PharmaCare: Your Voice site at the ‘Get Involved’ link below for more information covered drugs and the consultation process.
Office of the Seniors' Advocate – Home Support Survey Results
The The Office of the Seniors Advocate routinely engages with BC’s seniors through town hall meetings, community events and surveys. By directly engaging with seniors about the issues they face, the Seniors Advocate is able to understand where the Office should direct its research efforts. The Office conducts surveys on an ongoing basis pertaining to a range of seniors’ services. The latest survey on home support was informed by the Advocate’s finding that many seniors across the province have concerns around the breadth of home support services and are anxious about the availability of supports to stay in their homes as they age. Learn more.
Canada Pension Plan Enhancements
At their June meeting, Canada’s Finance ministers reached an agreement-in-principle on a modest, gradual enhancement to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). Once approved, the enhancement would start in 2019 and be phased-in over seven years until 2025. The proposed CPP enhancement is meant to balance the needs of business owners with those of employees. The Ministry of Finance is inviting input by email on what these changes mean for British Columbians. Get Involved.
Family Law Act
The Family Law Act came fully into force on March 18, 2013, replacing the Family Relations Act. The new act significantly changed the way guardianship and parenting arrangements are conceptualized within family law in British Columbia, introducing new terminology as well as a new framework for determining parents’ responsibilities towards their children. Government is seeking input on the issues and questions related to guardianship and property division under the Family Law Act. Read the discussion papers and share your thoughts. Get Involved.
Commission on Tax Competitiveness
Advances in technology have transformed the way business is conducted and services are offered, extending B.C.’s reach into markets across the globe. The PST is a retail sales tax that imposes tax on the acquisition of business inputs as well as consumers. The Commission on Tax Competitiveness is inviting citizens, business owners and stakeholders to provide input on how to improve British Columbia’s competitiveness through changes to PST and other business taxes. Submit your feedback until September 30, 2016. Get Involved.