Citizens' Services and Open Government Minister Ben Stewart, MLA for Kelowna-Mission Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country Norm Letnick and Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray were joined by local community members and staff today to officially open the new integrated Service BC Centre in Kelowna.
B.C.'s newest Service BC Centre will improve access to provincial government services for the citizens of Kelowna. Located at 478 Bernard Ave., the centre is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Area residents no longer will need to travel to Penticton and Vernon to visit the closest centre in person. Service BC delivers hundreds of services for numerous programs to residents, businesses and visitors - ranging from the Medical Services Plan to voter registration. In addition, the new Kelowna Centre also will provide in-person front-counter service for the Vital Statistics Agency and the Residential Tenancy Branch.
Today's official opening marks the return of Service BC to Kelowna following the previous centre's closure in 1997, and is the result of a community-based planning process that began in 2011 and involved several ministries. This collaborative relationship has created a service counter that offers multiple government services in one convenient location for Kelowna citizens, while using taxpayers' dollars more efficiently.
There are now 61 Service BC Centres, including the Kelowna centre, located throughout British Columbia and providing service to more than two million people every year.
Minister of Citizens' Services and Open Government Ben Stewart -
"We're working hard to ensure citizens have access to great service - but doing it in a fiscally responsible way. I'm pleased this centre will provide better access to service to people in and around Kelowna."
Mayor of Kelowna Walter Gray -
"We are pleased the Province is making it easier for our citizens to access a variety of provincial services. The Service BC Centre also provides one more reason for people to visit downtown Kelowna."
- The Vital Statistics Agency registers all births, marriages, deaths and changes of name that occur in British Columbia. The certificates issued by the Vital Statistics Agency are legal proof of these vital elements.
- The Residential Tenancy Branch provides landlords and tenants with information and dispute resolution services.
Service BC: http://www.servicebc.gov.bc.ca/
Vital Statistics Agency: http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/
Residential Tenancy Branch: http://www.rto.gov.bc.ca/
Ministry of Citizens' Services and Open Government