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Provincial actions to improve public safety
  • The all-party Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act tabled its report on April 28, 2022, with recommendations on how B.C.’s Police Act can be updated to reflect today’s challenges and needs.
  • B.C.’s three-year exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) to remove criminal penalties for people who possess a small amount of certain illicit substances for personal use will come into effect from Jan. 31, 2023, to Jan. 31, 2026.
  • In 2019, B.C introduced new community transition teams to provide mental-health and addictions support for people in the first 30 days following their release from corrections facilities.
    • Teams are operating in Surrey, Prince George, Kamloops, Nanaimo, and Port Coquitlam
  • B.C. is opening 500 beds of complex care housing throughout the province for people who need higher levels of care, including people with acquired brain injuries.
  • B.C. introduced new civilian-led peer-assisted care teams (PACTs) last year, starting on the North Shore. New teams in Victoria and New Westminster will launch this fall, and support people in distress by connecting them to mental-health and substance-use supports, instead of law enforcement.
    • From its start in November 2021 until the end of August 2022, the North Shore team provided supports 448 times, including being physically dispatched 75 times. Police intervention was required only six times. 
  • B.C. currently has 17 situation tables operating across the province. These community-based teams of front-line workers rapidly connects high-risk individuals to services to help prevent events such as victimization, overdoses, incarceration or eviction.
    • Work is underway on 12 more tables.