From education to mental health and addictions, transportation and a strong economy, our government has been working hard to make life better for people in B.C.
Here are 18 ways we’ve been working to improve peoples lives:
Making life in B.C. more affordable
1. Cut MSP fees by 50%
To lower costs for families, we reduced MSP fees by 50% this year and will eliminate them completely by 2020.
2. Reducing child care fees for parents with young kids
To care for kids and help lift up families, our government made the most significant investment in child care in BC’s history – a $1-billion investment, starting with an immediate fee reduction for parents of up to $350 per month for eligible child care spaces. Currently, 37,209 child care spaces are available at a lower cost through the initiative.
3. Tackling the housing crisis
Too many people in B.C. still can’t find an affordable home to rent or buy. To tackle the housing crisis, we created a 30-point plan to tackle the housing crisis, which includes a $6-billion investment to build more homes, strong actions to cool speculation, new laws protecting renters, and closing loopholes that lead to fraud and abuse.
4. Reduced, discounted and froze ferry fares
To lower costs for people in coastal communities, we froze BC ferry fares (bcferries.com) on major routes, reduced fares on non-major routes and seniors’ now sail free on Mondays to Thursdays (excluding statutory holidays).
Improving the services people depend on
To make sure you and your family have access to the services you need, we’re working hard to make sure people in B.C. have the services they need, where and when they need it.
5. Increasing education funding
6. Launched a new primary health care strategy
7. Worked to reduce stigma to save lives
8. Providing support to people who need a helping hand
This spring we created good jobs while supporting clean growth
Our government is investing in a strong, sustainable economy that works for people, to generate good jobs and opportunities in every corner of the province. We’re working to make sure you have good jobs, while fighting climate pollution and supporting the clean growth economy.
9. Connecting British Columbians
10. Improved wages for workers
11. Gave more people the opportunity to improve their skills
12. Supporting growth in the BC Tech Industry
13. Investing in a sustainable economy
We are committed to reconciliation
Underpinning all of our government’s actions is a fundamental commitment to true and lasting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
14. Supporting the preservation and revitalization of Indigenous languages
15. Improving Indigenous child welfare
Our government is working collaboratively to ensure Indigenous communities have greater involvement in child-welfare decisions, keeping children from coming into care in the first place, and providing more opportunities to work collaboratively on planning and caring for Indigenous children.
16. Expanding culturally based, inclusive child care and early learning programsexpansion of Aboriginal Head Start programs for Indigenous children under six, and their families. These programs provide culturally based inclusive child care and early learning, family bonding and prevention services for families both on and off reserves across B.C.
17. Renaming provincial parks to their traditional Indigenous namesrename three provincial parks to reflect their historic and cultural significance. This is only the beginning.
18. Creating draft principles to guide the B.C. Public Service
To demonstrate our commitment to working with Indigenous peoples in a spirit of respect, partnership and collaboration, we’re introducing a set of draft principles. These principles are designed to guide the daily work of provincial government employees as ministries implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (un.org) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action (trc.ca) .
We’re getting results for people, and we’re going to keep working hard for you. Stay tuned!