Grants promote public safety, support domestic abuse survivors

Communities throughout British Columbia will benefit from grants to prevent domestic violence, assist people experiencing gender-based violence and support Indigenous people recovering from trauma. In total, 121 projects are receiving $4.3 million in one-time grants through the Civil Forfeiture Crime …

Province bolsters support for live music events

Province is supporting the recovery of B.C.  ‘s live music sector with a $2.5- million boost to the Amplify BC program.   As we emerge from the pandemic, our government recognizes that it is essential to strengthen B.C.  ‘s music …

Investing in stronger surgical care

People needing surgery at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) will have increased access to care as the provincial government has approved the business plan for the second phase of expansion, adding 13 new operating rooms (ORs) and 39 new perioperative patient …

Pandemic relief funds help libraries adapt to changing needs

People will see improvements at their local public libraries, including expanded digital collections, upgraded, barrier-free spaces, enhanced programming, improved air circulation and 24-hour access to the internet. This is due to a one-time investment of $8 million in COVID-19 relief …

Enhancing spaces for arts and culture organizations

B.C.’s arts and culture community will benefit from $4 million in grants through the BC Arts Council’s Arts Infrastructure Program. This funding will support improvements to spaces and facilities for 84 arts and cultural organizations. “The Arts Infrastructure Program is …

Building supports to welcome Ukrainians

People in our community, and across BC, are welcoming and always ready to pitch in for those in need. It’s who we are. Over the last two years, we’ve seen the power of people coming together to support each other …

Protecting renters by preventing illegal renovictions

Residential tenancy changes that will prevent renovictions and provide renters with more security and protection come into effect on Thursday, July 1, 2021. These changes address the Rental Housing Task Force’s number one recommendation – to stop renovictions by shifting responsibility …

Ukrainians fleeing violence get immediate MSP coverage

Displaced Ukrainians arriving in B.C. with visas issued under the federal Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) will now have access to date-of-arrival Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage. Government is encouraging those arriving in British Columbia from Ukraine under the …