Minimum wage increase takes effect

To support B.C.’s lowest paid workers, the general hourly minimum wage is increasing to $14.60, and the minimum wage rates for liquor servers, resident caretakers and live-in camp leaders are also increasing, effective Monday, June 1, 2020. In 2018, to …

B.C. strengthens federal commercial rent program

B.C. businesses eligible for rent support from the federal government will be protected from evictions as the B.C. government issues a new order under the Emergency Program Act (EPA). “The federal launch of the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program …

New programs support jobs, clean up environment

The Province is supporting jobs for B.C. workers in oil and gas service companies to clean up the environment and help restart the economy. “With the support of the federal government, B.C. is taking action to accelerate the restoration of …

State of emergency extended to support COVID-19 response

As B.C. moves toward its new normal, Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, is extending the provincial state of emergency to support continued co-ordination of the pandemic response. “Because of our determination and sacrifices over the past months, …

Smartphones to better connect vulnerable

Vulnerable people, including people experiencing homelessness, will have better access to services through smartphones distributed by the social service organizations that support them. “The need for internet connectivity has never been as important as it is right now. For people …

Province launches renewal plan for surgeries

Surgeries that were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic are starting back up as part of a massive surgical renewal plan. “British Columbians have stepped up to the challenge of COVID-19 by making sacrifices, including thousands of people who have …