Statement on immigration and refugee legal aid services

I would like to thank the federal government, and Justice Minister Jody Wilson Raybould in particular, for committing to provide British Columbia with additional funding to ensure refugees in our province can continue to access legal aid services for the remainder of this fiscal year.

B.C. cuts small-business tax rate by 20%

“Small business forms the backbone of our economy and we need to do all we can to support its continued growth,” said Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston. “That’s why we are lowering the small-business corporate income tax rate by 20%, so B.C.’s small-business owners can keep more of their hard-earned revenue and reinvest it back in their communities.”

Province fixes loophole threatening renters

The provincial government has introduced legislation to close a major loophole in fixed-term leases and improve the rights of renters throughout British Columbia, Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson announced today.

Building a Better B.C. for everyone

British Columbia’s new government has released a budget update that puts people first, Finance Minister Carole James announced today.

The balanced Budget 2017 Update forecasts a surplus of $246 million in 2017-18 and takes key first steps to improve affordability, build better services for everyone, and invest in a strong, innovative economy that creates jobs and works for all British Columbians.

Extra shelter spaces opening for homeless people in Vancouver

Those seeking shelter will have access to 300 shelter beds when the B.C. government and the City of Vancouver open beds at 10 locations throughout the city for people who are homeless. This is an increase from 160 beds provided last year. All shelters will be low barrier and welcoming to people with pets and belongings to store. Each location will be managed by an experienced non-profit housing and shelter operator, with most providing 24/7 support.