The new year brings new beginnings and new opportunities. It is a chance to look back at the challenges we have faced, and to resolve ourselves to overcome obstacles in the year to come.
Preventative medication will protect people at risk of HIV
Effective Jan. 1, 2018, British Columbians at high risk of HIV infection will be able to receive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily oral antiretroviral medication that prevents new HIV infection, at no cost.
Medical Services Plan premium cut starts Jan. 1, 2018
Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums will be cut by 50% on Jan. 1, 2018, marking an important step toward improving fairness for all British Columbians, Finance Minister Carole James said today
Province escalates overdose emergency response to save lives, support people with addictions
The British Columbia government is launching a new Overdose Emergency Response Centre to combat the continuing crisis and spearhead urgent action to save lives, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy announced today.
Province stepping up support for women and children affected by violence
Community organizations working to prevent and respond to violence against women and children will receive immediate one-time funding of $5 million to help reduce waitlists and better meet demand for vital services such as counselling, outreach and crisis support.
20 things the B.C. Government did this Fall and Summer – And Why You Need to Know
It’s been a whirlwind summer and fall. In case you missed it, here’s a breakdown of major new programs and announcements.
Illegal Firearms Task Force report targets gun violence
All British Columbians deserve to live in safe communities, free of violent crime and gang activities. As part of the work being done to combat guns and gangs, the Illegal Firearms Task Force (IFTF) has provided a report that will help government respond to public threats posed by the use of illegal firearms in B.C.
British Columbia companies win prestigious awards for exporting
Eight B.C. companies have been recognized for their accomplishments in exporting at the 35th-annual B.C. Export Awards.
The awards were presented by the B.C. division of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, and the Government of British Columbia, and produced by Business in Vancouver
British Columbians asked to help shape referendum on electoral reform
British Columbians can now provide input to help shape next year’s provincial referendum on electoral reform as part of the How We Vote public engagement.
B.C. Poverty Reduction Strategy community meetings set to begin
Community meetings for British Columbia’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy will kick off in Victoria on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.
British Columbians are invited to come and talk about how poverty can be reduced in the province. Ideas shared at the in-person community meetings will help inform the Poverty Reduction Strategy. The community meetings will run from the end of November to the end of March