British Columbia This Week

What to Expect

The Legislative Assembly continues to sit and has a full docket, with bills in the queue covering issues ranging from B.C. Ferries, labour relations, municipal affairs, and wildlife management. Meanwhile, the Premier will be giving the keynote at the Council of Forest Industries conference on Friday. The budget’s focus on forestry means his remarks will garner media attention and give a sense of the government’s direction on this key industry.

This week is also the last week before the byelection in Vancouver-Quilchena that could see Liberal leader Kevin Falcon enter the Legislature.

The Week That Was

Eligible greenhouse growers will now be able to apply for the carbon tax relief grants for 2021 that will cover up to 80 per cent of carbon-tax paid on natural gas and/or propane. To find out more about eligibility requirements, click here.

Last week, the government announced it has signed an agreement with Lhtako Dené Nation that will support its participation in the cannabis market and allow the Lhtako Dené Nation to open a cannabis retail store this spring.

To better address the increasing demand for nurses, the province is supporting eligible internationally educated nurses (IENs) by:

  • consolidating the provincially based assessment processes;

  • offering approximately $9 million in bursaries to help with assessment fees; and

  • creating new nurse navigator positions to help IENs navigate the assessment and licensing process.

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