British Columbia This Week

What to Expect

It’s the last week of the legislative session.

Minimum wage goes up on Wednesday to $15.65 per hour, a 45-cent increase on the current $15.20. The B.C. government passed legislation at the beginning of the legislative session to index minimum wage growth inflation.

Tomorrow, Health Canada is expected to approve the B.C. government’s application for decriminalization for the possession of small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use.

On Thursday, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation Ravi Kahlon is expected to make an announcement regarding new partnerships resulting from his recent European trade mission.

The Anti-Racism Data Act will receive royal assent.

Premier’s budget estimates will be released on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Week That Was

Trained professionals, First Nations, and local communities have teamed up to help clear and restore the areas that were severely impacted by the November 2021 flooding, including the successful removal of debris. Almost 75 per cent of the identified debris from Phase 1 of the project has been cleared.

Communities and businesses around Vernon and Enderby now have access to high-speed internet.

The B.C. government is dedicating $2.4 billion to developing and improving transportation infrastructure such as the Surrey Langley Skytrain.

Orders in Council

OIC 282/2022 – Appoints Patricia Boyle as an Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education and Child Care, effective June 20, 2022.

OIC 283/2022 – Appoints Dwayne Quesnel as an Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, effective May 30, 2022.

OIC 284/2022 – Makes the following appointments:

  • Michael Hykaway as an Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Forests
  • Jamie Diane Jeffreys as an Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Forests, effective June 13, 2022

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