What to Expect
Housing is a top-of-mind issue everywhere in Canada, but especially in British Columbia. That’s why last week’s announcement of a new housing plan from presumptive frontrunner to replace Premier Horgan, David Eby, will continue to be talked about this week. The plan, which includes legislation that overrules many areas of municipal jurisdiction as well as rooting out speculators, can be found here. Expect the other NDP leadership candidates to be pressured to release their own plans, and for many municipal leaders to continue to react to it.
The Week That Was
Last week, Premier John Horgan announced Melanie Mark will resign her position in Cabinet to go on medical leave. Premier Horgan has asked Minister of Citizens’ Services Lisa Beare to take over Mark’s portfolio of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sport, meaning Beare will hold two portfolios.
The B.C. government launched a health human resources strategy, with the objectives of adding more doctors, nurses and health sciences professionals, adding new education and training seats, taking actions to improve retention, and to optimize the system to help with workload. The strategy will focus on four key areas: retaining workers, redesigning workloads and staffing levels, recruitment, and training.
The B.C. government has announced that the $1.5 million for the Extreme Weather Preparedness for Agriculture program will be opening its second intake period for farm and ranch businesses from October 4-25, 2022.