What to Expect
Premier Eby will continue to focus on housing and healthcare this week. Announcements to address these issues will likely continue until the Legislature returns on February 6 with a Throne Speech.
The Week That Was
A new $500-million Rental Protection Fund has been announced by the provincial government and will direct funds toward protecting the interests of renters and maintaining affordable rental homes.
Premier Eby signed a letter alongside other provincial and territorial premiers calling on the federal government to reassess the bail system. Premier Eby has previously addressed the need to deal with repeat offenders, an issue especially pertinent in B.C.
Delegates of the Opposition B.C. Liberals voted overwhelminglyto change the party’s name to B.C. United on Saturday.
The B.C. government has announced the new Permitting Strategy for Housing which will streamline permitting approval by speeding up the process and doing away with the former requirement of multiple submissions to different ministries.
To further CleanBC’s goal of reducing diesel consumption for power generation, the Community Energy Diesel Reduction program will administer $7.1 million of funding to 12 First Nations communities’ alternative-energy projects.