What to Expect
With Cabinet in place and the Legislature no longer in session, MLAs will return to their constituencies, and political speculation will quiet down until the New Year. This week will see the new Cabinet Ministers being brought up to speed, key staff hired, and meetings with their department staff.
The Week That Was
Last week, Premier David Eby announced his Cabinet, comprised of 23 Ministers and four Ministers of State. In addition to the already announced new Ministry of Housing, the government has also announced the creation of the new Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness.
As part of the government’s initiative to support arts, culture, and sports access through investments in not-for-profit organizations, the government has allocated the following funding to organizations focused on arts and culture:
- More than $11.5 million to 392 not-for-profit organizations in the Lower Mainland
- More than $4.4 million to 162 not-for-profit organizations on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast
- More than $3 million to 117 not-for-profit organizations in the Interior
- More than $1.3 million to 46 not-for-profit organizations in northern B.C.
On Friday, Premier Eby joined other Premiers and territorial leaders at the Council of the Federation to repeat an ask for the federal government to meet to discuss increasing health transfer spending from 22 to 35 per cent.
The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) filed an application with the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) for no increase to basic insurance rates for the next two years, which marks five years of no increases to basic insurance rates.
Orders in Council
OIC 663/2022 – Appoints deputy ministers, assistant deputy ministers, and other senior civil servants to multiple Ministries and Offices.