2020 British Columbia

BC Party

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Childcare

  • Will protect the principles of affordable, accessible, and inclusive quality child care in legislation.
  • In partnership with the federal government, pledges to expand the number of $10/day childcare spaces.
  • Embed childcare in the capital plans for new schools, housing complexes, and other projects.
  • Provide universal access to childcare on school grounds both before and after school
  • Will work to ensure childcare spaces in new office and business constructions and upgrades
  • Will continue to implement and enhance the Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy
  • Move responsibility for childcare to the Ministry of Education
  • Subsidize childcare, including $10/day childcare for households earning up to $65,000/year and $20-$30/day care for households earning up to $125,000.
  • Build 10,000 new childcare spaces across BC
  • Implement an online application for childcare spaces.
  • Create a full Ministry for Childcare which would manage licensing, funding, and oversight.
  • Clarify the risk that parents and children, providers and ECEs, are undertaking when they return to childcare spaces
  • Clearly define what is meant by a daily “screening” of children, and assure providers that they can require a COVID-19 test of any child or worker as a condition of entry
  • Establish a “Provider Guarantee” which will ensure that no provider is forced into insolvency as a result of COVID-19
  • Make PPE and cleaning supplies part of the ongoing basic Child Care Operating Fund program, including simple diagnostic tools such as thermometers
  • Publish a comprehensive report on the state of the system, including the numbers of spaces and providers lost, program saving or extra costs, the numbers of centres and spaces open and closed, and the number of children attending versus enrolled during the crisis.
  • Provide up to $500 per month for families with children under 3 and a stay-at-home parent
  • Increase funding from $674 million in 2020/21 to $897 million in 2023/24.
  • Expand available physical childcare spaces, prioritizing partnerships with public schools, community non-profits, and First Nations.
  • Free childcare for working parents with children under 3.
  • Fund professional development opportunities to increase qualifications of existing child care workers, and the training of more ECEs in certified programs.
  • Establish professional wages for ECEs.
  • Maintain existing child care subsidies and supports.
  • Move responsibility for childcare to the Ministry of Education
  • Encourage employers to adopt 4-day work weeks, or reduced hours structures for full-time workers.
  • Support telecommuting to save commuting time.
  • Recognzie families are the most important building blocks of our communities and our society and must be supported.

Transportation

  • Reduce insurance premiums by an average of 20%
  • Provide COVID-19 premium rebates to drivers from any surplus generated by ICBC during the pandemic.
  • Align scheduling between BC Transit and Translink.
  • Improve services at peak time, allocate more spaces for reservations, and allow walk-on reservations for BC Ferries
  • Make Translink and BC Transit free for children up to and including the age of 12.
  • Increased Translink connections for the Fraser Valley and the Sea-to-Sky region
  • Expanded West Coast Express service and increased service for the BC Bus North program.
  • Widening Highway 1 through the Fraser Valley.
  • Complete the Skytrain expansion project.
  • Implement the South Island Transportation Strategy.
  • Provide further rapid bus service for the West Shore.
  • Implement safety upgrades for the Malahat highway.
  • Move further toward the CleanBC goal of doubling trips taken by walking, biking, or other kinds of active networks by 2030.
  • End the ICBC monopoly and allow for private competition; allow BC drivers to pick from available rates in the marketplace, including ICBC rates.
  • Give all new drivers two years’ credit for driving experience, increasing to four years if the new driver has completed driver education, in order to lower premiums for new drivers.
  • Ensure charging stations for electric vehicles are more widely available.
  • Ban photo-radar for speeding.
  • Invest $8 billion in infrastructure improvements over three years.
  • Replace the George Massey Tunnel with a 10-lane bridge with a dedicated transit/HOV lane in each direction.
  • Expand Translink into the high-growth areas, including south of the Fraser, the Fraser Valley, and North Vancouver.
  • Widen the Trans-Canada Highway in the Fraser Valley to six lanes up to Whatcom Road.
  • Increase transit hours in the Interior, North, and Vancouver Island.
  • Increase funding for road and bridge maintenance across rural BC.
  • Facilitate highway rest area upgrades.
  • Prioritize investment in transit services.
  • Maintain service levels with Translink, BC Transit, and BC Ferries.
  • Establish a stable long-term funding model for transit.
  • Develop climate and sustainability criteria to apply to future transportation capital projects
  • Re-establish BC Ferries as a Crown Corporation.
  • Establish sustainable transportation for South Island.
  • Enhance the ZEV mandate to require 100% ZEV non-commercial vehicle sales by 2035
  • Remove PST on used electric vehicles.
  • Move to 100% ZEV passenger vehicle fleets for BC government agencies by 2030.
  • Partner with the federal government to support BC Transit and Translink in electrifying their bus fleets.
  • Increase availability of public charging infrastructure on provincial highways to ensure electric vehicle drivers can drive anywhere in BC.
  • Turn the ICBC into a co-operative, and open the mandatory auto insurance market to competition.
  • Allow drivers with a class 5 license to perform as ride sharing companies intend.
  • Establish Via Rail service on the former BC Rail line that has previously been leased to the Canadian National Reailway.
  • Continual investment in transportation systems.
  • Affordable development and maintenance of transportation systems.
  • Leverage funding from federal sources and create opportunities for private investment in transportation.
  • Maintain BC Ferries as affordable, reliable, safe and efficient.

Education

  • Install new ventilation systems, plexiglass barriers, comprehensive cleaning stations, and provide for more hours of cleaning in schools to keep children safe during the pandemic.
  • Further invest into mental health supports for students and staff in schools.
  • Provide further support for children and youth with special needs.
  • Invest in more computers and tablets, provide further remote learning training for teachers and support staff, and promote group interactions between students and teachers.
  • Ensure that investments into BC schools are focused on meeting seismic requirements as well as meeting climate change and energy efficiency standards.
  • Create local school meal programs based on individual district needs and priorities, with a focus on including locally grown foods.
  • Expanding the Playground Fund to provide safe and accessible playgrounds for schools.
  • Targeted investments for classroom supplies.
  • Double the number of midwives graduating in BC every year.
  • Increase supports and earlier assessments for identifying learning needs.
  • Ensure instruction meets the diverse learning needs of students.
  • Ensure consistent and safe options for students during the pandemic, including both hybrid and fully-online models.
  • Work with school districts to provide consistent, unified parental access portals for report cards, registration, and authorization forms.
  • Upgrade K-12 facilities with proper equipment.
  • Continue building new schools, with a focus on areas featuring rapid population growth.
  • Increase training spaces for doctors, nurses, and other health professionals.
  • Change disclosure requirements so that BC students know the total costs of a program, as well as the graduation and employment rate, prior to registration.
  • Encourage apprenticeship training by streamlining registrations and credentials.
  • Expand trades programs in secondary schools and introduce trades earlier in the school system.
  • Fund operating grants for school districts to 100% of the grants received in the 2019/2020 school year.
  • Maintain additional COVID funding for PPE and online learning throughout the current school year and into the 2020/2021 school year as required.
  • Ensure every school district has the resources to develop remote learning and hybrid learning options.
  • Introduce $24 million in new funding to provide more mental health counsellors in schools, starting in the current school year.
  • Develop and implement a plan to address existing racism in schools and implement funding to work toward reconciliation and Indigenous education in K-12 schooling.
  • Provide $300 million in new funding to phase in up to 25 hours of free ECE programs per week for 3 and 4 year olds, rising to $550 million as capacity expands.
  • Provide $100 million in new funding to create a new capital program in the Ministry of Education to fund renovation and additions to existing schools to support ECE spaces.
  • Create a new $25 million fund for school districts to develop a food program for their schools in their district.
  • Address disparities in wages, class size, and composition between districts.
  • Improve access to speech-language pathologists and school psychologists.
  • Double the funding of the BC Access Grant
  • Adding the protection of parental rights as a new responsibility of school trustees.
  • Increase parental choice in educational programs and options.
  • Enhance parental involvement in the local governance of their children’s school.
  • Develop more clearly defined learning outcomes and ensure alignment of revamped provincial tests to these outcomes.
  • Implement a new continuous learning improvement accountability framework, which will include provincially and locally identified outcomes and publicly reported results
  • Make all evaluations of credentials, issuance, suspension, and cancelation of certification of all licensed educators and any investigations into the professional conduct of educators with the public interest in mind.
  • Ensure that downloading of services from the province to school districts is undertaken openly and with appropriate resources and funding.
  • Strengthen student learning as the prime focus for primary and secondary education.
  • Give qualified BC students priority for admission to post-secondary educational institutions.
  • Increase training and apprenticeships in the trades and technical sectors.
  • Strengthen online learning capabilities for colleges and technical institutes.
  • Increase scholarship opportunities for students.
  • Consultation with parents on existing and future curricula for students.
  • Equal “per student” financing for students attending the same grade as in public schools for traditional, charter schools, and independent schools from K-12 levels. Parents will have the choice in each school district.

Environment

  • Commit BC to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
  • Invest in made-in-BC carbon capture technology.
  • Commit to requiring every new building and retrofit constructed in BC be net-zero emissions ready by 2032.
  • Provide Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing that allows homeowner’s to take out loans for efficiency upgrades and pay them back over time through annual property taxes.
  • Expand CleanBC and a zero-emissions vehicle program to industrial vehicles.
  • Move toward a net-zero emission bus fleet powered by electrification, hydrogen fuel cell technologies, and other zero-emission technologies.
  • Provide additional funding for CleanBC industrial emissions strategy to reduce harmful emissions and move to cleaner operations in mines, pulp mills, oil and gas processing plants, and other industrial facilities.
  • Employ world-leading regulations and technologies to detect and reduce harmful methane emissions.
  • Expand electrification infrastructure to reduce industrial emissions, in partnership with the federal government and BC Hydro.
  • Conduct a comprehensive review of oil and natural gas royalty credits.
  • Continue to make significant investments in forest health, wildlife protection, silviculture, and revitalizing BC forests.
  • Create a provincial coastal strategy to protect coastal habitat, while also growing coastal economies, in partnership with First Nations, as well as federal and local governments.
  • Work with the federal government to address freighter traffic management and anchorage around southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
  • Develop new strategies that protect and revitalize BC’s salmon populations by building on the successful Broughton process and supporting innovation in fish hatcheries, as well as stepping up production of fish habitat and ensuring BC processing of BC-caught fish.
  • Make electric vehicles more affordable for more people by providing a new income-tested incentive on new and used zero-emission vehicles.
  • Increase public charging availability through increased incentives and ‘right-to-charge’ legislation.
  • Make e-bikes more affordable by removing the PST on e-bikes.
  • Expand provincial parks by creating new campgrounds, trails, and protected areas while increasing funding to improve infrastructure and protect park ecosystems.
  • Ban single-use plastics.
  • Invest in new strategies to protect wildlife and habitat corridors.
  • Implement recommendations from the Old Growth Strategy Review to protect old-growth stands.
  • Create a watershed security strategy to plan, manage, and protect local watersheds for the public good, including ensuring fair rates for the bulk sale of water.
  • Ensure that large industrial projects pay the full cost of environmental cleanup if their projects are abandoned.
  • Encourage the retrofitting of homes and businesses.
  • Reduce the impact of climate-related disasters to make communities safer.
  • Expand public transit options.
  • Support investments in electric vehicle charging stations, in partnership with municipalities and businesses.
  • Support investments in renewable energy and next-generation clean energy and technology solutions.
  • Partner with the federal government and other provinces to leverage innovations and research in carbon capture.
  • Reduce emissions while maintaining sustainable resource development and Indigenous land use.
  • Ensure that Ministry decisions across the Government are made with the goal of environmental improvement in mind.
  • Change the provincial building code to maximize energy efficiency in a manner that respects communities’ unique geography.
  • Partner with the federal government to review scheduled increases in the Carbon Tax in light of the current economic recession.
  • Implement wetland protection and expansion where feasible.
  • Take more aggressive control of invasive species in BC lakes and habitat.
  • Design and implement a program to engage the public to significantly reduce plastic and Styrofoam waste in waterways and the ocean.
  • Ensure hunting and other wildlife fees are used to fund enhancement of wild spaces and wildlife populations.
  • Accelerate reforestation programs with priority to high-value fish-impact watershed reclamation.
  • Appoint a Minister of Fisheries and Coastlines to enhance and protect water and fish resources.
  • Adopt robust salmon and steelhead conservation measures.
  • Support food share programs to keep food out of landfills, reducing both hunger and landfill methane.
  • Implement enhancements to Okanagan Lake Water Level Management for flood control and mitigation.
  • Double the number of provincial park campsites in areas with growing demand.
  • Improve safe parking and other amenities in high-use day areas.
  • Create new environmental work-experience opportunities for young people in provincial parks and habitat management, in partnership with the federal government.
  • Work with Indigenous peoples to provide interpretation and education services in parks, and enhance cultural and environmental understanding.
  • Provide short-notice camping options for local residents, and make the reservations process fairer.
  • Commit to being carbon neutral by 2045.
  • Set sectoral targets to ensure industry is contributing their fair share to emissions reductions.
  • Set an interim target for 2035 to make sure the government is on track for 2030.
  • Develop comprehensive plans to meet the 2030 and 2045 targets.
  • Immediately end oil and gas subsidies and redirect that money to spurring innovation, to help grow businesses in BC, and help BC meet climate commitments.
  • Prioritize natural climate solutions, protecting and restoring forests and wetlands to maximize their potential as carbon sinks.
  • Develop an accountability framework to ensure our targets are met.
  • Establish a $1 billion strategic investment fund to support innovation that aligns with the shift to a zero carbon economy.
  • Create a biofuels strategy and clean hydrogen roadmap as part of the energy mix used to replace fossil fuels in the transportation sector.
  • Focus on greenhouse gas emissions with regard to government procurement processes.
  • Reinstate the scheduled carbon tax increase and return to regular and predictable increases in the carbon tax of $10 per year.
  • Partner in innovation clusters in areas where BC has a strategic advantage, based on the proposal from the Innovation Commissioner’s report.
  • Enact Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)-enabled legislation.
  • Establish a $500 million fund to support sustainable jobs.
  • Implement a just transition program for workers in the oil and gas sector and other industries in transition, working with them on a pathway to a guaranteed job in the clean economy.
  • Work with industry partners to enhance the Clean BC Better Homes, Better Buildings program, including: increasing the short-term incentives offered to stimulate retrofits; accelerating the requirements of the building code and efficiency requirements of equipment to drive long-term action and strengthen the business case for retrofits; and partnering with colleges, technical institutes and private organizations to develop training programs to expand employment in the green retrofit space.
  • Take early action to enhance the Zero-Emission Vehicle mandate by requiring 100% ZEV non-commercial vehicle sales by 2035.
  • Make ZEV ownership more accessible by removing PST on used electric vehicles.
  • Work with industry to develop additional innovation incentive programs.
  • Set new ZEV targets for commercial vehicles and on and off-road medium and heavy-duty vehicles.
  • Shift to a 100% ZEV passenger vehicle fleet for BC government agencies by 2030.
  • Prioritize investments in electrifying transit systems, including partnering with the federal government to accelerate support for BC Transit and Translink’s efforts to electrify their bus fleets.
  • Undertake a comprehensive build out of public charging infrastructure on all highways in BC, particularly in remote and rural areas.
  • Support electric vehicle charging in multi-unit buildings through a variety of tools, including building code changes and establishing “right to charge” rules.
  • Balance economic development opportunities with environmental protection.
  • Encourage conservation of water taken from lakes or rivers for agricultural, industrial and domestic purposes.
  • Encourage local management of watersheds where feasible.
  • Ensure that public health is always the first priority with respect to watershed management issues, particularly with respect to the disposal of industrial and other wastes into riparian areas.
  • Review and assess all subsidies for alternate energy production to ascertain which systems are the most practical and create the minimum amount of negative environmental impact.
  • Recognize the value of parks to society and protect these areas from intrusive activities while improving access for all British Columbians.
  • Support the use of a single, joint federal and provincial environmental review process when appropriate.
  • Undertake to protect hunters and fishers rights, while at the same time ensuring British Columbia’s fish and wildlife populations are managed in a sustainable manner.
  • Carry out responsible, fact-based stewardship of the environment. The government will base its decision on the best available scientific data.

Agriculture

  • Create a Regenerative Agricultural Network to bring together natural systems of production with agri-technologies that enhance production, including robotics, precision farming, and mesh networks.
  • Strengthen the Grow, Feed and Buy BC programs to encourage greater food security and local business growth, by expanding to new worker training, land acquisition supports, and new processing hubs.
  • Increase support for agri-tech through the Canada/BC Agri-innovation Program by helping BC companies grow, hire more workers, and position BC as an agri-tech leader, while protecting farm lands in the ALR.
  • Implement a Trespass Act that significantly protects the properties and livelihoods of farmers.
  • Eliminate policies that unfairly discriminate against farmers.
  • Implement reforms to the Agricultural Land Commission that restore the rights of farming and ranching families to earn supplemental income on their farms and opportunities for reasonable forms of secondary residences on their land.
  • Improve access to farm workers by reducing obstacles to the recruitment of skilled and semi-skilled labour.
  • Ensure access to water for crops and livestock.
  • Ensure the security and longevity of the local food system by making BC’s agriculture industry more self-sufficient and sustainable.
  • Establish a long-term food sustainability strategy for the province to decrease reliance on increasingly unreliable import supply chains and diversify farming in BC.
  • Make food production and food security part of the Agricultural Land Commission’s mandate.
  • Expand the area of land under food production and create a publicly owned agricultural land bank available to lease by new farmers.
  • Recognize income and regional disparities in food insecurity across BC and work to enhance access to high quality, healthy food for low-income British Columbians, including developing systems for First Nations that honour Indigenous knowledge and values.
  • Incentivize agro-ecological farming practices.
  • Support small-scale farms to adopt new technologies to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Identify options to make farming a more attractive and sustainable endeavour by: ensuring that farmers have access to local processing facilities and that they share in the returns from processing; and enabling the growing of high value crops, such as cannabis, to supplement farm income.
  • Provide $10 million per year to fund research and establish regional agricultural bureaus to provide expertise and support to local farmers to apply innovations on-farm and adapt to a changing climate.
  • Restrict and regulate foreign ownership of ALR land.
  • Maintain a strong commitment to effective retention of farmland in the Agricultural Land Reserve consistent with its legislative mandate.
  • Create competitive crop insurance and safety net programs for the livestock and crop sectors that are trade neutral and comparable to other provinces.
  • Create competitive and sustainable supply management programs for dairy and poultry in cooperation with other provinces and the federal government.
  • Review the Agricultural Land Commission and ensure that it is free from improper political interference and inappropriate influence.
  • Eliminate the carbon tax to give farmers and ranchers a level playing field with producers in the rest of North America.
  • Ongoing and full participation with the federal government in all federal-provincial programs including the 5 year Growing Forward 2 Program to keep BC farmers and ranchers on an equal footing with those in other provinces.
  • Initiate an internal review of the triggering policies for access to federal-provincial disaster assistance programs to ensure that BC’s programs remain competitive with those of other provinces.
  • Maintain realistic competitive pricing at the farm gate level to maintain a fair balance of consumer and producer interests.
  • Foster growth opportunities including new products in the organic and other specialty sectors.
  • Provide startup opportunities for new producers.
  • Work with the federal government in all trade negotiations, including the Trans Pacific Partnership, to: identify and eliminate subsidies in other countries that hurt BC’s agriculture industry by supporting effective trade negotiations; support the federal government to achieve competitive access to international markets for open market BC farm products; and maintain Canada’s right to operate its own supply management system to serve its own domestic needs in regulated sectors including dairy, chicken, and eggs.
  • Support research and education to enhance productivity.
  • Reduce red tape, regulations and bureaucracy faced by farmers and ranchers.
  • Ensure regulations are based on appropriate management of real risks and an accurate analysis of their costs and benefits.
  • Expand farming extension services to provide frontline industry specialists to support day-to-day knowledge transfer, monitor diseases and pests, and encourage best practices.
  • Establish a permanent predator control program to protect livestock.
  • Ensure that farm property tax rates apply to all land in the Agricultural Land Reserve or zoned as agriculture that meets the requirements of being actively farmed by bona fide producers.
  • Address agricultural land and water use issues by providing provincial leadership and fostering cooperation with farmers, ranchers and other land users through: regionally based Agriculture Water Management Plans to ensure continuing water access and efficient water utilization by farmers and ranchers; clear and concise regulations regarding access for “Right of Way” on Crown land with a balanced approach relating to the costs of maintaining such access; common sense approaches to the authority of federal, provincial and municipal jurisdictions over streams and water sources so that unreasonable and costly regulations can be avoided for land owners; and promoting the widespread application of advanced water utilization and conservation technologies.

Healthcare

  • Build ten more Urgent Primary Care Centres.
  • Expand Primary Care Networks to deliver more personalized and coordinated care.
  • Launch the Hospital at Home program to expand e-health and tele-health services so people can get virtual visits from doctors and nurses at home.
  • Build and modernize more hospitals and additions.
  • Use the rural collaborative framework to deliver more immediate and culturally safe care closer to home.
  • Move housekeeping and dietary hospital workers back into the public service.
  • Prioritize the hiring of a healthcare workforce that better represents the communities it serves.
  • Maximize the capacity of existing surgical and diagnostic space to reduce wait times.
  • Add four more MRI machines in the areas of highest demand: Ridge Meadows Hospital, Langley Memorial, Vancouver General, and St. Paul’s.
  • Utilize enhanced training, recruitment, certification and retention strategies to provide the hospital staff needed to perform more surgeries and other procedures.
  • Launch a second medical school to graduate more doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.
  • Create a comprehensive healthcare human resources strategy including credential recognition.
  • Ensure that long-term care remains robust, well-funded, and able to quickly respond to a crisis.
  • Hire 7,000 new health care workers in long-term care and assisted living.
  • Develop a staffing retention strategy for long-term care and assisted living facilities that levels-up wages and restores provincial standards for wages, benefits, and working conditions.
  • Work with non-profits to build public care homes that keep seniors safer, healthier, and more comfortable.
  • Ensure that private long-term care operators are more transparent and accountable for the public funding they receive.
  • Expand publicly funded home care to provide better care and help with daily living so that people can stay in their own homes for as long as is safely possible.
  • Launch a Silver Alert system to help assist first responders locate missing seniors, particularly those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Launch a 10-year cancer care action plan based around: an anywhere/anytime commitment so that all cancer care patients get information and care when they need it, including in rural communities; providing more individualized care for cancer patients, including dedicated teams providing a full continuum of care; improving that continuum of care by investing in new equipment, systems and procedures that deliver leading-edge prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment services; and expanding and funding enhanced research and diagnostic capabilities. to improve the precision of disease risk prediction, prevention, diagnostics, and treatment.
  • Fight for a national pharmacare program while enhancing Fair Pharmacare by reviewing cost thresholds and drug eligibility with the goal of bringing down the cost of prescription drugs.
  • Make prescription contraception free.
  • Continue to work with all parties and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, in a collaborative manner, to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Ensure free influenza vaccines for all British Columbians, to help reduce the burden on the medical system.
  • Improve patient care by establishing more Primary Care Networks and Community Health Centres.
  • Learn from the pandemic to train the health work force of the future, including family doctors, nurse practitioners, and other allied primary health care workers as needed.
  • Expand opportunities for international graduates in health professions to work in BC.
  • Work to attract health professionals to under-serviced areas.
  • Improve access to medical care by encouraging practice networks and innovative practice models.
  • Improve BC Ambulance Service response times for patients, particularly in smaller and rural communities.
  • Work in partnership with the Province of Alberta to improve access to care for British Columbians whose nearest local health services are in Alberta.
  • Institute necessary system improvements to ensure all healthcare workers experience a violence-free workplace.
  • Increase online booking of medical appointments to reduce wait times and improve convenience for patients.
  • Improve public reporting of wait times, and reduce wait times for surgical procedures, by accelerating the implementation of electronic surgical-waitlist management tools.
  • Accelerate the adoption of virtual medical consultations with doctors and nurse practitioners to reduce COVID-19 backlogs and reduce wait times for referrals.
  • Work with doctors and pharmacies to expand online prescription-renewals, with optional home delivery.
  • Increase the number of nurses in BC hospitals trained to conduct medical and forensic exams for sexual assault.
  • Work to eliminate systemic racism and unconscious bias across the healthcare system, and to ensure services are equitable and accessible for all, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or any other form of discrimination.
  • Invest an additional $1 billion over 5 years in long-term care homes, to replace and upgrade ageing facilities.
  • Work to ensure that every senior in long-term care who wants one has a private room, and decommission multi-bed wards.
  • Implement a new Seniors’ Home Care Tax Credit, which provides seniors with a tax credit of up to $7,000 per year for up to $20,000 worth of housekeeping, home repairs, and supportive care.
  • Expand programs to assist seniors and people with disabilities with home renovations, including reinstating the Home Adaptations for Independence grant program.
  • Launch and ensure a truly independent review of the response to COVID-19 in long-term care and assisted living homes.
  • Implement measures to enable family members to safely visit seniors living in long-term care, assisted and independent living residences during the COVID-19 pandemic, to bring residents comfort and companionship.
  • Work with home care operators to address chronic worker shortages and improve the quality of care.
  • Improve home-care visits and supports for seniors living in their own homes.
  • Increase the supply of fully-accessible units for seniors and persons with disabilities, in newly built multi-unit residential buildings.
  • Work to eliminate ageism and unconscious bias across government, to ensure all services are free of discrimination against seniors.
  • Treat seniors fairly by covering the costs of exams the province requires drivers to complete every two years, beginning at age 80.
  • Offer seniors and their families a free central registry to provide Advanced Care Plans and related documents for elder care.
  • Continue the roll-out of primary care networks in BC to expand accessibility of healthcare services, while increasing the number of British Columbians with a family doctor.
  • Develop a proposal to implement an essential drugs program beginning in 2022, designed to reduce the costs of prescription drugs and ensure the cost of drugs is not a barrier to health management.
  • Establish a task force to develop a plan to transition the balance of resources between acute care and preventative care. The task force will review the funding and range of services covered by the health care system to ensure the mix of services better meets the treatment and prevention needs of the population.
  • Consult with physicians and other stakeholders to improve efficiency, reduce administration, and incentivize becoming a General Practitioner.
  • Work with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia to create a pathway for qualified foreign-trained physicians to practice in BC.
  • Begin to shift the long-term care sector away from a for-profit private company model to a mix of public, non-for-proft, community based services and co-ops.
  • Ensure that public funding is only being used to support direct care for seniors, and enhance accountability by requiring annual inspections, financial statements and audited expense reports.
  • Establish caregivers as a recognized healthcare profession with the salary they deserve.
  • Support pilot projects that bring young people and seniors together and integrate seniors more deeply into communities.
  • Give the Office of the Seniors Advocate more independence and an expanded mandate.
  • Review all aspects of healthcare policy, service and delivery, with an eye toward opportunities for increased efficiency and toward developing mechanisms to ensure healthcare decisions are made in the best interests of patients and taxpayers, based on population and demographics, cost effectiveness, and patient outcomes.
  • Support the basic principles of the Canada Health Act of Universality, including accessibility, comprehensiveness, and portability, with the full understanding that the delivery of healthcare is a provincial responsibility in accordance with the Constitution of Canada.
  • Support the principles of public accountability and transparency in the delivery of healthcare services and ensure healthcare boards reflect regional population distribution and take into account the local and regional health care needs.
  • Ensure healthcare funding is focused on the best interests of patients and patient care, above all other interests.
  • Support the concept of a strong publicly-funded health system as the primary facilitator of healthcare services in British Columbia.
  • Ensure that all British Columbians have access to quality care, regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Support the principle that the citizens of British Columbia need to have input into the type of healthcare system they want.
  • Study other healthcare systems worldwide to look for ways to improve our own, including ways to reduce increasing wait times.
  • Develop objectives and quality indicators to assess how effectively healthcare is being delivered.
  • Support and recognize the benefits of formal and informal caregivers and long-term care for patients at home.
  • Recognize the increasing burden of chronic illness and supporting initiatives for better care of these patients resulting in fewer complications, lower cost and better quality of life.
  • Support and recognize the benefits of community care facilities as well as including the Community Health Representative program, particularly for services in rural areas.
  • Support the development of an efficient and affordable mental health and addiction initiative for British Columbians.
  • Support strategies that allow medications to be purchased at the lowest costs possible.
  • Support the digitization of all patient data and implementation of a province-wide medical electronic health record system and making such records accessible to the individual, while ensuring the utmost confidentiality.
  • Support a primary care delivery system that involves a multi-disciplinary team approach.
  • Appropriate recognition and funding of palliative care, so that British Columbians can have meaningful choice when making end-of-life decisions.
  • Hospices should have the right to opt out of providing medical assistance in dying, where it may conflict with their principles that death should not be hastened.
  • Eliminate parking fees for patients and patient visitors at all public hospitals.
  • Support the principle of stable transparent funding of healthcare and that the provincial and federal governments should cooperate in the management of healthcare.
  • Recognize the rising demand for healthcare in BC will require additional funding or a reduction of services if sufficient savings cannot be found through more effective utilization of existing resources.
  • Provide flexibility in the delivery of health services, including consideration of a balance of public and private options, in consultation with British Columbians.
  • Ensure full transparency by requiring regional healthcare authorities to publish, annually, a breakdown of all costs, including administrative costs and salaries and that this be made readily available to the public.
  • Ensure that new funding, ear-marked for patient care, is not diverted for other purposes and provide a complete accounting for all such additional funds.
  • Reduce costs through the increased utilization of a variety of healthcare professionals, when their use is appropriate and cost effective.
  • Reduce costs through the development of the electronic health record and the provision of telemedicine capabilities to assist health professionals practicing in rural and remote areas.

Housing

  • Freeze rents to the end of 2021 and limit increases after that to the rate of inflation.
  • Provide an income-tested renter’s rebate of $400 per year for households earning up to $80,000 annually that are not already receiving other rental support.
  • Reduce construction costs for developers in order to bring down housing costs for people, by: eliminating outdated parking minimums in projects close to public transit; developing a single-window provincial permitting process; and working with communities to streamline approval processes at the local level.
  • Close loopholes in strata insurance and beef up regulatory powers in order to control the rising costs of strata insurance.
  • Use the BC Financial Services Authority to investigate and find new ways to help bring insurance costs down. If rates have not corrected by the end of 2021, develop and institute a public strata insurance option, similar to Saskatchewan.
  • Implement a 10-year housing plan that will deliver 114,000 new affordable housing units.
  • Deliver 1,750 new homes for Indigenous people, both on- and off-reserve, and pressure the federal government to do its share in providing urgent housing for Indigenous people.
  • Use the Housing Hub to provide low-interest loans for middle-income families, and partner with non-profit and co-op housing providers to acquire and preserve existing rental housing.
  • Use the Housing Hub to explore new pathways to home ownership through rent-to-own or other equity-building programs.
  • Build an additional 2,200 units of supportive housing to curb existing encampments and prevent new encampments from being created.
  • Provide rent supplements for residents of supportive housing who are ready to move on to independent living.
  • Establish an incentive fund for municipalities with housing policies that enable demonstrable increases in the construction and supply of new housing.
  • Implement tax and permitting changes to boost housing supply, including rental and market housing, to increase choice and improve affordability.
  • Review the current property tax structure to incent affordable housing development, prevent speculation, and drive affordable rental housing.
  • Require reviews of Official Community Plans every five years that are public, robust, and transparent; require that zoning bylaws then be updated to reflect changes to the plan within one year after adoption; and allow for the waiving of hearings for Official Community Plan compliant projects.
  • Support zoning reform to provide inclusionary zoning and to ensure that the Residential Rental Tenure Zoning tool cannot be used to devalue and dezone property.
  • Ensure no net loss of rental units in real estate redevelopment projects.
  • Develop tax-relief measures to help people hurt by COVID-19 economic impacts to keep their homes.
  • Implement split assessments for the commercially-rented portion of buildings through a new commercial property sub-class.
  • Create a new residential property sub-class for rental housing of three or more units.
  • Change BC Assessment practices to ensure rental properties are no longer valued based on the highest and best use, but rather on actual rental use.
  • Provide energy-efficiency rebates on rental renovations.
  • Use provincial and municipal land for affordable housing.
  • Invest in getting homeless British Columbians a home and connecting them with the health and social service supports they need.
  • Ensure prompt and effective resolution of tenancy disputes.
  • Enable affordable condominium strata insurance by: encouraging and facilitating self-insurance models for stratas; eliminating the practice of ‘best-terms’ pricing; and reducing statutorily-required insurance for strata properties from full replacement value to a level in line with actual claims cost history.
  • Reduce delays in building-permit approvals and new homeowner costs.
  • Improve the municipal development approval process, based on best practices.
  • Strengthen and enforce Regional Growth Strategy targets so that they are robust and effective.
  • Provide provincial funding to create a digital tracking tool to allow municipalities and applicants to tract the progress of individual applications and identify roadblocks.
  • Increase the supply of fully-accessible units for persons with disabilities in newly-built multi-unit residential buildings.
  • Modernize the BC Building Code to address accessibility, energy efficiency, and strata insurance premiums.
  • Support and develop co-operative housing and other alternative ownership models.
  • Implement a real-estate speculation tax by changing the Speculation Tax to a condo-flipping capital gains tax.
  • Implement higher property taxes for non-residents of Canada.
  • Take a housing-first approach and accelerate investments to affordable, supportive and social housing on a priority basis.
  • Expand supports for co-op housing through extending leases for existing co-ops about to expire, creating a land bank for new co-ops, and providing security of tenure for co-ops on leased land.
  • Work with local governments to expand the “missing middle”, such as townhouses and triplexes.
  • Establish a capital fund to support the acquisition and maintenance of rental housing by nonprofits to maintain affordable rental units and address the financialization of the rental market.
  • Close the bare trust loophole.
  • Close loopholes in the speculation tax that allow too many foreign owners and satellite families to be exempt.
  • Introduce a rental supplement that will: close the gap between affordable rent and what renters are actually paying; and introduce a means-tested grant that applies to low and moderate income earners who are paying more than 30% of their income in rent.
  • Convene a taskforce to deal with the rising cost of strata insurance and develop solutions as soon as the BC Financial Services Authority finishes their investigation.
  • Review the existing 95% of land in BC that is Crown Land – in consultation with First Nations, municipalities, urban planners, and other stakeholders.
  • Allocate up to 1% of existing Crown Land to development that will promote more affordable housing for British Columbians.
  • Encourage all financial institutions in British Columbia to finance the development of affordable housing that is release from Crown Land.
  • Increase the threshold to qualify for Property Transfer Tax exemption for first time home buyers, based on Fair Market Value in Respective BC Regions.

Inclusion and Human Rights

  • Move further towards long-term agreements that provide greater self-determination for Indigenous peoples, by moving from short-term transactional arrangements to long-term agreements that recognize and support reconciliation, self-determination, and economic independence.
  • Partner with First Nations to provide meaningful shared decision making on regional land and resource use allocation.
  • Extend funding for key projects designed to preserve and respect Indigenous cultures, including the retention and revitalization of First Nations languages, putting additional languages into BC’s curriculum, and reflecting Indigenous peoples’ history and cultures in provincial parks and wilderness areas.
  • Connect urban Indigenous peoples to their home communities by expanding support for Aboriginal Friendship Centres.
  • Improve Indigenous input on provincial policy and legislation by creating a dedicated Secretariat to ensure new legislation and policies are consistent with the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Close the gender pay gap and move closer to equal pay for equal work through new pay transparency legislation.
  • Bring forward legislation to help reduce systemic discrimination in policing, healthcare, and education.
  • Deliver a new law to take on racism, replacing the Multiculturalism Act with a new Anti-Racism Act that will be based on a full review of anti-racism laws in other jurisdictions.
  • Ensure better representation in the public sector by supporting increased BIPOC representation within government and setting targets for BIPOC representation in the public sector.
  • Increase immigrants’ participation in the workplace by streamlining foreign credential assessments processed by various regulatory bodies and health-related Colleges to make sure immigrants can more easily strengthen their language skills and access job opportunities in their field of training.
  • Create a more welcoming province by providing a one-stop-shop for newcomers and the settlement sector to advocate in Victoria for key issues related to immigrant integration, policy, and services.
  • Deliver a comprehensive approach to period poverty by creating a multi-sectoral Period Poverty Task Force to develop a long-term response to period poverty in BC.
  • Launch a plan to help end gender-based violence by implementing: minimum standards for sexual assault response; more training for police, crown council, and justices; and establishing core funding for sexual assault centres.
  • Carry out a modernization of the Police Act, based on recommendations of the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act, including: tackling systemic racism; creating a dedicated hate crime unit within local police forces; and reviewing training and procedures related to ‘wellness checks.’
  • Build a new South-Asian-Canadian museum to document the history, art, and contributions of South Asian people in BC.
  • Honouring the Japanese-Canadian community in libraries, communities, and at the BC Legislature.
  • Work with Indigenous peoples to ensure we don’t saddle future generations with unresolved issues of rights and title.
  • Work to clearly define how the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples relates to land use decisions and existing case law regarding title held by Indigenous peoples and the right to self-determination.
  • Support the right of First Nations to negotiates for the economic benefit of their peoples with additional supports from the Province, including renewing capacity funding.
  • Provide financing mechanisms to enable First Nations to access affordable capital to co-invest in revenue-generating economic opportunities.
  • Prioritize sector-specific job-training opportunities for Indigenous peoples.
  • Expedite Indigenous-led LNG export projects through collaborative agreements with Indigenous groups involved in LNG, and work with them to establish accelerated review and approval processes.
  • Require every provincial employee to undertake cultural safety and humility training.
  • Work with the First Nations Health Authority to improve health and wellness for Indigenous peoples across BC, and to eliminate systemic racism from the healthcare system.
  • Expand the provincial Single Parent Employment Initiative, to train and support single parents as they seek employment opportunities.
  • Extend supports for foster children to age 25.
  • Adopt and ensure diversity commitments for hiring in the public service and for government-appointed boards.
  • Support pay equity and salary transparency, by requiring companies with at least 50 employees to report the compensation paid to categories of male and female employees, via the Equal Pay Reporting Act.
  • Develop family counselling and law centres, modelled on the innovative Family Services Centres in Australia.
  • Extend the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act beyond public post-secondary institutions to all of government.
  • Ensure that BC is a place of opportunity and fairness for everyone free of discrimination based on age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or place of origin, and that LGBTQ+ citizens are treated with respect and live their lives free of discrimination.
  • Ensure all government services are free of racism and prejudice, and require all government offices to follow anti-racism policies.
  • Ban foreign money and influence in BC politics.
  • Ensure that the Action Plan for implementation is adopted and supported with adequate resources.
  • Ensure that there is meaningful progress towards Indigenous reconciliation based upon a collaborative relationship as the Action Plan is implemented.
  • Work with First Nations to ensure a pathway to energy independence, including following the BCUC’s recommendations regarding the creation of Indigenous owned utilities.
  • Build a new focused approach to preserving and rebuilding BC’s salmon fisheries and wild salmon population in partnership with First Nations.
  • Expand broadband access for First Nations communities to meet the basic needs of those who live there, and ensure they can take part in new economic development opportunities.
  • Urgently move away from the colonial MCFD structure by supporting Indigenous-led child welfare programs in their communities that provide wraparound services and supports to help families stay healthy and together.
  • Continue to advance cultural competency training for existing healthcare practitioners and support the training of new Indigenous doctors while prioritizing opportunities to expand public healthcare services within communities, as led by Indigenous leadership.
  • Restart the Police Act review that would review: all provincial police force contracts; a comprehensive analysis of funding; the depth of policing activity in BC; and the roles and responsibility of law enforcement.
  • Review procedures for wellness checks in consultation with Indigenous and BIPOC organizations, advocates, and health professionals, with a goal of expanding the use of integrated mental health crisis teams in BC for mental health wellness checks.
  • Invite the BC Human Rights Commissioner to do a study on the impact of police violence and racial discrimination on Indigenous peoples in BC.
  • Support better collection of disaggregated demographic data as required to better understand disparities in our society, for health, education, housing, and employment outcomes in particular.
  • Provincially recognize the International Decade for People of African Descent and carry out the requests of the BC Advisory Committee on the UN Decade for People of African Descent.
  • Re-introduce legislation to ban conversion therapy in BC.
  • Introduce equal pay legislation.
  • Address barriers to accessing contraception by making prescription contraceptive products free for those under 25 and removing the PST on all prescription contraceptive products.
  • Introduce a BC Accessibility Act, including actioning the themes of breaking down barriers; advancing human rights; and promoting fairness and equity.
  • Establish permanent core funding for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre in order to support indefinite, integrated care for survivors.
  • Work in collaboration with all stakeholders to address Aboriginal issues within the Province of BC.
  • Recognize all British Columbians have equal rights, responsibilities, and privileges under the law.
  • Respect personal, individual choices made within the law and the Constitution of Canada (including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms) and as interpreted by the courts.
  • Recognize families are the most important building blocks of our communities and our society and must be supported.
  • Support a strong social safety net which protects those who truly need support, while encouraging individuals to be self-sufficient.
  • Implement a timely and effective program tying social assistance to the performance of work.
  • Encourage and implement, wherever feasible, the delivery of social services by community-based organizations rather than directly by government.
  • Change the BC portion of the donation tax credit from non-refundable to refundable for the first $500 of charitable giving.
  • Recognize British Columbians are stronger when we care for one another.
  • Support social responsibility within the framework of a free enterprise economic system and promote compassionate service, volunteerism, individual responsibility and care for those unable to care for themselves.

Natural Resources

  • Deliver smart, distributed industrial and manufacturing activity and growth to all parts of the province.
  • Establish a new Worker Training & Job Opportunity Office to maximize the impact of the Economic Recovery Plan for workers and communities during COVID-19 and beyond, with a focus on retraining workers, supporting resource communities facing job loss, developing higher value goods, and accessing new global markets and opportunities for BC products.
  • Dedicate a specific portion of the annual allowable forestry cut towards higher value producers who can demonstrate their ability to create new jobs for workers in BC.
  • Continue to make significant investments in forest health, wildfire protection, silviculture, and revitalizing forests.
  • Develop and implement a long-term BC shipbuilding strategy to drive more global projects and create new jobs.
  • Create a Mining Innovation Hub to identify and support innovation, offer training for workers in new technologies, regulatory excellence, environmental management, and low-carbon approaches.
  • Comprehensively monitor the $40 billion LNG Canada project to ensure it delivers on BC’s conditions, including living up to BC”s climate commitments.
  • Support the aerospace industry by providing more training opportunities for the next generation of aerospace workers, while partnering with the industry to open up new global markets.
  • Develop a new provincial coastal strategy, in partnership with First Nations and federal and local governments, to better protect coastal habitat while growing coastal economies, with priority focus on addressing freighter traffic management and anchorage around southern Vancouver and the Gulf Islands.
  • Protect and revitalize BC’s salmon populations by building on the successful Broughton process and supporting innovation in fish hatcheries.
  • Step up protection of fish habitat through biodiversity strategy and ensure BC processing of BC-caught fish.
  • Expedite LNG export projects through collaborative agreements with Indigenous groups involved in LNG, and work with them to establish accelerated review and approval processes.
  • Review critical natural resource statutes and policies to eliminate uncertainty, provide clarity on processes and decision-making criteria, and adopt outcome-based performance measures.
  • Ensure certainty on the land base for industries, municipalities, and Indigenous peoples by working with Indigenous communities and other key groups to review land use plans for gaps and conflict-points, with the intent to update, modernize, and create certainty for all in a sustainable resource management framework.
  • Implement a fully online digital regulatory system by 2025.
  • Improve the process for mine development, permitting, inspection and remediation, and cut the permit-processing time in half.
  • Pursue resource benefit-sharing to support small and rural communities.
  • Reinstate the Rural Dividend Program.
  • Work to ensure that our carbon tax system for job-creating export industries does not increase global greenhouse gas emissions by driving investment to higher-emitting jurisdictions.
  • Implement a more efficient, effective, and responsive market-pricing stumpage system to help keep our industry competitive.
  • Work with industry to modernize forest management practices and ensure BC’s forest industry is no longer the highest-cost producer in North America.
  • Aggressively work with the federal government to make real progress and reach a fair resolution to the softwood lumber trade issues.
  • Increase investments in silviculture to enhance the province’s tree-planting efforts and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Introduce legislation to protect the working forest to provide increased certainty on the land base while protecting and enhancing environmental values.
  • Expedited approach to certify mass timber products for structural construction.
  • Support development of mass timber structural products.
  • Reform forestry management in BC so that it serves the long-term needs of local communities and supports a truly sustainable industry, where community and ecosystem values are the primary focus of management.
  • Take back control of forests from major corporations, ensuring forestry is meeting the needs of local communities.
  • Reinstate government authority in decision-making at provincial and local levels, beginning with enhancing the authority of district managers to refuse or amend permits.
  • Begin a process of tenure reform to redistribute tenures from a few major companies and grow the proportion of tenures held by First Nations and community forests.
  • Establish a forester general position, an officer of the legislature who is non-partisan and reports to the House annually.
  • Establish a Chief Scientist as a counterpart to the Chief Forester to ensure multiple values are adequately incorporated into timber supply analysis.
  • Enhance capacity in FLNRO and establish more community-based Ministry of Forest’s staff, to support the sustainable management of local forest resources and provide well-paying community jobs.
  • Shift the management framework through reforming legislation, away from an exclusive focus on timber supply to managing for all the values that our forests hold.
  • Adopt a wider variety of logging practices, including selective logging and longer stand rotations.
  • Undertake landscape-level ecosystem-based planning, reforestation and restoration in partnership with local communities and First Nations.
  • Protect communities from wildfires and flooding through landscape level, ecologically-centered, forest management and fuel treatment projects.
  • Restore government capacity to ensure forest stewardship, monitoring and enforcement, and enhance funding for forest inventory research and primary research.
  • Immediately move to fully implement the recommendations of the old growth review panel in partnership with First Nations, including: an immediate end to logging in old growth forests in high risk ecosystems across the province; and enacting legislation that establishes conservation of ecosystem health and biodiversity of BC’s forests as an overarching priority.
  • Establish funding mechanisms to support the preservation of old growth forests.
  • Ensure that small producers have access to fibre and inventivize value-added product innovation, including non-traditional uses of wood fibre including bio fuels, and productive uses of residual fibre.
  • Apply the carbon tax to slash-pile burning to reduce carbon emissions from our forestry sector and ensure that we use residual materials.
  • Put an end to raw log exports.
  • Ensure the benefits of BC resources flow to local communities by directly sharing more resource revenues with local First Nations, municipalities, and regional districts.
  • Better support forestry workers and communities, including through expanding investments into retraining and support finding new job opportunities.
  • Investigate opportunities to diversify milling and secondary manufacturing to better use existing timber.
  • Promote more sustainable development of forest resources, including investing in tourism opportunities and low-carbon economies.
  • Allocate $50 million to create a dedicated Watershed Security Fund that will create sustainable jobs in communities across BC in watershed restoration, monitoring, technology, training, and education.
  • Expand the model of the Cowichan Watershed Board across the province and establish shared decision-making authority with watershed boards, with watershed sustainability as a core mandate.
  • Conduct comprehensive watershed planning in conjunction with First Nations, communities, government agencies, stewardship organizations, and industry, including watersheds as part of a landscape-level ecosystem-based management approach to development.
  • Implement the Water Sustainability Act to secure the environmental flows needed to sustain healthy and functioning rivers, lakes and watersheds.
  • Work with local governments, school districts, and other stakeholders to upgrade municipal infrastructure and replace household pipes through grants and incentives.
  • Explore science-based solutions to reduce water acidity.
  • Implement a ban on fracking, a chemical-intensive process that has been shown to contaminate freshwater, trigger earthquakes, leak methane, and poses an unacceptable risk to human health.
  • Provide $100 million over 4 years to fund climate adaptation initiatives in our communities, including the development of a coordinated approach with First Nations and other levels of government to disaster risk reduction.
  • Build capacity in communities so they can respond safely and effectively to extreme weather and natural disasters – and so they can recover quickly when the threat has passed.
  • Increase the resilience of regional ecosystems by restoring habitats and protecting biodiversity.
  • Establish a strategy to manage wetlands
  • Protect coastal ecosystems with a Coastal Law and Strategy.
  • Ensure appropriate legislative oversight through creating legislated objectives for fish and wildlife.
  • Move the fish and wildlife branch from FLNRO and the Ministry of Environment.
  • Urgently match and exceed historic provincial funding levels for the fish and wildlife branch to match the unprecedented challenges we now face.
  • Ensure that science about the status of wildlife and environment is independent from political interference and made freely available to the public.
  • Enhance funding for wildlife conservation, habitat protection, and habitat acquisition and dedicate all fishing, hunting, guide-outfitting, and trapping license fees for this purpose.
  • Create an endangered species law that establishes legal protection of species and their habitat to ensure their recovery and survival.
  • Take action on fish farms to protect wild salmon by: supporting the full implementation of the Wild Salmon Advisory Council recommendations and Cohen Commission recommendations, working urgently to enforce all measures within provincial jurisdiction; negotiating strongly with DFO to complete the recommendations under federal jurisdiction; and working DFO, First Nations, local communities, and industry, to provide stimulus and incentives to create a close-containment land based fish farming industry and cancel open-pen fish farm tenures.
  • Establish a made-in-BC Environmental Charter that lays out: substantive rights to clean air, clean water, and healthy ecosystems; procedural rights that allow everyone to participate in decisions that affect the environment; information rights that ensure we all have the access to all the information relevant to decisions that affect the environment; and application of the precautionary principle to decisions that affect the environment.
  • Enhance funding for BC Parks and the Conservation Officer Service, to a level that will improve infrastructure and ensure that our natural ecosystems are not being degraded.
  • Create more campgrounds to meet demand, ensuring that the creation of more sites is commensurate with expanding overall park land and does not cut into existing protected areas.
  • Acknowledge that the prosperity of many BC communities and the provincial economy as a whole is dependent upon the responsible utilization of our abundant natural resources.
  • Balance responsible environmental and taxation policies to encourage those activities best able to thrive and prosper in the diverse regions of the province.
  • Protect the forest land base in perpetuity by retaining all Crown forest land in public ownership, to ensure the generation of wealth and benefits for all British Columbians.
  • Maintain and protect the integrity and productivity of the Crown forest land base to generate wealth through forest products including wood for industrial uses, wildlife, water, fisheries range, and recreation.
  • Restore the integrity and capability of the British Columbia Forest Service to accurately inventory the forest resource, including accurate measurement of wood harvested, plan for and manage the resource, thus ensuring a long-term stable flow of wood for industry, and in cooperation with other agencies provide for wildlife habitat needs, water quality and yield, fisheries values, livestock range and unimpeded access for recreation.
  • Conduct a public review of Crown forest land tenures and, where appropriate, modify or change forms of tenure to ensure wealth and employment generation throughout provincial communities and to ensure that the maximum proportion industrial forest resources are processed within the province.
  • Invest in forest research and restoring established forest management procedures including prompt reforestation, tree quality improvement via breeding programs and silviculture practices such as thinning of young stands. This will improve yields from forest land and pre-emptively improve forest health against pest and disease outbreaks, providing a strong healthy forest land base for future generations.
  • Encourage further value-added uses of BC’s forest resources through product research, innovation and development, and if appropriate, new tenure forms.
  • Actively seek out, encourage and develop diversified markets for BC’s forest products.
  • Promote venues and frameworks for comprehensive open consultations between government, industry and public users of forest land to develop long-term objectives for forest land management and its yield of differing resources.
  • Commercial and sports fisheries are a crucial component of the BC economy and the government must be an advocate for BC Fisheries.
  • The regulation of the fish farming industry is a federal responsibility, but the provincial government should take every means necessary to ensure that the federal government fulfills its mandate in this area, and must be conducted in a manner compatible with preservation of wild fisheries stock.
  • Closely monitor lakes and rivers to ensure that aquatic resources are enhanced and preserved for future generations.
  • Promote cooperation between universities, scientific communities, the public, and all other stakeholders engaged in fisheries harvesting, production and research to achieve an environmentally responsible balance of this valuable resource.
  • Review all existing wildlife and fisheries policies and programs and modify or adjust as needed.
  • Review organizational structures, staffing levels, and funding and ensure adequacy as required for effective, efficient, and competent research, inventory and management of BC’s fish and wildlife resources.
  • Increase enforcement staff and resources to match the task of overseeing compliance with wildlife, hunting, trapping, and fisheries regulations.
  • Maintain, in cooperation with the BC Forest Service, open access through a variety of methods for hunting, fishing and trapping on all provincial Crown lands.
  • Explore ways to increase participation in hunting and fishing activities, especially by seniors and youth, including simplification of regulations.
  • Explore the directing of all revenues from the sale of fishing and hunting licenses and tags to the budget of the Fish and Wildlife Branch.
  • Encourage an increase of habitat improvement projects aimed at increasing wildlife population levels in relation to habitat carrying capacity.
  • The goal of BC Hydro should be to provide electrical power to the residents and businesses as inexpensively as possible and for BC to become self-sufficient in electricity. BC Hydro should not rule out any forms of generation to meet those goals.
  • The BC Hydro Corporation has a mandate to operate under the review of a truly independent Public Utilities Commission, without political interference in its operations.
  • Over the medium term, BC should move to being able to export surplus electricity, generating an additional revenue stream for the benefit of all British Columbians.
  • Acknowledge that profits from the operations of BC Hydro Corporation should first be utilized to maintain the solvency of the Corporation and, secondly, to plan and implement future project to meet the electricity needs of British Columbians.
  • Maintain support for BC Hydro’s Site C project.
  • The oil and gas industries should be developed for the benefit of all British Columbians through a fair, stable and predictable royalty regime.
  • Support the construction or upgrading of pipelines or other movement corridors to primarily facilitate domestic use for natural gas and secondarily the export of oil and natural gas through BC ports.
  • Consult with industry prior to introducing policies and regulations affecting the oil and gas producing sector.
  • Undergo offshore oil and gas exploration, which should be considered using the multitude of studies already completed, and after a reasonable offshore agreement is reached with the Government of Canada along the lines of the Atlantic Accord.
  • Ensure an internationally competitive fiscal regime that attracts and retains investment.
  • Streamline the regulatory application and approval processes to expedite investment without excessive expense or delay while still protecting the public and the environment.
  • Consult with industry prior to introducing regulations and policies affecting the mining sector.
  • Encourage and cooperate with our adjoining provinces to assist in the establishment and maintenance of modern transportation methods and infrastructure capable of bringing our natural resource products to multiple competitive markets.
  • Objectively determine the viability of alternative energy generating systems (wind, solar, geothermal; tidal, run of river) for the provision of electrical power to British Columbians at a reasonable cost.
  • Encourage research and development of alternative energy methods by BC scientists and companies.
  • Conduct a thorough review of options for alternate fuel sources for road and rail transportation to include hydrogen, ethanol, natural gas and electricity with the goal of determining the end cost of such options.
  • Pipelines.
  • Develop pipelines as a means of creating British Columbian jobs and reducing BC’s dependence on foreign oil.

Mental Health and Addiction

  • Scale up BC’s response to the opioid crisis by focusing on prevention, harm reduction, safe prescription medications, treatment, and recovery.
  • Crack down on the toxic drug supply by taking down distributors, as well as exploring new ways to help prescribers separate more people from the toxic drug supply through safe prescription alternatives.
  • Work with police chiefs to push Ottawa to decriminalize simple possession of small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use, or develop a made-in-BC solution that will help save lives.
  • Work in partnership with WorkSafeBC to identify new ways of improving pain management practices for injured workers, and mandate WorkSafeBC to provide treatment on demand to those with chronic pain as a result of workplace injuries.
  • Expand the availability of treatment beds for people by building new treatment, recovery, detox, and after-care facilities across BC, including in communities with an expressed need such as Maple Ridge, with some beds specifically for British Columbians under the age of 24.
  • Step up oversight of recovery homes and other private treatment providers to ensure quality care, accountability, and value for money.
  • Focus new mental health initiatives on kids and young adults.
  • Develop Complex Care housing to provide an increased level of support – including more access to nurses and psychiatrists – for BC’s most vulnerable who need more intensive care than supportive housing provides, including in places like the Riverview lands in Coquitlam.
  • Expand access to counselling by investing in e-health and other technologies, while reducing counselling costs for people in rural and remote communities.
  • Increase addiction-treatment and recovery programs, and ensure that those who need help getting off drugs have a clear pathway to treatment.
  • Clearly recognize that addiction is a medical disorder, and ensure a focus on public health and safety in the treatment of people suffering from addictions.
  • Increase mental health supports in public secondary schools, such as registered psychiatric nurses.
  • Introduce a Safe Care Act to safely and ethically help young people with addictions into treatment.
  • End the funding discrimination that continues to disqualify abstinence-based treatment programs.
  • Implement a provincial prescription-drug monitoring program to prevent addiction with early referrals to specialist care and treatment options.
  • Invest to build an affordable and accessible mental healthcare system where cost is not a barrier to seeking help.
  • Allocate $1 billion over a four-year cycle to address mental health care within the medical servies plan.
  • Establish accessible mental health treatment options for all those struggling with anxiety or depression.
  • Establish early intervention, youth mental health initiatives, and integrated primary care specific to youth and mental health enabling families to easily navigate resources in a supportive environment.
  • Create community-based options for responding to those who need mental healthcare and their families, such as Clubhouse International.
  • Enhance counselling outreach services, to work with the homeless community.
  • Allocate $200 million per year to invest in facilities to provide mental healthcare services and community-based centres for mental health and rehabilitation.
  • Accelerate capital plans for the construction of tertiary care facilities and detoxification beds while protecting operating funding for facilities.
  • Develop and implement a Loneliness Strategy.
  • Conduct a public information campaign to increase awareness and provide information on where to get help.
  • Work with the colleges of physicians and pharmacists to encourage their members to participate in existing programs.
  • Fund a wider range of safe supply resources, including low-barrier ways of dispensing.
  • Develop ongoing consultation with people who use drugs in order to create low-barrier and accessible programs.
  • Enhance funding for harm reduction services and create COVID-friendly plans to ensure people have access and don’t use alone.
  • De-prioritize policing of simple possession through implementing Dr. Bonnie Henry’s recommended amendments to the Police Act.
  • Strongly pursue decriminalization with the Federal government for BC.
  • Support the development of an efficient and affordable mental health and addiction initiative for British Columbians.
  • Recognize the increasing burden of chronic illness and support initiatives for better care of these patients resulting in fewer complications, lower cost, and better quality of life.
  • Support and recognize the benefits of community care facilities as well as including the Community Health Representative program, particularly for services in rural areas.

Economy

  • Continue priority investments in connectivity until all regions are connected to the high-speed network.
  • Make targeted investments in high-potential, innovative businesses based in BC.
  • Implement a new intellectual property strategy that includes a First Patent Program designed to provide eligible businesses with a rebate on expenses that led to obtaining their first patent.
  • Support innovation clusters by bringing together companies, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs, especially in emerging industries like life sciences, emergency management technology, engineered wood, clean tech, artificial intelligence, quantum, and virtual reality technologies.
  • Create 2,000 new tech-relevant spaces in public post-secondary institutions.
  • Provide start-ups with more ISI grants to hire new grads, with a priority on placements for women, Indigenous people, and transitioning workers.
  • Expand scholarships for people using online courses for necessary skill upgrades.
  • Expand the RevUp program to bring business owners together with experienced mentors who provide coaching and advice on growing a successful, innovative business.
  • Expand BC’s Export Navigator program to help local businesses find and access new global markets.
  • Continue to make mass timber construction a priority for public buildings moving forward.
  • Increase support for the Canada/BC Agri-Innovation Program to help BC companies grow, hire more workers, and position BC as an agri-tech leader, while protecting farm lands in the ALR.
  • Continue support for the restaurant and hospitality sector by making permanent: authorization of the expansion of service areas, such as patios; allowing restaurants and pubs to purchase beer, wine, and spirits at wholesale cost instead of liquor store retail prices; and allowing liquor delivery with takeout.
  • Convene a Tourism Task Force that brings together leaders from business, labour, First Nations, and not-for-profits.
  • Re-establish the government-film sector task force to recommend the size and term of a new visual effects tax credit based on production costs.
  • Expand the $2 million Arts Infrastructure Program to help communities build new cultural spaces and renovate existing ones.
  • Expand the BC Access Grant by increasing eligibility to reduce barriers to post-secondary education.
  • Strengthen the Tuition Fee Limit Policy to make sure institutions are not increasing fees beyond the prescribed limits.
  • Conduct a funding review of post-secondary education operating grants to make sure public post-secondary institutions are aligned for economic recovery and student success.
  • Open a second medical school to expand the healthcare workforce.
  • Create new spaces in early childhood education.
  • Create 2,000 new tech-relevant spaces in public post-secondary institutions.
  • Restore the compulsory trades system to improve safety and give more workers access to apprenticeships.
  • Expand tuition waivers to all former youth in care, regardless of age.
  • Develop employment standards targeted to precarious and gig economy workers.
  • Make sure every worker has the right to join a union and bargain for fair working conditions.
  • Develop a government-backed, collective benefit fund for independent contractors, the self-employed, and part-time workers, and expand access to a voluntary pooled-capital pension plan for workers who do not otherwise have coverage.
  • Tie the minimum wage to the rate of inflation.
  • Increase workplace safety inspections.
  • Demand that the federal government follow through on providing a paid sick leave program.
  • Strengthen worker’s rights by increasing employment standards inspections and by hiring more case workers to help resolve employment standards complaints.
  • Eliminate the PST for a year, and then set it at 3% as the economy grows.
  • Eliminate the Small Business Income Tax.
  • Modernize regulation for investment in BC by ensuring more timely approvals from the Environmental Assessment Office, while ensuring a high level of environmental protection.
  • Undertake a commercial trucking review, including truck parking capacity and brokerage, to keep BC’s trucking industry operating safely and efficiently.
  • Implement a loan guarantee program for the tourism and hospitality sector.
  • Expand measure to increase access to capital and investment for the technology sector and new start-ups.
  • Accelerate BC’s role as a clean hydro-power exporter to other provinces and the United States, to aid in global greenhouse gas reductions.
  • Implement an aggressive agenda to rebuild and expand the tourism sector.
  • Work with the tourism industry and municipal partners to support the development and growth of regional tourism hubs across BC.
  • Work with municipal and federal partners to ensure ongoing support for critical community airports impacted by COVID-19.
  • Ensure that the Community Gaming Grants program continues to support the not-for-profit sector without an interruption of funding as a result of the pandemic.
  • Support workers in the cultural sector by protecting funding for arts and culture organizations forced to suspend operations as a result of COVID-19.
  • Ensure a competitive business environment that allows BC’s vibrant tech sector to succeed.
  • Implement a short-term commercial-rent relief plan that flows directly to tenants, and supports small businesses unable to access current relief programs.
  • Implement fair and open procurement procedures to ensure equal opportunities for all British Columbians.
  • Review recent new or increased taxes, to help fuel economic recovery in BC.
  • Establish an independent Fair Tax Commission, comprised of non-partisan economic experts, to immediately review all provincial taxes, and to recommend which should be reduced or eliminated to most-effectively fuel economic recovery.
  • Cap online food delivery charges by third-party apps at 15 per cent, to support local restaurants during the pandemic.
  • Permanently allow liquor delivery with takeout, wholesale pricing from any liquor store, and streamlined approval of patio and outdoor dining.
  • Help small businesses prepare for online business and commerce, to be able to market their products and services to the world.
  • Address skilled labour shortages throughout BC.
  • Implement a basic income for youth aging-out of care.
  • Increase income support levels, beginning with making the $300 crisis supplement permanent and indexing assistance to inflation.
  • Eliminate the asset test.
  • Reduce clawbacks on earned income to reduce the disincentive to work.
  • Establish a 12-month period where those who qualify for income assistance can earn extra income without clawbacks.
  • Establish a housing office specifically charged with assisting people with disabilities and youth aging-out to find suitable accommodation and supporting the transition.
  • Establish a task force, including representatives of the technology sector, business, workers, and economists, to advise on modernizing employment standards and reducing inequality in modern employment relationships, so that employment standards adapt to the changing nature of work and technology; terms of reference will include considering profit-sharing as a means to ensure businesses who are profitable are paying their workers a living wage, and that workers benefit from the profits.
  • Establish a permanent Fair Wages Commission to recommend consistent and predictable increases in the minimum wage and reduce political interference.
  • Allocate $300 million to create a 6 month rent subsidy program for small businesses.
  • Cover 25% or rental costs for businesses limited to $50,000 in monthly rent costs.
  • Retool the provincial grant program to focus on supporting small tourism operators by immediately working with industry to establish sensible criteria and accelerating the timeline to ensure grant money can start to flow immediately.
  • Work with the not-for-profit tourism businesses, cultural facilities, and attractions to develop a separate granting program that will ensure these signature businesses can survive COVID-19.
  • Work with the federal government to establish a repayable loan program for the hospitality sector and for tourism operators that exceeds the criteria for the small tourism operator grant program.
  • Partner with local governments to drive development of more walkable neighbourhoods, complete communities, active transportation, and healthy community design, by providing funding for cost shared projects such as bike lanes, trails, parks, community spaces, and pedestrian-only streets.
  • Make the expanded patio program permanent, working with local governments and stakeholders to ensure that patio expansions are maintained in a safe and sustainable way.
  • Remove PST from electric bikes.
  • Require offices and commercial premises to provide secure bike parking with charging capabilities.
  • Create more safe storage options including bike lockers at key locations such as transport hubs.
  • Promote neighbourhood car co-ops with insurance instruments and parking areas.
  • Work with local governments to explore modernization of revenue models to fully capture the public’s fair share of the land lift from transit oriented development.
  • Work with local governments in partnership to reform local government finance systems, which leave local governments overly reliant on regressive property taxes and unable to properly deliver the projects required for cities in the 21st Century.
  • Adopt health and wellbeing budgets with genuine progress indicators focused on economic, health, social, and environmental factors, and require Ministries to justify spending in accordance with measurable progress on these indicators.
  • Establish a $500 million fund to support sustainable jobs.
  • Develop a clean jobs program focused on enhancing BC’s natural assets, tree planting, conservation, remediating environmental liabilities as well as climate adaptation and improving community resilience to climate change.
  • Implement a just transition program for workers in the oil and gas sector and other industries in transition.
  • Partner with colleges, technical institutes, and private organizations to develop training programs to expand employment in the green retrofit space.
  • Enact all legislation in accordance with the concept of economic growth and job creation being most effectively driven through private enterprise as the engine of the economy.
  • Recognize that the role of the Provincial Government is to ensure delivery of essential services.
  • Introduce competitive provincial, personal, and corporate tax rates to encourage investment, growth, and job creation in all regions of BC.
  • Cut red tape and regulatory burdens by a systematic review, simplification, and reform of all Governmental regulations and similar requirements.
  • Work to eliminate the duplication and overlap of government authorities and services including the integration and reduction of provincial ministries.
  • Development of infrastructure required to build the ‘gateway’ to the ever-increasing markets of the Pacific Rim countries should be facilitated in consultation with local communities to ensure resultant trade opportunities, jobs, and other benefits are readily available to all British Columbians.
  • Work with industry leaders to enhance the production and shipping of finished products from the ports of BC.
  • The people’s scrutiny of all spending decisions should be encouraged and welcomed.
  • All new spending initiatives will be supported by recommendations of reductions in current programs and will be weighted against the need for a balanced budget.
  • Evaluate existing programs each year during a budget exercise that will include a mandatory test of necessity.
  • Review the existing framework of public sector accountability and financial reporting legislation to strengthen accountability, transparency, and citizen engagement and consultation.
  • Mandate budget surpluses and use those surpluses to: pay debts owed, both directly and indirectly by the Government of British Columbia and any Crown Corporations, institutes and other similar entities in which the government has an interest and responsibility; or reduce taxes.
  • Limit advertising programs for government departments, Crown corporations, and all other organizations owned, controlled, or supported by the Government of British Columbia to nationally-competitive areas such as tourism promotion, and to those instances where there is a clear requirement to inform the public.
  • Ensure that open tendering on all government contracts allows fair competition for businesses and provides better value to taxpayers if cost effective.
  • Implement an environment of empowerment for public servants from the bottom up; an employee or anyone who exposes unethical or wasteful government behaviour will be protected under legislation.
  • Review all existing activities of the government, Crown corporations, and other organizations owned, controlled, or supported by the Government of British Columbia to determine if they can be better operated by the competitive market.
  • Adequately fund the Auditor General to audit all government departments, Crown corporations, and other organizations owned, controlled, or supported by the Government of British Columbia with the goal of restoring public confidence in the financial affairs of the Government of British Columbia.
  • Eliminate the Carbon Tax and its associated regulatory structure.
  • Undertake a complete review of taxes, licences, fees, and permits within 18 months to determine a prioritized lists of removals, reductions, and amendments.
  • Work with valuable not-for-profit organizations under a policy-based systematic approach and approval.
  • Recognize tourism to be essential to the economy of BC and encourage tourism as a major growth area.
  • Develop appropriate measures and incentives to encourage expansion of tourism.
  • Assist in the stimulation of tourism through international marketing in cooperation with tourism operators.
  • Advocate for a comprehensive review of the equalization formula to ensure that fairness is restored to the Federal Equalization Program.

Public Safety and Law Enforcement

  • Determine the best approach and path forward to reducing poverty long-term and providing opportunities for jobs and skills training through the Economic Recovery Plan.
  • Increase supports to food banks and develop program partnerships with grocery stores and not-for-profits to develop discounted food market, food recovery, and redistribution programs.
  • Work with people across the province to develop and bring in comprehensive accessibility legislation.
  • Invest more in community-based mental health and social services so there are more trained front-line workers to help people in crisis.
  • Introduce legislation to improve information sharing for law enforcement agencies, regulate imitation firearms, strengthen regulation of shooting ranges, and close regulatory gaps.
  • Fund mental health intervention teams, such as the Assertive Community Treatment teams, recently announced for communities experiencing increased challenges with vulnerable residents.
  • Use the new community safety fund so that local governments can apply for funding to help them tackle street disorder, cleanliness, and public safety, and strengthen their ability to respond to challenges posed to businesses and neighbourhoods by increased visible homelessness as a result of the pandemic.
  • Work with interested communities to expand the model of connecting front-line workers from different health, safety, and social service sectors to identify and help vulnerable people before a traumatic personal event takes place.
  • Work with the BC First Nations Justice Council to establish Indigenous Justice Centres across the province to provide services that include legal advice and representation, advocacy, and support in dealing with police and provincial agencies, and restorative justice.
  • Work with communities to identify holes in existing emergency response procedures and resources, with the goal of updating and future-proofing province-wide ability to respond to crises.
  • Increase funding for public safety in BC by $58 million, to help fight crime and make sure police and prosecutors have the resources they need to make communities safer.
  • Fund the hiring of 200 additional police officers across the province and 100 more psychiatric social workers/nurses.
  • Establish more Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Teams to respond to mental health-related emergency calls.
  • Hire 40 additional, full-time Crown prosecutors and additional support staff to process charges and hear criminal trials in the court system.
  • Provide the BC Prosecution Service with needed tools to reduce delays, aggressively crack down on crime, and improve public safety.
  • Work with the court system to adopt technology innovations to reduce COVID-19 related backlogs and conduct trials more effectively and quickly, to expedite decisions, reduce trial delays, and ensure timely justice for criminals.
  • Protect against domestic violence by adopting the “Clare’s Law” in place in other jurisdictions, making violent criminal histories open to vulnerable members of the public.
  • Work with the police and prosecutors to reduce crime in communities, and improve public safety, by vigorously enforcing the ban on unsafe roadside panhandling, and adopting a zero-tolerance approach to deadly and illegal street-racing.
  • Work with police to ensure consistent provincewide notification of victims’ families upon the release of perpetrators.
  • Work with police and prosecutors to make communities safer by aggressively cracking down on gangs.
  • Work with police and prosecutors to prosecute those who transport illegal handguns in cars, including seizure of vehicles.
  • Ensure that victim services and supports are available and easily accessible.
  • Pause the transition in policing in Surrey, to provide accountability and transparency, and give the people of Surrey the final say through a referendum.
  • Ensure dignity and equality for all British Columbians, by requiring police services to actively adopt anti-racism and anti-discriminatory conduct policies.
  • Establish province-wide standards to eliminate arbitrary racial-profiling practices.
  • Work with police to defuse conflicts on BC streets, by increasing the use of non-armed community-policing patrols.
  • Promptly protect British Columbians’ right to access public roads, bridges, and railroads from unlawful blockades.
  • Restart the Police Act review that would include a review of all provincial police force contracts, a comprehensive analysis of funding, the depth of policing activity in BC, and the roles and responsibilities of law enforcement.
  • Review procedures for wellness checks in consultation with Indigenous and BIPOC organizations, advocates, and health professionals, with a goal of expanding the use of integrated mental health crisis teams in BC for mental health wellness checks.
  • Invite the BC Human Rights Commissioner to do a study on the impact of police violence and racial discrimination on Indigenous peoples in BC.
  • Establish permanent core funding for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre in order to support indefinite, integrated care for survivors; this funding would be part of a larger strategy that establishes a new funding model for medical and police integrated sexual assault services, ensuring communities across BC can establish clinics that meet their needs.
  • Scale up safe supply beyond its current level by: working with the colleges of physicians and pharmacists to encourage their members to participate in existing programs; funding a wider range of safe supply resources, including low-barrier ways of dispensing (such as dispensing machines); and ongoing consultation with people who use drugs in order to create low-barrier and accessible programs.
  • Enhance funding for harm reduction services and create COVID-friendly plans to ensure people have access and don’t use alone.
  • Decriminalize simple possession of drugs through de-prioritizing policing of simple possession through implementing Dr. Bonnie Henry’s recommended amendments to the Police Act, as well as strongly pursuing decriminalization with the Federal government for BC.
  • Improve the Justice System and Victim’s Rights.
  • Strengthen legislation to streamline the justice system to promote timely access to justice for all individuals, families, and businesses in BC.
  • Ensure the rights of victims of crime take precedence over those of criminals.
  • Strengthen legislation requiring compensation from convicted persons to the victims of their crimes.
  • Review and modify the mandate of the BC Human Rights Tribunal to ensure the rights and privileges of all BC citizens are protected and freedom of speech is respected in BC.
  • Amend the legislation concerning the HRT to require rules of evidence and procedures to be followed as they would be in a court of law.
  • Amend the legislation to require awarding of costs to be done on the same basis as in a court of law.
  • Review and expand the courts operation, particularly the provincial lower courts system, by making greater use of the Justices of the Peace and investigating the adoption of the Lay Magistrate system.
  • Review and improve the operations of the Courts with the purpose of reducing the costs of and delays in the justice system, thereby increasing efficiency.
  • Have legally-binding arbitration made available in civil disputes as an alternative to the adversarial court system.
  • Introduce initiatives for family maintenance enforcement to achieve improved compliance with maintenance and visitation orders in family related matters.
  • Ensure sufficient funding for municipal policing to allow for effective policing and protection of British Columbians.
  • Strengthen legislation for the protection of property rights for all British Columbians.
  • Strengthen laws relating to land title and land title registration to ensure that certificates of title issued to purchasers of property contain any and all reservations or charges as to any particular title; once issued, such title shall be a complete defense against all unregistered claims of any nature and kind that may be put forward afterward.
  • Review and modify the Will Variation Act to provide greater freedom and protection of property rights to all citizens in BC.
  • Control the administration, application, and interpretation of the Firearms Act with the goal of reducing paperwork and legal hurdles for firearms owners in BC.
  • Provide public consultation with strata owners before updating and strengthening the Strata Property Act to protect the rights of strata property owners.
  • Legislate penalties and other remedies in cases of fraudulent misrepresentation by strata property developers, owners, and vendors.
  • Define and require full and proper disclosure of strata corporation business matters.
  • Define offenses, penalties, and the means of enforcing them where the rights of a strata owner are being violated by non-compliance with the legislation.
  • Strengthen accountability of strata management companies and providing for standard, fair, and effective provisions in strata management contracts.
  • Require full and complete disclosure of strata rules, regulations, and conditions of common property to a strata buyer at time of purchase.
  • Establish and provide ready access to an efficient, effective, and binding dispute resolution process.
  • Establish a Real Estate, Money Laundering, and Mortgage Fraud Policy.

COVID-19

  • Keep the COVID-19 Action Plan in place to leverage the progress made in improving health services with new ideas to help keep people safe.
  • Provide free COVID-19 vaccines when they are approved and available.
  • Implement a $1.6 billion preparedness plan to deliver 7,000 new front-line healthcare workers in long-term care and assisted living; 2 million doses of flu vaccines; and a new Hospital At Home program to deliver safe care at home and take pressure off of hospitals.
  • Deliver a long-term economic recovery plan based around people, communities, workers, and small businesses.
  • Prepare BC for the next pandemic with state-of-the-art testing, contact tracing, and hospital management procedures and technology.
  • Implement a new Economic Response Plan to create new jobs and investment, by eliminating the PST for a year and launching a comprehensive review of regulatory processes to ensure more timely approvals.
  • Appoint an independent Fair Tax Commission to immediately review all provincial taxes, and to recommend which should be adjusted, reduced, or eliminated to most effectively fuel economic recovery.
  • Prepare legislation to strengthen BC’s fixed election date legislation, and limit the Premier’s ability to manipulate election dates for partisan benefit, by banning early elections during provincial emergencies.
  • Establish an emergency Pandemic Response Committee to work with all parties and the Provincial Health Officer on a collaborative approach to managing the current and future pandemics, including accelerating provincial aid and supports for small businesses and individuals impacted by COVID-19.
  • Improve students’ and teachers’ health and safety by implementing a province-wide framework for hybrid and online learning options, promoting distance learning programs, and restoring the $12 million cut from Independent Distributed Learning programs.
  • Launch and ensure a truly independent review of the response to COVID-19 in seniors’ long-term care and assisted living homes.
  • Initiate planning and changes to implement a provincial prescription-drug monitoring program to prevent addiction with early referrals to specialist care and treatment options.
  • Build a strong, positive relationship with the federal government, like the one that brought BC the Canada Line.
  • Commit to a comprehensive fiscal plan to get BC on track to balance the budget once the pandemic is over and the economy is on solid footing.
  • Support for small business owners by helping with rent payments through the winter.
  • A new grant for those facing unaffordable rents as part of ensuring everyone has affordable housing.
  • Better quality care and an end the privatization of long-term seniors’ care.
  • Support young families with affordable childcare, income for stay-at-home parents, and more flexible work arrangements.
  • Implement principles of basic income into the social safety net.
  • A green recovery from COVID-19 with an ambitious climate plan at its centre.
  • (No explicit COVID-19 plans).