2017 British Columbia

BC Party

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Childcare

  • Pledges an additional $352.5 million for up to 13,000 new child care spaces by 2020 (1)
  • Would provide $120 million annually for the Child Care Subsidy program, providing a full or partial subsidy for childcare for families earning less than $55,000  (1, 20)
  • Promises $90 million for childcare operating expenses to reduce costs for operators of child care facilities (1, 21)
  • Pledges to maintain the BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit, which provides up to $55 per month per child under the age for families with a net income of under $150,000  (1, 22)
  • Supports a $10/day, full-time care system (part-time care for $7 a day, and no fee for families with annual incomes below $40,000 a year) at a cost of $855 million by 2020 (2, 8)
  • Promises better support to keep Aboriginal children at home, connect Aboriginal children in foster care with their culture and communities, and ensure Delegated Aboriginal Agencies offer core services at the same level offered to non-Aboriginal children (2)
  • Would provide up to 25 hours free “early childhood education” per week for three- and four-year-olds (3)
  • Would provide free daycare for children up to age 3 with working parents (3)
  • Pledges up to $500/month for families with a stay-at-home parent and a child up to age 2 (3)
  • Early childhood education funding will rise from $495 million in 2017/18 to $1.38 billion in 2020/21. The initial focus will be on expanding spaces for early childhood education and care (19)

Crown Corporations & BC Ferries

  • Would provide $10 million in tax credits for BC Ferries users in ferry-dependent communities, , allowing individuals to deduct up to 25% of the value of their ferry fares by up to $250 annually (1, 6)
  • Pledges to cap annual increases on ferry fares to 1.9%, below the rate of inflation, until 2020 (1, 23, 24)
  • Promies to re-introduce ferry service between Port Hardy and Bella Coola to be operational by the summer of 2018 (1)
  • Would spend one million dollars in 2017-2018 to improve wi-fi on BC ferries (1)
  • Pledge to phase out BC Hydro’s payment to the government by 2022, starting in 2017 (1)
  • Pledges to lower ferry rates on small routes by 15%, freeze fares on major routes, and return the 100% seniors’ weekday discount (2)
  • Would freeze BC Hydro rates and remove the 42% increase seen under the current government (2)
  • BC Hydro, ICBC and BC Ferries would all be required to conduct comprehensive operating reviews to look for inefficiencies, fiscal mismanagement, and cost savings that don’t impact services (2)
  • Review the mandates and legislation of public sector agencies and Crown Corporations to ensure they promote innovation and support business development. For example, the mandate of BC Hydro would be revisited to optimize support for clean energy development (19)
  • Would make BC Ferries a Crown corporation and conduct a full review of their operations (19)

Education

  • Promises to implement a post-secondary tax credit for veterans (6)
  • Would create an additional 1000 new graduates in STEM (and another 1000 after 4 years) (1)
  • Pledges to double the number of placements in the BC Tech co-op grants program by 2022 (1)
  • Would increase the number of placements in the MITACS internship program from 500 to 800 annually by 2020 (1)
  • Promises to invest $10 million in life science research chairs and post-graduate fellows, on top of the $10 million for the BC Science and Technology Research Chairs Program (1)
  • Would not change the independent school funding formula (1)
  • Would commit to doubling placements in the BC Tech co-op grants program (1)
  • Would create a unified application program for post-secondary institutions in BC (1)
  • Would commit to $2.6 billion in funding for post-secondary institutions in BC (1)
  • Would provide $15 million for the LIFT program to allow low income single parents to pursue skills upgrading (1)
  • Promises $30 million annually to school districts to stock schools with essentials like textbooks, art supplies, and sport equipment (2)
  • Pledges to eliminate fees for Adult Basic Education and ESL (2)
  • Would continue to cap tuition fees at colleges and universities (2)
  • Would introduce a new graduate student scholarship fund (3)
  • Plans to eliminate interest on current and future student loans and provide students a $1,000 completion grant (2)
  • Would expand BC’s apprenticeship and trades training programs (2)
  • Pledges to upgrade school playgrounds that are in disrepair or need important safety and accessibility improvements through their Community Partnership Fund (2)
  • Promises to increase funding for BC’s public education system over four years from $220 million to $1.46 billion by 2021(3)
  • Would provide $140 million over three years to train teachers to effectively deliver the new K-12 curriculum (3)
  • Promises to implement needs-based grants for post-secondary students (3)
  • Would offer tax forgiveness of up to $2,000/year for up to 5 years to assist graduates in repaying debt from tuition fees (3)
  • Would set up a Post-Secondary Education Task Force to identify ways to make post-secondary education more relevant, accessible and affordable (3)
  • Pledges investments of $65 million over 4 years to support co-op and work experience programs for high school and undergraduate students (3)
  • Would provide subsidies for students upgrading high school courses (3)
  • Provide $10 million per year to restore funding for adult secondary education upgrading and language training (19)
  • Would put $35 million into nutrition and physical activity programs to promote learning readiness, and improve student health (19)
  • Would work with Indigenous leaders, and the education community to increase the number of Indigenous teachers and incorporating more content on Indigenous culture into the curriculum (19)
  • Would review the funding model for the K-12 education system to better fund schools with the greatest need and increase local autonomy regarding funding priorities and distribution (19)
  • Plans to allocate up to $10 million per year for peer group skills training for workers in small and medium-sized enterprises, and retraining for those displaced by automation or changing markets (19)

Environment & Parks

  • Favours the construction of the Kinder-Morgan Pipeline (1)
  • Would provide $9 million to support the Forest Carbon Initiative (1)
  • Promises to the maintain carbon tax freeze until 2021 (1)
  • Would ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in British Columbia to protect honeybee populations (1)
  • Would provide $36 million for the BC Parks Future Strategy (1)
  • Would provide $9 million for Environmental Management Act compliance and enforcement (1)
  • Would provide $9 million for enhanced reforestation (1)
  • Would provide $40 million for a Clean Energy Vehicle program (1)
  • Would provide $26 million over 3 years to add new campsites, park rangers and environmental protection (1)
  • Would provide $500,000 to support the Fraser Basin Council’s Sustainable Solutions Fund (1)
  • Pledges to amend greenhouse gas emissions targets to 40% below 2007 levels by 2030 (28)
  • Plans to halt construction of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline (10)
  • Pledges $140 million by 2020 for climate action (2)
  • Supports a climate action rebate for low and middle-income families when the carbon tax goes up to match the federal mandate (2)
  • All new money from carbon tax increases would be used to provide rebate cheques for families, and to investing in environmental initiatives (2)
  • Would ban the grizzly bear trophy hunt (2)
  • Would put all funds from hunting licenses and tags into a dedicated fund for wildlife and habitat conservation (2)
  • Would implement the recommendations of the Cohen Commission, keeping farm sites out of salmon migration routes and supporting research and transparent monitoring to minimize the risk of disease transfer (2)
  • Would provide incentives to help the aquaculture industry transition to closed containment where possible (2)
  • Pledges to hire more park rangers and conservation officers, and build new campsites (2)
  • Pledges to ban cosmetic pesticides on “lawns, … parks, gardens and places where children play” (2)
  • Pledges to amend greenhouse gas emissions targets to 40% below 2007 levels by 2030 (3)
  • Opposes the construction of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline (29)
  • Would progressively increase the carbon tax by $10/year for four years beginning January 2018 (3)
  • Would extend the carbon tax to fugitive and vented emissions at an initial rate of $10/tonne, rising to $50/tonne by 2021 [fugitive emissions are unintentional emissions from the production, processing, transmission, storage and delivery of fossil fuels, as well as the intentional combustion of fossil fuels not used to generate useful heat or electricity] (3)
  • Starting on January 1, 2020, would apply the fugitive rate for the carbon tax, $36/tonne, to forest slash pile burning (3)
  • Favours setting emissions reduction targets for a carbon-neutral government and allowing public sector agencies to invest in internal emissions reductions (3)
  • Would provide more public information regarding ways to reduce carbon emissions and identify low carbon options (as well as their costs and benefits) (3)
  • Promises to facilitate modal switching by supporting education and awareness programs (3)
  • Would revise BC Hydro’s mandate to optimize support for clean energy development, including grid storage for community or privately generated power (3)
  • Supports coordination with neighbouring jurisdictions to phase out thermal electricity generation more quickly (3)
  • Would introduce progressively more stringent requirements to adopt low carbon fuels (3)
  • Promises to implement a forest carbon strategy to increase forest carbon sinks (3)
  • Pledges investments of $29 million over four years to enhance the scientific understanding of the effects of climate change in BC and to support forest carbon management initiatives (3)
  • Progressively increase the carbon tax by $10 per year for four years beginning January 1, 2018 at which point they would extend the carbon tax to fugitive and vented emissions initially at $10 per tonne rising to $50 per tonne by 2021. Starting on January 1, 2020, they would apply the fugitive rate for the carbon tax at $36 per tonne to forest slash pile burning (19)

Food & Agriculture

  • Promises $1 million in annual grants as an incentive for farmers to cultivate hops (1)
  • Would provide $500 000 for research into closed containment finfish aquaculture (1)
  • Pledges a further $5 million to the BC Tree Fruit industry for a replant program in the Okanagan Valley (1)
  • Would expand the Buy Local program through $1 million, starting in 2019 (1)
  • Promises to make the Grow Local program permanent at a funding rate of $500 000 per year (1)
  • Would ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in British Columbia to protect honeybee populations (1)
  • Pledges to commit $50 million to extend the BC Rural Dividend program into 2021-22 (1)
  • Promises $8 million to continue the Provincial Livestock Fencing Program to 2021 (1)
  • Would provide $500 000 per year to support marketing of BC wineries, breweries and craft distilleries (1)
  • Would bring back an enhanced Buy BC marketing program (3)
  • Would incentivizing BC hospitals and care facilities to serve BC products (2)
  • Would implement the recommendations of the Cohen Commission, keeping farm sites out of salmon migration routes, and supporting research and transparent monitoring to minimize the risk of disease transfer from captive to wild fish and provide incentives to help the aquaculture industry transition to closed containment where possible (2)
  • Would provide incentives to help the aquaculture industry transition to closed containment where possible (2)
  • Promises to invest $30 million in the agricultural sector so that it can provide an increasing proportion of the food consumed by people of BC. This would include incentives to produce food on Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) land, the establishment of agricultural apprenticeship programs at the secondary and post-secondary levels, and greater advertising and awareness of BC produce and products through expansion of “Buy Local” initiatives (3)
  • Would introduce new legislation to enhance the protection of agricultural land, and to increase the proportion of ALR land in use for agricultural purposes. The legislation would address property speculation, the use of ALR for non-agricultural uses and the construction of mega-mansions and country estates on ALR (2)
  • Would provide $40 million to fund research, and establish regional agricultural bureaus to provide expertise and support to local farmers to adapt to a changing climate (2)
  • Would collaborate with indigenous people, the not-for-profit sector and other land interests to enhance access to land for farming. Alternative land access models such as cooperatives and agricultural land trusts and land-sharing agreements would be explored (2)
  • Would work with farm operators to introduce measures to address labour shortages in agriculture (2)

Healthcare

  • Pledges to cut Medical Services Plan premiums in half for families and individuals with family net income under $120,000 per year (1)
  • Would implement a respite care tax credit of $2,500 for those caring for others (1, 6)
  • Promises to provide $2.5 million annually for an Active Seniors Tax Credit (1)
  • Would provide $91.4 million towards ambulance response times, paramedics and dispatchers (1)
  • Would provide $225 million to reduce wait times for knee and hip surgeries (1)
  • Would increase the BC tobacco tax by 10% (1)
  • Would provide $90 million to increased primary health care services (1)
  • Would commit $6 million annually to improve child health benefits for low income families (1)
  • Has committed to lowering Medical Service Plan (MSP) premiums by 50% immediately, and entirely within four years (8)
  • Would implement a new urgent care model to reduce pressure on emergency rooms (2)
  • Pledges to improve the medical travel allowance (2)
  • Would reduce the cost of prescription drugs by working with the federal government towards a national Pharmacare program, and supporting efforts to purchase medication in-bulk (2)
  • Would invest in new hospitals and care facilities in communities across BC (2)
  • Favours prevention and early treatment for all health issues, including mental health and addictions (2)
  • Would invest in home care and in quality, long-term care for BC seniors to reduce the demand on acute care and emergency beds (2)
  • Promises to establish Urgent Family Care Centres across BC to improve access to healthcare (2)
  • Would hire more paramedics (2)
  • Favours province-wide coordination to manage and actively monitor waitlists to improve quality of service (2)
  • Pledges to support to British Columbians living with, and at risk of, diabetes and remove the age restriction on access to the insulin pump program (2)
  • Opposes any privatization of the healthcare system (2)
  • Would roll Medical Service Plan (MSP) premiums into the payroll tax and personal income tax to ensure that they are tied to income (3)
  • Believes that core healthcare services should remain public but supplemented by the private system (16)
  • Would establish a Ministry responsible for health promotion, disease prevention and active lifestyles (16)
  • Promises to direct $35 million into nutrition and physical activity programs to promote learning readiness, and improve student health (16)/li>
  • Would establish a task force to develop a plan to transition the balance of resources between acute care and preventative care reporting by May 2019 (16)
  • Would incentivize becoming a General Practitioner (16)
  • Plans to allocate $100 million to integrated primary care by physiotherapists, nurse practitioners, midwives, dieticians and other health professionals, reducing the need for people to see a general practitioner and potentially avert the need for surgery (16)
  • Proposes to implement an essential drugs program beginning in 2019, to reduce the costs of prescription drugs (16)
  • Invest $40 million in new long term care facilities (16)
  • Would establish an Acute Care Innovation Task force to promote the application of best practices to reduce surgery wait times across the province (16)
  • Would establish a Ministry responsible for mental health and addictions to develop a Mental Health and Addiction Strategy and a Youth Mental Health Strategy (16)
  • Would allocate $80 million to fund early intervention, youth mental health initiatives, supervised injections sites, and community-based centres for mental health and rehabilitation (16)

Housing

  • Would double the home renovation tax credit for seniors to $20,000 (6)
  • Pledges $920 million over three years to build more than 5,200 affordable and supportive housing units throughout the province (12)
  • Would raise the threshold of the First Time Home Buyers’ Program exemption to $500,000 (1)
  • Would invest $700 million in the BC HOME Partnership program to provide mortgage down payment assistance (1)
  • Argues that its 15% foreign buyers’ tax in Vancouver has effectively stopped the spike in housing prices (13)
  • Would construct 114,000 rental, social and co-op homes over 10 years in collaboration with Indigenous partners, and using BC wood products as building materials (2)
  • Pledges rental households an annual tax credit of $400 (2)
  • Would legislate fair treatment of renters during renovations and demolitions of rental properties (“renoviction”) (2)
  • Pledges to close loopholes that let speculators avoid paying taxes and hide their identities (2)
  • Would implement a yearly 2% absentee speculators’ tax to support the Housing Affordability Fund (2)
  • Would create a multi-agency task force to fight tax fraud and money laundering in the BC real estate market (2)
  • Estimates that its housing affordability programs and new renter’s rebate will cost $665 million by 2020 (2)
  • Would impose higher property tax rates on foreign buyers’ homes in Vancouver to make up for lost provincial tax (14)
  • Pledges to raise the foreign buyers tax on real estate from the current 15% to 30% province wide (5)
  • Supports a sliding property transfer tax (PTT) from zero% on the first $200,000 of a property’s value to 12% on a property over $3 million. Currently, the PTT is 1% on the first $200,000, increasing to a high of 3% at property worth $2 million (5)
  • Would tax lifetime capital gains in excess of $750,000 on principal residences (5)
  • Promises to close the the “bare trust” loophole for offshore buyers everywhere in BC, not just Vancouver (3)
  • Would allow all BC municipalities to introduce a vacancy tax, not just BC (3)
  • Would transition the homeowner grant to a system of income-based grants in 2019 (5)
  • Supports a progressive property tax system that imposes a surtax on property value and allows homeowners to credit rental income and their previous year’s BC income tax against the surtax (5)
  • Pledges $100 million/year in retrofits and renovations of older units (5)
  • Would enhance the Residential Tenancy Act to control excessive rent increases and protect tenants from tenure termination (5)
  • Would work with financial institutions and the federal government to develop protections for recent homebuyers who are negatively affected by market cooling initiatives
  • Would partner with First Nations, non-profit developers, cooperatives, and the private sector to support the planning and construction of low-income rental units (3)

Indigenous

  • Promises to support First Nations’ involvement in the forest sector (1)
  • Would improve access to skills training and economic development opportunities (1)
  • Pledges to help Aboriginal businesses increase their participation in major industrial projects (1)
  • Would support interested First Nations in seeking the return of their ancestral remains and belongings of cultural significance (1)
  • Promises to implement the recommendations coming out of Grand Chief Ed John’s report (1)
  • Would work with Destination BC to expand and promote Aboriginal tourism opportunities (1)
  • Would collaborate with First Nations and the Government of Canada to accept and act on the 94 Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report (2)
  • Pledges to work within the principles of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in all ministries (2)
  • Promises to consult with First Nations to co-develop a curriculum for Indigenous languages and for Indigenous history in Canada and British Columbia (2)
  • Would support Indigenous communities seeking to revitalize connections to their languages (2)
  • Pledges reliable, dedicated funding for Friendship Centres (2)
  • Would implement the recommendations from Grand Chief Ed John’s report (2)
  • Would work with organizations that are increasing First Nations participation in mining, forestry, technology, manufacturing, fishing and energy (2)
  • Promises to negotiate with First Nations leadership and communities about expanding opportunities for their share in BC’s gaming industry (2)
  • Would develop a plan, in cooperation with the First Nations Leadership Council, to implement all relevant recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (3)
  • Promises to collaborate with First Nations and the Federal government to renew and reinvigorate the treaty process (3)
  • Would recognize First Nations as equals in land management and establish a co-management stewardship model with Indigenous People for the development of provincial resources (3)
  • Promises to meaningfully consult and collaborate with First Nations to build economic, environmental and social opportunities and commercial partnerships in the forest sector (3)
  • Would work with Indigenous leaders, and the education community to increase the number of Indigenous teachers and incorporating more content on Indigenous culture into the curriculum (19)

Infrastructure & Transportation

  • Favours the Site C hydro project, estimated at $9B dollars (7)
  • Would build a ten-lane, $3.5B bridge to replace the Massey tunnel (8)
  • Pledges to implement a car-sharing tax credit (6)
  • Promises to implement a $500/person annual cap on Metro Vancouver bridge tolls, at an estimated cost of 30M/year (6)
  • Would introduce legislation to allow ridesharing services to operate in BC by December 2017 (1)
  • Would match the federal government’s $2.2 billion in infrastructure spending for Metro Vancouver transit (1)
  • Would commit $333 million to BC Transit (1)
  • Would provide $54 million to eliminate bus fees for students and to mitigate rural school closures (1)
  • Would provide $40 million for a Clean Energy Vehicle program (1)
  • Plans to halt construction of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline (10)
  • Would refer the Site C hydro project to the BC Utilities Commission for re-assessment; have not taken a firm stance in support or opposition to the project (30, 31, 32)
  • Would decide on the C hydro-electric dam, a $9B project, based on a Utilities Commission report (7)
  • Pledges to scrap the plans for a $3.5B bridge to replace the Massey tunnel (9)
  • Would freeze toll rates on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges, which currently generate 200M/year, the NDP estimate the elimination to cost the province 500M by 2020 (4,6)
  • Would fund 40 per cent of all capital costs for the Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Council’s 10-year transportation plan (Surrey Light Rail, Broadway skytrain, new bus services, bridge and road improvements) (2)
  • Would complete Highway 1 upgrades to the Alberta border (2)
  • Supports ridesharing, but believes more should be done to protect the taxi industry (18)
  • Plans to halt construction of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline (3)
  • Would end the $9B Site C hydro project without further study (7)
  • Believes oil tanker traffic should not be permitted the BC coast (3)
  • Commits to a Emerging Economy Task Force that will study the changing nature of BC’s economy, including ridesharing (16)

Natural Resources & Forestry

  • Would invest an additional $5 million annually in Chinese and Indian forestry markets (1)
  • Promises to increase wood fibre utilization in B.C,’s interior by one million cubic metres by the end of 2018, supporting 500 jobs (1)
  • Pledges to enhance the health and resilience of forests by increasing the number of seedlings planted under the Forests for Tomorrow Program to 28 million per year by 2020 (1)
  • Supports liquid natural gas (LNG) development (1)
  • Would develop the oil resources contained in the Montney Basin through a new deep-well royalty tax credit (1)
  • Promises to place 50% of all oil revenues produced from the Montney Basin in the Prosperity Fund, BC’s rainy day fund (1)
  • Would provide an additional $4 million to identify and eliminate stands of wood impacted by the invasive pine beetle (1)
  • Would bring back an enhanced Buy BC marketing program to help local producers market their products in BC and for export (2)
  • Would review the Water Sustainability Act to ensure that high volume water users are paying for access fairly, and that drinking water sources are protected (2)
  • Pledges to expand demand for BC wood products through local construction projects (2)
  • Would work with colleges and universities to train more resource-sector professionals (2)
  • Promises to create jobs in forestry by funding reforestry programs and negotiating softwood lumber agreements with the US (2)
  • Would revise the mining approvals process “to [reach] good decisions faster” (2)
  • Promises to continue  the mining flow-through share tax credit and the mineral exploration tax credit (2)
  • Would establish a BC Mining Jobs Task Force to protect against commodity fluctuation (2)
  • Pledges to introduce an independent oversight unit to make the mining industry safer (2)
  • Supports liquid natural gas (LNG) development in collaboration with First Nations stakeholders (2)
  • Promises to establish a Natural Resources Board and commissioner to enact sustainable harvest and extraction levels and report on the state of BC’s environment and natural assets (3)
  • Would enact a Forest and Range Ecology Act to implement “best practices” in forestry, restore wildlife habitat, improve forest productivity, address reforestation, and forest health issues, while balancing First Nations rights, resilience planning, and cumulative effects with stakeholder interests in the management of rangelands (3)
  • Would develop a BC Old-Growth Forest Inventory to determine reserves and protect BC’s old-growth forests (3)
  • Would “improve” the sustainable logging of second-growth forests (3)
  • Would apply the precautionary principle to timber supply reviews to direct sustainable resource management (3)
  • Would establish a Forest Opportunities Panel to identify opportunities for promoting innovation, value added production, independent regional operations and indigenous enterprises (3)
  • Promises to invest in a research network to encourage innovation regarding non-traditional uses of wood and the use of wood fibre to develop new grades of material for a wide range of products; and to promote advanced wood technologies and building systems (3)
  • Pledges to institute policies to ensure that forest waste is used productively (3)
  • Would engage in meaningful consultation and engagement that respects indigenous resource rights and title; would collaborate with First Nations to build economic, environmental and social opportunities and commercial partnerships in the forest sector; and would support more community forests (3)
  • Plans to initiate a province wide water and watershed planning process, in collaboration with local governments, First Nations, and other government agencies, stewardship organizations, water use sectors and community stakeholders (3)
  • As of October 1, 2017, would remove the PST from purchases of machinery and equipment for modernization, upgrading and new investment in sawmills and other value added wood processing (3)

Politics & Democracy

  • Promises to introduce an independent panel of non-partisan experts to consider ideas around campaign finance reform (15)
  • Pledges to ban political donations from corporations and unions (4)
  • Pledges to hold a referendum on changing the voting system to a proportional system (2)
  • Would implement a multi-year prohibition on lobbying for former Senior Public Office Holders (3)
  • Promises to increase penalties for violations of the Lobbyists Registration Act, similar to federal standards in the Lobbying Act, 2008 (3)
  • Would conduct a comprehensive review of the Lobbyists Registration Act, including the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists’ mandate, to ensure that BC’s democratic institutions are adequately protected from the influence of special interests (3)
  • Promises to ban members of the Executive Council (Cabinet) from engaging in partisan fundraising activities while in office and explore similar restrictions for all MLAs (3)
  • Promises to ban monetary and non-monetary contributions from non-individual entities (including corporations and unions) and non-residents of BC (3)
  • Would place annual limits on individual contributions that are in line with current federal limits (3)
  • Is committed to implementing proportional representation in British Columbia (3)

Sociocultural, Welfare & Jobs

  • Would provide $15 million for the LIFT program to allow low income single parents to pursue skills upgrading (1)
  • Plans to increase the minimum wage by 50 cents to $11.35 an hour, effective September 2017 (17)
  • Would increase minimum wage to $15 by 2021, indexing it to inflation each year thereafter (2)
  • Would better enforce workplace safety rules (2)
  • Believe temporary foreign workers are vulnerable, and call for a new provincial registry to track numbers and sectors of temporary workers in BC (2)
  • Promises to implement a develop a poverty reduction strategy within one year, and legislate specific targets and timelines to reduce poverty (2)
  • Would inject $750 million/year to support the construction of about 4,000 new units of affordable housing annually (5)
  • Income assistance and shelter allowance rates would increase by 10% effective October 1, 2017, and rise to 50% above the current level on April 1, 2020. This increase would be supplemented by other programming to support those on assistance programs (3)
  • Promises basic income support for youth aged 18 to 24 who are transitioning out of foster care (3)
  • Would start a basic income pilot project to test its ability to reduce poverty, and improve health, housing and employment (3)
  • Plans to establish a fair wages commission to implement a new minimum wage and oversee regular rate reviews (3)
  • Would work with the federal government to provide a Low-Income Benefit of up to $205 per month for low-income families. Money to be repurposed from Low-Income Climate Action Tax Credit and Federal Working Income Tax Benefit (3)
  • Is committed to implementing proportional representation in British Columbia (11)
  • Believes foreign workers are required in industries such as agriculture (16)
  • Plans to increase Persons with Disabilities income assistance and shelter allowance rates. (10% as of October 1, 2017, rising to 50% above the current level by April 1, 2020). Estimated cost of the program is $79 million in 2017/18, rising to $788 million in 2020/21. Existing assistance programs will be reviewed to ensure that they are efficient, effective and fair; and, that financial disincentives to work are avoided (19)

Taxes

  • Promises to reduce the Medical Services Premiums (MSP) by 50% for families earning less than $120,000, saving those families approximately $75/month (1)
  • Promises to freeze all personal income taxes for the next four years (1)
  • Would maintain the newly-lowered small business tax rate, down from 2.5% to 2% (2)
  • Would maintain the carbon tax freeze until 2021 (1)
  • Pledges to implement a post-secondary tax credit for veterans (6)
  • Commits to phasing out PST on electricity for businesses (1)
  • Would increase the BC tobacco tax by 10% (1)
  • Pledges to introduce a $3000 tax credit for volunteer firefighters and search and rescue workers, reducing their tax burden by approximately $152 annually (1, 25, 26, 27)
  • Pledges to implement a new tax credit for car-sharing services (1)
  • Promises to raise the threshold of the First Time Home Buyers’ Program exemption to $500,000, saving first-time home buyers up to $8,000 (1)
  • Pledges to double the Home Renovation Tax Credit to $20,000 for home improvements to accommodate seniors or family members with disabilities (1)
  • Pledges to introduce a Respite Tax Credit of up to $2,500 for people caring for seniors or family members with disabilities (1)
  • Would provide $120 million annually for the Child Care Subsidy program providing a full or partial subsidy for childcare for families earning less than $55,000 (1, 20)
  • Pledges to maintain the BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit ,which provides up to $55 per month per child under the age for families with a net income of under $150,000(1, 22)
  • Has committed to lowering Medical Service Plan (MSP) premiums by 50% immediately, and entirely within four years (8)
  • Would phase in a $50/tonne carbon price by 2022, starting in 2020 (2)
  • Would create a Climate Action Rebate Cheque for low and middle income families (2)
  • Would remove PST on electricity used for mining (2)
  • Would expand the BC Film Labour tax credit by including writers (2)
  • Would reduce small business taxes to 2.0% from 2.5% (2)
  • Would increase the general corporate tax rate to 12% (from 11%) (2)
  • Would create an Absentee Speculators’ Tax of 2% on houses that remain empty (2)
  • Would roll Medical Service Plan (MSP) premiums into the payroll tax and personal income tax to so they are tied to income (3)
  • Is committed to progressive taxation policies, believing wealthier people should pay more (3, 16)
  • Would study proposals for an overhaul of the tax system seeking to remove “regressive taxation, streamline and simplify the tax system, and remove perverse incentives and distortionary effects” (19)
  • Would increase taxation of those earning over $108,460 per year over four years by 1% in 2017/18, rising to 3% in 2020/21 (19)
  • Would increase the general corporate tax rate to 12% (19)
  • Plans to explore options to shift taxes in order to “incentivize choices that benefit society and disincentivize choices that are harmful and costly” (19)
  • Would eliminate “boutique tax credits” that are ineffective in achieving their stated policy ends (19)
  • Would introduce a Fiscal Responsibility Act that requires the BC Budget to be balanced on average, over a government’s term in office (19)
  • Require retailers and other sellers to display the tax-included price of products and services (19)
  • Plans to increase the carbon tax by $10 per tonne per year for four years beginning January 1, 2018 at which point they would extend the carbon tax to fugitive and vented emissions initially at $10 per tonne rising to $50 per tonne by 2021. Starting on January 1, 2020, they would apply the fugitive rate for the carbon tax at $36 per tonne to forest slash pile burning (19)
  • Would adjust Property Transfer Tax (PTT) by introducing a sliding scale of rates from 0% on properties under $200,000 to 12% on properties over $3.0 million. Would apply the PTT to the transfer of beneficial ownership, and to speculators (19)
  • Seeks to expand the foreign buyers tax across the province, and increase the rate to 30% in addition to the PTT (19)
  • Would implement measures to tax lifetime capital gains in excess of $750,000 on principal residences (19)

Technology & Innovation

  • Would create 1000 new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math openings in post secondary education by 2022, and an additional 1000 afterwards (1)
  • Promises to invest $87 million in a BC Tech Strategy (1)
  • Would provide $40 million to support its goal of 100% high-speed internet connectivity for all British Columbians before 2021 (1)
  • Would raise investment tax credits (2)
  • Pledges to hire local software developers (2)
  • Would re-establish the Innovative Clean Energy program (2)
  • Would establish an Innovation Commission to support business development in the technology sector, and appoint an Innovation Commissioner whose mandate would be to serve as an advocate and ambassador on behalf of the BC technology sector in Ottawa and abroad (3)
  • Pledges investments of up to $20 million per year to support ideation, mentoring and networking at post-secondary institutions (3)
  • Would provide up to $70 million over four years for qualifying entrepreneurs to leverage seed or angel funding (3)
  • Promises to invest up to $50 million/year in business “incubators, accelerators and affordable space” for small and medium-sized enterprises (3)
  • Pledges to invest $35 million in “talent” over four years to help create, grow and attract tech companies (3)

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