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Permanent paid sick leave and a recovery that works for all British Columbians

Hi there!

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted just how important it is to stay home from work when you are sick, in order to reduce the spread of illness, keep people healthy, and keep our workplaces productive. But many people, especially those in lower-paying jobs without benefits, don’t have that choice – they can’t afford to lose wages by missing work.

Our government introduced three days of paid sick leave during the pandemic, to bridge the gap for people accessing the federal sickness benefit. At the same time, we committed to putting in place a permanent paid sick leave program, so that everyone can access paid sick days and stay home when they need to. This permanent program will come into effect in January 2022, but we want you to tell us what it should look like.

We want to make sure this program reflects the needs and experiences of people in B.C., so we’re inviting both workers and employers to participate in a short survey to help us shape the program. Go to engage.gov.bc.ca/paidsickleave/ to participate – the survey is open until September 14. Whether you currently have paid sick days at your workplace or not, we want to hear from you. The survey should only take a few minutes and doesn’t ask for any personal information. All the responses will be kept confidential.

As our economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we also want to make sure that people whose employment was impacted are recovering as well. That’s why we’ve announced an investment of $95 million in skills training programs to support over 9,000 people across the province.

We’re helping people to re-skill or up-skill so they can find the right job for them and support themselves and their families while also boosting our local economies. If you or someone you know is unemployed or under-employed and looking to learn new skills, visit this link to see programs that are available.

If you have questions or need any assistance with the Restart Plan, booking your vaccine, finding provincial COVID-19 supports, or any other provincial issue, please reach out. My office can be reached at 604-936-8709 or rick.glumac.mla@leg.bc.ca.

Thanks, Rick

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100 new affordable rental homes coming to Burquitlam

MLA Glumac speaking at a podium. Behind him are Claire MacLean, CEO of SHARE Community Services Society/43 Housing; Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart; Randeep Sarai, MP for Surrey Centre and Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the building under contruction.

The province is contributing $11 million through the Community Housing Fund to help create 100 homes with affordable rents in Burquitlam, to be managed by the 43 Housing Society (aka Share Family and Community Services).

The Community Housing Fund is a 10-year, $1.9 billion investment from the Province of BC to build more than 14,000 affordable rental homes for people with low and moderate incomes. More than 6,100 of these homes are already open or underway. Learn more
 

E-bike purchases are now PST-free

Image: three young people ready to go on their bikes. Text: E-bike incentive to benefit users, environment  |  BC Gov News. As the poipularity of electric bikes (e-bikes) continues to grow...

In 2019, my office held a panel to discuss our province’s plan for active transportation and how we could improve walking and cycling for our community. One of the ideas we discussed was to make purchasing e-bike’s easier for British Columbians by eliminating PST. This week that change came into effect. By making these methods of transportation more accessible, we are helping to reduce carbon emissions, contributing to a greener environment, while helping people stay healthy and fit. Learn more
 

Funding for Active Transportation will help people get around in Port Moody-Coquitlam

A young skateboarder riding on a bike path with cyclists in the background

New funding from the BC NDP government will help local governments create active transportation development plans and encourage more people to cycle, walk, skateboard, and use other forms of active transportation.

This funding is an important part of supporting our local governments while they develop their active transportation plans. These plans will help ensure people in our community have safe, smart, and active transportation options available to them and will encourage more people to choose cleaner and healthier ways to get around. Read more
 

B.C. first province to introduce low-carbon hydrogen strategy

Image: close up of a hydrogen fuelling pump. Text: B.C. becomes 1st province to introduce a low-carbon hydrogen strategy  |  CBC News

The climate crisis is here and our government is committed to tackling it from all sides. Renewable and low-carbon hydrogen will support our climate goals and create new jobs in BC’s growing tech sector. This strategy outlines how we are harnessing innovation to support people and protect the planet. Learn more
 

Joint BC-Canada agreement to build inclusive, universal child care system

Image: Smiling young girl holding brightly coloured balls. Text: Another step closer to universal $10 a day child care.

Our government has established our province as a national leader in child care and we’re proud to be the first province to in Canada to sign an agreement to build a national low-cost child care system.

We’ve secured an investment of over $3 billion in our plan from the federal government. By working together, we’re making $10-a-day child care a reality for more families. Read more
 

Free transit for children 12 and under starting this September

Image: young girl in a mask holding the pole while riding the bus. Text: Free transit for children 12 and under.
Familes in B.C. need affordable transportation to get where they are going. That's why starting  September 1, children 12 and under will be able to take any BC Transit or TransLink service for free.  Learn more
 

New rules protect renters from renovictions

Image: A smiling young couple sitting at home both looking at his phone. Text: New rules to protect renters from renovictions.

To protect renters from unfair evictions, new residential tenancy changes are now in effect. Landlords will now have to provide evidence that a tenant must be evicted in order to complete major renovations. These changes will help to eliminate unfair evictions where landlords complete minor repairs and increase rent for the next tenant.  Learn more
 

With restrictions lifting, we're again displaying local artists at our office! Our first artist is Port Moody Art Association member Diane Norrie. Her diverse and vibrant pieces will be on display until the end of September.

A corner of the office. One wall has four canvasses of trees in done in earth tones with an aquamarine foreground. The other wall has  a single canvas of flowers and butterflies against a dark blue sky.

I picked up a little bit of kale and lettuce from the Port Moody Art Centre's victory garden. 

It's great to see healthy fresh food being grown in our community spaces.

Getting vaccinated makes a real difference

Image: drawing of a family hugging. Text: Let's get BC vaxxed to the max.

Throughout August, community events, vax vans and mobile clinics will be up and running in dozens of communities in B.C. to get more people vaccinated with their first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. While registration and booking using the provincial Get Vaccinated system is still encouraged, these events will allow eligible people to walk-in and receive a vaccine without a scheduled appointment.

78% of people hospitalized for COVID-19 are happening in those who are not vaccinated at all. 18% are those who’ve had just one dose. Getting both doses is critical to protecting yourself, your loved ones, and your community.

Find a clinic near you, and get your vaccine, quickly and easily: gov.bc.ca/VaxForBC

Help develop a sick leave program for all British Columbians

Image: A smiling barrista serving a coffee. Text: Have your say on BC's permanent paid sick leave.

Government is developing paid sick leave for employees in B.C., so they are able to stay home when sick or injured, without losing wages, for a set number of days each year. Whether you are a worker or an employer, we’d like to hear about current paid sick leave program you might have and on what you’d would like to see in a province-wide model. The new model will come into effect on January 1, 2022.

Share your ideas here: engage.gov.bc.ca/paidsickleave/

My office is here to help. Contact us.

When you contact my community office, my staff and I will do everything we can to assist. Your confidentiality is respected at all times. To give you a better idea of how we can help, please review the following information:

What my Community Office can help you with:

  • Providing information on locating government services and contact information
  • Assisting in understanding government policies and services
  • Assisting in navigating through government bureaucracy
  • Ensuring due process is being followed
  • Attending community events
  • Accepting practicum students
  • Providing congratulatory and greeting messages
  • Providing government documents, legislation discussion papers and other web-based forms if you don’t have internet access
  • Assisting with issues you may be having with provincial ministries or agencies. However, by law, there are some things we cannot help you with.

We can help you if:

  • You are a resident of the Port Moody - Coquitlam riding; and,
  • Your matter is with the provincial government.

Port Moody - Coquitlam Community Office

2708 St. Johns St., Port Moody, B.C. V3H 2B7
604-936-8709 | Rick.Glumaac.MLA@leg.bc.ca

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