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Building on our strengths, investing in people

Hi there,

Over the last few years, people here in Port Moody, Coquitlam, Anmore and Belcarra – and right across B.C. – have been challenged in ways we’ve never imagined. The investments our government has made in people – in health care, child care, internet for rural and remote communities, and housing – are important building blocks that have supported British Columbians through the pandemic and as we recover.

Last month along with Budget 2022, we introduced our StrongerBC Economic Plan. The plan is designed to build off our strong economic recovery from the pandemic, and address inequality and climate change. Right now, B.C. is leading Canada’s economic recovery, and we want to sustain this recovery while addressing some of the key lessons we’ve learned over the last two years. The pandemic, fires, flooding and other events over the last couple of years have exposed gaps in how our systems care for people – and this plan will address those so nobody is left behind. 

The StrongerBC Economic Plan sets out to fill one-million job openings anticipated over the next ten years while working towards two goals – inclusive growth and clean growth. And to keep us on track, we have set out comprehensive key actions and core missions.

Our people are British Columbia’s greatest strength. That’s why this plan is based on extensive consultation, including with business, Indigenous people, and communities across the province. We’re building an economy that works for you and your family, because an economy built for all, is an economy built to succeed. As we begin to emerge from this pandemic, we will continue to prioritize affordability, healthcare, and economic recovery for everyone in B.C.

In the past few weeks, our Provincial Health Officer lifted some public health restrictions and capacity limits. This was only possible because of the collective effort and care people have shown over the past few months by getting vaccinated and following health measures. While we are transitioning to a sustainable COVID-19 management plan, remember that everyone will go at their own pace. Let’s be respectful of others’ comfort levels and remember that wearing masks, staying home when sick, getting tested, and getting fully vaccinated remain important measures to keep each other safe.  

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about any provincial issue, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to help you. My office can be reached at 604-936-8709 or Rick.Glumac.MLA@leg.bc.ca.

Thanks, Rick

 

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Investing in an economy for everyone

Image: Selfie video of MLA Glumac outside the B.C. Legislature

B.C.’s Budget 2022 aims to strengthen our society, environment, and economy.

Through Budget 2022, we are putting people first by investing in health services and childcare. Some of Budget 2022 highlights include:

    • $2.1 billion to support the recovery of communities as we build back better from recent disasters, and to strengthen our defenses to make sure people and communities across B.C. are protected from future climate-related disasters
    • more than $1 billion for CleanBC to make clean energy and transportation the more affordable option for people and businesses, support industry to decarbonize our economy, and provide funding to help local governments reduce emissions
    • a record $27.4 billion investment in infrastructure, including building schools, hospitals, housing, transit, highways and bridges
    • families will see an average 50% reduction in costs for full time care for children 5 and under by the end of the year
    • investments in new skilled trades certifications and more training seats for much-needed workers in the care economy
    • 20 new complex care sites around the province to support people with the most complex needs
    • $30 million in core funding for 50 sexual assault service centres across the province

We are strengthening our environment by making clean energy and transportation more affordable and improving emergency preparedness.

We are investing in an economy for everyone. Learn more | Watch

Recovering stronger, cleaner and more resilient

Text: The StrongerBC Economic Plan. Inclusive Growth: supporting people and families; building resilient communities; advancing true, lasting and meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Clean growth: meeting BC's climate commitments; leading environmental and social responsibility; fostering innovation across our economy.

Our province is building on our nation-leading economic recovery with new plans to support families and encourage clean growth in B.C. Last month, our government launched the StrongerBC Economic Plan – a renewed approach to economic policy that outlines how we can build resilient communities and meet B.C.’s climate commitments.

Learn more here: https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/plan.

BC still leading the country economically

Image: Premier John Horgan speaking to trades students. Text: "BC added 21K jobs in February for the seventh straight month of gains." Business in Vancouver, March 11, 2022

There's much more to do, but our plan is working to build a stronger BC for everyone.

BC’s strong economic recovery is continuing in 2022, with new job gains building on the 100K jobs created in 2021. Last month, there were 21,000 more jobs and a low unemployment rate at 4.9%. 84,000 more people in B.C are working now than were prior to the pandemic, and that’s the highest job recovery rate in the country.

Read more in Business in Vancouver

Pink Thursday, standing up against bullying

Image: Video of MLA Glumac speaking in the Legislature. Text: Private Members Statements. Economic collaboration in the Cascadia corridor

Pink Shirt Day exists to remind children they are not alone, and there are many who care. Mark Williams started Pink Thursday to bring greater awareness to anti-bullying year-round, allowing more people share their stories and seek help. I thank Mark for his dedication to raising awareness on bullying in all forms. 

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Premier’s Liaison for the State of Washington

MLA Glumac is the Premier’s Liaison for the State of Washington. He is tasked with ensuring our government remains engaged on important cross-border issues, like the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, the prospect of high-speed rail between our jurisdictions and cooperating to end daylight savings time.

Working for economic collaboration with our Cascadia neighbours

Image: Video of MLA Glumac speaking in the Legislature

During the fall session of the Legislature, I spoke about the opportunity for collaboration in the Cascadia Innovation Corridor. By working with our neighbours to the south, we could become a global innovation hub rivalling any other region in the world. As the Premier's Liaison to Washington State, I look forward to continued action on this front in the coming months. 

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Vancouver-Seattle-Portland high speed rail one step closer to reality

Image: High speed train. Text: Washington State approves $150 million to plan Vancouver-Seattle high-speed rail. DailyHive.com.

High speed rail between Vancouver and Portland is one step closer to reality.. Washington State’s legislature has approved a spending measure of US$150 million (CA$192 million) to proceed with advanced planning work on the proposed Cascadia high-speed rail passenger service.

Read more in the Daily Hive

BC, Washington state to develop joint Nooksack flooding prevention and response initiative

Image: Aerial photo of breached dikes and flooded farmland. Text: B.C. and Washington to work together on Nooksack flooding initiative - Abbotsford News

Flooding of the Nooksack River has been a longstanding issue, and was devastating to tens of thousands of British Columbians this past fall. This week Premier Horgan and Governor Jay Inslee announced that our governments are working together to improve flood prevention and response so we can better protect people and communities on both sides of the border.

Read more in the Abbotsford News

Image: Selfie of MLA Glumac standing in front of his booth with resources for constituents at the Farmers Market

It’s good to be back at the farmers market.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello last weekend.

Let's reflect on what we all can do to put an end to bullying.

Image: Frosen fountain in front of the BC Legislature

Brrr. It has been c-c-cold in Victoria.

Rapid tests available for people 40+ at pharmacies

Rapid antigen test kits are now available through community pharmacies to people aged 40 and older. Eligible individuals can pick up one kit containing five tests every 28 days from participating pharmacies at no cost.

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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.Glumac.MLA@leg.bc.ca

Our office is open
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(except holidays)

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