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British Columbians are resilient – our government has your back

Hi there,  

Last month, our government presented Budget 2021: A Stronger BC for Everyone. This budget is about helping people now and creating the conditions for a strong economic recovery. It’s about responding to the challenges of the pandemic and preparing us for the future. I’d like to share just some of the highlights about how this budget will work for you:  

  • Protecting people’s health and safety: We’re investing $900 million to bolster COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and the vaccine rollout, as part of $4 billion in total new health and mental health investments. Budget 2021 also features the largest mental health investment in BC history. We’re building a better network of mental health supports for youth and expanding the response to the overdose crisis. 
  • Investing in people and communities:  New investments will support people and make life more affordable. This includes free public transportation for kids 12 and under, doubling the number of $10-a-day child care spaces, and a $2 billion investment to build homes for middle-income families.
  • Supporting BC’s businesses: Ongoing supports will help businesses to get through the pandemic and plan for a resilient future. We’re providing incentives for employers who hire more people this year, relief grants for bars, restaurants and gyms impacted by current circuit-breaker public health measures, and expanding the Grow BC, Feed BC, Buy BC strategy to support our farmers and food producers. 

Staying at home when you’re sick or going to work and getting paid has also been a difficult choice for many people. That’s why we’re supporting workers with three days of paid sick leave for issues related to COVID-19. This will help reduce transmission, keep workplaces safe and bridge the gap to additional support programs. It will also be a first step towards a permanent paid sick leave for every worker who is sick or injured. You can read the full details here: gov.bc.ca/covid-paid-leave.

Throughout the pandemic, we've faced challenges that we never could have imagined, but British Columbians are resilient, and your provincial government has your back. Together, we’ll make health care better; create new opportunities for people; and help our BC businesses grow.

As always, if you have questions or need any assistance with vaccination information, provincial COVID-19 supports, or any other provincial issue, please reach out. My office can be reached at 604-936-8709 or rick.glumac@leg.bc.ca.

Thanks, Rick

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Students at Dr. Charles Best and PMSS a force for change with Red Dress project

Image: MLA Glumac speaks in the Legislature about the Red Dress project by Social Justice 12 students at Dr. Charles Best Secondary and Port Moody Secondary.

Yesterday in the Legislature, I spoke about Ms. Leslie's Grade 12 Social Justice class at Dr. Charles Best Secondary School. The class embarked on a red dress project to create dialogue around the issue of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. The class collaborated with teacher Amanda Roberts' class at Port Moody Secondary School and many businesses and MLA offices displayed red dresses last week. Their efforts were covered by the media as far away as Ottawa. 

As one student expressed: "The young people, the next generation, demand change." Change is possible. These students are part of that change and I want thank them. Watch

Marking Earth Day, taking action on climate change

Image: MLA Glumac speaks about action on climate change in the Legislature

Every year on Earth Day, we take a moment to pause and reflect on the place where we live — our planet, our Mother Earth, a place that we've taken for granted for far too long. But things are changing. People, businesses and governments around the world are taking action on climate change. Our government's own CleanBC plan is a leading example of this. Watch

Local artist's work highlights autism awareness

Image: MLA Glumac makes a statement on Autism Awareness Month in the Legislature.

April was Autism Awareness Month, but it's not enough to just be aware of autism. Autistic individuals are an important part of our community. I had the opportunity, recently, to meet local autistic artist Margaux Wosk.  You can find out more about Margaux's extensive artwork and learn about their journey at navigatingjourney.com.
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Get registered for your vaccination today

Text: 3 steps to getting the vaccine: Step 1 Register. Step 2: Book when it's your turn. Step 3 Get vaccination

Over the past few weeks, we’ve all felt some relief as our most vulnerable—our grandparents, parents, and loved ones—received their vaccines. This month, we’re expecting to receive over one million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, speeding up our rollout.  

With these new vaccines arriving, it’s more important than ever for all British Columbians aged 18+ to register through B.C.’s Get Vaccinated system. This way, you will get an email or text notification prompting you to book an appointment when it is your turn. You will only need to register once.

Anyone who is not yet registered can do so in one of three ways:  

  • Online, 24/7 at: gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated,
  • By phone between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., toll-free, at 1-833-838-2323, or
  • In person at your nearest Service BC location.

If you got your first dose in a pharmacy and have never registered using the provincial system, make sure you are registered. You'll get notified when it's time for your second dose.

You can take paid leave for your vaccination

Image: Worker in a garden centre waving in an apron and mask. Text: Paid sick leave for COVID-19 vaccines

No one should have to choose between getting their vaccine or getting paid at work. That's why we’ve made changes to make sure employees can take up to three hours of paid leave to get each dose of their COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more

InBC: province launches $500 million to invest in start ups, create post-pandemic opportunities

Text: InBC: BC is launching a new $500 million strategic investment fund to help spark innovation, create jobs, and grow our economy.

BC is launching a $500-million investment fund to help businesses grow in a post-pandemic economy. InBC will support startups, attract world-class talent and invest in key areas to create opportunities for people and communities all over BC. To learn more about InBC visit: https://www.inbcinvestment.ca/

Travel restrictions are in place until May 25

Image: Map of British Columbia showing the three regional travel zones: the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, Northern and Interior, and Vancouver Island.

Please remember that non-essential travel between regional zones is not allowed. Until May 25, police can set up road checks on highways that connect travel regions — there will be no random individual stops.

Anyone travelling for non-essential reasons can be:

  • directed to turn around
  • fined up to $575 by police and other provincial enforcement officials

For a list of reasons for essential travel and questions the police may ask: https://news.gov.bc.ca/24322

Learn more: gov.bc.ca/covidtravel

Anti-racism starts with the part we all have to play

Text: Speak up! It's the right thing to do.

We all have a part to play to help transform BC into an anti-racist province. Anti-racism work starts with having difficult conversations. When friends, family or coworkers make an inappropriate comment, even in private, don’t let it slide. Listen. Probe. And let them know their words matter.  

Learn more: https://antiracist.gov.bc.ca | Watch

Image: Red dress hanging in the window of MLA Glumac's office

On May 5, we put a red dress up in our community office window. Red Dress Day is a day to raise awareness of the ongoing Canadian Crisis of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls.  This display was inspired by the Red Dress projects at Dr. Charles Best Secondary and Port Moody Secondary.

Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant available for businesses impacted by PHO orders

Image: Man in mask putting out a sandwich board. Text: Expanded relief grant for hospitality, fitness and accommodation  businesses

More funding is now available to more business owners through the expanded Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant. All hospitality, fitness or accommodation businesses that partially or fully closed to comply with the March 31 PHO orders and April 23 EPA orders are eligible. The grant can be used to cover expenses like rent, utilities, or wages.

Know an impacted business in your community? Let them know: gov.bc.ca/business-relief

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:

  • Provide information on locating government services and contact information
  • Assist in understanding government policies and services
  • Assist in navigating through government bureaucracy
  • Ensure due process is being followed
  • Attend community events
  • Accept practicum students
  • Provide congratulatory and greeting messages
  • Provide government documents, legislation discussion papers and other web-based forms if you don’t have internet access
  • Resolve 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.

Contact our Community Office:

Staff are still available to assist you,
but are limiting in-person meetings.
Reach us by email or phone.


604.936.8709 | Rick.Glumac.MLA@leg.bc.ca
2708 St. Johns Street, Port Moody, BC V3H 2B7

Our office hours are
Monday to Friday, 10am - 5pm
(except holidays)

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