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Clean, liveable, and strong communities

Hi there, 

Every day, people across our province work hard to make B.C. a better place. Whether they are improving their local community through not-for-profit work, leading local initiatives to shift to cleaner energy sources, or making personal lifestyle changes to help preserve our planet – people are making a difference. Our government sees the hard work people are doing and we are finding ways to support their work so together, we can build a province that works for everyone.

Last month, we announced funding for not-for-profit organizations to upgrade their facilities, update technology, or buy needed equipment. People rely on local not-for-profit organizations for important services, including ones that support their physical and mental health. This critical funding for capital projects will help organizations make upgrades that benefit people, such as replacing old playgrounds at schools, building wheel-chair accessible spaces, and building a recovery home for people experiencing addiction.

We’ve also made record investments in communities to reduce pollution and increase health in response to a changing climate. As we deal with the impacts of climate change on our province, we know how important it is to support cleaner infrastructure projects. 

The third intake of the CleanBC Communities Fund will support projects that increase clean energy and energy efficiency in buildings, transportation and other community-owned infrastructure to reduce community reliance on fossil fuels. Applications opened on January 26 for local governments, Indigenous communities, and not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.

We're also building a healthier and cleaner culture by making it easier for students to walk or wheel to school.

Students at 12 more schools across the province will get more exercise and fresh air on their daily commute thanks to a pilot project to encourage active transportation. Schools will have access to funding to plan walking and cycling improvements that meet specific needs in their neighbourhood, including offering shared bikes, scooters, and skateboards, or determining the best-routes to school and educating students on safety.

We know we have a diverse province, full of hard-working people with great ideas. That’s why we are investing in community efforts across the province. When we all work together, we can build a stronger, cleaner B.C. for generations to come.

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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Looking ahead to 2022: working together to make progress on important issues for our community

MLA Glumac listening to a constituent at an economic roundtable

Several important issues are on my radar for this year — a permanent location for our Urgent and Primary Care Centre, building on my work to unlock the Burrard Thermal lands for clean tech development, and climate preparedness for our community, province and region. Read my column in the Tri-City News
 

Paid sick leave now available to all BC workers

Image: Check out clerk  wearing a mask and holding a bottle of juice. Text: Workers in B.C. now have access to 5 paid sick days each year

Workers shouldn't have to choose between going to work sick or losing wages. Starting last month, workers in B.C. now have at least five days of paid sick leave per year. We are the first province in Canada to implement this minimum standard. Learn more
 

Investing in better, cleaner buildings and transportation

Image: Swimming pool of the upgraded Aquatic Centre in Kamloops. Text: CleanBC: better buildings

Exciting news! The province and the federal government are investing $140 million via the CleanBC Communities Fund to build more energy-efficient buildings, transport and renewable energy infrastructure! Read more
 

Protecting Old Growth: Na̲nwaḵolas, Western Forest Products agree to joint planning, deferral

Image:L forested valley with clouds. Tedt: Old growth protected: Nanwakolas Agreement

More old growth deferrals are being worked out. Here’s the latest:

An agreement between four member Nations of the Na̲nwaḵolas Council and Western Forest Products Inc. includes an agreement to defer harvest of approx. 2,500 hectares of rare and priority old growth for two years in support of B.C.’s Old Growth Strategy. Learn more
 

Supports doubled for businesses that closed by Public Health orders

Image: Wine glasses lined up on a bar. Text: Relief Grant doubled for businesses ordered closed

To help slow the rapid spread of Omicron, some businesses have been ordered to remain closed until Feb 16. Those businesses will now be eligible to have their financial support doubled through the COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant. Eligible businesses may include:

  • Bars
  • Nightclubs
  • Lounges that do not serve full meals
  • Event venues that can longer hold events

If you've already applied for a COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant, you don't need to re-apply to receive these additional funds. Apply now: www.gov.bc.ca/business-relief
 

COVID-19 Safety Plans required for all workplaces

Image: Food service worker wearing a mask and an apron looks at the camera, while a masked patron pulls out a chair to sit at a table. Text: COVID Safety Plans required in all workplaces

By provincial health officer order, all businesses must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place to operate in B.C. To protect workers and customers, employers must:

  • re-activate their COVID-19 Safety Plans and post them publicly
  • use all protective measures specific to their business
  • have a contingency plan for when workers are off sick

Learn more here: worksafebc.com/covid-19
 

Do your part to halt the spread of Omicron

Text: Do your part to slow the spread of Omicron: Get vaccinated; if sick stay home; wear your mask; clean your hands; follow public health orders; keep your distance.

Omicron is spreading rapidly, but getting vaccinated – including your booster shot – will help protect you from serious illness and hospitalizations. We must all do our part to help slow the spread of Omicron. That means:

√  Get vaccinated
√  Stay home if you feel sick
√  Wear your mask
√ Keep your distance
√ Clean your hands often
√ Follow public health orders

Learn more about current public health orders

Protecting our watersheds: Watershed Security Strategy and Fund Discussion Paper

Image: flowing river and rocky banks surrounded by trees. Text: Watershed Security.

Protecting our watersheds is one of the most important things we can do as a province to create a healthier and more resilient future for all living things. 

The Watershed Security Strategy and Fund will build on efforts inside and outside of government to ensure our water and watersheds are respected and valued for all they provide. Government’s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples will be foundational to this work.

Join the discussion and provide your feedback before March 18.
 

Nominate someone for standing against racism

Text: Nominate British Columbians standing against racism, hatred | BC Gov News

There is still time to submit nominations for the Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Awards for individuals, organizations and youth whose work has enhanced inclusion and cultural diversity, and reduced racism and discrimination in their communities.

The Province is seeking nominations to honour individuals and organizations that are strengthening multiculturalism and fighting against discrimination throughout British Columbia. Nominations close Feb 8. Learn more

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
Monday to Friday, 10am - 5pm
(except holidays)

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