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Keeping people and our communities safe and supported

Hi there,

This week the Legislature will be back in session, and our government’s priority remains ensuring people and our communities are safe and supported during the pandemic. But we are also looking ahead to recovery and building a stronger B.C. that works for everyone in our province.

Phase 2 of our immunization plan has also started. This month seniors aged 80 or over, and Indigenous people aged 65 or older, can book their vaccination appointments with Fraser Health. Please check the age-based schedule at gov.bc.ca/BCSeniorsFirst to know when you or your loved one can book an appointment. If you know someone who is eligible to get their vaccination, please reach out to them and help them make their appointment.

We are continuing to deliver supports to individuals and businesses. One new example is the $12 million our government is investing in the new Launch Online Grant program to help eligible small- and medium-sized B.C. businesses with up to $7,500 to launch or upgrade an online store.

For youth and young adults in government care, the extension of emergency measures ensures they''ll have the supports they need during this challenging time. They will continue to access the housing and financial supports to stay where they are living until March 31, 2022.

I am also pleased to share two exciting updates with you about how our government is making ICBC better. 

Earlier this month, we launched a new online tool that will give you an estimate of how much money you will save when you renew your car insurance under the new Enhanced Care model that comes into effect on May 1, 2021. On average, people will save about 20% on their premiums the next time they renew.

The new Enhanced Care model is designed to work for British Columbians. Your car insurance will be more affordable, and will provide significantly better care and benefits if you are hurt in a crash. We are making this possible by removing many of the legal costs that are associated with our current system. I encourage you to check out enhancedcare.icbc.com to see how much you could save – you just need your driver’s licence and licence plate number to log in. These savings will be in addition to the rebate cheques being sent out this month.

We are committed to making life more affordable. As we plan our economic recovery from COVID-19, we are building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. 

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

Thanks, Rick

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Vaccination appointments open for seniors 80 and over

Booking Your

BC seniors aged 80+, and Indigenous peoples aged 65+, can start booking their vaccine appointments, following our age-based booking schedule. 

Here are the key things to know:

  • You will be able to book for yourself or on behalf of someone by calling your regional health authority call centre.
  • Once you are eligible to receive a vaccine, you are always eligible —you won't miss your chance to be vaccinated.
  • If it's not your turn, please don't call — let’s allow the system to work.

I encourage you to reach out to someone in your life who is eligible and help them to make an appointment to get vaccinated. Learn more

Expanding school spaces here in the Tri-Cities

New, expanded schools for Tri-Cities students - BC Gov News

As families continue moving to our communities, it’s so important that we effectively invest in schools and support students with the best learning experience possible. Students and families in the Tri-Cities are starting to see new and improved schools in their community, with 935 new student seats either opened or under construction in the Coquitlam School District. This includes the addition at École Charles Best Secondary that is opening this month. I know there is more work to be done, but I’m excited to say that more support for schools in the Tri-Cities is on the way. Read more

ICBC rebate cheques are coming next month

Woman behind wheel of car. Text: One-time COVID-19 rebate for ICBC customers

With far fewer people on B.C.'s roads during the pandemic, we’ve had fewer crashes, and ICBC actually saved money this year – about $600 million overall. And because your insurance should work for you, we are giving those savings back to you with one-time rebates. Most customers who had an active policy from April 1 to September 30, 2020 will receive a rebate. The average customer will receive about $190 back, depending on the type of policy you have and how much you paid. Rebate cheques will be mailed out starting in mid-March. Learn more

Buntzen Lake beaches temporarily restricted

Canada geese swim through reflections of mountains on Buntzen Lake

BCHydro has temporarily restricted Buntzen Lake's North and South Beaches due to extended low water levels. The water levels and access should be restored by the end of March. Get the details here

B.C.’s largest coastal clean up removes marine debris

Person sitting on rear deck of boat with large sacks of debris looking over the stern at wooded coastline

British Columbians who participated in BC's largest coastal clean up have so far removed over 127 tonnes of marine debris from the central coast and Queen Charlotte Sound shorelines. This is one of many recovery projects that are creating jobs for people hardest hit by the pandemic, while bringing together tourism operators, Indigenous nations and local communities to protect BC's coast. Learn more

Extended supports for youth, young adults in care

Text: Extended supports for youth in care

Youth and young adults set to transition from government care can stay where they are living until March 31, 2022. Our government's extended emergency measures make sure young people have the supports they need during this challenging time. Learn more

Not traveling for work or medical reasons? Stay home

Travel: what to consider

With spring break coming up now is not the time to plan to travel. Stay close to home and only travel if it is for essential reasons. Don't look for loopholes and do not travel beyond your local community. 

  • Traveling for work or medical reasons is OK
  • No social or recreational travel

Learn more here: http://gov.bc.ca/COVID19restrictions#travel

On Pink Shirt Day, we are reminded that school safety is a shared responsibility. Let's stand together and put an end to bullying. To get help, report concerns to schools, or learn about complex issues facing students, please visit erase.gov.bc.ca

Meeting with members of the Aspenwood Elementary PAC and the school principal about grant funding for improvements to their playground.

I sit on five government committees and also do a lot of video calling in my role as the Premier's Liaison to Washington State. Time to start using the standing desk a bit more.

Grants available to help B.C.'s small- and medium-sized businesses to adapt, recover and grow

Image: Woman in mask turning sign to "open". Text: Apply for a Business Recovery Grant

StrongerBC can help your business adapt during COVID-19. BC’s Business Recovery Grants provide eligible businesses with up to $30,000 to provide new services, modify your location, add e-commerce, install new safety measures, and more. Tourism related businesses may be eligible for up to $45,000. 

Learn if your business is eligible for a Business Recovery Grant here: gov.bc.ca/BusinessRecoveryGrant

New grant program to help businesses pivot to online

Image: Woman wearing an apron and mask, holding an iPad. Text: Get up to $7500 to create or impove your online store

It's more important than ever for B.C. businesses to have an online presence.  To help businesses to adapt to changes in consumer behaviour and pivot to market their products online, our government is investing $12 million in a new Launch Online Grant program. It will give over 1,500 eligible small- and medium-sized B.C. businesses up to $7,500 to launch or upgrade an online store, providing the platform they need to increase their sales revenues, become more competitive and grow.
Learn more |  Apply now: https://launchonline.ca

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
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