Weekly Update – June 18th

After an incredibly busy week, I’m pleased to share some important changes and decisions made in Government.   


Province seeks input from Indigenous peoples to shape future of reconciliation

We have released a draft of our action plan to implement UNDRIP, which was developed in consultation with Indigenous peoples across B.C. and we’re looking for additional feedback: engage.gov.bc.ca/declaration

It’s vital that the rights and priorities of Indigenous peoples are centred in this work and in all our actions towards reconciliation. 

BC Parks pilots plans for managing, promoting access to nature

Beginning on June 22, we’re renewing the free day-use pass program at 5 popular parks in B.C.

We are creating new campsites, expanding trails, and improving facilities at BC Parks so even more people can experience our province’s magnificent nature.

ICBC issues second COVID-19 rebate

ICBC will begin distributing rebates averaging $120 per policy in mid-July. The exact value of your rebate will depend on the type of policy you have and how much you’ve previously paid. 

Indigenous children to benefit from land-based programming to promote wellness

Our government is providing funding to help improve outdoor programming for Indigenous children and support the development of stronger connections to children’s cultural identity and traditions. 

Organizations will received funding through a $10-million investment under the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program. 

Expanded medical device coverage for people with diabetes

We’re expanding coverage so that thousands of British Columbians can access the life-changing diabetes monitors that help them stay on top of their care and make better treatment decisions. 

By expanding BC PharmaCare coverage, opening new hospitals and Urgent Primary Care Centres, and slashing wait times for diagnostic services, we are improving health care for all British Columbians. 

Supporting skilled trades workers, strengthening B.C.’s recovery

We are building a made-in-B.C. Skilled Trades Certification system to support good jobs and more career opportunities for apprentices and trade workers. This system will encourage more people to choose careers in the trades so that businesses have the workforce they need to recover from the pandemic.

B.C. lends support to temporary patios going permanent

When the capacity limits were put in place to keep British Columbians safe from COVID-19, our government acted quickly to allow restaurants to expand their service areas. 

Now, with our changes, restaurants and pubs can apply to make these patios permanent, helping businesses continue to find innovative ways to thrive and grow as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 



The Constituency Office is always available to help the residents of Burnaby North. You can find us at 1833 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, B.C., V5C 5R3.  


Telephone number: 604 775 0778 

Email: Janet.Routledge.MLA@leg.bc.ca