Weekly Update – June 25th

We have reached the end of the legislative session but here are some announcements that were made last week. 


Science to help drive old growth deferrals 

Our government is committed to reconciliation and environmental protection – which we believe must go together. 

We’re forming new partnerships with technical experts that will help to build on the work we’ve done to protect hundreds of thousands of hectares of old growth forests. 

We’re doing the hard work that is necessary to build a plan that protects BC’s old growth forests for future generations, and we expect to announce additional deferrals this summer. 

StrongerBC supports Indigenous tourism businesses through pandemic recovery

Indigenous tourism businesses in B.C. have received over $28 million for 60 projects to support recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“This funding demonstrates reconciliation in action by creating and expanding tourism economic development projects with Indigenous Nations and supporting self determination for Indigenous businesses,” said Melanie  Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sport. 

Funding supports community safety, wildfire research

Our government has stepped up with more than $20 million to reduce risks around communities and support new research into predicting wildfire activity.

The goal of our commitment is to make communities safer, reduce the risk of wildfires and research new ways to mitigate the risks of wildfires. 

Committee members needed to help build barrier-free B.C.

The Accessible British Columbia Act is now law, allowing our government to develop new accessibility standards that will address barriers in a range of areas such as employment, education, transportation, as well as buildings and infrastructure. 

Expanded supports for people living with eating disorders

Our government is investing $6.6 million to increase access to virtual peer support services and enhanced eating disorder services throughout the province. 

This funding will go a long way to help increase awareness and improve access to services so people can get the care they need to set them on a path towards recovery. 

Province extends bill supports for BC Hydro customers in financial crisis

We’re extending BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund to continue providing support for people in financial crisis and help avoid disconnections of their electricity service. 

The extension will help families get back on their feet and make life more affordable for all British Columbians. 

Expanded mental health supports for women affected by trauma, violence

Our government is investing in the Bridges for Women Society to provide women and families across B.C. with expanded trauma counselling, recovery, and referral supports to help build resilience. 



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