People in BC care deeply about the environment, and here in North Vancouver, I’ve heard from countless people who want to ensure a cleaner, brighter future for their children and grandchildren. Our government understands how important this is and since 2017, we’ve been taking action to build a more sustainable future for BC.
I am happy to share that this week we announced another big step that we are taking – the Province is investing $10 million to keep plastic pollution out of our lands and waterways. As part of Budget 2022, this will fund projects that will reduce the use of new plastic, expand reuse of plastics, and increase the use of post-consumer recycled plastic. Learn more here.
By supporting innovative made-in-BC solutions to reduce, reuse and recycle plastics, we are building more green jobs for people in BC. And this second intake of the Plastics Action Fund includes dedicated funding for businesses that are developing systems for reuse, and Indigenous-led projects.
This work builds on other efforts we are taking, including supporting municipal bans on single-use plastics, expanding producer-funded recycling programs, and funding the largest shoreline cleanup of ocean plastics in provincial history through the Clean Coast, Clean Waters initiative. Keeping our environment clean benefits all of us now and our future generations. It is the right thing to do.
New Supports for Family Doctors
Family doctors are the cornerstone of our healthcare. I am proud that our government has announced an additional $118 million in funding to help clinics and family doctors with the rising costs of maintaining their practices.
Funding will be available for family practice doctors starting October 1, 2022, and will continue till January 31, 2023. We will continue to work to find solutions that work in the long-term for GPs and for British Columbians. This funding is an interim measure until more long term policies are announced, so stay tuned for more!
Grants will be available to:
- Family doctors providing longitudinal, full-service family medicine and who are responsible for paying business costs from their current compensation; and,
- Clinics providing primary care services, including walk-in clinics, and whose physicians are responsible for paying business costs to the clinic. The clinic applies on behalf of the clinic and all the physicians working at the clinic.
Learn more about this additional funding here.