Jobs, the Economy, and Affordability

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Agriculture

BC NDP

  • Create a Regenerative Agricultural Network to make farming sustainable and create agricultural jobs.
  • Expand the Grow, Feed and Buy BC programmes with new worker training, land acquisition supports, and new processing hubs.
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BC Liberals

  • Implement a Trespass Act to protect farmers' properties.
  • Implement reforms to the Agricultural Land Commission to allow farming and ranching families to earn supplemental income on their farms and lease secondary residences.
  • Ensure access to water for crops and livestock.
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BC Greens

  • Establish a long-term food sustainability strategy to decrease reliance on import supply chains.
  • Make food production & food security part of the Agricultural Land Commision's mandate.
  • Create a publicly owned agricultural land bank available to lease by new farmers.

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Car insurance

BC NDP

  • Move ICBC to a new enhanced care model to reduce premiums by an average of 20% while increasing care available for people who are seriously injured in accidents.
  • Provide COVID-19 premium rebates to BC drivers from any surplus ICBC delivers during the pandemic.
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BC Liberals

  • Open up the automobile insurance market to private insurance vendors.
  • Give all new drivers credit for up to four years of driving experience when they demonstrate safe driving habits.

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Employment standards

BC NDP

  • Develop employment standards targeted to precarious and gig economy workers.
  • Strengthen employment rights with employment standards inspections and by hiring more case workers to help resolve employment standards complaints.
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BC Greens

Establish a task force to advise on modernizing employment standards and reducing inequality.

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Film and TV production

BC NDP

Re-establish the government-film sector task force to recommend the size and term of a new visual effects tax credit based on production costs.
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Financial assistance

BC NDP

  • Give families with a household income under $125,000 annually a one-time direct deposit of $1,000.
  • Give single people earning less than $62,000 annually a one-time direct deposit of $500.

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BC Liberals

Eliminate the PST for one year, then set it to 3% after that.

BC Greens

  • Begin a transition towards basic income by increasing income support levels.
  • Make the $300 crisis supplement permanent.
  • Eliminate the asset test.
  • Reduce clawbacks on earned income.
  • Establish a 1-year period so those on income assistance can earn extra income without clawbacks.
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Food security

BC NDP

Increase support of food banks and develop partnerships with grocery stores and not-for-profits to develop discounted food market, food recovery, and redistribution programmes.
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BC Greens

Recognize income and regional disparities in food insecurity across BC and work to enhance access to high quality, healthy food for low-income British Columbians, including developing systems for First Nations that honour Indigenous knowledge and values.
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Infrastructure investment

BC NDP

Invest an additional 1% of GDP — approx $3B/year — to build new schools, hospitals, child care spaces, roads, transit, and more, creating an expected 18,000 new jobs each year.

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BC Liberals

Invest an additional $8 billion in infrastructure improvements over 3 years.
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BC Greens

Partner with local governments with cost shared funding for bike lanes, trails, parks, community spaces, and pedestrian-only streets.
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Precarious & gig workers

BC NDP

  • Develop a precarious work and gig worker economy strategy focused on employment standards & union rights.
  • Develop a government-backed collective benefit fund for independent contractors, self-employed, & part-time workers.
  • Expand access to a voluntary pooled-capital pension plan.
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Restauraunts & hospitality

BC NDP

  • Permanently authorize the expansion of service areas, such as patios.
  • Permanently allow retauraunts and pubs to purchase beer, wine, and spirits at wholesale cost instead of liquor store retail prices.
  • Permanently allow liquor delivery with takeout.
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BC Liberals

  • Cap online food delivery charges at 15%.
  • Provide a loan guarantee programme for tourism and hospitality businesses.
  • Allow liquor delivery with takeout.
  • Wholesale pricing from any liquor store.
  • Streamline approval of patio and outdoor dining.

BC Greens

Make the expanded patio programme permanent.
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Single parent employment

BC Liberals

Expand the provincial Single Parent Employment Initiative to train and support single parents as they seek employment.
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Small businesses

BC NDP

  • Expand the RevUp programme to connect small business owners with mentors.
  • Expand BC's Export Navigator programme to help local businesses find and access new global markets.
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BC Liberals

  • Eliminate the 2% small business income tax.
  • Implement a short-term commercial-rent relief plan that flows relief directly to tenants and supports small businesses unable to access current relief programmes.
  • Provide support for PPE from WorkSafeBC surpluses.

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BC Greens

  • Allocate $300 million to create a 6-month rent subsidy programme for small businesses.
  • Cover 25% of rental costs for small businesses limited to $50,000/month rent costs.
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Sustainable jobs

BC Greens

  • Establish a $500 million fund to support sustainable jobs.
  • Develop a clean jobs programme.
  • Implement a just transition programme for workers in the oil and gas sector and other industries in transition.

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Tech & Innovation

BC NDP

  • Make targeted investments in high-potential, innovative businesses based in BC.
  • Introduce a First Patent Program to provide eligible businesses with a rebate on expenses that lead to obtaining their first patent.
  • Create 2,000 new tech-relevant spaces in public post-secondary.

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BC Liberals

  • Expand measures to increase access to capital and investment for the tech sector and new start-ups.
  • Ensure a competitive business environment.
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BC Greens

  • Establish a $1B strategic investment fund to support innovation, with an emphasis on a 0-carbon economy.
  • Partner in innovation clusters in areas where BC has strategic advantage.
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Tourism

BC NDP

Act on ideas from the Tourism Task Force when they come out.
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BC Liberals

  • Provide a loan guarantee programme for tourism and hospitality businesses.
  • Implement an aggressive agenda to rebuild and expand BC's tourism sector.
  • Develop and grow regional tourism hubs across BC.

BC Greens

  • Retool the provincial grant programme to focus on small tourism operators, and work with the industry to establish criteria.
  • Work with not-for-profit tourism, cultural facilities, & attractions to develop a separate granting programme.

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Trucking

BC Liberals

Undertake a commercial trucking review, including truck parking capacity and brokerage, to keep trucking industry operating safely and efficiently.
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Wages

BC NDP

Tie the minimum wage to inflation.
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BC Greens

Establish a permanent Fair Wages Commission to recommend consistent and predictable increases in the minimum wage and reduce political interference.
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Workplace safety

BC NDP

Increase workplace safety inspections.
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Work week

BC Greens

In consultation with business, labour, and other stakeholders, explore options for reduced work weeks and/or flexible work hours.
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