This is a page from the 2020 British Columbia general election.

Introduction

You can use this tool to explore each party's policy on pretty much anything. Some parties may not have a policy on everything, and some may just not have announced theirs yet.

Feel free to mark each policy with a disagreeable, neutral, or agreeable. We'll keep track, and tally up which party you agree with most on the final page.




Children, Childcare, & Youth in Care

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Childcare

BC NDP

  • Protect childcare in law.
  • Bring $10-a-day childcare to more families.
  • Create more childcare spaces through a new childcare capital programme, exceeding target of 22,000 new spaces.
  • Work towards universal access to before- and after-school care on school grounds.
  • Train more ECEs.

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BC Liberals

  • Provide $10-a-day childcare to families making up to $65,000 annually, and stepped rates of $20 or $30-a-day for families of incomes up to $125,000.
  • Build 10,000 new childcare spaces across BC.
  • Expand access to before-and-after school care in schools.

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BC Greens

  • Invest up to $897M/year by 2023/24 in childcare programme.
  • Expand available physical spaces, prioritizing partnerships with public schools, community non-profits, and First Nations.
  • Provide free childcare for working parents with children under 3.

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Early childhood development

BC NDP

  • Train more Early Childhood Educators.
  • Enhance the Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy, including expanding the ECE wage enhancement programme.
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BC Liberals

  • Expand the Baby's Best Chance support programme for parents of newborns to support healthier outcomes for children.
  • Increase supports and earlier assessments for identifying learning needs.
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BC Greens

  • Provide $300M in new funding to phase in up to 25 hours / week of free early childhood education programmes for 3 & 5 year-olds, rising to $550M as capacity expands.
  • Provide $100M to create a new capital programme in the Ministry of Education for school renos to add ECE spaces.
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Stay-at-home parents

BC Greens

Provide up to $500/month for families with children under 3 and a stay-at-home parent.
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Youth in care

BC NDP

Expand tuition waivers to all former youth in care, regardless of age.
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BC Liberals

Extend supports for foster children to age 25.
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BC Greens

Implement a basic income for youth aging-out of care.
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Climate Change & the Environment

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BC Parks

BC NDP

Expand popular provincial parks with new campgrounds, trails, and protected areas while increasing funding to improve infrastructure and protect park ecosystems.
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BC Liberals

  • Double number of provincial park campsites in areas with growing demand.
  • Improve safe parking & amenities in high-use day areas.
  • Create a Work Experience for Students programme to provide work-experience opportunities for young people in provincial parks.
  • Improve reservations.

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BC Greens

  • Enhance funding for BC Parks and the Conservation Officer Service.
  • Improve infrastructure and ensure natural ecosystems are not being degraded.
  • Create more campgrounds to meet demand, ensuring grounds don't cut into existing protected areas.
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Carbon tax

BC Liberals

Work with federal government to review scheduled increases in the Carbon Tax in light of the current economic recession.
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BC Greens

Immediately reinstate the schedule carbon tax increase and return to regular and predictable increases in the carbon tax of $10/year.
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Climate resilience

BC Greens

  • Provide $100 million over 4 years to fund climate adaptation initiatives.
  • Build capacity in communities so they can respond safely and effectively to extreme weather and natural disasters.
  • Protect communities from wildfires and flooding through forest management & fuel treatment.
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Conservation

BC NDP

  • Work with adjacent jurisdictions to protect shared wildlife and habitat corridors.
  • Implement recommendations of the Old Growth Strategic Review to protect further old-growth stands.
  • Develop a new coastal strategy.

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BC Liberals

  • Ensure no net loss of wetlands in BC.
  • Take more aggressive control of invasive species.
  • Ensure ongoing restoration of wildlife populations.
  • Accelerate reforestation programmes.
  • Appoint a Minister for Fisheries and Coastlines.

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BC Greens

  • Establish a strategy to manage wetlands.
  • Ensure legislative oversight through legislated objectives for fish and wildlife.
  • Enhance funding for wildlife conservation, habitat protection, & habitat acquisition.
  • Provide legal protection for endangered species.

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Electric bikes

BC NDP

Remove PST on e-bikes.
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BC Greens

  • Remove PST from electric bikes.
  • Require offices and commercial premises to provide secure bike parking with charging capabilities.
  • Create more safe storage options including bike lockers at key locations like transit hubs.
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Electric vehicles

BC NDP

  • Provide a new income-tested incentive on new and used zero-emission vehicles.
  • Increase public vehicle charging availability with incentives and "right-to-charge" legislation for stratas and apartment buildings.

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BC Liberals

Ensure charging stations are widely available.
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BC Greens

  • Require 100% 0-emission non-commercial vehicle sales by 2035.
  • Remove PST on electric vehicles.
  • Work with industry on new incentive programmes.
  • Build public charging infrastructure on all highways.
  • Require multi-unit buildings to have charging infrastructure.

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Emissions

BC NDP

  • Pass legislation requiring BC to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, either through no emissions or through carbon offsets.
  • Invest in made-in-BC carbon capture technology.
  • Empower local governments to set their own carbon pollution performance standards for new buildings.

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BC Liberals

  • Support investments in renewable energy and technology solutions such as carbon capture.
  • Ensure a comprehensive greenhouse gas strategy that reduces emissions while allowing resource development and Indigenous land use.
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BC Greens

  • Commit to being carbon neutral by 2045.
  • Set sectoral targets.
  • Set an interim target for 2025.
  • End oil and gas subsidies, and redirect money to innovation & businesses to help meet our commitments.
  • Develop an accountability framework to ensure targets are met.

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Plastic waste

BC NDP

Ban single-use plastics.
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BC Liberals

Implement a programme to engage the public on reducing plastic and Syrofoam waste in oceans and waterways.
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Retrofits

BC NDP

Spur energy-efficiency upgrades with programmes and incentives for both residential and commercial buildings, including allowing homeowners to take out loans for efficiency upgrades and pay them back overtime through property taxes.

BC Liberals

  • Encourage retrofitting of homes and businesses.
  • Improve the provincial building code to maximize energy-efficiency while avoiding one-size-fits-all costs.
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BC Greens

  • Increase short-term incentives for retrofits.
  • Partner with colleges, technical institutes, and private organisations to develop training programmes to expand employment in green retrofits, focusing on supporting sectors impacted by COVID & a just transition for oil & gas workers.
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Water

BC NDP

Create a watershed security strategy to protect local watersheds.

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BC Greens

  • Allocate $50 million for a dedicated Watershed Security Fund.
  • Expand watershed boards across the province.
  • Implement a Water Sustainability Act.
  • Work with local governments and school districts to upgrade municipal infrastructure and replace household pipes.
  • Ban fracking.

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Education

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Adult learning

BC NDP

Increase eligibility for the BC Access Grant.
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BC Liberals

  • Create a Work Experience for Students programme with the federal govt.
  • Streamline registrations and credentialing for apprenticeship training.
  • Bring trades competency into the K-12 system.
  • Have secondary school trades programme begin credentialling earlier.
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Funding for public education

BC Greens

Work with education partners on a long-term plan to improve per-student funding.

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Meal programmes

BC NDP

Work with school districts to create local school meal programmes based on district data and priorities, focused on locally grown food.

BC Greens

Create a $25 million fund for school districts to develop food programmes for their schools.

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Mental health and schools

BC NDP

Invest in mental health supports for students and staff.
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BC Liberals

Increase mental health supports in public secondary schools, such as registered psychiatric nurses.
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BC Greens

Provide $24 million in new funding to enhance the number of counsellors in schools, starting in the current school year.
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New schools

BC Liberals

Build new schools throughout the province, and expand new school construction in areas with rapid population growth.
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Post-secondary

BC NDP

Conduct a funding review of post-secondary education operating grants to make sure post-secondary institutions are aligned for economic recovery and student success.
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BC Greens

Double the funding for the BC Access Grant to help support post-secondary part-time students and those enrolled in multi-year programs.
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Racism and reconciliation

BC Greens

Develop and implement a province-wide plan to address racism in schools, and commit to additional, ongoing funding to deepen the work of reconciliation and Indigenous education across K-12.
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School infrastructure

BC NDP

  • Expand the Playground Fund to more schools.
  • Invest in school infrastructure focusing on meeting seismic requirements and climate change and energy efficiency standards.
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BC Liberals

Upgrade K-12 facilities and ensure they are properly equipped.
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Schools and COVID

BC NDP

  • Install new ventilation systems, plexiglass barriers in key areas, and comprehensive cleaning stations.
  • Ensure more hours of cleaning in all schools.
  • Fast-track improvements to online and remote learning.

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BC Liberals

  • Implement a province-wide framework for hybrid and online learning options.
  • Promote distance learning programmes.
  • Restore $12 million of funding for Independent Distributed Learning programmes.
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BC Greens

  • Fund operating grants for school districts at the same level as 2019/2020, so that lower enrolment during COVID doesn't result in less funding.
  • Maintain additional COVID funding for PPE & online learning.
  • Give every school the resources to develop remote & hybrid learning options.
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School tuition

BC NDP

  • Strengthen existing Tuition Fee Limit Policy to make sure institutions don't increase fees beyond prescribed limits.
  • Expand tuition waivers to all former youth in care, regardless of age.
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BC Liberals

Adopt the disclosure-requirements of the UK Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills, to ensure all BC students know, before they register, the total costs of a programme, the graduation rate, and employment rate.
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Special learning needs

BC Liberals

  • Increase supports and earlier assessments for identifying learning needs.
  • Provide school instruction that meets diverse learning needs.
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Healthcare

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Acute and preventive care

BC Greens

Establish a task force to develop a plan to transition the balance of resources between acute care and preventive care.

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COVID-19 Vaccine

BC NDP

When they are approved and available, anyone who wants the vaccine will receive it for free.

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Cancer

BC NDP

  • Commit that all cancer care patients get information and care when they need it, including in rural communities.
  • Provide more individualized care.
  • Invest in new equipment, systems, and procedures.
  • Expand enhanced research and diagnostic capabilities.

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Care homes & assisted living

BC NDP

  • Hire 7,000 new workers for long-term care and assisted living.
  • Restore standards for wages, benefits, and working conditions.
  • Build more public care homes.
  • Require transparency from private operators.
  • Launch a Silver Alert system to help locate missing seniors.

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BC Liberals

  • Invest an additional $1 billion over 5 years in new long-term care facilities.
  • Work towards private rooms for all seniors in long-term care who want them.
  • Work with care home operators to address chronic worker shortages.

BC Greens

  • Shift sector away from for-profit private companies, to a mix of public, not-for-profit, community-based services, & co-ops.
  • Require annual inspections, financial statements, & audited expense reports.
  • Recognize caregivers as a healthcare profession with the salary they deserve.

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Care homes and COVID-19

BC Liberals

  • Launch an independent review of the response to COVID-19 in long-term care and assisted living homes.
  • Implement measures to allow family to safely visit seniors in long-term care, assisted, and independent living during COVID-19.
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Contraception

BC NDP

Make contraception free for all.
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BC Greens

Make contraceptive products free for those under 25 and remove PST on all contraceptive products.
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Healthcare staffing

BC NDP

  • Launch a second medical school to expand health care workforce.
  • Create a comprehensive health care human resources strategy including credential recognition.

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BC Liberals

  • Increase training spaces for doctors, nurses, and other health professionals.
  • Expand opportunities for international graduates in health professions.
  • Work to attract health professionals to under-serviced areas.
  • Ensure all workers experience a violence-free workplace.
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BC Greens

  • Consult with physicians and other stakeholders to improve efficiency, reduce administration, and incentivise becoming a General Practitioner.
  • Work with the College of Physicians and Surgeons to create a pathway for qualified foreign-trained physicians to practice in BC.
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Health infrastructure

BC Liberals

  • Upgrade and expand emergency rooms, mental health beds, and primary care clinics.
  • Complete new Surrey Hospital, new acute care tower for Richmond Hospital, Mills Memorial Hospital, and the Burnaby Hospital Redevelopment.
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Homecare

BC NDP

  • Invest in a new Hospital at Home programme.
  • Expand publicly funded home care to provide better care and help with daily living.

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BC Liberals

  • Implement a tax credit for seniors of up to $7,000/year for up to $20,0000 of homecare, housekeeping, and home repairs.
  • Expand programmes to assist seniors and people with disabilities with home renos.
  • Reinstate the Home Adaptions for Independence grant programme.
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Inclusiveness

BC Liberals

Work to eliminate systemic racism and unconscious bias across the healthcare system, and to ensure services equitable and accessible for all.
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BC Greens

Advance cultural competency training for existing healthcare practitioners and support training of new Indigenous doctors while prioritizing opportunities to expand public healthcare services within communities, as lead by Indigenous leadership.
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Pandemic response

BC Liberals

Establish an emergency Pandemic Response Committee to work with all parties and the Provincial Health Officer to manage the current and future pandemics.
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Prescription drugs

BC NDP

  • Fight for a national pharmacare programme.
  • Make prescription contraception free.
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BC Liberals

Implement a provincial prescription drug monitoring programme to prevent addiction with early referrals and specialist care and treatment options.
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BC Greens

Develop a proposal to implement an essential drugs programme beginning in 2022, designed to reduce the costs of prescription drugs and ensure the cost of drugs is not a barrier to health management.
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Sexual assault

BC Liberals

Increase number of nurses in BC hospitals trained to conduct medical and forensic exams for sexual assaults.
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BC Greens

Establish permanent core funding for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre.

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Vaccinations

BC NDP

Invest in 2 million doses of flu vaccines.

BC Liberals

Make the flu vaccine free for all British Columbians.
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Wait-times

BC NDP

  • Optimize surgical and diagnostic space.
  • Add four more MRI machines in the next year.
  • Provide the hospital needed staff to perform more surgeries and other procedures.

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BC Liberals

  • Improve Ambulance Service response-times, especially in rural communities.
  • Increase online booking of medical appointments.
  • Improve public reporting of wait-times.
  • Accelerate adoption of virtual medical consultations.
  • Expand online prescription-renewals, optional home delivery.
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Housing & Homelessness

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Homelessness

BC NDP

  • Build 2,200 more units of supportive housing.
  • Provide rent supplements for residents of supportive housing who are ready to move on to independent living.

BC Liberals

Invest in getting homeless British Columbians a home and connecting them with the health and social service supports they need.
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Housing affordability

BC NDP

  • Continue work to provide 114,000 new, affordable housing units.
  • Provide remaining portion of 1,750 new homes for Indigenous people on- and off-reserve.
  • Provide more low-interest loans and expand the Housing Hub.

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BC Liberals

  • Establish an incentive fund for municipalities with policies that increase the construction and supply of new housing.
  • Implement tax and permitting changes to boost housing supply.
  • Review current property tax structure to incent affordable housing and prevent speculation.

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BC Greens

  • Accelerate investments to affordable, supportive, and social housing.
  • Extend leases for extant co-ops and create a land bank for new co-ops.
  • Establish a capital fund to support the acquisition and maintenance rental housing by nonprofits.
  • Close the bare trust loophole.

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Housing speculation

BC Liberals

  • Change the real-estate speculation tax to a condo-flipping capital gains tax.
  • Implement higher property-taxes for non-residents of Canada.
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BC Greens

Change the speculation tax to include more foreign owners and satellite families.
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Rent and evictions

BC NDP

  • Freeze rents to the end of 2021 and capping increases after that.
  • Provide a renter's rebate of $400/year for households earning up to $80,000 annually that are not already receiving other rental support.

BC Liberals

Implement a short-term commercial-rent relief plan that flows relief directly to tenants and supports small businesses unable to access current relief programmes.
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BC Greens

Introduce a rental supplement to close the cap between affordable rent and what renters actually pay and introduce means-tested grant that applies to low and moderate income earners who are paying more than 30% of their income in rent.
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Stratas

BC NDP

  • Control the rising cost of strata insurance.
  • If rates have not corrected by the end of 2021, we will develop a public strata insurance option, similar to Saskatchewan.
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BC Liberals

  • Encouraging and facilitate self-insurance models for stratas.
  • Eliminate the practice of "best-terms" pricing.
  • Reducing statutorily-required insurance for strata properties from full replacement value to a level in line with actual claims cost history.
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BC Greens

Convene a taskforce, including insurance brokers, insurers, and strata owners, to deal with the rising cost of strata insurance and develop solutions as soon as the BC Financial Services Authority finishes their investigation.
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Human Rights & Equality

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Accessibility

BC NDP

Work with people across the province to develop and bring in comprehensive accessibility legislation.
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BC Liberals

  • Increase the supply of fully-accessible housing units for persons with disabilities in newly-built multi-unit residential buildings.
  • Modernize the BC Building Code to address accessibility.
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BC Greens

  • Introduce a BC Accessibility Act.
  • Establish a housing office charged with assisting people with disabilities and youth aging-out to find suitable accommodation.
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Conversion therapy

BC Greens

Ban conversion therapy.
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Diversity in government

BC NDP

Support increased representation of Indigenous, Black, and people of colour within government, and set targets for representation in the public sector.
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BC Liberals

Adopt and ensure diversity commitments for hiring in the public service and for government-appointed boards.
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Gender-based violence

BC NDP

  • Develop an action plan to end gender-based violence, including minimum standards for sexual assault response.
  • More training for police, crown council and justices.
  • Establishing core funding for sexual assault centres.
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BC Liberals

  • Extend the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act beyond public post-secondary institutions to all of government.
  • Adopt Clare's Law, making violent criminal histories open to those at risk, esp. potential partners.
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Gender pay gap

BC NDP

Introduce new pay transparency legislation in an attempt to move towards equal pay for equal work.

BC Liberals

Require companies with at least 50 employees to report the compensation paid to categories of male and female employees, via the Equal Pay Reporting Act.
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BC Greens

Introduce equal pay legislation.
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Immigration

BC NDP

Streamline foreign credential assessments processed by various regulatory bodies and health-related Colleges to make sure immigrants can access job opportunities in their field.
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Period poverty

BC NDP

Create a multi-sector Period Poverty Task Force to develop a long-term response to period poverty.
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Policing

BC NDP

Modernize the Police Act based on the recommendations of the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act, prioritizing tackling systemic racism, creating a dedicated hate crime unit within local forces, and reviewing training and procedures for "wellness checks".
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BC Liberals

  • Establish more Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Teams to respond to mental health calls.
  • Require police services to adopt anti-racism & anti-discriminatory conduct policies.
  • Establish standards to eliminate arbitrary racial-profiling.
  • Increase use of non-armed police patrols.
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BC Greens

  • Restart the Police Act review.
  • Review procedures for wellness checks in consultation with BIPOC and health professionals, with a goal of expanding use of integrated mental health crisis teams.

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Racism

BC NDP

Conduct a full review of anti-racism laws in other jurisdictions and launch a full stakeholder consultation leading to a new Anti-Racism Act.

BC Liberals

Ensure all government services are free of racism and prejudice, and require all government offices to follow anti-racism policies.
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BC Greens

  • Support better demographic data collection to better understand disparities in our society, for health, education, housing, and employment outcomes in particular.
  • Carry out the requests of the BC Advisory Committee on the UN Decade for People of African Descent.
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Systemic discrimination

BC NDP

Work with BC's Human Rights Commissioner and stakeholders to introduce legislation to collect race-based data on policing, health care, and education.

BC Liberals

Require every provincial employee to undertake cultural safety and humility training.
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Indigenous Issues

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Connection to home communities

BC NDP

Expand support of Aboriginal Friendship Centres to connect urban Indigenous peoples to their home communities.
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Indigenous child welfare

BC Greens

Move urgently away from the MCFD structure by supporting indigenous-led child welfare programmes in their communities that provide wraparound services and supports to help families stay together.
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Indigenous culture

BC NDP

Extend funding for key projects to preserve and respect Indigenous cultures, including the retention and revitalization of First Nations languages, putting additional languages into curriculum, & reflecting Indigenous history and culture in provincial parks and wilderness areas.
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BC Liberals

Work with Indigenous peoples to provide interpretation and education services in parks and enhance cultural and environmental understanding.
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Indigenous involvement

BC NDP

  • Partner with Indigenous peoples to work together on decisions on regional land and resource use allocation.
  • Create a dedicated Secretariat to ensure new legislation and policies are consistent with UNDRIP.
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Indigenous jobs & investment

BC Liberals

  • Provide financing mechanisms to enable First Nations to access affordable capital to co-invest in revenue-generating economic opportunities.
  • Prioritize sector-specific job-training opportunities for Indigenous peoples.
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Reconciliation

BC Greens

  • Ensure the Action Plan on reconciliation is adopted and supported with adequate resources.
  • Ensure that there is meaningful progress towards reconciliation.
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Self-determination

BC NDP

Move from short-term transactional arrangements with Indigenous peoples to long-term agreements that support reconciliation, self-determination, and economic independence.
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BC Liberals

  • Work with Indigenous peoples to resolve issues of rights and title.
  • Work to clearly define how UNDRIP relates to land use decisions.
  • Work with Indigenous communities to identify gaps and update a resource management framework.
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BC Greens

Work with First Nations towards energy independence, including creation of Indigenous owned utilities.
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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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Mental Health, Drugs, & Addiction

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Abstinence-based treatment

BC Liberals

Remove restrictions on government funding for abstinence-based treatment.
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Decriminalization

BC NDP

Work with police chiefs to push federal government to decriminalize simple possession of small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use.

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Mental health support

BC NDP

  • Focus new mental health initiatives on kids and young adults.
  • Develop Complex Care housing.
  • Expand access to counselling.

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BC Liberals

Expand Foundry Centres and Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Teams to respond to mental health-related emergency calls.
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BC Greens

  • Invest in an affordable and accessible mental healthcare system.
  • Allocate $1B over a 4-year cycle to address mental health care within MSP.
  • Allocate $200M/year in facilities to provide mental healthcare services and rehabilitation.
  • Develop and implement a Loneliness Strategy.

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Overdoses

BC Greens

Enhance funding for harm reduction services and create COVID-friendly plans to ensure people have access and don't use alone.
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Policing of drugs

BC NDP

Redirect police to focus on serious crime and crack down on distribution of toxic drugs.

BC Greens

  • Decriminalize simple possession of drugs, through implementing Dr. Bonnie Henry's recommended amendments to the Police Act.
  • Strongly pursue decriminalization with the Federal government.
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Safe supply

BC NDP

Explore new ways to help prescribers separate more people from the toxic drug supply through safe prescription alternatives.

BC Greens

  • Scale up safe supply.
  • Work with the colleges of physicians and pharmacists to encourage their members to participate in existing programmes.
  • Fund a wider range of safe supply resources, including low-barrier ways of dispensing.
  • Ongoing consultation with people who use drugs.
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Treatment

BC NDP

  • Build new treatment, recovery, detox and after-care facilities, including in Maple Ridge, with some beds specifically for British Columbians under age 24.
  • Step up oversight of recovery homes and private treatment providers.

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BC Liberals

  • Increase addiction-treatment and recovery programmes.
  • Clearly recognise that addiction is a medical disorder, and ensure a focus on public health and safety in the treatment of people suffering form addictions.
  • Introduce a Safe Care Act to safely help young people into treatment.
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Work-related chronic pain

BC NDP

Work with WorkSafeBC to identify new ways of improving pain management practices for injured workers, and mandate WorkSafeBC to to provide treatment on demand to those with chronic pain as a result of workplace injuries.



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Gang violence

BC NDP

Introduce legislation to improve information sharing for law enforcement agencies, regulate imitation firearms, strengthen regulation of shooting ranges, and close regulatory gaps.
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BC Liberals

  • Aggressively crackdown on gangs.
  • Prosecute people who transport illegal handguns in cars.
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Photo-radar

BC Liberals

Ban photo-radar for speeding in BC.
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Public safety funding

BC Liberals

  • Increase funding for public safety by $58 million.
  • Hire 40 additional full-time Crown prosecutors and additional support staff.
  • Provide tools to the BC Prosecution Service to reduce delays and aggressively crackdown on crime.
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Public safety personnel

BC Liberals

Fund the hiring of 200 additional police officers and 100 more psychiatric social workers/nurses.
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Roadside panhandling

BC Liberals

Vigorously enforce ban on unsafe roadside panhandling.
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Surrey Police transition

BC Liberals

Pause the transition in policing in Surrey and hold a referendum on whether to continue it.
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Resource Extraction & Export

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Forestry

BC NDP

  • Dedicate a specific portion of the annual allowable cut to higher value producers who create new jobs for workers in BC.
  • Plant more trees.
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BC Liberals

  • Reinstate the Rural Dividend Fund.
  • Implement a market-pricing stumpage system.
  • Modernize forest management practices.
  • Aggressively defend BC's interests in softwood lumber trade issues.
  • Increase investments in silviculture.
  • Support development of mass timber structural products.
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BC Greens

  • Make sure profits from forestry go to First Nations and local communities instead of large corporations.
  • Manage forests holistically.
  • Protect remaining high value old growth forests.
  • Generate more jobs and revenue from forestry.

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Fracking

BC Greens

Ban fracking.
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Government support for workers

BC NDP

Establish a new Worker Training & Job Opportunity Office to maximize the impact of an Economic Recovery Plan for workers and communities, with a focus on retraining, supporting communities facing job loss, developing higher value goods, and accessing new global markets.
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BC Greens

Implement a just transition programme for workers in the oil and gas sector and other industries in transition, working with them on a pathway to a guaranteed job in the clean economy.
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LNG

BC NDP

Continue the $40 billion LNG Canada project.
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BC Liberals

  • Expedite Indigenous-lead LNG export projects through collaborative agreements with Indigenous groups.
  • Work with Indigenous groups to establish accelerated review and approval processes.
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Mining

BC NDP

Create a Mining Innovation Hub to identify and support innovation, offer training for workers in new technologies, regulatory excellence, environmental management, and low-carbon approaches.

BC Liberals

  • Implement a fully online digital regulatory system by 2025.
  • Improve the process for mine development, permitting, inspection, and remediation, and cut permit-processing time in half.
  • Pursue benefit sharing for small and rural communities.
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BC Ferries

BC NDP

Improve BC Ferries service at peak time, allocate more space to reservations, allow walk-on reservations, and coordinate with BC Transit and TransLink to align scheduling and provide a more seamless passenger experience.

BC Liberals

Review ferry schedules with goal of hourly service on high-frequency routes.
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BC Greens

  • Ensure that BC Ferries can maintain service levels despite long-term losses from COVID.
  • Bring BC Ferries back into the government as a Crown Corporation.
  • Conduct a full review of BC Ferries operations focused on providing an efficient, public service.
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Emissions

BC NDP

Move towards a net-zero emission bus fleet powered by electrification, hydrogen fuel, cell technologies, and other zero-emissions technologies.
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BC Greens

Invest in electrifying transit systems, including partnering with the federal government to accelerate support for BC Transit and TransLink to electrify their bus fleets.
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Infrastructure

BC NDP

Widen Highway 1 through the Fraser Valley by 2026.

BC Liberals

  • Widen the Trans-Canada highway in the Fraser Valley to six lanes all the way to Whatcom Road.
  • Increase funding for road and bridge maintenance.
  • Upgrade highway rest areas.
  • Enforce open procurement on public infrastructure projects.
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BC Greens

Ensure no disruption in future transit expansion due to the pandemic.
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Massey Tunnel replacement

BC Liberals

Replace the Massey Tunnel with a 10-lane bridge with dedicated transit/HOV lane in each direction.

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Transit fares

BC NDP

Make transit free for children aged 12 or under, province-wide.

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Transit service

BC NDP

  • Expand transit options in the Fraser Valley and the Sea-to-Sky region.
  • Add more service to the BC Bus North programme.
  • Improve transit connections to Surrey and Langley with SkyTrain, rail, and rapid bus lines.
  • Implement the South Island Transportation Strategy.

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BC Liberals

  • Expand public transit options.
  • Continue TransLink expansion in areas of population growth, including south of the Fraser, the Fraser Valley, and North Vancouver.
  • Increase transit hours in the Interior, North, and Vancouver Island.
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BC Greens

  • Create a South Island regional transportation strategy.
  • Prioritize investment in transit service.
  • Ensure that TransLink & BC Transit can maintain service levels despite losses from COVID.
  • Redesign the transit funding model for stable long-term funding.
  • Consider mobility pricing.

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Misc


Arts & culture

BC NDP

Expand new $2 million Arts Infrastructure Program to help communities build new cultural spaces and renovate existing ones.
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BC Liberals

Protect funding for arts and culture organizations forced to suspend operations as a result of COVID-19.
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Blockades

BC Liberals

Ban the blockading of public roads, bridges, and railroads for peaceful protests.
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Elections

BC Liberals

Strengthen fixed election date legislation and ban early elections during provincial emergencies.
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Family services

BC Liberals

Develop family counseling and law centres, modeled on Family Services Centres in Australia.
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Foreign money

BC Liberals

Ban foreign money and influence in BC politics.
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Japanese internment

BC NDP

Provide lasting recognition of Japanese-Canadian internment during World War II in libraries, communities, and at the BC Legislature.
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Local government funding

BC Greens

Work with local governments to reform local government finance system, so as to move it away from reliance on property taxes.
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Rural communities

BC Liberals

  • Establish a northern Premier's Office in Prince George.
  • Significantly expand high-speed broadband and mobile coverage across BC in rural and remote communities, by leveraging governments purchasing power as part of the procurement of telecommunications services.
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Senior drivers' medical exams

BC Liberals

Make Driver Medical Examination Reports free for seniors.
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South Asian-Canadian museum

BC NDP

Build a South Asian-Canadian museum documenting the history, art, and contributions of South Asian people in BC.
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Taxes

BC Liberals

Appoint an independent Fair Tax Commission to review all provincial taxes and suggest taxes for adjustment or elimination.
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