Making Life More Affordable

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VICTORIA – As the fall session of the legislature draws to a close, much has been accomplished by the New Democrat government to make life more affordable for people.

Since July, the B.C. government:

  • Increased monthly income assistance and disability rates by $100 to help lift families out of poverty.
  • Removed unfair tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges to give commuters well-deserved relief.
  • Closed fixed-term lease loopholes so renters are no longer vulnerable to significant and unfair rent increases.
  • Invested in homes for people, including 1,700 new affordable housing units and 2,000 modular homes for the homeless. The province is also studying demand-side measures to address the crisis in housing affordability.
  • Removed barriers to education and skills training, by making Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning programs tuition-free
  • Started tackling problems and rising costs at ICBC and BC Hydro.
  • Raised the minimum wage and put B.C. on the path to a $15-an-hour via the Fair Wages Commission.
  • Began work on a comprehensive poverty reduction plan to lift families out of poverty and give them a chance at a better life.

Quote from Premier John Horgan:

“Too many families were left behind for too long. British Columbians deserve a government that works for people. We’re taking the first steps to make life more affordable and help families get ahead.”