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.”

Learn more about everything your BC New Democrat has done for people this year.