Wednesday, July 28, 2021


 

Have you been vaccinated yet?

The chart above shows that vaccines work. Vaccinated people are way less likely to get Covid, and those that do have a greatly reduced chance of ending up in the hospital. Get yours as soon as you can, and talk to your friends and family about the benefits of getting vaccinated.

If you haven't been vaccinated yet, or if it's been more than 49 days since your first dose, now is the time to get vaccinated. Visit here to register for a vaccine (if you haven't already), and visit this website to learn about drop-in vaccine clinics.

Please continue to follow Covid guidelines and restrictions, get vaccinated as soon as you can, and encourage your friends and family to get vaccinated too.

Thank you,


Friday, July 23, 2021

 


Our top priority has always been, and will always be, keeping people safe. On Tuesday July 20, Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, declared a State of Emergency, based on the advice of emergency management and wildfire officials. 

Thousands of firefighting and emergency response staff are already in the field and nothing has stood in the way of them getting the resources they need to respond to wildfires and support people. The State of Emergency allows us to move quickly, should the need arise, to ensure coordination and secure more accommodation spaces. 

The cooperation from all levels of government and in our communities has been outstanding, and we expect this to continue as we move through another very difficult fire season. Whether you live in an affected area or are planning travel across B.C., I encourage you to visit www.bcwildfire.ca for the latest information to help keep yourself and your family safe. 

We know that climate change is expected to make these types of extreme events more frequent and that we need strong, coordinated action around the world to reduce emissions and build a cleaner economy for everyone.  

In B.C., we’re taking a range of actions through our CleanBC plan to build a more sustainable future powered by more renewable energy. We’ve also supported a Cultural and Prescribed Fire program to promote healthy forests and reduce wildfire risk. We’ve invested in wildfire risk reduction, reforestation, forest rehabilitation, and other efforts through the Forest Enhancement Society of BC and Forest Carbon Initiative. 

Sometimes, taking care of our environment also happens on a smaller scale. This week, we took action to protect wildlife like owls by restricting the sale and use of certain rodenticides. These are poisons designed to kill rodents, which often end up harming or killing the owls or other wildlife that eat these rodents. This temporary ban will allow us to collaborate with experts in the field of rodent control and wildlife protection and work together on public education and the prevention of further harm to wildlife in our province.

As always, please do your part to help prevent wildfires by respecting bans on campfires, open fires, and fireworks. To report a wildfire or irresponsible behaviour that could start a wildfire in British Columbia, please call 1-800-663-5555 or (*5555 from a cell phone).

Sincerely,


Tuesday, July 20, 2021


Do you know what to do if you’ve lost your home or vehicle to a wildfire? Do you have questions about things like EI benefits or mail delivery in fire-affected areas? If you or a loved one has been impacted by a BC Wildfire visit http://emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca and click on "Recovery & Supports" and there you’ll be able to connect to many of the key resources that you may need.
 
Now let's all do our part by respecting bans on campfires, fireworks, and open fires and being extra cautious when disposing of things that may start a fire, such as cigarettes.

As always, please reach out to my office if you need assistance with provincial programs. You can do so by emailing Lana.Popham.MLA@leg.bc.ca or calling 250-479-4154.

Thank you,


Thursday, July 15, 2021

 


Renewed Ambulance Services:

When you call 911 for a medical emergency, you should feel confident that help is on the way. That’s why we’re taking action to improve B.C.’s ambulance system by making it faster and more responsive, and a better place to work for paramedics.
 
Our government is hiring 85 new full-time paramedics and 30 new full-time dispatchers. We’re also funding 22 new ambulances around the province. To better serve rural communities, we’re converting 22 rural ambulance stations to 24/7 ALPHA stations. We’re also directing health authorities to add additional staff at hospital emergency departments to receive patients from ambulances – so that paramedics can get back on the road to respond to calls more quickly.
 
We’re also making changes to the board and leadership of BC Emergency Health Services, making it more accountable to the Minister of Health, with a mandate to ensure better service for British Columbians.
 
Since 2017, the BC Emergency Health Services annual budget has increased from $424.25 million to $559.12 million a year, doubling the average annual spending increases compared to the previous year. There is still more to do, and we’re committed to making sure these services are there when people need them.
 
Many parts of our province are also dealing with the impacts of wildfires right now. My thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted, and all the first responders who are assisting. Let’s do our part to prevent forest fires by respecting current bans on campfires, open fires, and fireworks.
 
The federal and provincial governments have both committed to matching donations to the Red Cross' British Columbia Fires Appeal. That means every dollar donated will become $3 to support the people affected by this fire season. You can donate in the following ways:


Thank you,



Friday, July 9, 2021


Moving Towards Universal Child Care:

The pandemic has shone a light on something we’ve known for a long time – that access to affordable, inclusive child care is not only good social policy, it’s also vital to our economy.
 
So far, our government has created thousands of affordable child care spaces across BC. Families are already feeling the benefits, with many parents saving up to $1,600 a month per child. Over the next three years, our government will be investing more than $2.5 billion in our Childcare BC plan.
 
We’ve established ourselves as a national leader in child care and we’re proud to be the first province to in Canada to sign an agreement to build a national low-cost child care system.
 
We’ve secured an investment of over $3 billion in our plan from the federal government. By working together, we’re making $10-a-day child care a reality for more families.
 
The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women, who often take on more child care responsibilities in families. By making child care more affordable and accessible, we’re allowing more women to make the choice to go back to work or go back to school to further their education.
 
We’re building an inclusive, universal child care system that will support our strong economic recovery, and benefit BC families for generations to come. Learn more here.

Sincerely,


Wednesday, July 7, 2021


Sending a HUGE thank you to all of BC’s firefighters! 

The hustle and drive of BC firefighters is unmatched, they’re facing some of the toughest challenges that BC has ever seen and risking their lives to keep us safe. 

Please do your part by respecting the campfire, firework, and open fire bans that are currently active across the province. 

As of July 7, 2021 there are 201 active fires. Please call 1-800-663-5555 (or *5555 on your cell) to report a wildfire. For updates please visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status

Thank you,


Friday, July 2, 2021


As of yesterday, BC is in Step 3 of our Restart Plan. So far nearly 80% of British Columbians have had their first dose of the vaccine, and our declining case counts show us that vaccines are working.

We have been able to move to Step 3 because of our collective efforts and sacrifices. Thank you for everything you’ve done these past fifteen months to keep yourselves and our community safe.

I encourage you to visit this page for complete details about our Restart Plan and what Step 3 means for you and your family. Here are a few highlights of the new changes and what we can now safely do:

You can attend normal indoor and outdoor personal gatherings, including sleepovers.
Restaurants, bars, and pubs are no longer limited to 6 people per table.
Fitness classes can resume with normal capacity. 
Indoor and outdoor sports can have more spectators.
Travellers from across Canada are welcome.

Masks are recommended in public indoor settings for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated. While masks are no longer mandatory, individual businesses and organizations may still choose to require masks in their spaces. Some people may still want to wear masks in many settings, and that’s ok. 

Step 3 brings us closer to normal, but the pandemic is not yet behind us. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, now is the time to do so. Remember to continue washing your hands, staying home when you’re feeling sick, and make sure to get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms. When socializing with friends and family, be mindful of everyone’s individual comfort level, and as always, be kind, be calm, and be safe.

Thank you,



Friday, June 25, 2021


We're in for a pretty serious heat wave starting today and lasting until Tuesday. Please follow these tips to help you and your family stay safe this weekend

1) Don’t leave children or pets alone in a parked car- even if you crack the window the inside of your car will not remain at a safe temperature.

2) Drink lots of water!

3) Keep cool. Stick to air-conditioned buildings when possible or try a cold bath or shower to cool off.
4) Plan activities for before 10AM and after 4PM.

5) Wear plenty of sunscreen and reapply often!

6) Check on children, older adults, and those unable to leave their homes for signs of heat-related illness.

Learn more here.

Thank you,




Tuesday, June 22, 2021



Happy Pride Everyone!

For those of you that don’t know, the month of June is Pride month! Pride didn’t begin as a parade or as Victoria’s annual Big Gay Dog Walk, it began as a protest led by trans women of colour. Over the decades, members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community fought together to win the basic human rights and freedoms that so many others take for granted. Many folks in BC and across the globe are continuing this fight today.

2SLGBTQ+ people continue to face stigma and discrimination, and as a result face higher rates of violence, poverty, and mental health struggles. For people of colour in the community these issues can be even more complex and difficult. Nobody should ever be the target of violence or oppression because of who they love or who they are.

Our government continues to work hard to advance the rights and freedoms for all of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Here are examples of some of the actions we've taken so far:

  • Flew the Trans flag at the BC legislature for the first time in history.
  • Re-established BC’s human rights commission, which had been dismantled in 2002.
  • Included ‘X’ as a third option in the gender field on government-issued ID, allowing us to more accurately represent the spectrum of gender identity.
  • Moved to ensure that publicly funded, gender affirming lower surgeries are available in BC.
  • Ensured that all 60 school districts are part of the BC SOGI Educator Network to help schools be more inclusive for students.
  • Expanded coverage for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to ensure people at risk of contracting HIV in B.C. are benefiting from preventative treatment.

I'm proud to be part of a government that has worked to be an ally to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. This year, Victoria Pride is taking place June 28th – July 4th. I encourage folks to visit victoriapridesociety.org to learn about Pride events happening this year and how you can participate.

Sincerely,


Friday, June 18, 2021


 

On Tuesday, June 15, we entered Step 2 of BC’s Restart Plan. Thanks to our collective efforts and commitment to getting vaccinated against COVID-19, Step 2 means we can now all enjoy things like backyard BBQs, birthday parties, movie theatres, sports games, and more! Some examples of new things we can do in Step 2 include: 
 
  • Travel recreationally anywhere in B.C.
  • Host outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people
  • Hold indoor seated organized gatherings of up to 50 people
  • Attend indoor faith gathering of up to 50 people, or 10% of a place of worship’s total capacity, whichever is greater 
  •  Go to a movie theatre or live theatre 
  • Watch outdoor sports (maximum of 50 spectators) 
  • Stay later at a restaurant or bar, with liquor service extended until midnight 
  • Go to indoor fitness classes (low-intensity or high-intensity) with reduced capacity  

I am so grateful for all the sacrifices British Columbians have made to get us where we are now. More than 76% of adults are now vaccinated with their first dose, and COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to steadily decline. I’m so excited for myself and everyone else this summer to be able to reconnect with loved ones, safely enjoy what our province has to offer, and to welcome better days ahead.  
 
We’ve come so far in our fight against COVID-19. But as we look forward to brighter days, we must continue to follow public health protocols and remain vigilant in stopping the spread. Masks are still mandatory, physical distancing remains a requirement, and as always, please stay home and get tested if you are sick. I also encourage everyone to check in with their friends and loved ones aged 12+ to make sure everyone is registered to receive their vaccine. Those that aren't registered can sign up at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated  
 
Thank you,



Tuesday, June 15, 2021

 


Since forming government, we’ve worked relentlessly to tackle the affordability crisis. For far too long, people have suffered from the years of neglect by the previous BC Liberal government. People in our province continue to struggle to find affordable homes. We are making good progress, but there is more to do.
 
Recently we took another huge step in the right direction. Our government announced that more than 2,400 new affordable rental homes will be built for people with moderate and low incomes throughout the province. This means that from the Gitanyow Nation, to Victoria, to Penticton, to Burnaby, 39 communities will see new projects to accommodate the unique needs of individuals, families, and seniors, including housing geared to people with disabilities.
 
We also know that Indigenous peoples face unique housing barriers. That’s why more than 1,000 of these new homes will be for Indigenous individuals, families and Elders. These projects will be Indigenous-led to ensure they meet the unique needs of each community. Prioritizing these solutions for communities is part of our commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
 
These new units are some of the nearly 30,000 affordable homes now complete or underway in every corner of the province, building on significant momentum as we continue to address the housing crisis. There’s much more to do, but we’re committed to doing the work to make life better and more affordable for all British Columbians. 
 
For more information, please visit workingforyou.gov.bc.ca.  

Sincerely,




Wednesday, June 9, 2021

 


I’d like to provide an update on an important development in Fairy Creek.

On Monday June 7th, the Pacheedaht, Huu-ay-aht, and Ditidaht First Nations issued the Hišuk ma c̕awak Declaration, taking back decision-making responsibilities over their traditional territories. At the same time, these three nations asked our government to defer old growth logging in the Fairy Creek Watershed and Central Walbran areas, which are located within their territory.

I’m pleased to report that our BC NDP government honours and has approved the request to protect all of the old growth identified by the three First Nations, including the Fairy Creek Watershed.

The protection of Fairy Creek is an important step in protecting the old growth forests that we all love.

The over 2,000 hectares protected in Fairy Creek and Central Walbran adds to the nearly 200,000 hectares our government has already protected, including in Clayoquot Sound and the Skagit “Donut Hole” in Manning Park. In total, we have now issued deferrals in 11 rare old growth ecosystems left vulnerable by the BC Liberals. 

But let’s be clear: while these are very important first steps, we know there is a lot more work to do. That’s why our government will announce more old growth protections this summer, following ongoing consultations with Indigenous rights and title holders.

In recent weeks, I’ve been asked why government didn’t act immediately to defer Fairy Creek. The answer is simple: We were respecting the request from Pacheedaht First Nation not to interfere as they developed a stewardship plan for their territories. The days of making land management decisions without consulting Indigenous rights and title holders is over.

All First Nations have the inherent right of self-determination and are uniquely positioned to be stewards of their territories. The outcome in Fairy Creek shows that when we put Indigenous peoples at the center of land management in their territories, we can protect old growth while advancing reconciliation.

Although some demonstrators have said they intend to continue protesting, it’s important to recognize what the Pacheedaht, Huu-ay-aht, and Ditidaht said on June 7:

“Third parties – whether they are companies, organizations, other governments, or individuals – have no right to speak on behalf of the Nations. Moreover, for third parties to be welcome in their ḥahahuułi (traditional territories), they must respect their governance and stewardship, sacred principles, and right to economically benefit from the resources within the ḥahahuułi.”

Thank you for raising your voice on this issue. British Columbians have cared about these forests for a long time, and these last few weeks have shown that commitment is stronger than ever. These forests are part of what makes our province a great place to live. They’re part of who we are as British Columbians.

 

Protecting Fairy Creek is an important step, but there’s a lot more work to do. I’ll keep you updated as we take additional action to protect old growth forests for future generations.

 

Click here to read the Hišuk ma c̕awak Declaration.

Click here to read more about our government’s announcement today.

Sincerely,

 



Tuesday, June 8, 2021


 
Today, Tuesday June 8th, is World Oceans Day! 

Our government has partnered with Indigenous Nations, coastal communities, local governments, and tourism operators to clean up over 1,200 KMs of our coastline. This is part of our Clean Coast, Clean Waters Initiative that is helping restore marine life and protecting BC’s coasts today and for years to come while also creating jobs and local opportunities! 🌊🌊🌊
 
To learn more about the Clean Coast, Clean Waters Initiative visit this link: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021ENV0029-000783

Sincerely,



Thursday, June 3, 2021


Throughout the pandemic, front line workers have been essential in keeping our communities going. Those front line workers include many hard-working people who still struggle to make ends meet, including grocery store workers, servers, and cleaners. Our government believes that these and all workers should make a fair and dignified wage. This week, we increased the minimum wage in B.C. to $15.20 an hour. We’ve also eliminated the discriminatory lower minimum wage for liquor servers – these workers will now make the regular minimum wage. 
 
Since 2018, we’ve been regularly increasing the minimum wage, which was $11.35 an hour when this work began. Close to 400,000 people have benefited from these increases, the majority of whom are women, immigrants and youth – people who bear the brunt of low-wage labour.  

Increasing the minimum wage is one way we are tackling inequality while making life more affordable. Another action we are taking is increasing the accessibility of child care. 
 
For too long, parents in B.C. have struggled to find affordable child care, which disproportionately impacted women. As of this week, our government has funded nearly 26,000 new licensed child care spaces, exceeding our original goal. In just three years, we’ve funded more than twice as many spaces as the previous government did in an entire decade. This means more parents can afford to go back to work or school, knowing their kids are being cared for and nurtured. 

When we lift up the most vulnerable, we are all better off. This pandemic has exacerbated many issues that British Columbians were already facing, from paying the bills to finding child care. We are committed to a recovery that benefits everyone in our province. 

Speaking of benefits – have you applied for your BC Recovery Benefit yet? This is the one-time payment of up to $1000 for eligible families, or $500 for eligible individuals. Applications close on June 30th! 
Visit this page to apply. If you have already applied, you don’t need to apply again – visit this page if you have questions or haven’t received your benefit.

Sincerely,




Tuesday, June 1, 2021


 
Happy B.C. Wild Salmon Day!
 
Today we join Indigenous communities, federal colleagues, conservation organizations, and B.C.’s fishing community in celebrating BC Wild Salmon Day! Wild Pacific salmon are an iconic species that mean many different things to British Columbians. They are culturally significant to B.C.'s Indigenous communities, contribute to our province's food security and are the economic backbone of many coastal communities, providing good jobs throughout B.C.
 
As we recognize B.C. Wild Salmon Day, we take great pride in celebrating how many people in our province are committed to helping protect and revitalize B.C.'s wild salmon populations. There are British Columbians who dedicate their careers to wild salmon, volunteer their time and effort to help restore habitat in watersheds in their communities or share information and engage others in the value of healthy rivers, lakes and streams. We want to both recognize and thank each one of them for making a difference.
 
The Province is supporting efforts to protect and restore wild salmon through the $143-million British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund. To date, the federal and provincial government fund has supported 42 projects with over $71 million. More projects are on the way.
 
On Vancouver Island, the Peninsula Streams Society has received funding to remove an existing obstruction in Millstream Creek and to install a fish ladder and a fish-friendly culvert. When the project is complete, trout and coho will have a 40% increase in habitat. The new fishway will also provide educational opportunities for locals and Mill Hill Regional Park visitors.
 
Our government is committed to working with Indigenous communities, conservation organizations and B.C.'s fishing community to support the conservation of wild salmon in the province and to continue to build a wild salmon recovery strategy we can all be proud of. This collaboration is what we need to get the job done with all of us working together so salmon will continue to swim in our waters for generations to come.
 
Sincerely,  



Friday, May 28, 2021

We were all horrified to learn this recent news. Please see the following statement from Premier John Horgan about the burial site at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School:
 
“I am horrified and heartbroken to learn that the burial site of 215 children has been confirmed on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. I honour Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc as they grapple with this burden from a dark chapter of Canadian history and uphold their commitment to complete this investigation over the coming weeks – bringing to light the full truth of this loss.
 
“Each child has been forever taken from a family and a community that loved them. This is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions. And it is a stark example of the violence the Canadian residential school system inflicted upon Indigenous peoples and how the consequences of these atrocities continue to this day.
 
“The Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc people have said they are the caretakers of these children, as some would have been brought to the residential school from neighbouring Nations. My thoughts are with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and all who mourn, as they enact their cultural protocols to notify First Nations communities whose children were sent to this school.”
 
Support services are available for those affected by this news:
 
A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former Residential School students and those affected. Access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1 866 925-4419.
 
Within B.C., the KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous specific crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll-free from anywhere in British Columbia. The KUU-US Crisis Line can be reached toll-free at 1 800 588-8717. Alternatively, call direct into the Youth Line at 250 723-2040 or the Adult Line at 250 723-4050, or online: https://www.kuu-uscrisisline.com/
 
You can also view the statement here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021PREM0039-001034?fbclid=IwAR1m4eYKZqBgF91FiLB5EXLkZBAWO19UnBDTxBg_pswO6aRsl4MFx0Rzd5Y

Sincerely,



Tuesday, May 25, 2021


Today our government announced BC’s four-step restart plan. 

Implementing this plan will not be like flipping a switch. Rather, it will be a gradual and careful reopening that continues to put science and the advice of health experts first. 

Now, with more than 60% of adults vaccinated with their first dose and COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations steadily declining, British Columbia is ready to move forward with our cautious first step for a careful and safe restart. The four-step plan was designed based on data and guidance from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and Dr. Bonnie Henry. Progressing through these steps will be measured by the number of adults vaccinated, COVID-19 case counts, hospitalizations, and deaths, while also considering clusters and outbreaks. While there are approximate reopening dates, the plan will be guided by data, not dates, and we will not proceed to the next step until it is safe to do so.

As of today, we are in Step 1. That means:
  • Maximum of five visitors or one household allowed for indoor personal gatherings
  • Maximum of 10 people for outdoor personal gatherings
  • Maximum of 50 people for seated outdoor organized events with safety protocols
  • Recreational travel only within your travel region
  • Indoor and outdoor dining for up to six people with safety protocols
  • Resuming outdoor sports with no spectators, and low-intensity fitness activities with safety protocols
  • Starting the gradual return to offices
  • Provincewide mask mandate, business safety protocols and physical distancing measures remain in place
  • The return of indoor in-person faith-based gatherings with reduced capacity

Sincerely,



Friday, May 21, 2021



Our province is home to some of the world’s finest tourist attractions. Whether it’s the Butchart Gardens, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, or the MacMillan Space Centre, these attractions have been vital to our economy, and have given us many cherished memories. But we know they are among the businesses hit hardest by this pandemic, and our government is committed to supporting this crucial industry.
 
Recently, our government announced that $50 million is on the way to support B.C.’s major tourist attractions. The BC Major Anchor Attractions Program offers up to $1 million per attraction through one-time grants. Businesses can apply until June 7th, with the funds coming in July. We’re taking strong action to ensure these treasured attractions can continue to draw people to B.C., enrich our local experiences and keep people employed. 
 
This funding will help these crucial businesses survive, and I look forward to the day they are able to welcome everyone back with open arms.
 
You can learn more here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021TACS0036-000947
 
Sincerely,



Thursday, May 20, 2021


 

Happy Child Care Appreciation Day to all our hardworking child care staff in Saanich South and beyond! 

Thank you for everything you do to support families in our community. Download and print this colouring sheet for a fun activity- either for a child or for yourself!

Sincerely,


Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Our government is building the next phase of our restart plan, a careful step-by-step approach which will allow us to do more as it becomes safe to do so. This approach has helped us keep a lot of businesses operating safely this past year and avoid larger shutdowns. We are working with businesses on their reopening needs and will have more to share on the next steps after the May long-weekend.
 
We know this virus can surge quickly. That’s why, like every decision in this pandemic, we will move forward step by step based on Dr. Henry’s advice. Our top priority remains keeping people and families safe.  
 
The pandemic has been hard on so many people, businesses, and communities and while cases are still too high and we’re not through it yet, there are reasons to be optimistic.
 
We asked people to limit their contacts with coworkers, friends, and family to bend the curve back down – and British Columbians stepped up and pulled together. It’s working. As a result of our efforts, cases are going down and so are hospitalizations.
 
At the same time more and more people are getting vaccinated - more than 50% of BC’s eligible population have received their first dose.  
 
We’re all looking forward to better days. We’re not there yet, but we get closer everyday.

Sincerely,




Thursday, May 13, 2021


 


Over the past few weeks, we have all felt some relief as our most vulnerable—our grandparents, parents, and loved ones—received their vaccines. Recently, there was more good news: we’re expecting to receive over one million doses of the Pfizer vaccine this month, speeding up our rollout!

With these new vaccines coming, it’s more important than ever for all British Columbians aged 18+ to register through B.C.’s Get Vaccinated system. This way, you will get an email or text notification prompting you to book an appointment when it is your turn. You will only need to register once. Anyone who is not yet registered can do so in one of three ways:
  • Online at: gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated
  • By phone between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (Pacific time), toll-free, at 1-833 838-2323 
  • In person at your nearest Service BC location 

People 30+ can expect to start receiving email or text notifications to book their vaccine appointment, along with Indigenous people 18+ and people who are clinically extremely vulnerable. As well, pregnant British Columbians 16+ are now eligible to receive their vaccine as a priority population. After registering, people who are pregnant can book their vaccine by calling 1-833-838-2323 and identifying as being pregnant. For more information, please visit this page. 

The Pfizer vaccine has now been approved by Health Canada for kids 12-17, and we’ll be integrating them into our age-based vaccine rollout. As more people become eligible and more vaccines are approved, we will continue to update our provincewide program. 

To date, more than 50% of eligible British Columbians have received their first dose of the vaccine, with that number increasing every day. At this crucial time in the pandemic, I strongly urge everyone who is eligible to register and get vaccinated as soon they are able. Being immunized is the best way to protect ourselves and our communities and to put this pandemic behind us. Thank you for continuing your efforts to keep each other safe.  

COVID Resources:    
  • For PHO orders and guidance, visit this page
  • For seniors looking for additional support, or for those looking to support seniors, call 2-1-1 or visit bc211.ca 
  • For virtual mental health resources, click here. 
As always, if you have questions or need any assistance with vaccination information, provincial COVID-19 supports, or any other provincial issue, please reach out. My office can be reached at250-479-4154 or Lana.Popham.MLA@leg.bc.ca.


Sincerely,