Tuesday, October 5, 2021

With the Legislature back in session this week I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you a few updates from the past couple weeks.
Making the switch to clean electricity
The climate crisis demands urgent action, and our province has the clean electricity resources to power a sustainable future. Last week we announced our 5-year plan to make it easier and more affordable for people to use made-in-B.C. clean power in place of fossil fuels.

This plan is projected to help us avoid an additional 930,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2025. That is equivalent to taking 200,000 cars off the road. 

As more and more daily activities like driving, heating our homes, and producing industrial goods switch from fossil fuels to clean electricity, we will reduce carbon emissions and make our province less polluting and more efficient.

Capping fees for restaurants
With many people ordering delivery and takeout during the pandemic, restaurants have depended more and more on delivery services and apps to get their food safely to customers.

Last December, we responded to the calls of the restaurant industry and put a cap on the fees that these delivery services can charge to restaurants. This cap provided much-needed relief for restaurants trying to stay afloat and put more money back into the pockets of people working in the restaurant industry.
Last week, we extended this cap until the end of 2021, so we can continue helping restaurants and the more than 180,000 people they employ in B.C.
Helping more people to get good tech jobs
We are also partnering with B.C.’s growing tech sector to help more people get jobs in tech, including people who are under-represented in the industry such as women, LGBTQ2S+ people, Black, Indigenous and people of colour, people with disabilities or neurodiversity, and more. 

B.C. companies can apply for a grant of up to $10,000 to hire new tech roles. The program is open to everyone, but priority will be given to people from under-represented groups.