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|Dear Jinwang,On July 1, BC entered into Step 3 of our Restart Plan. As of this week, nearly 80% of British Columbians have had at least their first dose of vaccine, and our declining case counts show that vaccines are working.We are able to move to Step 3 because of our collective efforts and sacrifices. Thank you for everything you’ve done this past year to stay 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:Personal gatherings are back to normal, indoors and outdoors – including sleepoversRestaurants, bars, and pubs are no longer limited to 6 people per tableFitness classes can resume with normal capacity, indoors and outdoors.Indoor and outdoor sports can have more spectatorsWe’re welcoming travellers from across CanadaMasks are now 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 organization may still choose to require masks in their spaces. Step 3 brings us closer to normal, but the pandemic is not behind us yet. 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.|
|Supporting the Indigenous Tourism Industry|
People and businesses in the Indigenous tourism industry have shown strength and resilience throughout the pandemic. Indigenous tourism businesses in B.C. have received over $28 million for 60 projects to support recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sport, described this initiative perfectly: “This funding demonstrates reconciliation in action by creating and expanding tourism economic development projects with Indigenous Nations and supporting self determination for Indigenous businesses.”.You can find more information here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021TACS0042-001215
|BC Skilled Trades Certification System|
As Minister of Advanced Education and Training, I know that tradespeople are building B.C. and we want them to be able to count on having good, family-supporting jobs with steady work. The BC Liberals got rid of the trades certification system in 2003, meaning thousands of workers are practicing a trade with no formal recognition of their skills and knowledge levels. This has resulted in careers in the trades being devalued and, without a recognized credential, it can be very hard for trades workers to move between jobs and industries – meaning downtime between projects and lost wages for them and their families.
We are building a made-in-B.C. Skilled Trades Certification system to support good jobs and more career opportunities for apprentices and trade workers. This system will encourage more people to choose careers in the trades so that businesses have the workforce they need to recover from the pandemic.
You can find more information here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021AEST0039-001140
Summer is here and the 2021 wildfire season is well underway, especially after last weekend’s record-breaking heatwave. Our government has stepped up with more than $20 million to reduce risks around communities and support new research into predicting wildfire activity.
The goal of our commitment is to make communities safer, reduce the risk of wildfires and research new ways to mitigate the risks of wildfires.
You can find more information here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021FLNRO0043-001221
I’m here for you
As always, if you have questions or need any assistance with provincial COVID-19 supports, please reach out. Thank you for trusting me to support you again as your MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake. For constituency-related questions, you can reach me at (604) 775-0565 or Anne.Kang.MLA@leg.bc.ca. For all inquiries about my capacity as Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training, please email AEST.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sincerely,Anne Kang, MLA