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It’s great to be back in Richmond-Steveston!
Over the past two months, my colleagues and I have been hard at work in the legislature considering, debating, and passing legislation on important issues for British Columbia. This includes issues like housing, climate action, protections for workers, public safety, and foreign credential recognition.
Housing has been at the forefront this fall in the legislature. We passed legislation that will rein in the short-term rental market and turn those short-term rental units into homes for people. We are fixing outdated zoning and rules to deliver more small-scale multi-unit homes, including laneways and townhomes. We are also removing barriers to speed up the creation of more housing around transit hubs, so people can access cleaner transportation and amenities where they live. We’re making sure everyone who wants to legally rent out their secondary suites can, so more people have access to suites and can be protected by tenancy laws. And we’re expanding the speculation and vacancy tax, so homes can support people living in them, not sit empty, here in Richmond and across British Columbia!
We also passed legislation to implement a more proactive approach to disaster management using lessons we’ve learned from recent emergencies, working with First Nations to utilize cultural practices to reduce the risk of forest fires, and we're accelerating our progress to use more electric vehicles in BC.
This fall we have passed legislation to improve standards and protections for ride-hailing and food-delivery gig workers, who have previously fallen through the cracks for workplace standards and protections. We also worked to remove barriers so newcomers in our community can have their credentials recognized, so they can work in their chosen jobs even if their qualifications were earned internationally.
There’s still so much more to do to make Richmond and BC a place where everyone can thrive. I’m looking forward to getting back to the legislature next year to continue to do the work of considering, debating, and passing legislation, but in the meantime, I’m excited to get back home to Richmond-Steveston to join in our shared holiday celebrations and have the chance to meet with and hear from more community members like you!
Learn more about the progress we’ve made in the legislature this fall at https://workingforyou.gov.bc.ca/legislation
If you have any questions or concerns about any provincial issue, or need assistance with a provincial body, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help!
Lastly, happy holidays! I wish you a safe and joyous holiday season!