|2002/03 Annual Service
Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and
BC's public libraries benefited from $8.6 million in provincial
funding for operating costs and additions to library collections.
BC's local governments received unconditional grants consisting
- $23.9 million in small community protection grants, for small-
and medium-sized municipalities to fund basic services for residents
such as road and parks maintenance, recreation facilities and
services and community planning;
- $2.1 million in regional district grant funding;
- $10 million in additional unconditional grants for municipalities
providing police services, allocated on the basis of their policing
Pilot launched for the Aboriginal FIRST program to build leadership
and sports training skills in Aboriginal youth in remote communities.
Contributed $5.5 million as the second instalment toward doubling
the Physical Fitness and Amateur Sport Fund. The increase from $22
million to $44 million will be completed in April 2004. This will
ensure that more money is protected for sport in each budget.
Provided $5 million as the second instalment toward the commitment
of $20 million to create the Olympic Arts Fund.
Increased the First Citizens Fund by $9 million. The fund has now
been built up to $54 million. Interest from the fund supports
Aboriginal friendship centers, student bursaries, and economic development
Increased funding to promote Aboriginal languages, up to $1 million
Committed to developing 3,500 new housing units for the frail elderly
in partnership with Health Authorities under the Independent Living
Community Access Terminals installed in all 58 Government Agent
Community Charter draft legislation and discussion paper released.
Announced funding for 79 green infrastructure projects under the
Canada-BC Infrastructure Program in conjunction with the Ministry
of Competition, Science and Enterprise. The projects are worth
$204 million. This brought the total number of projects in which
federal-provincial infrastructure money was provided for water and
sewer projects to 94. These projects meet critical needs such as
drinking water quality. The total value of these projects was $239
Aboriginal Employment Partnership Initiative was announced in Nanaimo
on National Aboriginal Day. The Aboriginal Employment Partnership
Initiative partners with employers to identify employment and economic
opportunities for Aboriginal people.
Vancouver Agreement partners provided $4.5 million for initiatives
to revitalize the Downtown Eastside business environment.
The International Olympic Committee included Vancouver on its short
list of candidate cities to host the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien officially opened the Chinatown
Millennium Gate in Vancouver. The project was funded by the Vancouver
Agreement partners and the Chinatown community.
Inaugural First Citizens' Forum was held on October 11.
Facilities and equipment grants totaling $400,000 was distributed
to three child care centres in North Vancouver, helping to create
almost 300 spaces.
Launched the new Child Care Operating Grant, the new system of
funding child care centres.
An independent consultant's report concluded that hosting the 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will mean major economic benefits
Funding of $150 million for the Greater Vancouver Regional District
Seymour filtration plant was announced through the Canada-BC Infrastructure
Introduced the student component of the Provincial Nominee Program
to encourage foreign students to stay in British Columbia to help
address critical skills shortages.
The ministry provided $800,000 to Aboriginal health programs in
the Downtown Eastside under the Vancouver Agreement.
The Aboriginal Business Advisory Office opened in Cranbrook.
The Woodward's building was sold to the City of Vancouver for $5.5
million, with a commitment by the Province to create 100 low-cost
Delivered the Olympic Bid Book to the International Olympic Committee
and contributed $380,000 to Celebration 2010 — to support
arts and culture through the Olympic Bid.
The ministry announced the re-investment of $10 million in the
child care parent subsidy. This benefits 9,000 children in low-income
families by helping with child care costs.
Introduced the Museum Act, enabling the Royal British Columbia
Museum to create a new independent structure that will allow it
to operate more efficiently and improve services.
Introduced Community Charter legislation.
Introduced the Safety Standards Act and the Safety Authority
The Federal/Provincial Early Learning and Child Care Agreement
was completed; British Columbia will get $121 million over five
Launched the new Child Care Capital Fund providing $2.5 million
to assist with capital costs of repairing or building new child
Created a $5 million Heritage Legacy Fund endowment to strengthen
heritage conservation and empower communities to take leadership
roles in heritage.