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Plans to fight COVID-19 pandemic focus of B.C.'s Throne Speech

Last Updated Dec 7, 2020 at 4:37 pm PST

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Summary

The session with the new NDP majority government kicked off with a much shorter and simpler speech

The government will deliver a one-time stimulus payment of up to $1000 per family this year

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — Getting through the COVID-19 pandemic, grieving those lost during it, and recovering from it was the focus of B.C.’s Throne Speech Monday.

The current legislative session will last two weeks when it typically lasts up to six.

The session with the new NDP majority government kicked off with a much shorter and simpler speech than the province typically sees. There weren’t any new promises, but the government does need to have spending approved for ongoing COVID-19 supports in place and for implementing new ones.

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This includes the NDP election promise of a COVID-19 relief payment of up to $1,000 per family and $500 for individuals based on a sliding scale. Before the money can be transferred into British Columbian’s bank accounts, it will need to be approved in the House.


Lieutenant-Governor Janet Austin says the government will deliver the payment this year.

“Focusing now on beating the virus will allow British Columbia to move as quickly as possible to address our economic recovery by investing in people, strengthening communities and supporting job and growth in a clean energy future, we can build a recovery for everyone,” she said.

Meanwhile, with a report from the tourism task force expected back soon, the industry hoping for a quick turnaround for supports for the hard-hit sector.

-With files from the Canadian Press

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