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  1. Pacific salmon hold tremendous value for natural ecosystems, cultural and spiritual practices, jobs and income, and recreational enjoyment along the coast and inland watersheds of British Columbia.
  2. Richmond, BC - A routine inspection of commercial seafood processing plants by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) fishery officers in January 2023 resulted in a fine of $40,000. On December 6, 2023, Tenshi Seafood Limited was handed down the fine in Richmond Provincial Court after pleading guilty to the possession of undersize crabs by a commercial business, which is a violation of Canada’s Fisheries Act.
  3. Matsqui First Nation and Canada to make an announcement on an important settlement
  4. Victoria, B.C.– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, will make an announcement regarding the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund.
  5. The Lytton Business Restart Program provides contribution funding to support the restart and revitalization of local businesses in Lytton, B.C.
  6. The existing transit exchange in Trail, within the West Kootenay Transit System, will undergo refurbishment and expansion thanks to a combined investment of more than $3.07 million from the governments of Canada, British Columbia, and the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.
  7. Measures are being put in place to stabilize the shoreline in Lax Kw’alaams after an investment of more than $5 million from the federal government. Announced by Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, this project will protect the community’s critical infrastructure and preserve the precious habitats of important fish species, such as surf smelt and herring.
  8. Stormwater and wastewater infrastructure in Oak Bay will undergo significant upgrades thanks to a combined investment of more than $8.8 million from the federal and provincial governments along with the District of Oak Bay.
  9. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is committed to preventing the introduction, establishment, and spread of aquatic invasive species, including Zebra and Quagga Mussels. In May 2023, DFO announced $8.75 million in contribution funding over five years as part of the newly created Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Fund (AISPF). The AISPF funds eligible organizations and projects that focus on preventing the introduction and establishment of aquatic invasive species across Canada.
  10. Improvements to the Burnaby Transit Centre (BTC), an operations and maintenance facility divided into two campuses, will increase operational capacity after a combined investment of over $44.1 million from the federal government and TransLink.
  11. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health and the Honourable Adrian Dix, Minister of Health of British Columbia announced a bilateral agreement to invest $733 million over the next five years to help British Columbians age with dignity, closer to home, through improved access to home and community care and long-term care (LTC).
  12. The Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health, along with the Honourable Adrian Dix, Minister of Health for British Columbia, will make an important announcement on seniors’ health care.
  13. The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Physical Activity, will join the Honourable Mitzi Dean, British Columbia’s Minister of State for Child Care, to announce that additional child care spaces will move into the $10-a-Day ChildCareBC program.
  14. Today, with the support of the Haida Nation and the Government of British Columbia, the Government Representative in the Senate, Senator Marc Gold, introduced Bill S-16, An Act respecting the recognition of the Haida Nation and the Council of the Haida Nation.
  15. On February 4, 2024, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, contraband and unauthorized items were seized at Kent Institution, a maximum-security federal institution.
  16. Today, Chief Michael Wyse of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and the Honourable Gary Anandasangaree, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, celebrated the signing of a historic Interim Land Reconciliation Agreement, that will allocate 80.09 hectares of land (the “Camp Nanaimo Lands on Te’tuxwtun”) to be set aside as a reserve for the Snuneymuxw First Nation.
  17. Chief Michael Wyse of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and the Honourable Gary Anandasangaree, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, will celebrate the signing of a historic agreement related to Snuneymuxw First Nation lands.
  18. The South Shuswap Transportation Society, which operates South Shuswap Rides, will soon expand their service with the purchase of a second electric vehicle. After a combined investment of $95,327 from the federal and local governments, as well as the South Shuswap Transportation Society, this expansion will support South Shuswap Rides’ door-to-door transportation service.
  19. The lockdown and exceptional search put in place at Matsqui Institution on January 11, 2024, ended on January 15, 2024. The institution has since resumed normal operations and visits were reinstated.
  20. On January 5, 2024, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, contraband and unauthorized items were seized at Kent Institution, a maximum-security federal institution.
  21. On January 11, 2024, a lockdown was put in place at Matsqui Institution, a medium-security federal institution, to enable staff members to conduct an exceptional search.
  22. The lockdown put in place at Matsqui Institution on January 5, 2024, has now ended. The institution is gradually returning to normal operations and visits have resumed.
  23. The Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez, will make a significant funding announcement related to Canada’s supply chain and improving cargo capacity at Vancouver International Airport. He will be joined by the Member of Parliament for Steveston—Richmond East, Parm Bains, the Member of Parliament for Surrey Centre, Randeep Sarai, and the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Airport Authority, Tamara Vrooman.
  24. The heat recovery and optimization project at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre is set to make the building more energy efficient and decrease greenhouse gas emissions, after an investment of more than $4.45 million from the federal government.
  25. On January 4, 2024, several inmates at Matsqui Institution were involved in an altercation that resulted in many being the victims of an assault.
  26. CBSA drug seizure at Abbotsford International Airport results in six-year sentence
  27. On January 1, 2024, Lisa Batstone, an inmate from Fraser Valley Institution, died while in our custody.
  28. On December 28, 2023, Mike Andrew Arcand, an inmate from Pacific Institution, died while in our custody.
  29. On December 21, 2023, Paul Raymond Schipfel, an inmate from Matsqui Institution died while in our custody.
  30. On December 19, 2023, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, a package containing contraband and unauthorized items was seized at Kent Institution, a maximum-security federal institution.
  31. Improvements to the Regional District of Nanaimo’s French Creek Pollution Control Centre (FCPCC) will improve secondary wastewater treatment for more efficient and reliable services to residents, after a joint investment of more than $25.4 million from the federal and provincial governments, along with the Regional District of Nanaimo.
  32. The following 58 projects are receiving funding under the second phase of the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF).
  33. Vancouver, BC – Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, and the BC Minister of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship, the Honourable Nathan Cullen, announced $86,119,340 for 58 projects receiving funding under the second phase of the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF).
  34. Improvements to public transit infrastructure will better connect four communities in B.C. after a combined investment of more than $91.3 million from the governments of Canada and British Columbia, and BC Transit.
  35. The federal government is investing more than $36.5 million through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to support five public transit improvement projects across British Columbia. The provincial government is also contributing more than $36.5 million towards these projects, while local governments are contributing more than $18.2 million.
  36. The federal government is investing over $4.9 million to retrofit and upgrade the IISAAK Learning Lodge at the Pacific Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCA) Innovation Centre’s Clayoquot Campus. Four private companies – RJC Engineers, AME Mechanical, Number TEN Architectural Group, and AES Engineering Ltd. – are supporting the project.
  37. The lockdown and exceptional search put in place at the medium-security unit at Mission Institution on November 24, 2023, ended on November 28, 2023. The institution has since resumed normal operations and visits were reinstated.
  38. Today, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities, and Scott Pearce, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), announced a federal investment of over $400,000 to help 9 communities in British Columbia implement innovative strategies to manage their municipal infrastructure.
  39. Improving passport service quality, accessibility and timeliness remain top priorities for Service Canada. That is why Service Canada expanded the 10-day passport service to the Comox Valley Service Canada Centre in Courtenay.
  40. Two communities in southern British Columbia will receive significant upgrades to their drinking water and wastewater infrastructure thanks to an investment of more than $4.5 million from the federal and provincial governments, along with the City of Greenwood and the Village of Keremeos.
  41. The Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez, and the President of the Council of the Haida Nation, Gaagwiis Jason Alsop, recognized the third anniversary of the launch of the Voluntary Protection Zone (VPZ) for shipping on the west coast of Haida Gwaii through Canada’s Oceans Protections Plan, noting a 94% compliance rate. The VPZ plays a significant role in mitigating current and future shipping impacts by reducing the number of vessels transiting through this sensitive ecological area.
  42. The Government of Canada and the District of Sooke are investing more than $2.1 million to upgrade and expand the Little River pedestrian crossing and existing multi-use trail system.
  43. The federal government is investing $16 million to support the village of Hartley Bay’s, home of the Gitga’at First Nation, water infrastructure improvements.
  44. The City of Kimberley will build new wastewater infrastructure after a combined investment of more than $90.6 million from the federal, provincial, and municipal governments.
  45. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Atlantic Region has released operational and enforcement highlights covering the period from January 1 to October 31, 2023.
  46. The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) and Innovate BC invest in British Columbia cleantech businesses through B.C. Fast Pilot program
  47. Everyday, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) works hard to protect Canadians, support the economy, and ensure the safe and efficient movement of people and goods across our borders.
  48. Today, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Quebec Region, published the highlights of its enforcement and operational activities covering the period from January 1, to October 31, 2023.
  49. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Prairie Region today released operational and enforcement highlights covering the period from January 1 to October 31, 2023.
  50. Canada’s oceans and waterways are home to diverse ecosystems that play an important role in the health of Canadians and the environment. Climate change, pollution, and shipping activities can threaten marine life. Through Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is increasing protections and further preserving these important marine ecosystems.