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  1. The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, will join the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Greater Victoria Housing Society to make a funding announcement to support energy efficiency for buildings across Victoria, British Columbia. This announcement follows the publication of the 2023 Fall Economic Statement, which prioritized housing and building a clean economy.
  2. On November 24, 2023, a lockdown was put in place in the medium-security unit at Mission Institution, to enable staff members to conduct an exceptional search.
  3. On November 25, 2023, Dale Ahpay, an inmate from Kent Institution, died while in our custody.
  4. Today, the Honourable Terry Beech, Minister of Citizens' Services, met with groups in Edmonton to discuss how the government’s economic plan will build a robust, clean economy, as part of the 2023 Fall Economic Statement.
  5. Today, the Honourable Terry Beech, Minister of Citizens' Services, met with community members in Winnipeg to discuss how the government’s economic plan is making life more affordable for Canadians, as part of the 2023 Fall Economic Statement.
  6. The technologies and equipment must be new to the applicant and viable, commercialized and proven to help contribute to the profitability, productivity, or efficiency of an agricultural operation, including:
  7. B.C. farmers looking to grow their businesses in the face of rising costs are getting support for accessing new technologies from items such as robotic and automated equipment, farm management software and digital sensors, which will help them increase production, efficiency and profitability.
  8. On November 20, 2023, an inmate was the victim of an assault at Kent Institution, a maximum-security federal institution.
  9. Daajing Giids will improve compliance with regulatory wastewater requirements and enhance its capacity to protect fish and shellfish habitat, thanks to the combined investment of more than $1.5 million from the governments of Canada and British Columbia and the Village of Daajing Giids. Announced by Minister Sean Fraser, Minister Anne Kang, and Mayor Lisa Pineault, this project will safeguard the health of the community and nearby ecosystems.
  10. On November 15, 2023, correctional officers at Mountain Institution, a medium-security federal institution, intercepted inmates who were attempting to introduce contraband and unauthorized items into the institution.
  11. Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced that applications are now being accepted for the Tourism Growth Program in British Columbia.
  12. More transit users will benefit from improved transit infrastructure in Port Coquitlam, thanks to the combined investment of $31.1 million from the Government of Canada and TransLink. Announced by MP Ron McKinnon, MLA Mike Farnworth, and Kevin Quinn, CEO of TransLink, this project will upgrade the Port Coquitlam Transit Centre (PTC) and provide commuters with improved transportation options.
  13. Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced PacifiCan’s new home at Station Tower near City Centre, Surrey’s growing economic hub.
  14. Today, John Aldag, Member of Parliament for Cloverdale – Langley City announced more than $260,000 in PacifiCan funding through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund for two public space projects in Langley.
  15. The Government of Canada is investing $3,895,429 through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to support ten ventilation improvements projects across British Columbia.
  16. Nine public social housing buildings and one service building in British Columbia will benefit from improved ventilation, thanks to the combined investment of more than $4.8 million from the federal and provincial governments. Announced by Minister Sean Fraser and Minister Ravi Kahlon, these projects will improve the health and safety of occupants and staff.
  17. Two bridges crossing Kicking Horse River will receive upgrades that make them more resilient to the impacts of climate change, thanks to a combined investment of more than $89.6 million from the governments of Canada and British Columbia. Announced by Member of Parliament John Aldag and Minister Rob Fleming, this project will reduce the risk of damage to essential infrastructure in Golden caused by climate-related events.
  18. Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced funding of over $1.1 million to Burnaby-based Greenlight Innovation Corporation, a market leader in the testing equipment required to develop and manufacture hydrogen fuel cells, electrolysers, and energy storage devices.
  19. Today, Robert Nelson, Chief Councillor of the Metlakatla First Nation, and the Honourable Gary Anandasangaree, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced the settlement of the Cloyah Bay Specific Claim in the traditional territory of the Metlakatla First Nation.
  20. The location of unmarked burials at former residential school sites across Canada continues to be a tragic reminder of the abuse that many Indigenous children suffered in these institutions.
  21. Investment of $248 million will support international and Canadian researchers pursuing ambitious projects
  22. Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced over $5.6 million in PacifiCan funding for two Vancouver-based businesses that are developing innovative technology to advance construction site safety and provide more transit options.
  23. Today, Chief Russ Chipps, council members Sheeba Sawyer and Traci-Lynn Pateman of the Sc’ianew First Nation, and the Honourable Gary Anandasangaree, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced $5,439,245 in funding provided through the Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program, for the construction of the Community Cultural Space Centre.
  24. The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), will announce the location of PacifiCan’s new headquarters and celebrate the launch of Circle Innovation’s Healthtech SME Program, a project proudly supported by PacifiCan.
  25. On behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Julie Dabrusin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and to the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, will make a funding announcement to support energy efficiency for buildings in Vancouver, British Columbia. Media availability will follow.
  26. The Vancouver International Airport will improve its main terminal’s building performance and reduce its overall emissions, thanks to a combined investment of more than $3.5 million from the governments of Canada and British Columbia.
  27. The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), will attend the Burnaby Business Excellence Awards where he will announce funding for an innovative Burnaby-based business that is supporting clean energy development.
  28. Active transportation projects will provide healthy and affordable transportation options for three communities in British Columbia, thanks to the combined investment of $869,950 from the Government of Canada, the City of Vancouver, and Powell River Community Forest. Announced by Minister Kamal Khera, these projects will improve residents’ quality of life by planning and building active travel networks that will help build more sustainable communities.
  29. The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), will announce funding to help Vancouver-based tech businesses grow locally and compete globally.
  30. Members of the media are invited to an infrastructure announcement with Wilson Miao, Member of Parliament for Richmond Centre, the Honourable George Heyman, B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and Christoph Rufenacht, Vice President, Airport Development and Asset Optimization, Vancouver Airport Authority.
  31. Members of the media are invited to an infrastructure announcement with Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country, Ronna-Rae Leonard, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Courtenay-Comox, and His Worship Armand Hurford, Mayor of the District of Squamish.
  32. Today, Chief Alice Thompson, Leq’á:mel First Nation, and the Honourable Gary Anandasangaree, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced that the First Nation and the Government of Canada have reached a settlement of the Leq’á:mel First Nation’s Klatwaas Colonial Reserve Reduction Specific Claim.
  33. On November 8 and 9, 2023, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, contraband was seized at Mountain Institution, a medium security federal institution. The contraband items seized included 184 grams of cannabis concentrate and 94 grams of methamphetamine. The total estimated institutional value of these seizures is $139,000.
  34. Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced over $2.7 million in PacifiCan funding for seven projects throughout Vancouver’s North Shore.
  35. Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, announced over $2.7 million in PacifiCan funding for seven projects throughout Vancouver’s North Shore.
  36. Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Physical Activity and Member of Parliament for Delta, announced $885,000 in PacifiCan funding through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund for two public space projects in Delta.
  37. Coquitlam is receiving a federal investment of more than $4.4 million to support a project that will minimize the risk of future flooding events, as announced today by MP Ron McKinnon and Dennis Marsden, Acting Mayor for Coquitlam.
  38. On November 1, 2023, Darak Andrew More, an inmate from Mountain Institution, died while in our custody.
  39. Members of the media are invited to an infrastructure announcement with the Honourable Ron McKinnon, Member of Parliament – Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam, and His Worship, Richard Stewart.
  40. The lockdown put in place at Mountain Institution on October 24, 2023, has ended and the exceptional search has been completed. On October 28, the institution resumed normal operations and visits resumed.
  41. Three new water and wastewater projects in the region will provide cleaner and more reliable municipal services thanks to an investment of more than $10 million from the governments of Canada and British Columbia, and the municipalities of Burns Lake, Fraser Lake, and the District of Mackenzie. These projects were announced today by Minister Sean Fraser, Minister Anne Kang, and Mayor Henry Wiebe.
  42. New and small-scale farmers will be able to grow their business and help strengthen food security in their communities with the relaunch of the New Entrant Farm Business Accelerator Program.
  43. On October 23, 2023, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, contraband was seized at Pacific Institution, a multi-level security federal institution.
  44. Communities across British Columbia will receive new buses and see important upgrades to public transit infrastructure, thanks to an investment of more than $248.5 million from the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, and BC Transit. Announced by MP Wilson Miao, Minister Rob Fleming, and Erinn Pinkerton of BC Transit, these projects will increase public transit ridership and improve the commuter experience.
  45. The Government of Canada is investing more than $102.3 million through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to support eight public transit improvement projects across British Columbia. The Government of British Columbia is investing over $99.2 million and BC Transit is contributing more than $46.9 million.
  46. The Honourable Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, will join the Honourable Grace Lore, British Columbia’s Minister of State for Child Care, to announce increased support for early childhood educators across British Columbia.
  47. The construction of a water treatment plant will provide the community access to safe and healthier drinking water, thanks to an investment of more than $24.3 million from the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia and Williams Lake. Announced by Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister Anne Kang, and Mayor Surinderpal Rathor, this project will reduce manganese levels in the drinking water, contributing to the overall well-being and resilience of the community.
  48. Safe and inclusive public spaces and dynamic tourism attractions are key to vibrant communities. They bring together people of all ages and abilities, in turn supporting businesses and boosting economic vitality. Throughout Sea to Sky Country, communities are welcoming residents and visitors alike to enjoy new and improved public spaces and tourism experiences.
  49. Safe and inclusive public spaces and dynamic tourism attractions are key to vibrant communities. They bring together people of all ages and abilities, in turn supporting businesses and boosting economic vitality. Throughout Sea to Sky Country, communities are welcoming residents and visitors alike to enjoy new and improved public spaces and tourism experiences.
  50. On October 24, 2023, a lockdown was put in place at Mountain Institution, a medium security federal institution, to enable staff members to conduct an exceptional search.