“We managed to get this one across the board. It’s $ 1.1 billion to make sure people don’t go to work sick, ”he said.
“I will leave it to the federal government to specify how it will allocate resources.”
The funding is part of a $ 19 billion Ottawa announcement to help provinces deal with COVID-19. British Columbia will receive approximately $ 2 billion from the overall program.
Eligible British Columbians will apply under a national program that has not yet been created.
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Federal assistance also includes 50/50 cost sharing for public transit and support for municipalities.
The requirement is that the province must contribute $ 1 for every dollar spent by Ottawa to support public transit. TransLink and BC Transit are in desperate need of help due to a significant drop in ridership at the height of the pandemic.
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“I am very pleased that the Federal President understands and recognizes that the best way for them to have a positive impact on people’s lives is to partner with other orders of government, be it the provincial government or municipalities in British Columbia, “Horgan told me.
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Federal funding does not include housing support. The province announced on Wednesday the lifting of the moratorium on evictions due to unpaid rent during the pandemic.
Horgan also expressed frustration at a news conference on Thursday that the health crisis has overshadowed the dizzying growth of new overdose deaths in British Columbia.
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The BC Coroners Service announced Thursday that a record number of 175 people in British Columbia died from illicit drug overdoses in June. Compare that to the total 189 people who died from COVID-19 in the province.
Horgan was again asked why the province was responding more aggressively to the pandemic than to the overdose crisis.
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“I just think these are two separate things. We have an insidious virus that affects anyone at any time. And we have an opioid crisis that involves people who use drugs. These are choices initially, and then they become addictions, “said Horgan.
” Wash your hands. Physical distance. Wear a mask if you can’t do this. These are conscious decisions that people can make to protect themselves. When you are addicted to opioids, you are not making conscious decisions other than taking your next opioid. ”
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