This Policy Note series is based on the CCPA’s submission to the 2019 BC Budget Consultations, which draws on key findings from our research and policy analysis. The action items outlined represent a detailed and demonstrably affordable plan for how the BC government can tackle poverty and climate change, make life more affordable, provide the services that people need, and build a strong, sustainable and innovative economy that works for all British Columbians.
January 2019 | Alex Hemingway
Priorities and funding for health care in BC
In any provincial budget, health care is one of the biggest line items and, of course, one of our most vital public services. A lot of progress has been made on the health file in BC over the past year, but as public finance analyst Alex Hemingway explains, there is still more to do.
January 2019 | Iglika Ivanova
Our BC Budget 2019 priorities: Poverty reduction and climate action
Iglika Ivanova officially kicks off our BC Budget 2019 series by sharing the presentation she made during the BC Budget Consultations. Her presentation focuses on two top priorities for Budget 2019: poverty reduction—including increases to social assistance rates and investments in affordable housing—and climate action.
December 2018 | Alex Hemingway
BC can afford major new investments in the common good
BC has the financial means to make major differences in the lives of British Columbians. The most recent update to BC’s government finances shows a higher than expected budget surplus of $1.3 billion for this fiscal year. Even prior to the update, it was clear that BC has the economic and fiscal capacity to make significant investments to tackle big challenges facing our province, including poverty, climate crisis, housing, transportation and child care.
Our top three priority recommendations for BC Budget 2019 are:
2. Expand climate action initiatives to reflect the urgency of the crisis.
3. Make major new investments in dedicated affordable housing.
In several other important policy areas, we make further recommendations:
5. Strengthen public education and health care.
6. Continue building a universal, affordable, quality child care plan.
7. Review and reform natural resource revenues.
8. Create a fairer provincial tax system.
Our submission also offers an analysis of the economic and fiscal outlook for BC, which serves as context for our full set of budget recommendations.