End of lockdown and search at Matsqui Institution

November 16, 2020 – Abbotsford, British Columbia– Correctional Service Canada The lockdown put in place at Matsqui Institution ended on November 10, 2020 and an exceptional search has been completed. The institution has resumed its normal operations. A number of unauthorized items and contraband were found during the exceptional search. Correctional Service Canada (CSC) is … Read more

Government of Canada provides targeted support for business to help maintain over 11,000 jobs in British Columbia

Funding provides BC entrepreneurs with the advice and tools they need to mitigate COVID-19 impacts on their businesses. November 13, 2020 – Quesnel, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada From the outset, the Government of Canada has taken action to support businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to protect their contributions to the … Read more

Backgrounder: Funding for British Columbia business support services

November 13, 2020 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada Today, the Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Digital Government and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra, announced over $1.7 million for business support services across BC. This Western Economic Diversification Canada funding comes from the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) and supports … Read more

Canada supports the nation rebuilding efforts of Indigenous groups in British Columbia to advance self-determination and reconciliation 

November 12, 2020 — Vancouver, BC — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada The Government of Canada is rebuilding the nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown and government-to-government relationship with Indigenous peoples through supporting the realization of their visions of self-determination. A key part of this work is through the Nation Rebuilding Program. Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister … Read more

Government of Canada to announce funding support for business ecosystems in British Columbia

Quesnel, British Columbia – November 12, 2020 –  The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Digital Government on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, will provide details on funding to support business ecosystems across British Columbia. Following remarks, Minister Murray will … Read more

Death of an inmate from Pacific Institution

November 10, 2020 – Abbotsford, British Columbia – Correctional Service Canada On November 9, 2020, Douglas Allan Strain, an inmate from Pacific Institution died while in our custody of apparent natural causes following an illness. At the time of his death, Mr. Strain had been serving a life sentence for second degree murder since November … Read more

Lockdown and search at Matsqui Institution

November 6, 2020 – Abbotsford, British Columbia – Correctional Service Canada On November 5, 2020, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, four packages containing contraband and unauthorized items were seized at Matsqui Institution, a medium-security federal institution. The contraband and unauthorized items seized included crystal methamphetamine, THC butter, and cell phones. The … Read more

Combating unauthorized and counterfeit goods during the COVID-19 pandemic: the CBSA, Health Canada and RCMP announce the results of Project Purify  

November 5, 2020 Vancouver, British Columbia                                         The Government of Canada continues to take action to prevent the importation of unauthorized or illegal health products at border crossings across Canada.   Today, the Canada Border Services … Read more

Canada helps protect the Cowichan Valley from the impact of climate change

Duncan, British Columbia, November 4, 2020—The safety and well-being of Canadians remains the Government of Canada’s top priority as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The federal government is taking decisive action to support families, businesses and communities, and continues to look ahead to see what more can be done. Investing in infrastructure to support local economies, … Read more

Media Advisory – Duncan, British Columbia

Duncan, British Columbia, November 3, 2020—Members of the media are invited to tune in to an important infrastructure event with the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Chief William Seymour of Cowichan Tribes.Date:               Wednesday, November 4, 2020 Time:              1:00 p.m. PST Media are invited to attend using the following … Read more

Canadians recognized for their exceptional commitment to Veterans

3 November 2020 – Ottawa From coast to coast to coast, Canadians have a longstanding commitment to providing volunteer services that improve the well-being of Canadian Veterans and paying tribute to their  sacrifices and achievements. The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendations recognize individuals who go above and beyond in improving the well-being, care and remembrance … Read more

Escape from Mission Institution – Minimum security unit

On October 29, 2020 during the 22:00 count in the minimum security unit at Mission institution, staff members discovered that Roderick Muchikekwanape was not accounted for. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) immediately contacted the Mission detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and a warrant for his arrest has been issued. Roderick Muchikekwanape is 41 years … Read more

CBSA investigation into steroid smuggling ring leads to guilty pleas and sentences  

October 28, 2020                 Vancouver, British Columbia           Canada Border Services Agency   Despite the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) remains committed to the safeguarding of our country and keeping contraband goods from reaching our communities. Today, the CBSA is pleased to announce that, following its lengthy investigation called … Read more

Government of Canada invests $4.9 million to further protect British Columbia farm workers during COVID-19

October 27, 2020 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada The Government of Canada recognizes the critical role of the food supply chain and is committed to improving the safety of these workplaces. Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced an investment of $4.9 million under the Emergency On-Farm … Read more

Minister Bibeau to announce support to protect B.C. farm workers during COVID-19

October 26, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, will announce funding to support the health and safety of farm workers in British Columbia. Date October 27, 2020 Time 9:00 a.m. (PT) Participation information Access by videoconference: https://canada.webex.com/canada/j.php?MTID=m7af8b90e17496b5a9efaa501befcd5e4 Meeting number (access code): 173 748 … Read more