The Government of Canada is working with partners to protect aquatic species at risk in British Columbia

November 25, 2020 Vancouver, British Columbia – The health of our marine and freshwater environment and the wildlife it sustains are critical to our country’s culture, well-being, and the economy. Yet some of the species that find their home in the waters, rivers, lakes, estuaries, and marshes in British Columbia are at risk due to … Read more

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

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

Canada takes next step towards transitioning open-net pens in coastal B.C. waters 

November 12, 2020 Burnaby, B.C. – The Government of Canada is committed to developing and delivering a real and concrete solution for transitioning open-net pens in coastal British Columbia waters. A change like this requires co-operation, consultation, and engagement, working closely with Indigenous communities, provincial counterparts, and other key stakeholders. Today, Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister … 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

Minister of Environment and Climate Change highlights action to stop the spread of mountain pine beetle in Rocky Mountain National Parks

November 9, 2020         Kootenay National Park, British Columbia      Parks Canada Agency The global COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the importance of nature and protecting the forest, lakes and wildlife that we cherish. While the Government of Canada works to address the pandemic, and support the economy and health of families, we remain focused … 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

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

Canadians recognized for their exceptional commitment to Veterans

26 October 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 … Read more