Throne Speech Highlights

The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor, delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the fourth session of the forty-first parliament of British Columbia yesterday. The Government’s Throne Speech commits the government to continue advancing its policies with regard to housing, childcare, climate action and reconciliation with First Nations.

Throne Speech commitments of interest to local governments include the following:

Climate Action

  • Government will bring forward measures for the implementation of CleanBC(the government’s plan to reduce emissions and create a low-carbon economy) in Budget 2019. 

Reconciliation - UNDRIP

  • This year, government has begun working with First Nations to make sure they are full participants in decision-making that affect their rights and lands. B.C. will be the first province in Canada to introduce legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


This year the Government will

  • Take further steps to improve rental housing by addressing the recommendations of the Rental Housing Task Force. 
  • Improve the development process by speeding up rental housing and delivering more efficient and effective project approvals. 
  • Identify the structural causes of money laundering to hold accountable those who are responsible and keep working with its federal partners to fight money laundering in all its forms. 


  • This year, the government will establish a collaborative process to develop new legislation to give universal access to quality, affordable childcare the force of law. 

Economy, Jobs and Service Delivery

This year the Government will

  • Maintain its freeze on ferry fares for major routes, and discounts on minor and northern routes
  • Deliver its first-ever poverty reduction strategy.
  • Bring forward measures to bring LNG Canada’s liquefied natural gas project to fruition. Act on recommendations of the Mining Jobs Taskforce, including improved oversight, more support for innovation in mining and mineral exploration, and promoting Indigenous partnerships. 
  • Launch a food security task force to consider how B.C. can harness new technologies and innovation to produce more food, jobs and prosperity, while reducing waste. Explore the feasibility of an ultra-high-speed corridor connecting B.C., Washington and Oregon, an initiative that holds great promise for the Lower Mainland. 
  • [Ensure that] ride hailing will enter the market, giving passengers options and flexibility.

The full text of the Throne Speech is available on the Legislative Assembly's website.


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