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BC Budget 2017: Investing in People to Build a Prosperous BC

Realize Strategies was honoured to participate in BC Budget lock-up on September 11, 2017. We’re pleased that the Province took steps yesterday to make BC’s communities more sustainable, inclusive and prosperous for everyone.

Yesterday’s budget advances many of the issues that we know are important to our co-op members and organizational colleagues, including $200 million in capital investment towards the creation of affordable rental housing, increased disability funding, and an earning exemptions increase for people receiving social assistance. We’re also pleased that yesterday’s budget took steps to ease the financial pressure on member organizations by announcing a 50% reduction in MSP premiums effective January 1, 2018. These are all steps that will support the development of a sustainable, prosperous BC for many future generations. A full overview of Budget highlights can be found here: http://bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2017_Sept_Update/highlights/2017_Sept_Update_Highlights.pdf.

Realize looks forward to working with the Government over the coming months to continue to build support for our diverse and growing membership, clients, and colleagues – across the performing arts, social enterprise, the co-operative sector, and environmental conservation.