SUPPORTING EDUCATION

  • Playground Funding: $25,711 returned to Bramblewood Secondary PACs that recently purchased playground equipment for their kids
  • New Schools: $4.4 million for two school construction projects in Coquitlam at Bramblewood Elementary and Aspenwood Elementary adding 205 student spaces
  • Glen Elementary: $14.8 million that can accommodate 400 grades 1 to 5 students, has two classrooms available for full day kindergarten and was built following sustainable design principles
  • Constructing and Upgrading:  $2.2 million for seismic upgrades to Eagle Ridge Elementary and Roy Stibbs Elementary schools and $1.5 million for building envelope remediation work at Panorama Heights Elementary and Westwood Elementary schools


IMPROVING HEALTH CARE

  • Cypress Lodge: $9.4 million, 20-bed mental health rehabilitation facility located on the Riverview Hospital grounds and is part of the $138 million Riverview redevelopment project to build new mental-health facilities
  • Eagle Ridge Hospital: 22 new permanent acute care beds, while 12 existing sub-acute beds are upgraded to form a new 34-bed acute general medicine unit
  • Riverview: 44 beds for adults with severe mental illness and substance use disorders opened to provide transitional, long-term supportive housing
  • Royal Columbian Hospital Redevelopment: Hundreds of additional beds, a larger emergency department, a new surgical suite and consolidation of critical care beds with renovations and upgrades to existing spaces to improve recruitment to the site


UPGRADING TRI-CITIES INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project: $1.4-billion project that will connect the cities of Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam with an 11-kilometre advanced light rapid transit line between Lougheed Town Centre and Douglas College's David Lam Campus

 

BALANCING THE BUDGET

  • The government delivered a balanced budget for 2013-14 by controlling spending
  • Through sensible, responsive fiscal management, British Columbia has retained its current AAA-rating (An independent endorsement of our strong fiscal management)
  • Balancing the budget allows us to create the economic conditions that will stimulate job creation and help our province grow, without leaving debt for future generations
  • The Budget includes new B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant that will provide a one-time $1,200 grant towards a B.C. resident child’s Registered Education Savings Plan after the child turns six years old