ACM2020Provincial

 

ACM2020Provincial

The Richmond Poverty Reduction Coalition (RPRC) and the Richmond Centre for Disability (RCD) have worked collaboratively to bring to our members deeper and more insightful information of the Richmond Candidates for the 2020 BC Provincial Election.

In lieu of a physical All Candidates Meeting we usually host, we have taken an alternate route to bring the information to our members, via an extraordinary Q & A arrangement.

We have identified 14 questions on social justice and sent to all Richmond’s 12 candidates. We believe these issues are of great importance during this election and thus are most interested in learning their positions. When the candidates have responded to the questions, we share the information below. If the response column is blank, that means we are still waiting for the responses.

There are 9 categories of social justice issues on the provincial stage. Under each category, there is a preamble, followed by one or more questions, and candidates’ responses.

 

Affordable and Accessible Housing

The latest census states that 47% of Richmond renters spend more than 30% of gross income on housing. Housing affordability continues to be one of the biggest challenges for people and families, especially for people with disabilities given the dearth of accessible housing. 

1.     What is your party’s platform for a provincial affordable housing plan that would include subsidized and purpose-built rentals and below market rental units? 

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1Jaeden Dela Torre --- BC NDP --- Richmond North Centre
 Under the 16 years of BC Liberal government, housing prices skyrocketed and many British Columbians were unable to find housing in the communities they worked in. Rampant real estate speculation meant that thousands of units sat vacant while investors profited off of empty homes. The BC NDP government has made good progress on our 10-year housing plan. Through partnerships with nonprofits and local governments we have more than 25,000 homes complete or underway along the continuum of housing. These homes include housing for women and children fleeing domestic violence - the first investment of it’s kind in two decades; mixed-income rental housing for families and seniors with low to moderate incomes, and thousands of market rental units for middle-income families. We have also worked to create housing with wrap-around services for people who have been experiencing homelessness. Further, we have invested in on-reserve housing for the first time in this province’s history.
2Teresa Wat --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond North Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Implement tax and permitting changes to boost housing supply, including rental and market housing, to increase choice and improve affordability for British Columbians. -Work with municipalities to review the current property tax structure to incent affordable housing development, prevent speculation and drive affordable rental housing. -Ensure no net loss of rental units in real estate redevelopment projects.-Create a new residential property sub-class for rental housing of three or more units.
3Vernon Wang --- BC Green Party --- Richmond North Centre
 DID NOT RESPOND
4Alexa Loo --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond South Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Implement tax and permitting changes to boost housing supply, including rental and market housing, to increase choice and improve affordability for British Columbians. -Work with municipalities to review the current property tax structure to incent affordable housing development, prevent speculation and drive affordable rental housing. -Ensure no net loss of rental units in real estate redevelopment projects.-Create a new residential property sub-class for rental housing of three or more units.
5Henry Yao --- BC NDP --- Richmond South Centre
 When the BC Liberals were last in government, housing prices skyrocketed and many British Columbians were unable to find housing in the communities they worked in. Rampant real estate speculation meant that thousands of units sat vacant while investors profited off of empty homes. I saw this first-hand as a youth worker. Many of the young people I worked with could not afford to stay in Richmond. One of the reasons I am running in this election is to the continue the progress the BC NDP has made and bring a real voice to the people of Richmond South Centre. The BC NDP government has made strong progress on our 10-year housing plan. Through partnerships with nonprofits and local governments we have more than 25,000 homes complete or underway. These homes include housing for women and children fleeing domestic violence - the first investment of it’s kind in two decades; mixed-income rental housing for families and seniors with low to moderate incomes, and thousands of market rental units for middle-income families. We have also worked to create housing with wrap-around services for people who have been experiencing homelessness. Further, we have invested in on-reserve housing for the first time in this province’s history. Our speculation and vacancy tax is working and according to CMHC, it has freed up 11,000 units of rental stock units that are currently being rented out. If I am elected, I will fight for more investments into affordable housing, including purpose-built rentals and below market rental units in Richmond South Centre.
6Aman Singh --- BC NDP --- Richmond Queensborough
 Under 16 years of BC Liberal government, housing prices skyrocketed and many British Columbians were unable to find housing in the communities they worked in. Rampant real estate speculation meant that thousands of units sat vacant while investors profited off of empty homes. Our government has made good progress on our 10-year housing plan. Through partnerships with non-profits and local governments we have more than 25,000 homes complete or underway along the continuum of housing. These homes include housing for women and children fleeing domestic violence - the first investment of it’s kind in two decades; mixed-income rental housing for families and seniors with low to moderate incomes, and thousands of market rental units for middle-income families. We have also worked to create housing with wrap-around services for people who have been experiencing homelessness. Further, we have invested in on-reserve housing for the first time in this province’s history.
7Earl Einarson --- BC Green Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
8Jas Johal --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Implement tax and permitting changes to boost housing supply, including rental and market housing, to increase choice and improve affordability for British Columbians. -Work with municipalities to review the current property tax structure to incent affordable housing development, prevent speculation and drive affordable rental housing. -Ensure no net loss of rental units in real estate redevelopment projects.-Create a new residential property sub-class for rental housing of three or more units.
9Kay Hale --- Conservative --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
10Kelly Greene --- BC NDP --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective response from BC NDP: Under the 16 years of BC Liberal government, housing prices skyrocketed and many British Columbians were unable to find housing in the communities they worked in. Rampant real estate speculation meant that thousands of units sat vacant while investors profited off of empty homes. The BC NDP government has made good progress on our 10-year housing plan. Through partnerships with nonprofits and local governments we have more than 25,000 homes complete or underway along the continuum of housing. These homes include housing for women and children fleeing domestic violence - the first investment of it’s kind in two decades; mixed-income rental housing for families and seniors with low to moderate incomes, and thousands of market rental units for middle-income families. We have also worked to create housing with wrap-around services for people who have been experiencing homelessness. Further, we have invested in on-reserve housing for the first time in this province’s history.
11Matt Pitcairn --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Implement tax and permitting changes to boost housing supply, including rental and market housing, to increase choice and improve affordability for British Columbians. -Work with municipalities to review the current property tax structure to incent affordable housing development, prevent speculation and drive affordable rental housing. -Ensure no net loss of rental units in real estate redevelopment projects.-Create a new residential property sub-class for rental housing of three or more units.
12Vince Li --- Independent --- Richmond Steveston
 DID NOT RESPOND

2.     Question: If elected, what your government do to make major new investments in affordable and accessible housing? 

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1Jaeden Dela Torre --- BC NDP --- Richmond North Centre
 Our Homes for BC plan is a 10-year plan our government launched in 2018. We’re well on track to deliver 114,000 homes as part of this plan, with thousands already completed or underway.Through the innovative Housing Hub at BC Housing we will continue to work to deliver non-profit and co-op housing in creative ways. Investments in on-campus housing mean that students will benefit from new housing options. We will introduce a rent freeze through the end of 2021 and cap increases after that, ensuring that rental units stay affordable, and help renters earning up to $80,000 with a $400 a year rental rebate.
2Teresa Wat --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond North Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Establish an incentive fund for municipalities with housing policies that enable demonstrable increases in the construction and supply of new housing.-Use provincial and municipal land for affordable housing.-Invest in getting homeless British Columbians a home and connecting them with the health and social service supports they need.
3Vernon Wang --- BC Green Party --- Richmond North Centre
 DID NOT RESPOND
4Alexa Loo --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond South Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Establish an incentive fund for municipalities with housing policies that enable demonstrable increases in the construction and supply of new housing.-Use provincial and municipal land for affordable housing.-Invest in getting homeless British Columbians a home and connecting them with the health and social service supports they need.
5Henry Yao --- BC NDP --- Richmond South Centre
 Our Homes for BC plan is a 10-year plan launched in 2018. We are well on track to deliver 114,000 homes as part of this plan, with thousands already completed or underway. Through the innovative Housing Hub at BC Housing we will continue to work to deliver non-profit and co-op housing in creative ways. Investments in on-campus housing mean that students will benefit from new housing options. We will introduce a rent freeze through the end of 2021 and cap increases after that, ensuring that rental units stay affordable, and help renters earning up to $80,000 with a $400 a year rental rebate.
6Aman Singh --- BC NDP --- Richmond Queensborough
 Our Homes for BC plan is a 10-year plan launched in 2018. We are well on track to deliver 114,000 homes as part of this plan, with thousands already completed or underway. Through the innovative Housing Hub at BC Housing we will continue to work to deliver non-profit and co-op housing in creative ways. Investments in on-campus housing mean that students will benefit from new housing options. We will introduce a rent freeze through the end of 2021 and cap increases after that, ensuring that rental units stay affordable, and help renters earning up to $80,000 with a $400 a year rental rebate.
7Earl Einarson --- BC Green Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
8Jas Johal --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Establish an incentive fund for municipalities with housing policies that enable demonstrable increases in the construction and supply of new housing.-Use provincial and municipal land for affordable housing.-Invest in getting homeless British Columbians a home and connecting them with the health and social service supports they need.
9Kay Hale --- Conservative --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
10Kelly Greene --- BC NDP --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective response from BC NDP: Our Homes for BC plan is a 10-year plan our government launched in 2018. We’re well on track to deliver 114,000 homes as part of this plan, with thousands already completed or underway.Through the innovative Housing Hub at BC Housing we will continue to work to deliver non-profit and co-op housing in creative ways. Investments in on-campus housing mean that students will benefit from new housing options. We will introduce a rent freeze through the end of 2021 and cap increases after that, ensuring that rental units stay affordable, and help renters earning up to $80,000 with a $400 a year rental rebate.
11Matt Pitcairn --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Establish an incentive fund for municipalities with housing policies that enable demonstrable increases in the construction and supply of new housing.-Use provincial and municipal land for affordable housing.-Invest in getting homeless British Columbians a home and connecting them with the health and social service supports they need.
12Vince Li --- Independent --- Richmond Steveston
 DID NOT RESPOND

Health and Community Care

People needing health care face the combined burdens of long wait lists, costs for items not included in health coverage, and deficient community care supports. Along with these challenges, we are dealing with the COVID pandemic and the overdose crisis.  

3.     Question: What health and community care programs would your party implement for people on low incomes, including people with disabilities, seniors, single parent families, LGBTQ2S and newcomers?  

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1Jaeden Dela Torre --- BC NDP --- Richmond North Centre
 After 16 years of a BC Liberal government that resulted in huge wait times and inadequate levels of care, our government has been focused on expanding and improving access to healthcare for British Columbians. In the three years we have been in government, I am proud of the achievements we managed to accomplish, compared to the 16 years of the BC Liberal government. Some of our achievements included, expanded access to primary care for those without a family doctor, launched our surgery and diagnostic strategy which has dramatically reduced the wait time for knee and hip surgeries, and expanded Pharmacare coverage, eliminating or reducing deductibles and copayments for nearly a quarter-million low-to-medium income people in BC.However, we know there is still more that needs to be done. If re-elected, here are just some of the new investments the BC NDP will complete: ●Open 10 more Urgent and Primary Care Clinics by the end of 2021, and expand Primary Care Networks to more communities; ●Keep accelerating BC’s response to the overdose crisis across the full continuum of care:prevention, harm reduction, safe prescription medications, treatment, and recovery. ●Build new treatment, recovery, detox and after-care facilities across the province; ●Develop Complex Care housing, providing an increased level of support – including more access to nurses and psychiatrists – for BC’s most vulnerable who need more intensive care than supportive housing provides. ●Expand access to counselling, by investing in new e-health and other technologies. ●Fight for a national pharmacare program while enhancing Fair Pharmacare, with the goal of bringing the cost of prescription drugs down for you. ●Make prescription contraception free for everyone.
2Teresa Wat --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond North Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: • Invest an additional $1 billion over 5 years in new long-term care homes, to replace and upgrade ageing facilities. • As part of our investment in new facilities, work ensure every senior in long-term care who wants one has a private room, and decommission multi-bed wards. • Launch and ensure a truly independent review of the response to COVID-19 in our seniors’ long-term care and assisted living homes. • Implement measures to enable family members to safely visit seniors living in long-term care, assisted and independent living residences during the COVID-19 pandemic, to bring residents comfort and companionship. • Work with care home operators to address chronic worker shortages and improve the quality of care. • Improve home-care visits and supports for seniors living in their own homes. • Increase the supply of fully-accessible units for seniors and persons with disabilities, in newly-built multi-unit residential buildings. • Treat seniors fairly by covering the costs of exams the province requires drivers to complete every two years, beginning at age 80. • Offer seniors and their families a free central registry to provide reliable Advanced Care Plans and related documents for elder care. • Expand the provincial Single Parent Employment Initiative, to train and support single parents as they seek employment opportunities. *Ensure that British Columbia is a place of opportunity and fairness for everyone free of discrimination based on age, gender, sexual orientation, religion or place of origin, and that LGBTQ+ citizens are treated with respect and live their lives free of discrimination. •Encourage and support a variety of non-profit and market-based child care providers.
3Vernon Wang --- BC Green Party --- Richmond North Centre
 DID NOT RESPOND
4Alexa Loo --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond South Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: • Invest an additional $1 billion over 5 years in new long-term care homes, to replace and upgrade ageing facilities. • As part of our investment in new facilities, work ensure every senior in long-term care who wants one has a private room, and decommission multi-bed wards. • Launch and ensure a truly independent review of the response to COVID-19 in our seniors’ long-term care and assisted living homes. • Implement measures to enable family members to safely visit seniors living in long-term care, assisted and independent living residences during the COVID-19 pandemic, to bring residents comfort and companionship. • Work with care home operators to address chronic worker shortages and improve the quality of care. • Improve home-care visits and supports for seniors living in their own homes. • Increase the supply of fully-accessible units for seniors and persons with disabilities, in newly-built multi-unit residential buildings. • Treat seniors fairly by covering the costs of exams the province requires drivers to complete every two years, beginning at age 80. • Offer seniors and their families a free central registry to provide reliable Advanced Care Plans and related documents for elder care. • Expand the provincial Single Parent Employment Initiative, to train and support single parents as they seek employment opportunities. *Ensure that British Columbia is a place of opportunity and fairness for everyone free of discrimination based on age, gender, sexual orientation, religion or place of origin, and that LGBTQ+ citizens are treated with respect and live their lives free of discrimination. •Encourage and support a variety of non-profit and market-based child care providers.
5Henry Yao --- BC NDP --- Richmond South Centre
 After 16 years of a BC Liberal government that resulted in huge wait times and inadequate levels of care, our government has been focused on expanding and improving access to health care for British Columbians. Among our accomplishments, we: ● Expanded access to primary care for those without a family doctor with 21 Urgent and Primary Care Clinics opened or underway, and 20 Primary Care Networks - including one in Richmond; ● Launched our surgery and diagnostic strategy which has dramatically reduced the wait time for knee and hip surgeries, as well as critical diagnostic tests like MRIs; ● Expanded Pharmacare coverage, eliminating or reducing deductibles and co-payments for nearly a quarter-million low-to-medium income people in BC; and ● Covered life-saving insulin pumps for everyone who needs one, regardless of age. If re-elected, the BC NDP will: ● Open 10 more Urgent and Primary Care Clinics by the end of 2021, and expand Primary Care Networks to more communities; ● Expand publicly funded home care to provide better care and help with daily living – bathing, dressing, meal preparation and more – so that people can stay in their own homes for as long as is safely possible; ● Keep accelerating BC’s response to the overdose crisis across the full continuum of care: prevention, harm reduction, safe prescription medications, treatment, and recovery. ● Identify new ways of improving pain management practices for injured workers, in partnership with WorkSafeBC – and mandate WorkSafeBC to provide treatment on demand to those with chronic pain as a result of workplace injuries. ● Build new treatment, recovery, detox and after-care facilities across the province; ● Develop Complex Care housing, providing an increased level of support – including more access to nurses and psychiatrists – for BC’s most vulnerable who need more intensive care than supportive housing provides, including in places like the Riverview lands in Coquitlam. ● Expand access to counselling, by investing in new e-health and other technologies, because access to care shouldn’t depend on the size of your bank account. ● Fight for a national pharmacare program while enhancing Fair Pharmacare, with the goal of bringing the cost of prescription drugs down for you. ● Make prescription contraception free for everyone.
6Aman Singh --- BC NDP --- Richmond Queensborough
 After 16 years of a BC Liberal government that resulted in huge wait times and inadequate levels of care, our government has been focused on expanding and improving access to health care for British Columbians. Among our accomplishments, we: Expanded access to primary care for those without a family doctor with 21 Urgent and Primary Care Clinics opened or underway, and 20 Primary Care Networks - including one in Richmond; Launched our surgery and diagnostic strategy which has dramatically reduced the wait time for knee and hip surgeries, as well as critical diagnostic tests like MRIs; Expanded Pharmacare coverage, eliminating or reducing deductibles and co-payments for nearly a quarter-million low-to-medium income people in BC; and Covered life-saving insulin pumps for everyone who needs one, regardless of age. If re-elected, the BC NDP will: Open 10 more Urgent and Primary Care Clinics by the end of 2021, and expand Primary Care Networks to more communities; Expand publicly funded home care to provide better care and help with daily living – bathing, dressing, meal preparation and more – so that people can stay in their own homes for as long as is safely possible; Keep accelerating BC’s response to the overdose crisis across the full continuum of care: prevention, harm reduction, safe prescription medications, treatment, and recovery. Identify new ways of improving pain management practices for injured workers, in partnership with WorkSafeBC – and mandate WorkSafeBC to provide treatment on demand to those with chronic pain as a result of workplace injuries. Build new treatment, recovery, detox and after-care facilities across the province; Develop Complex Care housing, providing an increased level of support – including more access to nurses and psychiatrists – for BC’s most vulnerable who need more intensive care than supportive housing provides, including in places like the Riverview lands in Coquitlam. Expand access to counselling, by investing in new e-health and other technologies, because access to care shouldn’t depend on the size of your bank account. Fight for a national pharmacare program while enhancing Fair Pharmacare, with the goal of bringing the cost of prescription drugs down for you. Make prescription contraception free for everyone.
7Earl Einarson --- BC Green Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
8Jas Johal --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: • Invest an additional $1 billion over 5 years in new long-term care homes, to replace and upgrade ageing facilities. • As part of our investment in new facilities, work ensure every senior in long-term care who wants one has a private room, and decommission multi-bed wards. • Launch and ensure a truly independent review of the response to COVID-19 in our seniors’ long-term care and assisted living homes. • Implement measures to enable family members to safely visit seniors living in long-term care, assisted and independent living residences during the COVID-19 pandemic, to bring residents comfort and companionship. • Work with care home operators to address chronic worker shortages and improve the quality of care. • Improve home-care visits and supports for seniors living in their own homes. • Increase the supply of fully-accessible units for seniors and persons with disabilities, in newly-built multi-unit residential buildings. • Treat seniors fairly by covering the costs of exams the province requires drivers to complete every two years, beginning at age 80. • Offer seniors and their families a free central registry to provide reliable Advanced Care Plans and related documents for elder care. • Expand the provincial Single Parent Employment Initiative, to train and support single parents as they seek employment opportunities. *Ensure that British Columbia is a place of opportunity and fairness for everyone free of discrimination based on age, gender, sexual orientation, religion or place of origin, and that LGBTQ+ citizens are treated with respect and live their lives free of discrimination. •Encourage and support a variety of non-profit and market-based child care providers.
9Kay Hale --- Conservative --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
10Kelly Greene --- BC NDP --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective response from BC NDP: After 16 years of a BC Liberal government that resulted in huge wait times and inadequate levels of care, our government has been focused on expanding and improving access to healthcare for British Columbians. In the three years we have been in government, I am proud of the achievements we managed to accomplish, compared to the 16 years of the BC Liberal government. Some of our achievements included, expanded access to primary care for those without a family doctor, launched our surgery and diagnostic strategy which has dramatically reduced the wait time for knee and hip surgeries, and expanded Pharmacare coverage, eliminating or reducing deductibles and copayments for nearly a quarter-million low-to-medium income people in BC.However, we know there is still more that needs to be done. If re-elected, here are just some of the new investments the BC NDP will complete: ●Open 10 more Urgent and Primary Care Clinics by the end of 2021, and expand Primary Care Networks to more communities; ●Keep accelerating BC’s response to the overdose crisis across the full continuum of care:prevention, harm reduction, safe prescription medications, treatment, and recovery. ●Build new treatment, recovery, detox and after-care facilities across the province; ●Develop Complex Care housing, providing an increased level of support – including more access to nurses and psychiatrists – for BC’s most vulnerable who need more intensive care than supportive housing provides. ●Expand access to counselling, by investing in new e-health and other technologies. ●Fight for a national pharmacare program while enhancing Fair Pharmacare, with the goal of bringing the cost of prescription drugs down for you. ●Make prescription contraception free for everyone.
11Matt Pitcairn --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: • Invest an additional $1 billion over 5 years in new long-term care homes, to replace and upgrade ageing facilities. • As part of our investment in new facilities, work ensure every senior in long-term care who wants one has a private room, and decommission multi-bed wards. • Launch and ensure a truly independent review of the response to COVID-19 in our seniors’ long-term care and assisted living homes. • Implement measures to enable family members to safely visit seniors living in long-term care, assisted and independent living residences during the COVID-19 pandemic, to bring residents comfort and companionship. • Work with care home operators to address chronic worker shortages and improve the quality of care. • Improve home-care visits and supports for seniors living in their own homes. • Increase the supply of fully-accessible units for seniors and persons with disabilities, in newly-built multi-unit residential buildings. • Treat seniors fairly by covering the costs of exams the province requires drivers to complete every two years, beginning at age 80. • Offer seniors and their families a free central registry to provide reliable Advanced Care Plans and related documents for elder care. • Expand the provincial Single Parent Employment Initiative, to train and support single parents as they seek employment opportunities. *Ensure that British Columbia is a place of opportunity and fairness for everyone free of discrimination based on age, gender, sexual orientation, religion or place of origin, and that LGBTQ+ citizens are treated with respect and live their lives free of discrimination. •Encourage and support a variety of non-profit and market-based child care providers.
12Vince Li --- Independent --- Richmond Steveston
 DID NOT RESPOND

4.     Additional Question: As MLA, will your government commit to improving the delivery of community care by including the voices of people with lived experience and ensuring that they have the supports they need to live with dignity and independence? 

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1Jaeden Dela Torre --- BC NDP --- Richmond North Centre
 Since forming government in 2017, the BC NDP has worked to ensure that the voices ofpeople with lived experience are at the core of our policy making. For example, we consulted widelywith the community and people on the ground in the development of both our Poverty Reduction Strategy and A Pathway to Hope, our 10-year mental health and addictions plan. If re-elected, our government will continue to include the voices of people with lived experience when developing our plans for expanding and improving community care, as well as the development of other health and social supports.
2Teresa Wat --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond North Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -We will make it more affordable for seniors to age safely in the comfort of their own homes, by implementing the new Seniors’ Home Care Tax Credit, which provides seniors with a tax credit up to $7,000 a year for up to $20,000 of housekeeping, home repairs and supportive care. • Expand programs to assist seniors and people with disabilities with home renovations,to allow more seniors to age in place, including reinstating the Home Adaptations for Independence grant program implemented by the previous BC Liberal government and suspended under the NDP. -Work to eliminate ageism and unconscious bias across government, to ensure all services are free of discrimination against seniors.
3Vernon Wang --- BC Green Party --- Richmond North Centre
 DID NOT RESPOND
4Alexa Loo --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond South Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -We will make it more affordable for seniors to age safely in the comfort of their own homes, by implementing the new Seniors’ Home Care Tax Credit, which provides seniors with a tax credit up to $7,000 a year for up to $20,000 of housekeeping, home repairs and supportive care. • Expand programs to assist seniors and people with disabilities with home renovations,to allow more seniors to age in place, including reinstating the Home Adaptations for Independence grant program implemented by the previous BC Liberal government and suspended under the NDP. -Work to eliminate ageism and unconscious bias across government, to ensure all services are free of discrimination against seniors.
5Henry Yao --- BC NDP --- Richmond South Centre
 Since forming government in 2017, the BC NDP has worked to ensure that the voices of people with lived experience are at the core of our policy making. For example, we consulted widely with the community and people on the ground in the development of both our Poverty Reduction Strategy and A Pathway to Hope, our 10-year mental health and addictions plan. If re-elected, our government will continue to include the voices of people with lived experience when developing our plans for expanding and improving community care, as well the development of other health and social supports.
6Aman Singh --- BC NDP --- Richmond Queensborough
 Since forming government in 2017, the BC NDP has worked to ensure that the voices of people with lived experience are at the core of our policy making. For example, we consulted widely with the community and people on the ground in the development of both our Poverty Reduction Strategy and A Pathway to Hope, our 10-year mental health and addictions plan. If re-elected, our government will continue to include the voices of people with lived experience when developing our plans for expanding and improving community care, as well the development of other health and social supports.
7Earl Einarson --- BC Green Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
8Jas Johal --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -We will make it more affordable for seniors to age safely in the comfort of their own homes, by implementing the new Seniors’ Home Care Tax Credit, which provides seniors with a tax credit up to $7,000 a year for up to $20,000 of housekeeping, home repairs and supportive care. • Expand programs to assist seniors and people with disabilities with home renovations,to allow more seniors to age in place, including reinstating the Home Adaptations for Independence grant program implemented by the previous BC Liberal government and suspended under the NDP. -Work to eliminate ageism and unconscious bias across government, to ensure all services are free of discrimination against seniors.
9Kay Hale --- Conservative --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
10Kelly Greene --- BC NDP --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective response from BC NDP: Since forming government in 2017, the BC NDP has worked to ensure that the voices of people with lived experience are at the core of our policy making. For example, we consulted widely with the community and people on the ground in the development of both our Poverty Reduction Strategy and A Pathway to Hope, our 10-year mental health and addictions plan. If re-elected, our government will continue to include the voices of people with lived experience when developing our plans for expanding and improving community care, as well as the development of other health and social supports.
11Matt Pitcairn --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -We will make it more affordable for seniors to age safely in the comfort of their own homes, by implementing the new Seniors’ Home Care Tax Credit, which provides seniors with a tax credit up to $7,000 a year for up to $20,000 of housekeeping, home repairs and supportive care. • Expand programs to assist seniors and people with disabilities with home renovations,to allow more seniors to age in place, including reinstating the Home Adaptations for Independence grant program implemented by the previous BC Liberal government and suspended under the NDP. -Work to eliminate ageism and unconscious bias across government, to ensure all services are free of discrimination against seniors.
12Vince Li --- Independent --- Richmond Steveston
 DID NOT RESPOND

Mental Health Act and Legal Aid

In 2019 the BC Ombudsperson recommended that the province create a legal aid service to provide independent legal advice and advocacy to people when they are detained under the Mental Health Act. However, the service has not yet been created. 

5.     Question: If elected, would your government create a legal aid service to provide independent legal advice and advocacy to people when they are detained under the Mental Health Act? 

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1Jaeden Dela Torre --- BC NDP --- Richmond North Centre
 Everyone deserves access to legal aid. There should be no barrier and it is highly important we have a fair legal system. That’s why I’m proud of the investments the BC NDP has made towards increasing funding to legal aid services throughout the Legal Services Society. In 2019 we moved forward with a stable, long-term funding commitment to ensure low-income individuals have access to representation in refugee, child welfare and criminal hearings. We will also continue to work with the BC First Nations Justice Council to ensure Indigenous people have access to culturally appropriate justice, including legal advice and represent advocacy and support, and restorative justice.
2Teresa Wat --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond North Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Develop family counselling and law centres, modelled on the innovative Family Services Centres in Australia.
3Vernon Wang --- BC Green Party --- Richmond North Centre
 DID NOT RESPOND
4Alexa Loo --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond South Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Develop family counselling and law centres, modelled on the innovative Family Services Centres in Australia.
5Henry Yao --- BC NDP --- Richmond South Centre
 I’m proud of the investments the BC NDP has made to increase funding to legal aid services through the Legal Services Society, and in 2019 we moved forward with a stable, long-term funding commitment to ensure low-income individuals have access to representation in refugee, child welfare and criminal hearings. We will also continue to work with the BC First Nations Justice Council to ensure Indigenous people have access to culturally appropriate justice, including legal advice and representation, advocacy and support, and restorative justice.
6Aman Singh --- BC NDP --- Richmond Queensborough
 In my work as a lawyer I take on many pro-bono cases and see first-hand how important it is for everyone to have access to legal services. I’m proud of the investments the BC NDP has made to increase funding to legal aid services through the Legal Services Society, and in 2019 we moved forward with a stable, long-term funding commitment to ensure low-income individuals have access to representation in refugee, child welfare and criminal hearings. We will also continue to work with the BC First Nations Justice Council to ensure Indigenous people have access to culturally appropriate justice, including legal advice and representation, advocacy and support, and restorative justice.
7Earl Einarson --- BC Green Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
8Jas Johal --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Develop family counselling and law centres, modelled on the innovative Family Services Centres in Australia.
9Kay Hale --- Conservative --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
10Kelly Greene --- BC NDP --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective response from BC NDP: I’m proud of the investments the BC NDP has made to increase funding to legal aid services through the Legal Services Society, and in 2019 we moved forward with a stable, long-term funding commitment to ensure low-income individuals have access to representation in refugee, child welfare and criminal hearings. We will also continue to work with the BC First Nations Justice Council to ensure Indigenous people have access to culturally appropriate justice, including legal advice and representation, advocacy and support, and restorative justice.
11Matt Pitcairn --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Develop family counselling and law centres, modelled on the innovative Family Services Centres in Australia.
12Vince Li --- Independent --- Richmond Steveston
 DID NOT RESPOND

Poverty Reduction

The provincial government poverty reduction strategy commits to reducing the overall poverty rate by at least 25% and for children by 50% over five years, using a 2016 baseline. Although the provincial $300 COVID-19 supplement for income assistance and disability assistance recipients has been extended until Dec 2020, recipients are still far below the poverty line. Significant investments need to be made in our vulnerable populations to make a difference in the lives of Richmond residents and to have a long-term impact. 

6.     Question: What investments would your party make for Richmond residents who are experiencing poverty, including children, seniors, newcomers, people with disabilities, low-wage workers, and other vulnerable people? 

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1Jaeden Dela Torre --- BC NDP --- Richmond North Centre
 We know that under the BC Liberals, cuts to public services disproportionately affected working families in this province; especially those who were vulnerable. Solving poverty requires addressing the root causes of poverty, that’s why I’m proud of our platform. Our commitments will assist Richmond residents living in poverty, along with other Richmond residents needing support in the context of the current pandemic and moving beyond. Investments like our $1000 Recovery Benefit will help people to address the additional costs the COVID-19 pandemic has created, and give people immediate relief. And programs like free transit for children up to age 12, expansion of childcare, providing contraception free, reducing ICBC rates by up to 20% and completing the increase of the minimum wage to above $15/hour, and then tying it to inflation, will make a difference for some of those most in need of opportunities.
2Teresa Wat --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond North Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Use provincial and municipal land for affordable housing. - Invest in getting homeless British Columbians a home and connecting them with the health and social service supports they need. - Eliminate the PST for one year and cut it to 3% for the second year, saving everyone money on essential goods. - We will subsidize child care for low-income and middle-class families who need it to get back to work, including $10 a day child care for low-income British Columbians.
3Vernon Wang --- BC Green Party --- Richmond North Centre
 DID NOT RESPOND
4Alexa Loo --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond South Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Use provincial and municipal land for affordable housing. - Invest in getting homeless British Columbians a home and connecting them with the health and social service supports they need. - Eliminate the PST for one year and cut it to 3% for the second year, saving everyone money on essential goods. - We will subsidize child care for low-income and middle-class families who need it to get back to work, including $10 a day child care for low-income British Columbians.
5Henry Yao --- BC NDP --- Richmond South Centre
 I’m proud to be running with John Horgan and the BC NDP in this election because of our commitments to making life better for those who are marginalized and living in poverty. We know that the BC Liberals made devastating cuts to social services, took away bus passes for people with disabilities and underfunded critical needs for people. We cannot go back to BC Liberal cuts. Period. Many of our platform commitments will assist Richmond South Centre residents living in poverty, along with other Richmond residents needing support in the context of the current pandemic. Investments like our $1000 Recovery Benefit will help people to address the additional costs the COVID-19 pandemic has created, and give people immediate relief. And programs like free transit for children up to age 12, significant expansions of child care, and completing the increase of the minimum wage to above $15/hour, and then tying it to inflation, will make a difference for some of those most in need of opportunities.
6Aman Singh --- BC NDP --- Richmond Queensborough
 Lifting people out of poverty requires a suite of services and supports to address the root causes. I am especially proud of our investments in housing and childcare, including our on-going commitment to $10/day childcare. Investments like our $1000 Recovery Benefit will help families to address the additional costs the COVID-19 pandemic has created, and give people immediate relief. We are also making life more affordable by investing in free transit for children up to age12, making contraception free, and reducing ICBC rates by up to 20%. We will complete the increase of the minimum wage to above $15/hour, and then tie it to inflation.
7Earl Einarson --- BC Green Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
8Jas Johal --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Use provincial and municipal land for affordable housing. - Invest in getting homeless British Columbians a home and connecting them with the health and social service supports they need. - Eliminate the PST for one year and cut it to 3% for the second year, saving everyone money on essential goods. - We will subsidize child care for low-income and middle-class families who need it to get back to work, including $10 a day child care for low-income British Columbians.
9Kay Hale --- Conservative --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
10Kelly Greene --- BC NDP --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective response from BC NDP: I’m proud to be running with John Horgan and the BC NDP in this election because of our commitments to making life better for those who are marginalized and living in poverty. We know that the BC Liberals made devastating cuts to social services, took away bus passes for people with disabilities and underfunded critical needs for people. We cannot go back to BC Liberal cuts. Period. Many of our platform commitments will assist Richmond South Centre residents living in poverty, along with other Richmond residents needing support in the context of the current pandemic. Investments like our $1000 Recovery Benefit will help people to address the additional costs the COVID-19 pandemic has created, and give people immediate relief. And programs like free transit for children up to age 12, significant expansions of child care, and completing the increase of the minimum wage to above $15/hour, and then tying it to inflation, will make a difference for some of those most in need of opportunities.
11Matt Pitcairn --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Use provincial and municipal land for affordable housing. - Invest in getting homeless British Columbians a home and connecting them with the health and social service supports they need. - Eliminate the PST for one year and cut it to 3% for the second year, saving everyone money on essential goods. - We will subsidize child care for low-income and middle-class families who need it to get back to work, including $10 a day child care for low-income British Columbians.
12Vince Li --- Independent --- Richmond Steveston
 DID NOT RESPOND

7.     Additional Question: If elected, would your government make the $300 increase permanent for both income and disability assistance, and index rates to inflation? 

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1Jaeden Dela Torre --- BC NDP --- Richmond North Centre
 I know how challenging this year it’s been for people on Income Assistance and Disability Assistance. We’ve recognized the continuing challenges faced by people, and what we’ve done is extended the additional $300 COVID-19 supplement until the end of December. Based on our Poverty Reduction Plan and the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Basic Income coming later this year, we will then determine the best approach and path forward to reducing poverty long-term and providing opportunities for jobs and skills training for everyone through our Economic Recovery Plan.
2Teresa Wat --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond North Centre
 DID NOT RESPOND
3Vernon Wang --- BC Green Party --- Richmond North Centre
 DID NOT RESPOND
4Alexa Loo --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond South Centre
 DID NOT RESPOND
5Henry Yao --- BC NDP --- Richmond South Centre
 Recognizing the continuing challenges faced by people on Income Assistance and Disability Assistance, the BC NDP government extended the additional $300 COVID-19 supplement until the end of December. Based on our Poverty Reduction Plan and the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Basic Income coming later this year, we will then determine the best approach and path forward to reducing poverty long-term and providing opportunities for jobs and skills training for everyone through our Economic Recovery Plan.
6Aman Singh --- BC NDP --- Richmond Queensborough
 I know this year has been especially challenging for people on Income Assistance and Disability Assistance. Our government extended our additional $300/month COVID-19 supplement until the end of December. Our Poverty Reduction Plan work continues, and once the Expert Panel on Basic Income delivers their recommendations, we will work to determine the best path forward.
7Earl Einarson --- BC Green Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
8Jas Johal --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
9Kay Hale --- Conservative --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
10Kelly Greene --- BC NDP --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective response from BC NDP:I know this year has been especially challenging for people on Income Assistance and Disability Assistance. Our government extended our additional $300/month COVID-19 supplement until the end of December. Our Poverty Reduction Plan work continues, and once the Expert Panel on Basic Income delivers their recommendations, we will work to determine the best path forward.
11Matt Pitcairn --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Steveston
 DID NOT RESPOND
12Vince Li --- Independent --- Richmond Steveston
 DID NOT RESPOND

Accessibility Legislation and Disability Employment

According to Statistics Canada’s 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability, about 59% of working-age adults with disabilities were employed compared with around 80% of those without disabilities.  Employment is included as a focus area of the proposed accessibility legislation – a “BC Persons with Disabilities Act” - but it is short on details on how to promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities.   

8.     Question: If elected, would your government commit to completing and enacting accessibility legislation for BC with enforceable standards and regulations for areas under provincial jurisdiction? 

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1Jaeden Dela Torre --- BC NDP --- Richmond North Centre
 Under the 16 years of BC Liberal government, we saw policies that made it hard for accessibility in BC. When we formed the government three years ago, John Horgan took swift action to increase disability and income assistance by $100 per month, followed by an additional rate increase of $50 in 2019. Our government ​brought ​in ​policy updates​ that removed barriers and made it easier for people to get help when they need it most. We also increased the earnings exemptions for people living with a disability: annual earnings exemptions for a single person receiving disability assistance will increase by $3,000 per year to $15,000 starting in January.However, there is much more that needs to be done, and the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction is leading work across government to improve access for people with disabilities. This work includes a consultation process that began in fall 2019 to bring in new accessibility legislation. A re-elected BC NDP government will work with people across the province to develop and bring in comprehensive accessibility legislation to create a culture shift toward greater inclusion and accessibility the province and make B.C. a more welcoming place for people with disabilities.
2Teresa Wat --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond North Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Increase the supply of fully-accessible units for persons with disabilities in newly-built multi-unit residential buildings.
3Vernon Wang --- BC Green Party --- Richmond North Centre
 DID NOT RESPOND
4Alexa Loo --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond South Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Increase the supply of fully-accessible units for persons with disabilities in newly-built multi-unit residential buildings.
5Henry Yao --- BC NDP --- Richmond South Centre
 While we have accomplished a lot for people with disabilities, there is still much more to do. As soon as the BC NDP government came into office, John Horgan took swift action to increase disability and income assistance by $100 per month, followed by an additional rate increase of $50 in 2019 and our government brought in policy updates that removed barriers and made it easier for people to get help when they need it most - a move away from the mean-spirited policies under the BC Liberals. We also increased the earnings exemptions for people living with a disability: annual earnings exemptions for a single person receiving disability assistance will increase by $3,000 per year to $15,000 starting in January. We know that there is much more that needs to be done, and the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction is leading work across government to improve access for people with disabilities. This work includes a consultation process that began in fall 2019 to bring in new accessibility legislation. A re-elected John Horgan BC NDP government will work with people across the province to develop and bring in comprehensive accessibility legislation to create a culture shift toward greater inclusion and accessibility across the province and make B.C. a more welcoming place for people with disabilities.
6Aman Singh --- BC NDP --- Richmond Queensborough
 There is much to be done to support people with disabilities in BC. John Horgan and the BC NDP increased to disability and income assistance rates, and the removal of barriers that made it hard for people to get help when they needed it most. We also increased the earnings exemptions for people living with a disability by $3,000 a year starting in January. The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction is leading work across government to improve access for people with disabilities, including a consultation process on new accessibility legislation. It is important that this work is completed with thorough input and review from people with lived experiences. The BC NDP is committed to bringing in new, comprehensive accessibility legislation to ensure our province is more inclusive and accessible.
7Earl Einarson --- BC Green Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
8Jas Johal --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Increase the supply of fully-accessible units for persons with disabilities in newly-built multi-unit residential buildings.
9Kay Hale --- Conservative --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
10Kelly Greene --- BC NDP --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective response from BC NDP: Under the 16 years of BC Liberal government, we saw policies that made it hard for accessibility in BC. When we formed the government three years ago, John Horgan took swift action to increase disability and income assistance by $100 per month, followed by an additional rate increase of $50 in 2019. Our government ​brought ​in ​policy updates​ that removed barriers and made it easier for people to get help when they need it most. We also increased the earnings exemptions for people living with a disability: annual earnings exemptions for a single person receiving disability assistance will increase by $3,000 per year to $15,000 starting in January.However, there is much more that needs to be done, and the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction is leading work across government to improve access for people with disabilities. This work includes a consultation process that began in fall 2019 to bring in new accessibility legislation. A re-elected BC NDP government will work with people across the province to develop and bring in comprehensive accessibility legislation to create a culture shift toward greater inclusion and accessibility the province and make B.C. a more welcoming place for people with disabilities.
11Matt Pitcairn --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Increase the supply of fully-accessible units for persons with disabilities in newly-built multi-unit residential buildings.
12Vince Li --- Independent --- Richmond Steveston
 DID NOT RESPOND

9.     Question: As MLA, what will you do to facilitate employment opportunities of individuals with disabilities?  

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1Jaeden Dela Torre --- BC NDP --- Richmond North Centre
 If I am elected as the next MLA for Richmond North Centre, one of my top priorities will be supporting employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. I know there is much that needs to be done in supporting people with disabilities in BC. The BC NDP increased to disability and income assistance rates, and the removal of barriers that made it hard for people to get help when they needed it most. We also increased the earnings exemptions for people living with a disability by$3,000 a year starting in January. The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction is leading work across government to improve access for people with disabilities, including a consultation process on new accessibility legislation. It’s important that this work is completed with thorough input and review from people with lived experiences. The BC NDP is committed to bringing in new, comprehensive accessibility legislation to ensure our province is more inclusive and accessible.
2Teresa Wat --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond North Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Adopt and ensure diversity commitments for hiring in the public service and for government-appointed boards.
3Vernon Wang --- BC Green Party --- Richmond North Centre
 DID NOT RESPOND
4Alexa Loo --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond South Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Adopt and ensure diversity commitments for hiring in the public service and for government-appointed boards.
5Henry Yao --- BC NDP --- Richmond South Centre
 A re-elected John Horgan BC NDP government will work with people across the province to develop and bring in comprehensive accessibility legislation to create a culture shift toward greater inclusion and accessibility across the province and make B.C. a more welcoming place for people with disabilities.
6Aman Singh --- BC NDP --- Richmond Queensborough
 There is much to be done to support people with disabilities in BC. John Horgan and the BC NDP increased to disability and income assistance rates, and the removal of barriers that made it hard for people to get help when they needed it most. We also increased the earnings exemptions for people living with a disability by $3,000 a year starting in January. The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction is leading work across government to improve access for people with disabilities, including a consultation process on new accessibility legislation. It is important that this work is completed with thorough input and review from people with lived experiences. The BC NDP is committed to bringing in new, comprehensive accessibility legislation to ensure our province is more inclusive and accessible.
7Earl Einarson --- BC Green Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
8Jas Johal --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Adopt and ensure diversity commitments for hiring in the public service and for government-appointed boards.
9Kay Hale --- Conservative --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
10Kelly Greene --- BC NDP --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective response from BC NDP: A re-elected John Horgan BC NDP government will work with people across the province to develop and bring in comprehensive accessibility legislation to create a culture shift toward greater inclusion and accessibility across the province and make B.C. a more welcoming place for people with disabilities.
11Matt Pitcairn --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Adopt and ensure diversity commitments for hiring in the public service and for government-appointed boards.
12Vince Li --- Independent --- Richmond Steveston
 DID NOT RESPOND

Income Security for Seniors

According to Statistics Canada the fastest-growing segment of the Canadian population is made up of people over 85. More of us are heading into our senior years financially ill-equipped to adequately support ourselves when our working lives end.  
The average income for a senior with no other pension plan is a little over $15,000 per year, including federal CPP and OAS payments. For particularly low-income people who also receive GIS, their incomes rise to $1500 per month or $18,000 per year.  

10.  Question: What actions would your party take to improve provincial income security for low income Richmond seniors?

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1Jaeden Dela Torre --- BC NDP --- Richmond North Centre
 I believe that seniors deserve to be able to age with dignity and without worrying about how they’ll buy groceries or afford monthly expenses. If re-elected, The BC NDP will expand benefits under the Rental Assistance Program and Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER). We have increased the average monthly payment by 42%, from $187 to $265. Seniors will also benefit from the BC Recovery Benefit, putting $1,000 tax-free payment into the pockets of families making under $125,000, and $500 for individuals earning under $62,000.
2Teresa Wat --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond North Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: - In addition to eliminating the PST for a year and making life more affordable for everyone, the BC Liberals will also make it more affordable for seniors to age safely in comfort in their own homes, by implementing a new tax credit for seniors of up to $7,000 a year for the cost of their home care.
3Vernon Wang --- BC Green Party --- Richmond North Centre
 DID NOT RESPOND
4Alexa Loo --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond South Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: - In addition to eliminating the PST for a year and making life more affordable for everyone, the BC Liberals will also make it more affordable for seniors to age safely in comfort in their own homes, by implementing a new tax credit for seniors of up to $7,000 a year for the cost of their home care.
5Henry Yao --- BC NDP --- Richmond South Centre
 We certainly understand the struggles of low-income seniors living on their CPP. Our government took action by expanding the benefits under the Rental Assistance Program and Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER). The BC NDP increased average monthly payment for SAFER recipients by approximately $78 per month, or 42%, from $187 to $265. Of course, this is just a first step and there is much more to do. Our platform provides the BC Recovery Benefit, which will provide every family making under $125k with a $1,000 tax free payment to assist with the hardships of the pandemic. For singles, the payment will be $500 for those making under $62K. We will continue working to improve the financial security of low-income seniors.
6Aman Singh --- BC NDP --- Richmond Queensborough
 Seniors deserve to be able to age with dignity and without worrying about how they’ll buy groceries or afford monthly expenses. The BC NDP expanded benefits under the Rental Assistance Program and Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER). We increased the average monthly payment increased by 42%, from $187 to $265. Seniors will also benefit from the BC Recovery Benefit, putting $1,000 tax-free payment into the pockets of families making under $125,000, and $500 for individuals earning under $62,000.
7Earl Einarson --- BC Green Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
8Jas Johal --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: - In addition to eliminating the PST for a year and making life more affordable for everyone, the BC Liberals will also make it more affordable for seniors to age safely in comfort in their own homes, by implementing a new tax credit for seniors of up to $7,000 a year for the cost of their home care.
9Kay Hale --- Conservative --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
10Kelly Greene --- BC NDP --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective response from BC NDP: Our government took action by expanding the benefits under the Rental Assistance Program and Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER). The BC NDP increased average monthly payment for SAFER recipients by approximately $78 per month, or 42%, from $187 to $265. Of course, this is just a first step and there is much more to do. Our platform provides the BC Recovery Benefit, which will provide every family making under $125k with a $1,000 tax free payment to assist with the hardships of the pandemic. For singles, the payment will be $500 for those making under $62K. We will continue working to improve the financial security of low-income seniors.
11Matt Pitcairn --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: - In addition to eliminating the PST for a year and making life more affordable for everyone, the BC Liberals will also make it more affordable for seniors to age safely in comfort in their own homes, by implementing a new tax credit for seniors of up to $7,000 a year for the cost of their home care.
12Vince Li --- Independent --- Richmond Steveston
 DID NOT RESPOND

Transportation

Access to transportation and the costs associated is a critical issue for people living on low incomes including people with disabilities. Additionally, transit in Richmond is generally geared to transporting people into Vancouver instead of getting them to work, shopping, appointments, and recreation around the city.

11. Question: What will your party do to ensure accessible, available, and affordable transportation options are available and appropriate for people living with disabilities and those on low incomes?

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1Jaeden Dela Torre --- BC NDP --- Richmond North Centre
 The BC NDP has invested in various initiatives to make transportation affordable. Over the three years we have been in government, we’ve made significant investments in transit, including providing 40% of the needed funding to move ahead with Phase 2 of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-YearPlan for transit expansion. We have also committed to fund 40% of Phase 3 of this plan, when the region is ready to move ahead with it. These investments are significantly increasing transit access across the region, including a 30% increase in HandyDART service. As well in the challenges facing transit agencies in the context of COVID19, we were successful in bringing the federal government to the table to assist, and together we have provided more than $1 billion in funding to support transit agencies in maintaining their operations and continuing to provide this necessary service. As we move forward, we are committed to continuing to expand transit investment across the region, and connecting new growing regions to the transit system. In addition, to ensure that more people are able to access transit, we are making transit free for children up to age 12, across the province.
2Teresa Wat --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond North Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: Expand public transit options. - Improve our roads, public transit and clean transportation infrastructure, as part of the biggest infrastructure investment in BC history, to reduce congestion and improve travel for drivers and transit users
3Vernon Wang --- BC Green Party --- Richmond North Centre
 DID NOT RESPOND
4Alexa Loo --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond South Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: Expand public transit options. - Improve our roads, public transit and clean transportation infrastructure, as part of the biggest infrastructure investment in BC history, to reduce congestion and improve travel for drivers and transit users
5Henry Yao --- BC NDP --- Richmond South Centre
 Over the last three years, we have made significant investments in transit, including providing 40% of the needed funding to move ahead with Phase 2 of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Plan for transit expansion. We have also committed to fund 40% of Phase 3 of this plan, when the region is ready to move ahead with it. These investments are significantly increasing transit access across the region, including a 30% increase in HandyDART service. In response to the challenges faced by transit agencies in the context of COVID-19, we were successful in bringing the federal government to the table to assist, and together we have provided more than $1 billion in funding to support transit agencies in maintaining their operations and continuing to provide this necessary service. As we move forward, we are committed to continuing to expand transit investment across the region, and connecting new growing regions to the transit system. In addition, to ensure that more people are able to access transit, we are making transit free for children up to age 12, across the province.
6Aman Singh --- BC NDP --- Richmond Queensborough
 Over the last three years, we have made significant investments in transit, including providing 40% of the needed funding to move ahead with Phase 2 of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Plan for transit expansion. We have also committed to fund 40% of Phase 3 of this plan, when the region is ready to move ahead with it. These investments are significantly increasing transit access across the region, including a 30% increase in HandyDART service. In response to the challenges faced by transit agencies in the context of COVID-19, we were successful in bringing the federal government to the table to assist, and together we have provided more than $1 billion in funding to support transit agencies in maintaining their operations and continuing to provide this necessary service. As we move forward, we are committed to continuing to expand transit investment across the region, and connecting new growing regions to the transit system. In addition, to ensure that more people are able to access transit, we are making transit free for children up to age 12, across the province.
7Earl Einarson --- BC Green Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
8Jas Johal --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: Expand public transit options. - Improve our roads, public transit and clean transportation infrastructure, as part of the biggest infrastructure investment in BC history, to reduce congestion and improve travel for drivers and transit users
9Kay Hale --- Conservative --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
10Kelly Greene --- BC NDP --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective response from BC NDP: Over the last three years we’ve made significant investments in transit, including providing 40% of the needed funding to move ahead with Phase 2 of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-YearPlan for transit expansion. We have also committed to fund 40% of Phase 3 of this plan, when the region is ready to move ahead with it. These investments are significantly increasing transit access across the region, including a 30% increase in HandyDART service. As well in the challenges facing transit agencies in the context of COVID19, we were successful in bringing the federal government to the table to assist, and together we have provided more than $1 billion in funding to support transit agencies in maintaining their operations and continuing to provide this necessary service. As we move forward, we are committed to continuing to expand transit investment across the region, and connecting new growing regions to the transit system. In addition, to ensure that more people are able to access transit, we are making transit free for children up to age 12, across the province.
11Matt Pitcairn --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: Expand public transit options. - Improve our roads, public transit and clean transportation infrastructure, as part of the biggest infrastructure investment in BC history, to reduce congestion and improve travel for drivers and transit users
12Vince Li --- Independent --- Richmond Steveston
 DID NOT RESPOND

Childcare

Richmond families face great difficulties accessing quality, affordable and accessible childcare. Despite the $10 a Day childcare pilot program, wait lists are still long, with regulated space for less than 20% of children. Working families needing childcare are forced into unregulated care with no safety standards. In addition, childcare fees are the second highest family expense after housing.  

12.  Question: How will your party institute a seamless delivery of quality, affordable childcare and to support families, allow women to work, and free up retired grandparents from childcare duties?  

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1Jaeden Dela Torre --- BC NDP --- Richmond North Centre
 After 16 years of the BC Liberals ignoring families struggles with childcare, solving the childcare crisis they left behind won’t happen overnight. But the BC NDP government has made good progress in making child care affordable. Our ChildcareBC plan is a ten-year plan to build a universal,quality affordable childcare system in British Columbia that our government committed to in 2017.Under ChildcareBC, we have so far funded over 20,000 new licenced childcare spaces, increased the wages of ECEs and our focus on quality, affordable childcare has already led to 32,700 families paying $10-a-day or less on child care for their kids, including at our $10 a Day prototype sites.In Richmond alone, we have created over 600 new childcare spaces and put almost $33million back into parents’ pockets through reduced childcare fees and benefits. We have also given awage enhancement to almost 1500 Early Childhood Educators in the Richmond constituencies. If re-elected, a BC NDP government will continue making great strides toward universal child care,including: exceeding our target of 22,000 new child care spaces by expanding our child care capital program and modular strategy for child care, partnering with the federal government, we will expand the number of $10ADay child care spaces while enhancing our other affordability measures, we will move responsibility for child care to the Ministry of Education to make sure child care is brought formally into the learning timeline. And lastly we will protect our commitment to quality universal child care in law: much in the way that legislation was introduced to enshrine the concept of universal health care, we will protect the principles of affordable, accessible and inclusive quality child care in legislation.
2Teresa Wat --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond North Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Implement a $1.1 billion plan to bring $10-a-day child care to families with household incomes of up to $65,000, and $20 or $30-a-day care, based on household income up to$125,000. • Dramatically increase access to child care by building an additional 10,000 new childcare spaces all across BC, on top of those that have been added by the NDP. • Implement a new, online province-wide electronic application that is voluntary for parents and required for all providers receiving government funding. The parent would have the option to reject an invitation for an available space and wait for the next one. • Encourage and support a variety of non-profit and market-based child care providers. • Expand training and support for better qualified child care workers. • Replace the Minister of State for Child Care with a full Ministry to manage licencing,funding and oversight. • Expand access to before-and-after school care in schools and create incentives for employers to support child care options for their employees. • Work collaboratively with the federal government to further expand child care options.
3Vernon Wang --- BC Green Party --- Richmond North Centre
 DID NOT RESPOND
4Alexa Loo --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond South Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Implement a $1.1 billion plan to bring $10-a-day child care to families with household incomes of up to $65,000, and $20 or $30-a-day care, based on household income up to$125,000. • Dramatically increase access to child care by building an additional 10,000 new childcare spaces all across BC, on top of those that have been added by the NDP. • Implement a new, online province-wide electronic application that is voluntary for parents and required for all providers receiving government funding. The parent would have the option to reject an invitation for an available space and wait for the next one. • Encourage and support a variety of non-profit and market-based child care providers. • Expand training and support for better qualified child care workers. • Replace the Minister of State for Child Care with a full Ministry to manage licencing,funding and oversight. • Expand access to before-and-after school care in schools and create incentives for employers to support child care options for their employees. • Work collaboratively with the federal government to further expand child care options.
5Henry Yao --- BC NDP --- Richmond South Centre
 As a soon-to-be parent, I am quickly understanding first-hand how important quality, affordable childcare is. After 16 years of families’ struggles with childcare being ignored by the BC Liberals, solving the childcare crisis they left behind won’t happen overnight but the BC NDP government has made good progress. Our ChildcareBC plan is a ten-year plan to build a universal, quality affordable childcare system in British Columbia that our government committed to in 2017. Under ChildcareBC, we have so far funded over 20,000 new licenced childcare spaces, increased the wages of ECEs and our focus on quality, affordable childcare has already led to 32,700 families paying $10-a-day or less on child care for their kids, including at our $10ADay prototype sites. In Richmond alone, we have created over 600 new childcare spaces and put almost $33 million back into parents’ pockets through reduced childcare fees and benefits. We have also given a wage enhancement to almost 1500 Early Childhood Educators in the Richmond constituencies. Over $16 million has been invested in Richmond South Centre alone since 2017. Imagine how much more we could do with a BC NDP MLA advocating for families in Richmond South Centre. I will be that advocate if I’m elected. If re-elected, a John Horgan NDP government will continue making great strides toward universal child care, including: ● We will exceed our target of 22,000 new child care spaces by expanding our child care capital program and modular strategy for child care - when government builds a new school, housing complex or other projects we will work to ensure child care is included in their capital plans. ● Partnering with the federal government, we will expand the number of $10ADay child care spaces while enhancing our other affordability measures – delivering savings of thousands of dollars each month to help families get ahead. By providing an additional $1.5 billion over three years to the program, we will be able to deliver more affordable spaces for families in need even faster. ● We will move responsibility for child care to the Ministry of Education to make sure child care is brought formally into the learning timeline. The Ministry of Education will oversee delivery of all childcare initiatives and funding, manage a capital investment program to build more new spaces, and ensure quality care through ongoing enhancements. ● A re-elected BC NDP government will make sure Early Childhood Educators (ECE) are a well-supported profession by continuing to implement and enhance the Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy which includes expanding our successful ECE wage enhancement program, and we will continue investing in professional development of current ECEs as well as training new ECEs. ● And we will protect our commitment to quality universal child care in law: much in the way that legislation was introduced to enshrine the concept of universal health care, we will protect the principles of affordable, accessible, and inclusive quality child care in legislation
6Aman Singh --- BC NDP --- Richmond Queensborough
 As the parent of a one year old, I am acutely aware of the struggle to find good, affordable childcare. The BC Liberals ignore the needs of families for 16 years, and solving the childcare crisis they left behind won’t happen overnight but our government has made good progress. In 2017 we committed to building a universal, affordable childcare system in BC and so far we have funded over 20,000 new licensed spaces, while increasing the wages of ECEs. So far over 32,000 families have been able to take advantage of the $10 a day pilot program. The work of early childhood educators is so important, and is often work done by women. We’ve given a wage enhancement to 1500 ECEs in Richmond and we will ensure ECEs are a well-supported profession, like teachers and other professionals who work in BC’s education system. It is important to integrate child care in to the broader learning environment, and we will move responsibility for child care to the Ministry of Education. It will oversee delivery of all child care initiatives and funding, manage a capital investment program to build more new spaces, and ensure quality care through ongoing curriculum enhancements.
7Earl Einarson --- BC Green Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
8Jas Johal --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Implement a $1.1 billion plan to bring $10-a-day child care to families with household incomes of up to $65,000, and $20 or $30-a-day care, based on household income up to$125,000. • Dramatically increase access to child care by building an additional 10,000 new childcare spaces all across BC, on top of those that have been added by the NDP. • Implement a new, online province-wide electronic application that is voluntary for parents and required for all providers receiving government funding. The parent would have the option to reject an invitation for an available space and wait for the next one. • Encourage and support a variety of non-profit and market-based child care providers. • Expand training and support for better qualified child care workers. • Replace the Minister of State for Child Care with a full Ministry to manage licencing,funding and oversight. • Expand access to before-and-after school care in schools and create incentives for employers to support child care options for their employees. • Work collaboratively with the federal government to further expand child care options.
9Kay Hale --- Conservative --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
10Kelly Greene --- BC NDP --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective response from BC NDP: After 16 years of the BC Liberals ignoring families struggles with childcare, solving the childcare crisis they left behind won’t happen overnight. But the BC NDP government has made good progress in making child care affordable. Our ChildcareBC plan is a ten-year plan to build a universal,quality affordable childcare system in British Columbia that our government committed to in 2017.Under ChildcareBC, we have so far funded over 20,000 new licenced childcare spaces, increased the wages of ECEs and our focus on quality, affordable childcare has already led to 32,700 families paying $10-a-day or less on child care for their kids, including at our $10 a Day prototype sites.In Richmond alone, we have created over 600 new childcare spaces and put almost $33million back into parents’ pockets through reduced childcare fees and benefits. We have also given awage enhancement to almost 1500 Early Childhood Educators in the Richmond constituencies. If re-elected, a BC NDP government will continue making great strides toward universal child care,including: exceeding our target of 22,000 new child care spaces by expanding our child care capital program and modular strategy for child care, partnering with the federal government, we will expand the number of $10ADay child care spaces while enhancing our other affordability measures, we will move responsibility for child care to the Ministry of Education to make sure child care is brought formally into the learning timeline. And lastly we will protect our commitment to quality universal child care in law: much in the way that legislation was introduced to enshrine the concept of universal health care, we will protect the principles of affordable, accessible and inclusive quality child care in legislation.
11Matt Pitcairn --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: -Implement a $1.1 billion plan to bring $10-a-day child care to families with household incomes of up to $65,000, and $20 or $30-a-day care, based on household income up to$125,000. • Dramatically increase access to child care by building an additional 10,000 new childcare spaces all across BC, on top of those that have been added by the NDP. • Implement a new, online province-wide electronic application that is voluntary for parents and required for all providers receiving government funding. The parent would have the option to reject an invitation for an available space and wait for the next one. • Encourage and support a variety of non-profit and market-based child care providers. • Expand training and support for better qualified child care workers. • Replace the Minister of State for Child Care with a full Ministry to manage licencing,funding and oversight. • Expand access to before-and-after school care in schools and create incentives for employers to support child care options for their employees. • Work collaboratively with the federal government to further expand child care options.
12Vince Li --- Independent --- Richmond Steveston
 DID NOT RESPOND

Food Security

Richmond is Metro Vancouver’s food garden and Richmond prides itself as being called the “Garden City.” However, it appears much of the ALR designated land is being converted into residential properties with little or no farming activity.   

13.  Question: What is your party’s stand on food security and supporting local farmers to grow food?   

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1Jaeden Dela Torre --- BC NDP --- Richmond North Centre
 This pandemic has brought into focus how important it is to strengthen our province’s food security. It has shone a bright light on the need for our province to become more self-sufficient, more resilient, and more sustainable. Richmond is unique in the sense that it is both an urban riding and one that contains a lot of farmland. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important it is to have a strong, local food supply. What our government has done is focused on helping farmers farm, and helping consumers get access to fresh, local food. We have taken action to protect the Agricultural Land Reserve, banning mega-mansions and stopping garbage and fill dumping on farms. A healthy ALR ensures farm land remains affordable and accessible for farmers for generations to come. I know how important farmland is and I will always be a strong advocate for the agriculture industry. The BC NDP will continue and expand existing programmes already in place to help assist farmers, like Feed BC (getting more BC grown and raised food in to BC hospitals); Grow BC(increasing the amount of land being farmed); and Buy BC (to encourage people to purchase food that is grown and produced in BC). We have also included in our platform a new three-year initiative to develop a regenerative agricultural network that will bring together natural systems of production with agri-technologies that improve production, sustainability, and farm profitability to support farmers.The BC NDP government has focused on helping farmers farm, and helping consumers get access to fresh, locally grown food and beverages.
2Teresa Wat --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond North Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: Implement a Trespass Act that significantly protects the properties and livelihoods offarmers. • Eliminate NDP policies that unfairly discriminate against farmers. • Implement reforms to the Agricultural Land Commission that restore the rights of farming and ranching families to earn supplemental income on their farms. • Improve access to farm workers by reducing obstacles to the recruitment of skilled and semi-skilled labour. • Ensure access to water for crops and livestock. • Ensure the security and longevity of our local food system by making BC’s agriculture industry more self-sufficient and sustainable.
3Vernon Wang --- BC Green Party --- Richmond North Centre
 DID NOT RESPOND
4Alexa Loo --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond South Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: Implement a Trespass Act that significantly protects the properties and livelihoods offarmers. • Eliminate NDP policies that unfairly discriminate against farmers. • Implement reforms to the Agricultural Land Commission that restore the rights of farming and ranching families to earn supplemental income on their farms. • Improve access to farm workers by reducing obstacles to the recruitment of skilled and semi-skilled labour. • Ensure access to water for crops and livestock. • Ensure the security and longevity of our local food system by making BC’s agriculture industry more self-sufficient and sustainable.
5Henry Yao --- BC NDP --- Richmond South Centre
 As someone who served on the board of the Richmond Food Security Society, The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important it is to have a strong, local food supply. Our government is focused on helping farmers farm, and helping consumers get access to fresh, local food. I will be an advocate for the agriculture industry, and the BC NDP will continue and expand existing programmes already in place, like Feed BC (getting more BC grown and raised food in to BC hospitals); Grow BC (increasing the amount of land being farmed); and Buy BC (to encourage people to purchase food that is grown and produced in BC). The BC NDP platform also includes a new three-year initiative to develop a regenerative agricultural network that will bring together natural systems of production with agri-technologies that improve production, sustainability, and farm profitability to support farmers. We protected the Agricultural Land Reserve by banning mega-mansions and stopping garbage and fill dumping on farms. We also gave the Ministry of Agriculture it’s largest budget ever, so we could create new programs that are helping farmers farm. In this election we have a choice - should we continue building a resilient food system, or go back to the way it was under the BC Liberals. The BC Liberals have promised to undo what we’ve done. They are saying yes to dumping garbage on farmland. They are saying yes to mega mansions on farmland. They are saying yes to turning the ALR back into a target for speculators and land developers, taking farmland out of production forever and putting the cost of farmland out of reach of farmers. As an example, earlier this year a small farm property in Richmond with a megamansion in Richmond was listed for $21 million. The evidence says the BC NDP agriculture plan is working. Farm cash receipts in B.C. increased 6% in 2018, and in 2019 they went up 13%, to almost $4 billion. And net cash income for BC farmers in 2019 was $560 million, up $120 million in one year. This is a 30.5% increase as compared to the previous five year average. Add in historic high returns from the food processing industry and the farm, food and fish sector is contributing over $15 billion annually to the province’s GDP –the largest amount ever. A re-elected BC NDP government will continue to focus on helping farmers farm, and helping consumers get access to fresh, locally grown or raised food and beverages.While the BC Liberals worked to undermine the ALR, our government protected the Agricultural Land Reserve to ensure our best farmland in production and affordable for farmers.
6Aman Singh --- BC NDP --- Richmond Queensborough
 This pandemic has brought into focus how important it is to strengthen our province’s food security. It has shone a bright light on the need for our province to become more self-sufficient, more resilient, and more sustainable. Richmond-Queensborough is a unique riding - few other ridings are at once as urban and contain as much farmland as ours does! The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important it is to have a strong, local food supply. Our government is focused on helping farmers farm, and helping consumers get access to fresh, local food. I will be an advocate for the agriculture industry, and the BC NDP will continue and expand existing programmes already in place, like Feed BC (getting more BC grown and raised food in to BC hospitals); Grow BC (increasing the amount of land being farmed); and Buy BC (to encourage people to purchase food that is grown and produced in BC). The BC NDP platform also includes a new three-year initiative to develop a regenerative agricultural network that will bring together natural systems of production with agri-technologies that improve production, sustainability, and farm profitability to support farmers. The BC NDP is also responsible for taking action to protect the Agricultural Land Reserve, banning mega-mansions and stopping garbage and fill dumping on farms. A healthy ALR ensures farm land remains affordable and accessible for farmers for generations to come.
7Earl Einarson --- BC Green Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
8Jas Johal --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: Implement a Trespass Act that significantly protects the properties and livelihoods offarmers. • Eliminate NDP policies that unfairly discriminate against farmers. • Implement reforms to the Agricultural Land Commission that restore the rights of farming and ranching families to earn supplemental income on their farms. • Improve access to farm workers by reducing obstacles to the recruitment of skilled and semi-skilled labour. • Ensure access to water for crops and livestock. • Ensure the security and longevity of our local food system by making BC’s agriculture industry more self-sufficient and sustainable.
9Kay Hale --- Conservative --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
10Kelly Greene --- BC NDP --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective response from BC NDP: This pandemic has brought into focus how important it is to strengthen our province’s food security. It has shone a bright light on the need for our province to become more self-sufficient, more resilient, and more sustainable. Richmond is unique in the sense that it is both an urban riding and one that contains a lot of farmland. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important it is to have a strong, local food supply. What our government has done is focused on helping farmers farm, and helping consumers get access to fresh, local food. We have taken action to protect the Agricultural Land Reserve, banning mega-mansions and stopping garbage and fill dumping on farms. A healthy ALR ensures farm land remains affordable and accessible for farmers for generations to come. I know how important farmland is and I will always be a strong advocate for the agriculture industry. The BC NDP will continue and expand existing programmes already in place to help assist farmers, like Feed BC (getting more BC grown and raised food in to BC hospitals); Grow BC(increasing the amount of land being farmed); and Buy BC (to encourage people to purchase food that is grown and produced in BC). We have also included in our platform a new three-year initiative to develop a regenerative agricultural network that will bring together natural systems of production with agri-technologies that improve production, sustainability, and farm profitability to support farmers.The BC NDP government has focused on helping farmers farm, and helping consumers get access to fresh, locally grown food and beverages.
11Matt Pitcairn --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: Implement a Trespass Act that significantly protects the properties and livelihoods offarmers. • Eliminate NDP policies that unfairly discriminate against farmers. • Implement reforms to the Agricultural Land Commission that restore the rights of farming and ranching families to earn supplemental income on their farms. • Improve access to farm workers by reducing obstacles to the recruitment of skilled and semi-skilled labour. • Ensure access to water for crops and livestock. • Ensure the security and longevity of our local food system by making BC’s agriculture industry more self-sufficient and sustainable.
12Vince Li --- Independent --- Richmond Steveston
 DID NOT RESPOND
14.  Additional Question: As MLA, how would you promote buy local, eat local in Richmond? 

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1Jaeden Dela Torre --- BC NDP --- Richmond North Centre
 I’m proud to be part of a party that supports our local farmers and food producers. We are lucky to live in a place that is capable of producing so many healthy and delicious foods, at reasonable costs while also supporting good jobs. When we came into power three years ago, we reinstated the Buy BC program, after the BC Liberals had cancelled it. The Buy BC program promotes agricultural,food and beverage products. We will continue to expand this program to ensure food producers can take advantage of it and help market their products locally.
2Teresa Wat --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond North Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: The most important thing you can do to promote and support local food is to support local farmers and the BC Liberals are committed to this. We will: -Eliminate NDP policies that unfairly discriminate against farmers. - Implement reforms to the Agricultural Land Commission that restore the rights of farming and ranching families to earn supplemental income on their farms. - Improve access to farm workers by reducing obstacles to the recruitment of skilled and semi-skilled labour. —Ensure access to water for crops and livestock.- Ensure the security and longevity of our local food system by making BC’s agriculture industry more self-sufficient and sustainable.
3Vernon Wang --- BC Green Party --- Richmond North Centre
 DID NOT RESPOND
4Alexa Loo --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond South Centre
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: The most important thing you can do to promote and support local food is to support local farmers and the BC Liberals are committed to this. We will: -Eliminate NDP policies that unfairly discriminate against farmers. - Implement reforms to the Agricultural Land Commission that restore the rights of farming and ranching families to earn supplemental income on their farms. - Improve access to farm workers by reducing obstacles to the recruitment of skilled and semi-skilled labour. —Ensure access to water for crops and livestock.- Ensure the security and longevity of our local food system by making BC’s agriculture industry more self-sufficient and sustainable.
5Henry Yao --- BC NDP --- Richmond South Centre
 The BC Liberals cancelled Buy BC. Our BC NDP government has already reinstated the Buy BC program to promote agricultural, food and beverage products. We will continue to expand this program to ensure food producers can take advantage of it and help market their products locally. I’m proud to be part of a party that supports our local farmers and food producers. We are lucky to live in a place that is capable of producing so many healthy and delicious foods, at reasonable costs while also supporting good jobs. Although it's not just luck - we have access to sustainable, locally grown and raised food because we know the value of the Agricultural Land Reserve. Our party established the ALR almost 50 years ago and continues to protect it today. When we came to power in 2017, our government also reinstated the Buy BC program. Buy BC promotes a wide range of agriculture, food and beverage products. I look for the Buy BC symbol at my local grocery stores and farmers’ markets to enjoy and explore local products and feel good about supporting B.C. producers and the economy. Our platform commitments are to continue and expand successful programmes already in place: Feed BC: getting more BC grown and raised food into BC hospitals Grow BC: increasing the amount of land being farmed Buy BC: encouraging people purchase food that is grown and produced in BC I love visiting Richmond Country Farms to buy berries and local vegetables. We have some incredible farmers and farming families here in Richmond and I always do what I can to Buy BC and Buy Richmond! I encourage people to look for the Buy BC sticker when you are shopping at your local stores and if you are a food producer, I also encourage you to look into Buy BC to see how you can take advantage of this program.
6Aman Singh --- BC NDP --- Richmond Queensborough
 The BC Liberals cancelled Buy BC. Our BC NDP government has already reinstated the Buy BC program to promote agricultural, food and beverage products. We will continue to expand this program to ensure food producers can take advantage of it and help market their products locally.
7Earl Einarson --- BC Green Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
8Jas Johal --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Queensborough
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: The most important thing you can do to promote and support local food is to support local farmers and the BC Liberals are committed to this. We will: -Eliminate NDP policies that unfairly discriminate against farmers. - Implement reforms to the Agricultural Land Commission that restore the rights of farming and ranching families to earn supplemental income on their farms. - Improve access to farm workers by reducing obstacles to the recruitment of skilled and semi-skilled labour. —Ensure access to water for crops and livestock.- Ensure the security and longevity of our local food system by making BC’s agriculture industry more self-sufficient and sustainable.
9Kay Hale --- Conservative --- Richmond Queensborough
 DID NOT RESPOND
10Kelly Greene --- BC NDP --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective response from BC NDP: The BC Liberals cancelled Buy BC. Our BC NDP government has already reinstated the Buy BC program to promote agricultural, food and beverage products. We will continue to expand this program to ensure food producers can take advantage of it and help market their products locally.
11Matt Pitcairn --- BC Liberal Party --- Richmond Steveston
 Collective Responses from Entire BC Liberal Team Richmond: The most important thing you can do to promote and support local food is to support local farmers and the BC Liberals are committed to this. We will: -Eliminate NDP policies that unfairly discriminate against farmers. - Implement reforms to the Agricultural Land Commission that restore the rights of farming and ranching families to earn supplemental income on their farms. - Improve access to farm workers by reducing obstacles to the recruitment of skilled and semi-skilled labour. —Ensure access to water for crops and livestock.- Ensure the security and longevity of our local food system by making BC’s agriculture industry more self-sufficient and sustainable.
12Vince Li --- Independent --- Richmond Steveston
 DID NOT RESPOND