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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: New Statutory Holiday

The government of Canada recently passed legislation to make September 30th a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day provides an opportunity for employees to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. This may present itself as…

Website Connects People to Vital Mental Health and Substance Use Supports

People in British Columbia have access to a new Wellbeing.gov.bc.ca website that will help them easily navigate and connect with mental health and substance use information and supports. “People seeking mental health and substance use supports have told me finding information is hard, and…

The Other Pandemic. Mental Health and the Workplace

With mental health in the workplace being the central theme of our conference this year, we brought in speakers who shared their extensive expertise and practical solutions with our attendees, demonstrating that although the issues of mental health and substance use are significant in…

New Drug-checking Device Helps Save Lives

The Government of B.C. is providing $305,000 for HarmCheck, a drug-checking technology developed at Vancouver Island University.

The technology, called high-throughput paper spray mass spectrometry, provides rapid, sensitive testing as a harm-reduction measure to help reduce illicit drug poisonings.

“HarmCheck is cutting-edge technology developed right here…

B.C. Introduces New Prescribed Safer Supply Policy, a Canadian First

To help save lives by separating more people from the poisoned illicit drug supply, British Columbia is phasing in a new policy to expand access to prescribed safer supply.

B.C. is the first province in Canada to introduce this public-health measure.

As part of the Budget…

Substance Use and the Workplace. Supporting Employers and Employees in the Trades

By Vicky Waldron, Executive Director, Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan (CIRP)
Opioid overdoses and deaths are a public health crisis affecting many working Canadians.

Use of alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, and other substances also causes harm that affect employees, their families, and workplaces.

The impact of the opioid epidemic…

All Parts of Construction Supporting Growth

The report also suggests that the steep and rapid fall in interest rates at the outset of the pandemic improved housing affordability and in turn fueled demand – in B.C. and across Canada. Established home resales and prices surged to record highs in 2020.…

B.C. Economic Review and Outlook

According to the latest report by the Business Council of British Columbia, a solid economic rebound is underway in B.C. Real GDP is set to increase by 5.8% in 2021 followed by a still strong 4.8% pace in 2022. The province’s resilient merchandise export…

Covid-19 Public Health Announcements

PHO order on masks in public indoor settings. See PHO Province-wide restrictions page and PHO order: Face coverings (COVID-19).
Updated COVID-19 guidelines for K-12 schools. Learn more.
Effective Aug. 21 Interior Health announced new health measures Learn more.
Effective Sept. 7 Northern Health introduced…

Important Public Health Links

Provincial Health Officer Statement for Employers on Transitioning from COVID-19 Safety Plans to Communicable Disease Plans
Orders, notices, or guidance issued by the provincial health officer
C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan website
BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool
The BC Centre for Disease Control has collected…

Communicable Disease Prevention: A Guide for Employers

In Step 3 of BC’s Restart plan, employers are no longer required to maintain a COVID-19 Safety Plan, and can instead transition to communicable disease prevention

A communicable disease is an illness caused by an infectious agent or its toxic product that can be transmitted…

COVID-19 Checklist: Key Milestones

As our Province implemented the important BC Vaccine Card, we have put together a “COVID-19 CHECKLIST” summarizing the key milestones which we hope will provide a quick and useful reference for our members.

The BC Vaccine Card is now in effect throughout British Columbia.  As…

Message from the CLR President

The past year and a half has been extremely challenging for everyone all over the world. We could not have predicted the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastating impacts of the virus on our lives.

COVID-19 has changed almost everything. Our home lives, our work lives,…