The Association of Registered Nurses of BC
Election Issues and Platforms
Social Determinants of Health

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Be Informed! Take a look at ARNBC's Resources:

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What Do Nurses Expect Government to Do?

  • Refocus on the idea of 'health in all policies' - an approach that considers the health impacts of policies in areas such as finance, education, housing, employment and transport. It assists leaders and policymakers to 'integrate considerations of health, well-being and equity during the development, implementation and evaluation of such policies and services.
  • Reconsider cuts to social service organizations and funding organizations that support those suffering from socioeconomic disadvantages.
  • Recognize and work to achieve the principles outlined in the WHO's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health:
    1. Improve the conditions of daily life
    2. tackle the inequitable distribution of power, money and resources
    3. measure the problem, evaluate action, expand the knowledge base, develop a workforce that is trained in the social determinants of health and raise public awareness of the social determinants of health.

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Ask the Candidates!

  • How would your government begin to address the vast inequities of those who are struggling to have their basic needs met and those whose social determinants are at a high level?
  • In what areas can government influence the social determinants of health, and how high of a priority is it for you to move forward with improving some of the conditions that are occurring within your own backyard?
  • What is your government's plan to ensure that all British Columbians have access to safe and affordable housing?
  • What is your government's plan to eliminate barriers to health care such as high parking costs across hospital and health care centres?
  • What is your government's plan to ensure working British Columbians receive a living wage?

* Party platforms will be updated regularly. If you are aware of any commitments made by the parties, please let us know at admin@arnbc.ca.
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Housing
  • Increase housing supply by working with municipalities to speed up permitting and open new opportunities for housing.
  • Raise the threshold of the First Time Home Buyers' Program exemption to $500,000, saving first-time home buyers up to $8,000.
  • Expand the Home Renovation Tax Credit eligibility to those renovating their home to accommodate a secondary suite.
Education
  • Maintaining the B.C. Back-to-School Tax Credit, a $250 per child non-refundable tax credit for parents of school age children to help with the cost of purchasing school supplies.
Early Childhood Development
  • Increase investment in childcare by $352.5 million.
  • Up to 13,000 new child care spaces by 2020.
  • Maintaining the Children's Fitness Tax Credit up to a maximum of $500 per child and the Children's Fitness Equipment Tax Credit.
  • Maintain the BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit for the 180,000 families with kids under the age of six.
Income
  • Personal income tax freeze.
  • Invest $700 million in the BC HOME Partnership program to provide mortgage down payment assistance loans to an estimated 42,000 first-time home buyers over the next three years. In the first 3 months, almost 1,200 people have applied and almost 1,000 have been approved.
  • Continue support for RAP and SAFER to assist over 33,000 low-income families and senior households with their rent each year.
  • New LIFT program to help working single parents access training.
Transportation
  • Capping bridge tolls at $500 annually for commuters.
  • New tax credit for BC Ferries users in ferry dependent communities.
  • Introduce legislation to enable ridesharing companies to operate by December 2017.
  • Matching the federal government's $2.2 billion investment in Metro Vancouver transit, and $333 million to keep BC Transit moving.
  • Implement a new tax credit for people who use car sharing services like Evo, Car2Go, and Modo.
Housing
  • Build 114,000 rental and co-op homes.
  • Establish a multi-agency task force to fight tax fraud and money laundering in the BC real estate marketplace.
  • Direct the revenue from the absentee speculators' tax into a Housing Affordability Fund.
  • Partner with the federal government, local municipalities, agencies and community groups to create an immediate homelessness action plan, which includes a provincial poverty reduction plan.
  • Conduct a provide-wide homeless count and commit to reduce the homeless population through permanent housing and services as part of our action plan on housing.
Education
  • Provide $30 million per year to our school system to ensure that kids have the school supplies that they need to succeed.
  • Create an ongoing capital fund for school playgrounds.
Income
  • Reduce the depth of poverty in BC by acting immediately to raise all income assistance and disability rates by $100 per month.
  • Encourage and support assistance recipients as they re-enter the workforce by allowing them to keep an additional $200 a month in earnings exemptions.
Transportation
  • Eliminate tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges.
  • Freeze BC Hydro rates and stop Christy Clark's 42% increase in ICBC rates.
  • Roll back ferry fares on small routes by 15%, freeze fares on major routes, and return the 100% seniors' weekday discount.
  • Fully restore the BC Bus Pass program for people with disabilities.
  • Support the Mayors' Council 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation. We have committed to funding 40 per cent of the capital costs of every phase of the plan, in partnership with all levels of government.
  • Work with TransLink and BC Transit to find long and lasting solutions to improve HandyDART service, reduce trip denials, and ensure that seniors and people with disabilities get the rides they need.
  • Harness the benefits of ride-sharing services to build on the existing taxi system.
Other
  • Increase funding to support women who experience domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes by $8 million a year.
Housing
  • Introduce measures to eliminate money laundering and property speculation.
  • Implement a provincial housing plan for affordable rental accommodation.
  • Invest up to $750 million per year to create approx. 4,000 units of affordable housing per year.
  • Update the Residential Tenancy Act to protect renters.
Education
  • Increase funding for public education system over four years from $250 million to $1.5 million.
  • Invest $35 million into public education learning-readiness initiatives such as meal programs.
  • Implement needs-based grants for post-secondary students.
  • Offer tax forgiveness of up to $2,000/year for up to 5 years to assist graduates in repaying debt from tuition fees.
  • Set up a Post-Secondary Education Task Force to identify ways to make post-secondary education more relevant, accessible and affordable.
  • Invest $35 million in nutrition and physical activity programs to promote learning readiness and improve student health .
Early Childhood Development
  • Free early childhood education for 3-4 years old.
  • Free day care for children up to age 2 with working parents.
Income
  • Up to $500/ month for families with a stay-at-home parents and a child up to age 2.
  • Begin the transition to liveable incomes with an increase in Persons with Disabilities (PWD), income assistance and shelter allowance rates.
  • Introduce a basic income support for youth aged 18 to 24 who are transitioning out of foster care.
  • Launch a basic income pilot project that will test its ability to reduce poverty, improve health, housing and employment.
  • Establish an arm's-length fair wages commission to recommend a new minimum wage and oversee regular rate reviews.
  • As part of a comprehensive anti-poverty strategy, identify strategies to address all aspects of child poverty in the province, including specific actions to address poverty affecting Aboriginal children and families.