Highlights Jan 2019

Public Engagements 

The govTogetherBC website is home to the Government of British Columbia’s citizen engagement activities. Listed below are a few of the ongoing engagements for January that constituents can participate in.

Visit Your Input, Your Impact to access results and find out how public input collected through past citizen engagement projects has informed government decisions, policy and legislation.

Money Laundering Tip Portal

In June 2018, the Attorney General released the Peter German report on anti-money laundering in Lower Mainland casinos. The Attorney General has asked Peter German to conduct a second review following up on his initial findings.

This tip portal is a secure way for British Columbians to share any information they believe may be relevant to Dr. German’s review into whether there is evidence of money laundering in B.C. real estate, luxury car sales and horse racing.

If Dr. German identifies inadequately addressed issues of money laundering, he is to inquire into the nature, extent and history of these issues and deliver findings to government.

Submissions will be accepted until 4 pm on January 31, 2019. 

Visit: engage.gov.bc.ca/moneylaunderingtipportal

Note: Those wishing to share information or ideas on how to strengthen legislative or regulatory protections against money laundering should share their ideas with the Ministry of Finance’s parallel investigation on money laundering in real estate.

Chinese Canadian Museum 

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Read the news release here

What is this engagement about?

The Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver are working together to have Vancouver’s Chinatown designated a United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site. As part of this, the Province and the City have also committed to establishing a Chinese Canadian Museum.

The Minister of State for Trade George Chow will lead the public consultation process with support from a Working Group with vast experience in Chinese Canadian heritage, museum development, city planning and provincial history. The project is also supported by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Lisa Beare.

Minister of State Chow would like to make sure your ideas about Chinese Canadian history and heritage are considered in the early stages of planning the museum. The creation of this museum is for the people of British Columbia and its visitors, and we want you to help shape it. As such, he is asking your thoughts for how best to recognize key moments in our shared history.

You can provide feedback by:

How can my contribution make a difference?

Feedback will be summarized and used as input into establishing a Chinese Canadian Museum.

Money Laundering in Real Estate

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What is this engagement about?

This engagement is an opportunity for British Columbians to share their concerns about money laundering in the B.C. real estate market, and to offer recommendations to B.C.’s Expert Panel on Money Laundering.

The Expert Panel was appointed following the release of two independent reports that found evidence that B.C.’s housing market may be vulnerable to criminals looking to launder money.

As part of their review of the issue, the Expert Panel on Money Laundering wants to hear from members of the public.

The public are invited to participate until Thursday January 31, 2019 at 4 p.m. by:

If using email, submissions should be provided in Word or PDF format and should not exceed five pages. Participants are encouraged to review the Terms of Reference prior to providing a response. The Expert Panel may also meet in person with individuals or groups who wish to disclose firsthand knowledge of money laundering in B.C.

The Expert Panel may also choose to follow up with individuals or groups that contact them about specific instances of money laundering in B.C.’s real estate sector.
How can my contribution make a difference?

This public engagement and the work being completed by the Expert Panel on Money Laundering is part of government’s Homes for BC: A 30-Point Plan for Housing Affordability in British Columbia that includes measures to stop fraudulent activity that is distorting B.C.’s housing market.

The Expert Panel will consider the feedback received through this engagement as they develop their recommendations and final report to government.

This work will help ensure that the people who live in our communities and work here are able to find affordable housing.



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