What does 2023 have in store for you in British Columbia?

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What's in store for you the year 2023 in British Columbia?

A three-day cancellation right for British Columbia home buyers comes into effect January 2023.

British Columbia has several New Year's resolutions. These include protecting new buyers and young workers, and implementing strategies to increase the number of family physicians in the province.

British Columbians buying a home in 2023 will have the right to cancel within three days of accepting an offer to purchase to protect against high-risk sales .

Any buyer will have the right to cancel the transaction subject to the payment of a penalty equivalent to 0.25% of the sale price.

These three days of reprieve will give buyers time to have the property inspected and to obtain the necessary financing for the purchase, according to the government.

This measure targets unconditional offers, which are frequent in the most competitive like Vancouver's.

New rules to improve the safety of young workers aged 16 to 18 also come into force on January 1, 2023.

The government wants to protect young people and ensure that their jobs are accompanied by the necessary training and supervision.

In its list of jobs considered the most dangerous for young people, the government cites several jobs in the construction sector, forestry, food processing, the oil, gas and energy industry as well as kidnapping asbestos.

To use a chainsaw in 2023, a young worker will need to be at least 18  ;years, receive training and be supervised.

Some jobs in the following fields will require you to be at least 16 years old:

  • construction industry;
  • forestry;
  • control against forest fires;
  • any work at heights that requires fall protection.

Other jobs require be at least 18 years of age, including:

  • tree cutting and logging;
  • all work requiring the use of a chainsaw;
  • the production of pulp, paper and shingles as well as work in a sawmill;
  • any job related to production in a refinery or a foundry;
  • any job related to work or fabrication of metal;
  • construction or maintenance of power lines where there is an electrical hazard;
  • drilling or maintenance of a oil or gas field;
  • any work with a hazardous material in fish, meat or poultry processing facilities;
  • any job directly related to the processing of silica or involving a risk of exposure to silica dust;
  • any work exposing or likely to expose the employee to potentially hazardous levels of asbestos;
  • any work involving a risk of exposure at dangerous levels of radiation;
  • any work in an enclosed space or underground;
  • any work requiring breathing apparatus.

Between 2012 and 2021, WorkSafeBC data reveals that more than $26.4 million was paid out in disability benefits to workers aged 16 to 18 as a result of x27;one injury.

In the face of the continuing shortage of family physicians, a new compensation model will come into effect in the province in February 2023.

Family physicians will be able to move from fee-for-service to more comprehensive compensation.

Compensation will take into account the following:

  • time spent with patients;

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    the number of visits per day;

  • the number of patients in a practice;

  • the complexity of the medical issues facing the patient;

  • administrative costs.

The government is also accelerating the accreditation of US-trained physicians. They will be able to practice in British Columbia in community settings, such as medical offices, after three years of training in the United States starting in January 2023.

In British Columbia beginning January 31, 2023, adults will be permitted to possess a maximum of 2.5 grams of the drug.

Effective January 31, 2023 , British Columbia authorities will no longer arrest people who carry small amounts of illegal drugs in an effort to address the province's opioid overdose crisis.

With this new measure, which will be in effect for three years, British Columbians 18 and older will be able to have a cumulative amount of 2.5 grams of opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine or MDMA for personal use.

People who have in their possession the quantity authorized by this exemption will not be arrested or charged again and their drugs will not be seized. Instead, they will receive information about drug use and health care supports.

Bylaws prohibiting plastic bags, Styrofoam containers, straws and plastic utensils (with exceptions) come into effect January 1, 2023 in Sidney, Vancouver Island and Harrison Hot Springs, NB. Fraser Valley, which are following in the footsteps of many other cities.

Delivery platforms have become key players in the restaurant industry. (Archives)

Passed in November 2022, the Delivery Services Act permanently anchors caps on delivery charges for services like DoorDash, Uber Eats and SkipTheDishes.

Delivery companies may charge restaurants a fee limited to 20% of the dollar value of an order.

This cap, already in effect temporarily since December 2020, was extended in September and then in December 2021.

At the time, the health measures linked to the COVID-19 pandemic 19 compelled many restaurateurs to use these delivery services. Commissions could reach 30% of the total of an order.

The minimum piecework wage, that is to say the remuneration received according to what is product, increases by 2.8%.

Farm workers who hand-harvest crops such as blueberries and cherries will benefit from this increase.

Thus, a worker will receive $1.10 for the equivalent of one kilogram of blueberries instead of $1.07.

This Victoria increase is based on British Columbia's average annual inflation rate in 2021.

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