What does 2023 have in store for you in British Columbia?
A three-day cancellation right for British Columbia homebuyers comes into effect on January 1, 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 upon payment of a penalty equivalent to 0.25% of the sale price.
The three days of reprieve will give buyers time to have the property inspected and obtain the necessary financing for the purchase, according to the government.
This measure targets unconditional offers, common in the most competitive markets such as Vancouver.
New rules to improve the safety of young workers aged 16 to 18 are also coming effective January 1, 2023.
The government wants to protect young people and ensure their jobs come with the necessary training and supervision.
< p class="e-p">In its list of jobs considered more dangerous for young people, the government cites several jobs in the construction industry, forestry, food processing, as well as the oil, gas and energy industry and the asbestos removal.
To operate a chainsaw in 2023, a young worker will need to be at least 18 years old, receive training and be supervised.
Some jobs require you to be at least 16 years old years:
- in the construction industry;
- in forestry;
- in fighting forest fires;
- for any work at heights that requires fall protection.
Other jobs require you to be at least 18 years old years, including:
- tree cutting and logging;
- any job that requires the use of a chainsaw;
- the production of pulp, paper, shingles or work in a sawmill;
- any job related to production in a refinery or in a foundry
- any employment connected with the working or fabrication of metal;
- the construction or maintenance of power lines in the event of an electrical hazard;
- drilling for or servicing an oil or gas deposit;
- 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 job which exposes or may expose the employee to potentially hazardous levels of asbestos;
- any job involving a risk of exposure at dangerous levels of radiation;
- any work in confined spaces or underground;
- any job requiring a respirator.
Between 2012 and 2021, WorkSafeBC data reveals that more than $26.4 million was paid out in disability benefits to workers between the ages of 16 and 18 at the time of their injury.
As the shortage of family physicians persists, 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:
time spent with patients;
number of visits per day;
- < p class="e-p">the number of patients in their practice;
the complexity of the medical problems the patient is facing;
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.< p class="sc-v64krj-0 dlqbmr">In British Columbia, starting January 31, 2023, adults will be allowed to possess a maximum of 2.5 grams of the drug.
Starting January 31 2023, British Columbia will no longer arrest people carrying small amounts of illegal drugs in an effort to address the province's opioid overdose crisis.
With this new measure, which will be in place 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 in possession of the threshold allowed by this exemption will no longer be arrested or charged 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. (Archive)
Passed in November 2022, the Delivery Services Act permanently anchors the cap on delivery charges for services like DoorDash, Uber Eats or SkipTheDishes.
Delivery companies may charge restaurants a fee limited to 20% of the dollar value of an order.
This cap, already in place temporarily since December 2020, was extended in September and then in December 2021.
At the time, health measures related to the COVID pandemic -19 forced many restaurateurs to use these delivery services. Commissions could be as high as 30% of the order total.
Minimum piecework wages, i.e. pay based on what is produced, are increasing by 2.8%.
Agricultural workers who manually harvest crops such as blueberries and cherries benefit from this increase.
Thus, a worker will receive $1.10 for the equivalent of one kilogram of blueberries instead of $1.07.
Victoria imposes this increase based on the average annual inflation rate for British Columbia in 2021.