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Happy Pride Month! Pride month is a celebration of our diversity, recognition of the strides we’ve made thanks to LGBTQ2S+ activists, & a reminder of the work we still have to do. 

Our government has taken many tangible steps to ensure that everyone, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, is safe and included. Among other steps, we made changes to ensure the spectrum of gender identity is included on B.C. government ID; moved to ensure publicly funded, affirming lower surgeries are available in B.C., making us the first province in Western Canada to offer these essential procedures right here at home; ensured all 60 school districts and several First Nations and independent schools are part of the B.C. SOGI Educator Network to help schools be more inclusive for students; and expanded coverage for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) & post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to ensure people at risk of contracting HIV in BC are benefiting from preventative treatment.

We'll continue working to ensure services are accessible & equitable for LGBTQ2S+ folks.

Remains of 215 children found at former Kamloops residential school

Like many, the news of Tk’emlups te Secwepemc finding the remains of 215 children at the former Kamloops residential school shook me to my core. If you are Indigenous and need support, the toll-free KUU-US Crisis line is available 24/7. You can reach them at 1-800-588-8717. 

Children were taken from their families & communities during this dark time, & the violence the Canadian residential school system inflicted upon Indigenous peoples continues to ring through generations. For now, my thoughts are with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc & all who mourn.

I encourage you, if you're a settler, to reflect on how your presence on this land impacts Indigenous people and how you can commit to reconciliation and decolonization in your own life.

Minimum wage increased to $15.20 an hour

Throughout the pandemic, front line workers have been essential in keeping our communities going. Those front line workers include many hard-working people who still struggle to make ends meet, including grocery store workers, servers, and cleaners. Our government believes that these and all workers should make a fair and dignified wage. This week, we increased the minimum wage in B.C. to $15.20 an hour. We’ve also eliminated the discriminatory lower minimum wage for liquor servers – these workers will now make the regular minimum wage.  

Since 2018, we’ve been regularly increasing the minimum wage, which was $11.35 an hour when this work began. Close to 400,000 people have benefited from these increases, the majority of whom are women, immigrants and youth – people who bear the brunt of low-wage labour.  

Increasing the minimum wage is one way we are tackling inequality while making life more affordable.

2,400 new affordable rental homes on the way in B.C.

More than 2,400 new affordable rental homes are coming for people with moderate and low incomes in 39 communities throughout the province, including 129 in Burnaby at 6488 Byrnepark Dr in partnership with M'akola Housing Society.

These new homes mean that thousands of families, seniors and Indigenous peoples in our province will enjoy safe, new, affordable homes. These homes are part of the nearly 30,000 affordable homes now complete or underway in every corner of the province, building on the significant momentum as we recover from more than a decade of underinvestment in housing by the old government. We're making good progress in addressing the housing crisis for all British Columbians, and there's more to do.

A total of 47 new projects have been selected through the Building BC: Community Housing Fund (CHF). The fund will provide approximately 2,455 rental homes for individuals, families, seniors, people with disabilities and Indigenous peoples throughout the province.

More information here:

B.C. hospitals to resume regular surgical operations by June 7

One of the toughest decisions in the early days of the pandemic was postponing scheduled surgeries. Since we launched B.C.’s commitment to surgical renewal 97% of postponed surgeries have been completed. These are significant achievements, but there’s more to do. We’ll keep making progress to deliver the better, faster care people need.

B.C. hospitals that diverted surgical beds and resources to cope with a third wave of COVID-19 will be resuming regular operations by June 7, and patients who had their surgeries cancelled can expect those procedures to be rescheduled soon.

More information:

I'm here for you

As always, if you have questions or need any assistance with provincial COVID-19 supports, please reach out. Thank you for trusting me to support you again as your MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake. For constituency-related questions, you can reach me at (604) 775-0565 or For all inquiries about my capacity as Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training, please email


Anne Kang, MLA
Burnaby-Deer Lake

The Importance of Sleep Care Mental Health Workshop

We spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping, yet we do not think about the importance of our sleep nearly enough. Join us in this important Mental Health Workshop about your sleep care. Our sleep expert, Dr. Wayne Lai, will give us tips for better sleep and wellbeing.

Register at:

ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge

I'm excited to announce that the City of Burnaby will be participating in the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge from June 1 – 30, as we strive to be named Canada’s Most Active Community.

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges and many of us have had to adjust to cancelled or virtual programming. Now more than ever, it’s important to find ways to connect with our friends, family and community and the Community Better Challenge can help us do so, safely!

Helping to strengthen communities through physical activity and sport, the Community Better Challenge is awarding $100,000 to the community who rallies the most participants, community organizations and accumulates the most active minutes during the challenge.

To participate, download the free ParticipACTION app so you can track and contribute to City of Burnaby’s total active minutes. Every move counts! Physical activity can break down walls and act as a building block to grow stronger communities by boosting the confidence and happiness of individuals. City of Burnaby is excited to Community Better together.

We encourage families of the City of Burnaby to attend and support our Community Better events. There is no cost to attend. Pre-registration is required. Please register online at or by phoning any City of Burnaby recreation facility. Spaces are limited. Events will be held rain or shine.


June 15 th at Edmonds Park 4:30-6:00pm (barcode 619861) or 6:15-7:45pm (barcode 619862)
June 17 th at Charles Rummel Park 4:30-6:00pm (barcode 619865) or 6:15-7:45pm (barcode 619863)

For more information, please contact Amanda Robertson at 604-220-9629 or

Summer Youth Programs

Youth looking for fun activities to do this summertime? With safety being a priority, find programs that are a match for you. These diverse and exciting programs are offered by Bonsor Recreation Complex, Burnaby Village Museum, C.G. Brown Memorial Pool, Edmonds Community Centre, Eileen Dailly Pool, Outdoor Recreation, and Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Registration Start Dates:

May 31 at 9am – Registration for Burnaby residents

June 3 – General registration (not residents of Burnaby)

Websites to registration links, contacts, programs, details, and further information:

Bonsor Recreation Complex


Dungeons & Dragons (Teen)

Fantasy Art

Guitar/Drums Combo (Teen)

Instrument Sampler (Teen)

K-Pop – BlackPink Series (Teen)

K-Pop – BTS Series (Teen)

Swim – Bronze Cross

Burnaby Village Museum


Blacksmithing – Basic

C.G. Brown Memorial Pool


Swim – Bronze Cross

Swim – Bronze Medallion

Swim – Canadian Swim Patrol

Swim – National Lifeguard Pre-Cert / Re-Cert

Swim – Teen Stroke Improvement & Fitness

Edmonds Community Centre


Swim – Bronze Cross

Swim – CPR C Re-Cert

Swim – Teen Stroke Improvement & Fitness

Eileen Dailly Pool


Swim – Bronze Cross

Swim – Bronze Medallion

Swim – Teen Stroke Improvement & Fitness

Outdoor Recreation


Heighten Your Hiking Skills

Kayaking Birthday Party

Outdoor Photography: Smartphone Workshop (12-16yrs)

Pump It Up: Intro to Biking

Youth Canoeing

Youth Kayaking

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts


Character Design Fundamentals

Fashion Design & Illustration Fundamentals

Story: A Fiction Intensive for Youth

Summer Ballet Repertoire

Summer Dance Intensive (13-16yrs)

Summer Teen Drawing Intensive

Teen Summer Artist’s Studio

Tie Dye & Shibori Fabric Dyeing

Letters to the MLA from our youth

Have thoughts you would like to share with the MLA? We'd love to hear them! We welcome submissions from all youth of Burnaby-Deer Lake. Email us at with your letter to the MLA.

No submissions this week.
COVID-19 updates from the BC Centre for Disease Control
There is a total of 2,662 active cases in British Columbia as of June 3, 2021. A total of 140,238 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Fraser Health Authority, which includes the City of Burnaby, has a total of 84,315 confirmed cases, of which 1,357 are active.

As of today, there are more than 2,778,754 completed tests. Our province has adjusted testing to 530,131 people per 1,000,000.

Total vaccine doses administered in B.C. is 3,365,286.

For more information, please visit BCCDC's website
COVID Resources
For medical info, visit or call 811 
For vaccination info, visit 
For the BC Recovery Benefit, visit or call 1-833-882-0020 
For financial supports for people and businesses, visit this page
For PHO orders and guidance, visit this page
For seniors looking for additional support, or for those looking to support seniors, call 211 or visit 
For virtual mental health resources, click here.   
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