Board Voice was one of the many organizations and individuals who participated in BC government consultations over the summer about how to get our pandemic-impacted province back on the road to recovery.
Here’s the government’s September 2020 report, “Building BC’s Recovery Together,” summarizing findings from those consultations. As you will see, people essentially identified everything as needing attention, underscoring just how all-encompassing the pandemic’s impact has been.
The government will certainly have its work cut out in trying to address the many impacts of COVID-19, but has no doubt been heartened to learn through the consultations that almost 70 per cent of respondents think the government is striking the right balance between protective measures and keeping the economy going.
One area that most respondents agreed on is the need for better care for seniors. However, a question to respondents about identifying what they think will be the most important issue facing British Columbia in the coming year highlights the sheer diversity of the COVID impact.
The top three responses – economy, health and cost of living – all came in with roughly 25 per cent support for each of them. That makes it clear that equal numbers of British Columbians believe that either economic aspects, health aspects or cost of living/affordability are going to be most important for BC’s recovery.