MLA Report: Here to Help

MLA Report
By Carole James

I am honoured to serve as the MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill, the Minister of Finance, and as Deputy Premier. It is a privilege and I am so very grateful for the longstanding support from our community.

Ours is a passionate, active community. As MLA, I support local organizations and individuals working to make a difference.

I am especially proud to work with the Downtown Service Providers Committee of Victoria and lead the ID Project. This project helps citizens to obtain up-to-date identification, which is a basic requirement for accessing employment and housing.

My community office continues to assist hundreds of individuals and families each year, connecting them to provincial services and carrying forward concerns to the B.C. Legislature. We’re located on Fort Street just west of Cook, and my staff members are available to assist people who reside in Victoria-Beacon Hill.

Assistance and Advocacy:

We can help you locate services or programs you need and help you understand your rights under those programs.

Information and Public Relations:

We can provide information about provincial government policies and legislation and their impacts in the community.

Congratulatory Certificates:

Our office provides certificates and letters signed by the MLA for special birthdays, anniversaries and achievements.

Petitions:

We can accept petitions for presentation to the Legislative Assembly.

In 2018 my office worked with hundreds of residents to solve issues they were facing. I worked with one James Bay senior who was struggling to afford her rent. My office was able to help them receive financial assistance with their rent through the Shelter Aid for Renters Program.

A James Bay family was having a hard time affording child care in the community. My office was able to assist them to apply for the Affordable Child Care Benefit. The new funding formula will help families with the cost of child care, depending on factors like family size, type of care and household income. If your family earn up to $111,000 you may qualify for funding. Please contact my office for more information.

If you or somebody you know wants to connect on a community issue or needs assistance accessing provincial government programs or services, please contact my office. We are here to help.

It’s inspiring and humbling to serve with our compassionate, active community where citizens care deeply about addressing inequality, protecting our planet, and providing opportunity for all. Together, we are making a difference.

Carole James
MLA, Victoria-Beacon Hill
1084 Fort Street, Victoria, BC V8V 3K4
Phone: 250 952-4211
Carole.James.mla@leg.bc.ca
www.carolejamesmla.ca

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