|2002/03 Annual Service
Ministry of Community, Aboriginal
and Women's Services
is my pleasure to present the second annual service plan report
for the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services.
This report lists the performance of the ministry's eight program
areas — the widest range of any provincial ministry. To best
meet the diverse responsibilities, we work in partnership with communities
and other levels of government, to strengthen and improve the day-to-day
lives of British Columbians.
Building on the foundation of a ministry formed less than two years
ago, we are combining the traditional roles of government with our
New Era commitments for economic growth, renewal and innovation.
The Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Service is on
schedule with the New Era commitments, in addition to other
From local government initiatives to Aboriginal services to the
Olympic Bid, to name just a few, there is a great range of our ministry's
accomplishments. The Local Government Department is working on implementation
of the Community Charter, while continuing to provide the legislative
framework and advice to local governments across BC. We are ahead
of the target for approved projects under the Canada/BC Infrastructure
Program to provide safe drinking water and appropriate wastewater
treatment at the community level.
Through the Aboriginal Directorate, efforts to improve the quality
of life for Aboriginal people in British Columbia are continuing.
Programs such as the Aboriginal Youth FIRST, Aboriginal BEST and
the Aboriginal Employment Partnership Initiative, focus on employment
and business skills. These programs are possible as we are building
partnerships with other levels of government and the private sector.
The outcome of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and Paralympic Games
bid will be known on July 2, 2003. Over the past year,
our ministry supported the 2010 Olympic Bid Secretariat, and worked
with partners on local initiatives through the Vancouver Agreement.
Through this latter agreement, Aboriginal health and well-being,
economic development and revitalization programs were established.
Over the past year, funding for housing programs was increased
to the largest provincial contribution ever. Given this increase,
we still need to work in partnerships to create the most appropriate
housing options for our most vulnerable citizens. Recently, we introduced
Independent Living BC — a multi-partnership housing-for-health
program between BC Housing, the Ministry of Health Services,
other levels of government, and the private and non-profit sectors.
Our ministry's vision is safe, secure and healthy communities.
To accomplish this, we remain committed to the strategic shifts
introduced in the ministry's first year. This is possible due to
a successful change in corporate culture and the hard work of ministry
staff. While we are meeting the goals and objectives of the three-year
service plan, we also know that there is room for improvement. Through
partnerships, cooperation and diligence, we are well positioned
to stay the course, and to continue to enable communities in reaching
their potential, benefiting all British Columbians.
Honourable George Abbott
Minister of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services