We are committed to reducing red tape for British Columbians. Reducing red tape and frustration for you means making improvements to deliver services that are faster, easier to access and simpler to use.
Between October 22nd and December 3rd, 2015 we heard directly from British Columbians on ways the B.C. government can save time and provide easier access to services. We received more than 400 ideas, from people, businesses and stakeholders all around the province.
We listened and we’re taking action.
A filterable ideas tracker below shows the status of some of the ideas that have been assessed so far. More ideas will be added regularly. Click on each card below to learn more about what the Province is doing with each idea.
Air Quality Management
Do not use permits and discharge fees as an instrument of progressive air quality management.
Amend the Credit Union Incorporation Act
Amend to allow correspondence to include a variety of preferred methods.
Anti-lock Braking Systems Exemptions
Remove the requirement to renew anti-lock braking system exemptions annually.
Application of Reconsideration
Reduce the number of steps required for drivers to process an Application of Reconsideration.
Conduct plain language audits of all departments dealing with the general public and small businesses.
Campground Reservation System
The reservation system for Provincial campgrounds needs to be more efficient and user friendly.
Community Gaming Grants
Streamline application process for previously approved applicants of community gaming grants.
Complex Oversize Permit Regulations
Restrictive goods movement and overly complex , non integrated oversize permit regulation in BC.
Integrate Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education certificate and Hunter Card Number.
Consolidate Financial Services
Consolidate financial services regulations and regulators to reduce duplication and overlap among organizations.
Consumer Contract Act
Introduce a Plain Language Consumer Contract Act requiring certain consumer contracts to be written in plain language.
Consumer Protection Act
Amend the cost of Credit Disclosure Regulation of the Business Practice and Consumer Protection Act to allow for electronic disclosures.
Coordinate Vehicle Permit Process
Coordinate Provincial and Municipal permit approval process for OS-OW vehicles.
Hire people who cross shop in different ministries, kind of like an internal audit, and stop giving undeserved promotions.
Provide manufacturers with PST numbers so they don't have to fill out exemption certificates each time that they buy a good/service that is PST exempt.
Extraordinary Load Approval Process
Allow flexibility in commodity description submission when applying for permits.
Financial Institutions Act
Ensure fair and even application of rules and regulations under the Financial Institutions Act.
Fishing and Hunting License Rates
Change fishing and hunting licenses rates for out of province residents.
Create an umbrella permit to replace multiple permits with Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
Funding Process for Seniors’ Private Homes
Faster funding approval for upgrades to seniors' private homes,
Government Form Improvements
Include an auto-fill feature on forms so citizens don`t need to fill in information the government already has.
Hours of Motor Vehicle Office
Motor Vehicle License: Change hours of operation so kids don't have to miss school.
Hunter’s Number Program
Incorporate Hunter's Number program with Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education.
Liquor Samples in Restaurants
Allow agents to bring samples into restaurants for education and sampling.
Marked Fuel Requirements
Change rules for new marked fuel requirements as they are reducing gas sales.
Medical Requirements for Drivers
Amend the current medical requirements for drivers over the age of 80.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Allow for cost effective and timely mergers and acquisitions between credit unions by streamlining and solidifying business case process.
Mining Related Authorizations
Request for a single agency to administer mining-related authorizations.
Ministry of Transportation Funding
Increase funding to the Ministry of Transportation and the CVSE department.
Modernize Land Title Office
Modernize land title office and change paying for documents and ordering reports.
Multi-jurisdictional Vehicle Tax
Replace Multi-Jurisdictional Vehicle (MJV) tax refund application process with immediate and automatic credit.
Umbrella permits to replace multiple permits with Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
Online Insurance Process
Online renewal of car insurance, online registration of vehicle/transfer of vehicle.
Out of Province Tax Paperwork
Create an online application for taxation paperwork for employees that are transferring from out-of-province.
A better system is required for a probation officer to communicate with people on probation/jail.
Process for Accepting Business Cheques
Various electronic processes and circumstances for government to accept business cheques.
Provincial Tax Process
Reduce complexity of provincial tax process as there are too many boutique tax credits and programs.
Reporting for Small Occasional Haulers
Level of reporting and documentation for small occasional haulers.
Riparian Area Regulation
Improve the Riparian Area regulation review process (The Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR) was enacted under Section 12 of the Fish Protection Act in July 2004).
Security Services Act
Expand the ability for businesses to provide occupational training which meets and exceeds training requirements for licenses.
Simpler SHRES research
Simplify the process for SHRES research and development grant and include proprietor and partnership businesses.
The Province needs to recognize that there is a high impact on clients when there are staff reductions.
B.C. tax exemptions for farmers etc. "He who gets the benefit should do the claiming".
Taxpayer Fairness & Service Code Timelines
Reintroduce the service timelines that were part of the Taxpayer Fairness and Services Code.
Toll-Free Line Service Hours
Increase service to 24 hours a day and 7 days a week as well as taking messages after hours for ministries and agencies to return calls during regular business hours.
Government travel policy doesn't reimburse for tips. Tipping is a social norm & public servants and contractors shouldn't be out of pocket for adding a tip.
Voting among Credit Unions
Streamline and make clear regulations surrounding acceptable means of voting among credit union members.
Wait Time at Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation
Improve process for waiting in lines at offices.