There are some big new laws and changes coming to BC for 2022, and the two most notable ones are happening by the end of this week! Starting on January 1st, residents can expect new laws that will change their day-to-day lives, from shopping to workplace rules. Let’s check them out!
First up is a new ‘cup tax‘ and a bunch of associated laws on single-use plastics in the city. Starting on January 1st, all single-use plastic bags (compostable or not), foam cups, and takeout containers are banned. What’s more, there will be a $0.25 charge on all single-use cups, in an effort to encourage reusable ones.
BC workers shouldn’t have to choose between going to work sick or losing wages. Paid sick leave will be standard for workers in British Columbia beginning Jan. 1, 2022, with a minimum of five paid sick days each year. Learn more: https://t.co/mdkS7dTJeE pic.twitter.com/GViTfLCYun
— BC Government News (@BCGovNews) November 24, 2021
Also happening on January 1st? BC is becoming the first province in Canada to have official Paid Sick Leave for practically all workers. While there are some exceptions (like federal workers and some independent contractors), the vast majority of BC workers will be entitled to 5 paid sick days a year, plus 3 unpaid ones. One catch here is that you’ll need to have worked for at least 90 days at your job, but other than that it’s pretty straightforward.
The final surefire change coming in 2022 won’t happen until May 1st. At that time, the BC government will introduce new regulations to high-interest credit providers (32% interest or more). For this, the point is to increase awareness and education for those accessing the credit, so that they don’t fall prey to predatory loan practices and hidden risks.
Finally, there are a few more blanket changes that should become new laws in BC for 2022. These include new programs and initiatives to help with severe weather and climate change, as well ‘cooling off‘ rules for potential homebuyers who may change their minds about a recent purchase.
But, since these are still in the planning stages, it’s hard to say exactly what will be changing. Just know that changes are coming!