End of July Update

Dear Neighbour,

Healthcare is top of mind for lots of British Columbians right now - and it is for our government too. Next week, Premier Horgan is chairing a meeting with premiers from across Canada, with a focus on working together to finalize a new health care funding agreement with the federal government. Public health care began as a 50/50 partnership, but now Ottawa covers just 22%. While we take action here in BC, we need the federal government to respond to the urgent need for significant, long-term funding increase. While our premier is leading the fight for Ottawa to pay its fair share, the previous government welcomed the federal cuts that cost British Columbians billions in health funding.

Since forming government, we’ve made record investments in healthcare and this week we reached two milestones that highlight how we are working to make up for almost two decades of funding cuts by previous governments that left huge gaps in our healthcare.

We announced that people in the Tri-Cities area will have access to better emergency care with the full completion of the emergency department expansion work at the Eagle Ridge Hospital. The project involved upgrades to the old emergency department area and expanding to build additional space. All in all, the new space is approximately three times larger and has double the spaces it previously did. This was a needed expansion - since Eagle Ridge Hospital opened in 1984, the hospital’s emergency department has more than doubled from 20,000 patients seeking emergency care to approximately 50,000 patients per year.

We also issued the request for proposals for the new hospital and BC Cancer Centre in Surrey. This means we are closer to seeing what the new state-of-the art hospital will look like, with construction expected to start next summer. Surrey’s population has significantly increased in the last couple of decades and there’s no doubt the community deserves this new hospital that will increase local healthcare capacity. It was devastating when the previous government sold the land to build a second hospital in Surrey, but this milestone shows how we are making progress to provide people with the quality healthcare they need and rely on.

A strong healthcare system is one that meets the needs of communities and plans for the future. Addressing these issues has been a priority for our government since 2017 and we are committed to building a healthcare system that British Columbians can count on.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about a provincial issue, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to help you.

Yours in community,

Kelli Paddon 

MLA Chilliwack-Kent 

Helpful resources:      

  • For medical info on COVID-19: covid-19.bccdc.ca
  • BC Nurse Line: 1-866-215-4700 or call 811
  • Fraser Health Crisis LIne: 1-877-820-7444
  • Help Line for Children: 1-866-660-0506
  • Sexual Abuse Intervention: 604-792-4267
  • Addiction and Prevention Services: 604-796-5994
  • Income Assistance: 604-703-6900
  • To find mental health and substance-use supports, visit wellbeing.gov.bc.ca
  • To find supports for those affected by floods: https://www.gov.bc.ca/FloodResponse
  • Before travelling check road closures, re-openings, and the status of repairs at http://DriveBC.ca.



All are welcome to visit  MLA Paddon, Chilliwack-Kent office on

Monday, August 1, 2022 between 11 am - 3 pm.

Apply to be a $10 A Day child care centre!

$10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres are an important step in the Province’s historic path to making affordable child care a core service for B.C. families. The positive financial impact on parents with children in these centres is significant, with families paying no more than $200 a month per child for full-time enrolment during regular business hours, regardless of the care type. Some low-income families may even qualify for free child care, through additional funding programs, such as the Affordable Child Care Benefit (ACCB). For more information, please see link below.


Community Gaming Grants help organizations to provide services that make life better for people.

From mental health supports, to services for seniors, to children and youth programs, these groups make a difference in our communities.

This week we announced over $61 million in grants to support local non-profits in the health and social services, so they can continue to do the work so many depend on.

For more information, please visit Community Gaming Grants - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

The temperatures are rising in Chilliwack-Kent.

B.C. is experiencing higher annual summer temperatures and more extremely hot days due to climate change. Western Canada is already on average one to two degrees warmer than it was in the 1940s (source: Canada in a Changing Climate; Government of Canada).

While everyone can benefit from planning and preparing for extreme heat emergencies, the following people are especially at-risk if they do not have access to air conditioning and need to be prepared and supported:

  • seniors aged 65 years or older
  • people who live alone
  • people with pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or respiratory disease
  • people with mental illness such as schizophrenia, depression, or anxiety
  • people with substance use disorders
  • people who are marginally housed
  • people who work in hot
  • environments
  • people who are pregnant
  • infants and young children
  • people with limited mobility

Make plans

If you live alone, and need extra help, pick someone to check in on you when temperatures rise. They could take you to cooling centres, or help with cooling measures in your residence.

Please be aware of the local resources in the City of Chilliwack, District of Kent or the Fraser Valley Regional District.

For more information on how to prepare for extreme heat as well as tips on how to stay safe during a heat wave, please visit link below.

Be prepared for extreme heat - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

It was a pleasure to join collegues from across Canada for the annual conference of the Francophone Parliamentary Assembly in Edmonton.

Honored to be representing British Columbia in work and discussions on sharing, protecting and strengthening the French language and culture.




Please contact our office for information and help with provincial government programs.


Email: Kelli.Paddon.MLA@leg.bc.ca

Chilliwack Phone: 604-858-5299

Kent Phone: 604-796-5270


We acknowledge that the Chilliwack-Kent constituency is part of the Coast Salish community, and that we operate on the traditional territories of the Stó:lō People, Sts’ailes Nation, and the Ts’elxwéyeqw, Pil’alt and Tiyt Tribes