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Goodbye MSP premiums and single-use plastics: Several new laws take effect this year in B.C.

Updated: Mar 4, 2023

British Columbians will ring in the new year with no MSP premiums, tougher pollution rules, a hefty vaping tax, and a single-use plastics ban


Premiums under the province’s Medical Services Plan will be eliminated starting Jan. 1, saving individuals up to $900 a year while families will pocket up to $1,800.

The Finance Ministry says ditching the “unfair” premiums will amount to a net tax cut of $800 million.

The change comes a year after premiums were halved and B.C. introduced a new tax of 1.95 per cent for businesses with a payroll over $1.5 million.



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