Hello. It has been an honour to serve as the MLA for Saanich North and the Islands from May 2017 to September 2020. My family has lived, worked and played in the W̱SÁNEĆ territory for countless generations. Emily and I are proud to raise our family here.
Our riding is a collection of incredible communities and over the past three and a half years we have made good progress on addressing challenges in healthcare, childcare, transportation, housing and governance. We have much more work to do!
I am seeking your support and vote to be re-elected so we can continue to build on the strong foundation we have created together.
Adam Olsen (SȾHENEP)
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Over the past three and a half years Adam has successfully advocated on behalf of the communities in Saanich North and the Islands. Adam's advocacy in collaboration with his local and federal colleagues has resulted in millions of dollars invested in our communities.
More than 10,000 residents on the Saanich Peninsula do not have a family doctor. Many citizens on the Southern Gulf Islands also do not have access to a primary healthcare provider. This growing issue has been ignored by governments over the past decade. Recently the Saanich Peninsula received a $5.2 million investment to increase access to team-based primary care in our communities. While this is a welcome investment we still have a long way to go to ensuring everyone has access to primary healthcare in our communities.
I have two young children and understand the difficulty that many parents have balancing the demands of work and family. Accessing safe, affordable childcare is challenging for many families in Saanich North and the Islands. Our communities benefited from an investment of $11,505,405 (including Temporary Emergency Funding) opening 178 new spaces. In addition, parents in our communities benefitted from reduced childcare fees and benefits totalling $4,585,828. Finally, 110 Early Childhood Educators are now receiving enhanced wages to $94,162.
Keating X Road Flyover
The Highway 17 exit at Keating Cross Road has needed an upgrade for decades. It has been unsafe for traffic accessing the residential neighbourhoods in Keating and Brentwood Bay and commercial vehicles accessing the Keating business area and visitors going to world famous Butchart Gardens. In collaboration with my colleagues from all levels of government we were finally successful in getting the provincial government to invest in the upgrade. While the provincial investment will be determined once the scope of the project and design is completed, the federal government has contributed $16.7 million, and District of Central Saanich, $2.5 million.
Housing on Salt Spring
Housing affordability is a challenge on the Southern Gulf Islands. Over the last three years the province invested millions to construct affordable rental homes. This includes $2.4 million (24 homes) for low-to-moderate income families at Salt Spring Commons, and $2.2 million (22 homes) for low-middle income seniors at Croftonbrook.
Salt Spring Shelter
The shelter operated by Salt Spring Community Services has long needed to be open year round. Until the provincial government invested $720,000, the shelter was only open between November and May. With a growing homeless population on Salt Spring the expansion to year-round service is certainly welcome. The next step of advocacy is to further expand services to be available to citizens 24 hours a day.
Sidney Elementary Playground
In recent years there was little money available to upgrade aging playgrounds equipment. Remember when the Galiano School upgrades came through a competition from BCAA? That has changed since 2017 and I’m thankful that Sidney Elementary School benefited from a $105,000 investment in accessible outdoor learning and play equipment.
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