VANCOUVER (THE LINK) – British Columbia Ombudsperson Kim Carter made a stop at the BCIT Burnaby campus on her recent tour of the province.
One reason for Carter’s visit to various parts of the province was to make the office’s services better known to British Columbians.
“A lot of people don’t know we exist,” Carter told The Link in an interview. “They don’t realize that if they have gone through everything, they think, ‘Well, that’s the end, the institution says there is nothing we can do,’ they can come to our office.”
An Ombudsperson office is an independent agency that ensures that people of the province get fair treatment from government organizations. The British Columbian office was set up in 1979, and is part of 9 provincial offices across Canada.
According to the province’s Ombudsperson office, the purpose of the October tour was to give British Columbians a chance to voice the concerns they may have with various government agencies in person.