The government of British Columbia has released the BC Jobs Plan 3-Year Progress update, with a renewed focus on strategic priorities to grow the economy and create long-term jobs.
The plan strengthens B.C.’s unique competitive advantages and sets targets to help drive new investment and economic growth, which support job creation across eight sectors:
- International Education
- Mining and Energy
- Natural Gas
- Green Economy
- Tourism and Transportation
Economic growth and job creation
This year, there is new focus on four cross-sector areas of strategic priority: Aboriginal Peoples and First Nations, International Trade, Manufacturing and Small Business. These four areas work together to help drive economic growth and job creation across the eight sectors of the Jobs Plan.
Jobs Plan progress is being demonstrated by the near record 2.3 million people working in B.C., the CAN$ 3.9 billion in economic growth last year, the CAN$ 7.2 billion in economic expansion and the 50,000 new jobs since 2011.
Of the original 19 targets set out in the Jobs Plan, 11 have been met and the remaining eight are on schedule to be achieved between now and 2020.
The update delivers on the government commitment to grow the economy by creating more opportunities for everyone by addressing five points:
- Control spending and remain committed to fiscal responsibility.
- Open new markets and attract new investment.
- Leverage our existing strengths.
- Realise the incredible opportunity of LNG.
- Prepare British Columbians to be first-in-line for job opportunities through skills training.
Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour
“The BC Jobs Plan laid out ambitious goals across numerous sectors in our province. The 3-Year Update outlines our progress to date and includes additional priority targets to help grow the economy and create jobs. We will continue our focus on controlling spending, opening new markets, attracting investment and ensuring British Columbians are first in line for job opportunities.”
Greg Kyllo, Parliamentary Secretary for the BC Jobs Plan
“Lots of great progress has been made in achieving B.C.’s economic goals and we continue to seek new ways to grow our economy and support job creation. The BC Jobs Plan is working to ensure B.C. remains one of the most economically secure places in the world for generations to come.”
Ben Sparrow, CEO, Saltworks Technologies
“BC Government programs have been instrumental in our growth - all linked to creating jobs for the future. Saltworks has hired dozens of young people in the last two years. A number of these positions were supported through the excellent “BC Government Get Youth Working” program. We also used the BC Provincial Nomination Program to secure work visas for highly skilled and experienced foreign talent. These new British Columbians are accelerating our growth internationally, creating even more BC jobs. We look to the future, where invented-in-BC and made-in-BC technologies are providing a healthy economy and environment for all British Columbians.”
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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