- The opening and expansion of markets for B.C. goods and services, particularly in Asia, and attracting investment to grow British Columbia's priority sectors are pillars of Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan.
- In that plan, Government made a commitment to double British Columbia's international presence.
- Since the Jobs Plan was released in September of 2011, British Columbia's international network has grown from under 30 people to over 60 based in priority markets across Asia, Europe and the United States.
- This international network connects B.C. businesses with new markets and trade opportunities and promotes British Columbia as a stable and attractive destination for investment, tourists and international students.
- The Province has nine Trade and Investment Representatives (TIRs) based in Japan, Korea, India, East China, North China, South China, Hong Kong, Europe, and the United States. The TIRs are trade and investment attraction experts who oversee 13-plus offices and points of service from these strategic locations.
- The Government has also delivered on its Jobs Plan commitment to ensure it has staff dedicated to education in priority international markets.
- Eight education marketing managers are now in place in British Columbia's trade and investment offices in China, India, Korea, and Japan, with additional positions engaged on the international education file in the Province's United States and European Union offices.
- This network supports the international education sector by promoting B.C.'s competitive advantages to potential students and identifying and co-ordinating partnerships between B.C. institutions and international organizations.
- British Columbia's trade and investment network has played a key, on-the-ground role in provincial trade missions and delegations.
- There have been two Premier-led trade missions since September of 2011 to deepen relationships and generate new business in priority markets throughout Asia:
China and India, November, 2011:
- Roughly 350 delegates, representing some 150 companies, organizations and community groups, participated on the mission to China and India, making it the largest international delegation in the province's history.
- The Premier attended almost 70 events and meetings during the 14-day mission to China and India, two massive and growing markets identified as priorities in the BC Jobs Plan.
- During the mission in China, 14 corporate signings took place and another 28 partnership agreements were reached. The value of deals during the China trade mission exceeded $1.3 billion.
- The India mission included 14 corporate signings and nine new partnership agreements. The value of delegation deals exceeded $60 million.
Japan, Korea and the Philippines, May, 2012:
- The trade mission to Japan, Korea and the Philippines focused on promoting British Columbia's natural resources and clean technology to Asian investors.
- Approximately 104 delegates representing 75 companies, organizations and community groups took part in the mission.
- During the mission, 25 business deals and partnership agreements were signed or announced, with a value of over $500 million.
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour