Media Contacts

Stephen Smart

Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
778 389-6202

Media Relations

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
250 387-2799


BC Jobs Plan 5-year update targets

Jobs Plan, the 5-Year update of Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan, sets out 25 new targets to maintain our economic momentum and build resilience as we continue to diversify, strengthen and grow our economy. These new targets will help ensure that our businesses, communities and citizens are well positioned for enduring economic prosperity.


British Columbia will be the most diversified economy in Canada by 2022.

  1. Eight new mines permitted, under construction or in operation by 2022.
  2. Nine upgrades and expansions to currently operating mines will be permitted by 2020.
  3. Implement the expanded Infrastructure Royalty Credit Program for 2017 and 2018, which is expected to invest $185 million and enhance job creation.
  4. Grow tourism revenues by 5% per year over the next two years.
  5. Develop a Rural Economic Development Strategy in 2017 to strengthen the focus on economic growth and job creation in B.C.’s rural communities.
  6. Increase passenger traffic through YVR to 25 million passengers by 2020, supporting a $2.7 billion annual contribution to GDP and up to 7,000 jobs.
  7. Create 3,000 new jobs in the province by increasing the number of international students studying in B.C. by 10% by 2020.


The Province will continue to ensure British Columbians are first in line for the nearly one million job openings through to 2025.

  1. Deliver initiatives to increase wood fibre utilization in B.C.’s Interior by one million cubic metres by the end of 2018, supporting an estimated 500 jobs in B.C.
  2. At least 80% of all employment opportunities created to deliver the Site C Clean Energy Project will be for British Columbians.
  3. Ensure 100% of students in British Columbia have the opportunity to learn coding by Grade 9 by the end of 2017.
  4. Increase Aboriginal Peoples’ participation in the workforce by 15,000 by 2024.
  5. Have the highest labour market participation for people with disabilities in Canada by 2024.
  6. Partner with industry to identify and address red tape associated with employment and skills training opportunities in two growth sectors.


British Columbia will be a leader in Canada in driving innovation and competitiveness, while demonstrating climate leadership.

  1. Increase the number of B.C. advanced manufacturers accessing federal defence and security procurement opportunities by 50 companies (20%) by the end of 2020.
  2. Three LNG facilities under construction by 2020.
  3. Ensure B.C.’s electricity production is 100% renewable or clean by 2025.
  4. Launch a renewed #BCTECH Strategy in 2017 to grow B.C.’s entrepreneurial and innovative technology sector.
  5. Increase the number of tech companies with 10 or more employees by 20% by 2021.
  6. Expand Mobile Business Licence agreements by more than 50% by 2020.


British Columbia will continue to be a leader in Canada in breaking down barriers to business and trade and supporting the export capacity of B.C. businesses.

  1. Continue to diversify B.C.’s export markets to reduce reliance on exports to any one country to no more than 40% by 2022.
  2. Complete B.C.’s Export Navigator pilot in four communities by fall 2017 to help companies access services, grow their customer base and support an increased number of B.C. companies to export.
  3. Increase the number of national and international companies locating in B.C. by 75 companies by 2020.
  4. Increase exports of B.C. agrifood and seafood products by $0.8 billion (over 25%) by 2020.
  5. Increase domestic purchases of B.C. agrifood and seafood products by $2.3 billion (over 40%) by 2020.
  6. Increase the number of B.C. forest product trials in India by 200% by 2019.

Media Contacts

Stephen Smart

Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
778 389-6202

Media Relations

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
and Responsible for Labour
250 387-2799

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