B.C.’s Economic Plan: Building an economy that works for everyone (flickr.com)

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Lindsay Byers

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Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation

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Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training

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StrongerBC missions

The StrongerBC Economic Plan lays out specific missions to help achieve two goals of inclusive and clean growth. These missions will help guide policy and drive the economic direction of the province for the next several decades.

These missions are:

Inclusive growth

  • supporting people and families
    • investing in people and families to make life more affordable
    • delivering the services you can count on, such as health care and child care
    • expanding opportunities for education and training
  • building resilient communities
    • helping communities thrive with modern infrastructure resilient to changes in the climate and economy
    • building affordable housing, new schools and hospitals
    • making sure every home in B.C. has access to high-speed internet
  • advancing true, lasting and meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples
    • working to advance commitments to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples
    • partnering with First Nations and Indigenous communities to support new economic initiatives
    • acknowledging, respecting and upholding Indigenous rights, First Nations title, and Indigenous control of their land and resources

Clean growth

  • meeting B.C.’s climate commitments
    • delivering on B.C.’s commitment to reduce climate pollution and build a cleaner B.C.
    • helping people and businesses transition to clean-energy solutions
    • supporting industries to become low carbon
  • leading on environmental and social responsibility
    • helping develop, promote and market environmentally and socially responsible goods and services
    • positioning B.C. to compete and win in a global economy that puts a premium on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
    • investing in the development of low-carbon goods and technology
  • fostering innovation throughout the economy
    • helping B.C.’s high-tech sector find talent and scale up
    • creating new manufacturing opportunities in an innovative economy
    • adding value to natural resources
BCIT Trades and Technology Complex to train future trades workforce

Students in more than 20 trades and technology programs at BCIT will have access to state-of-the-art training facilities when the new Trades and Technology Complex opens at the Burnaby campus. Consisting of several new buildings, the total cost of the Trades and Technology Complex project is $162.6 million with the Province contributing $136.6 million and BCIT contributing $26 million toward the project through private-sector funding.

The complex includes:

  • Trades and Technology Centre
    • Four-storey, 7,670-square-metre building that will consolidate several trades, diploma, degree and masters programs into one location with space for inter-trades and technology collaboration.
  • Carpentry Pavilion
    • Pavilion with covered, open project area and enclosed classroom spaces that will house the new mass timber construction training program.
  • Marine Workshop
    • Steel structure with high overhead clearance, open ends and gantry cranes, which will allow the new mass timber installer and marine-fitting programs to erect mass timber structures and heavy steel mock-ups.
  • Campus Services Building
    • Two-storey, 3,250-square-metre building to consolidate the current corporate services, campus development, project services and facilities management to a single, modern site.
  • ecological restoration of Guichon Creek
    • “Daylighting” of a major underground waterway (formally a culvert).
    • Restored creek will serve as a new pedestrian greenspace through the heart of the Burnaby campus, as well as a living lab for students studying ecological restoration.

Construction is anticipated to start in 2023.

Media Contacts

Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training

Media Relations
250 833-0969