Victoria Thursday, February 17, 2022, 11:15 AM
The plan is built with the belief that an economy can grow and thrive while addressing two core issues: inequality and climate change. The StrongerBC Economic Plan puts the province on this path by working toward inclusive and clean growth, as well as identifying six missions to achieve these goals:
- supporting people and families;
- building resilient communities;
- advancing true, lasting and meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples;
- meeting B.C.’s climate commitments;
- leading on environmental and social responsibility; and
- fostering innovation throughout B.C.’s economy.
The StrongerBC Economic Plan is the result of extensive engagement sessions, including sessions led by the Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation with more than 300 people from every region of the province and from all walks of life, such as leaders from businesses, labour groups, First Nations and Indigenous communities, municipalities and universities and colleges.
Mariana Mazzucato and her team at the U.K.-based University College London – Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose have been advising the Province on the development of the plan. Mazzucato is one of the world’s foremost economic thought leaders who has advised governments and policymakers to deliver solutions to societal challenges.
The plan’s goals will be tracked through a broad set of progressive indicators. In addition to traditional economic indicators like gross domestic product (GDP) and job numbers, the plan will also measure well-being indicators like affordable housing, post-secondary training, and poverty reduction.
StrongerBC: A Plan for Today, a Vision for Tomorrow is an evolving plan based on the experiences of British Columbians and designed to be adapted and adjusted. People are encouraged to share their economic priorities and ideas online. Input from the survey will help inform future policy and guide the work of the plan.
To take part in the survey, visit: StrongerBC.gov.bc.ca/engage
Andrew Mercier, Parliamentary Secretary for Skills Training –
“With more than 85,000 new trades jobs expected in the next decade, it is imperative that we invest in the educational opportunities and facilities that apprentices and students need to get the job done. I’m excited for the future laid out in the StrongerBC Economic Plan and supported by skilled trades certification. I know our skilled tradespeople are up to the challenge of helping build a stronger B.C. for us all.”
Shaquille Davis, BCIT Level 4 carpentry apprentice –
“BCIT is a place where students learn to maximize their potential while gaining hands-on work experience that is applicable to everyday life. After completing four years of my carpentry apprenticeship at BCIT, I am confident that I can tackle any complexity within my field. Thanks to supporting from BCIT, the provincial government, and industry partners, there will be more educational opportunities to support students, like myself, in becoming innovators for the trades industry.”
Kathy Kinloch, President, BCIT –
“This important investment will facilitate the ongoing transformation of BCIT’s Burnaby campus and our ability to help power B.C.’s ongoing pandemic recovery by giving trades and technology learners the skills and credentials they need for today and tomorrow. This transformation will also provide our incredible faculty and staff with the tools needed to stay in lockstep with industry’s current and emerging trends. Our thanks to the Province, our generous donors and to BCIT faculty and staff for your crucial support on this key initiative.”
- In fall 2021, a series of focused virtual engagement sessions were held with First Nations governments and Indigenous organizations with engagement continuing into 2022.
- In addition, more than 300 stakeholders and partners provided input to help develop this plan, taking part in 33 virtual engagement sessions.
- B.C. leads Canada in economic recovery with more than 100,000 new jobs added in 2021.
- According to the Labour Market Outlook, more than one million job openings are expected in B.C. over the next 10 years, approximately 80% of which will require post-secondary education and training.
- The Trades and Technology Complex at BCIT is the first provincially funded post-secondary capital project that requires developers to prioritize hiring Indigenous, women and other under-represented people in the trades through the Community Benefits Agreement.
For more information about StrongerBC: A Plan for Today, a Vision for Tomorrow, visit: https://strongerbc.ca/plan
To download the StrongerBC Economic Plan, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/StrongerBC_Economic_Plan_2022.pdf
To view a list of economic indicators for StrongerBC: A Plan for Today, a Vision for Tomorrow, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Economic_Plan_Tracking_our_Progress_2022.pdf
To learn more about the new Trades and Technology Complex at BCIT, visit: https://commons.bcit.ca/news/2022/02/bcit-trades-technology-students-get-new-training-facilities/
Two backgrounders follow.
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:
- 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
- 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 a 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-story, 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).
- The restored creek will serve as a new pedestrian green space 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.
Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training