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 Newsroom tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2011-01-28:/blogs/newsroom//1 2014-07-23T23:30:04Z Movable Type Enterprise 4.38 B.C.'s best trade and tech students shine at Skills Canada competition tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.8325 2014-07-18T21:45:00Z 2014-07-21T22:31:46Z Congratulations are in order for the best and brightest skilled trade and technology students from B.C. who competed at the Skills Canada National Competition held in Toronto from June 4-7, 2014. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - Congratulations are in order for the best and brightest skilled trade and technology students from B.C. who competed at the Skills Canada National Competition held in Toronto from June 4-7, 2014.

Team BC included 52 competitors from secondary and post-secondary schools who earned 16 medals in transportation, construction, manufacturing, information and technology, service and employment categories - six gold, six silver and four bronze.

The Skills Canada National Competition is the only Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology event of its kind for students and apprentices in the country. The event took place at the International Centre in Toronto where 60 different assigned projects were showcased in major skilled trade and technology categories.

The 500 competitors from all provinces and territories were evaluated by independent judges from the respective industry sectors. Their decisions were based on industry standards and established work practices, using specific criteria such as quality of work, safety, cleanliness, skill level and creativity.

A backgrounder follows with Skills Canada National Competition 2014 TeamBC Results.

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour -

“Congratulations to all the outstanding B.C. winners in this national competition. We are proud of our talented youth because they are the future of our province. A strong foundation in the trades or technical training will provide the kind of jobs skills that are in demand and mean a better chance at long-term employment which helps build strong B.C. families and communities”

Amber Papou, executive director, Skills Canada British Columbia -

“We are very proud of all of the B.C. students who participated at the 20th Annual Skills Canada Competition. These students represent the high-quality results that are being produced at B.C.’s training institutions, and allow us to showcase them to a national audience. We are also very excited for our gold medal winners, some of whom will qualify for a place on TeamCanada which will represent our nation at the 2015 WorldSkills Competition in Sao Paolo, Brazil.”

Quick Facts:

  • Each year Skills Canada British Columbia works with more than 12,000 B.C. students.
  • Skills/Compétences Canada was founded in 1989 as a national not-for-profit organization.
  • By 2022, B.C. is expecting one million job openings in B.C created by retirements and our growing economy.
  • More than 78% of jobs will require some form of post-secondary education, and 43% will needs skilled trades and technical workers.

Learn More:

BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: www.workbc.ca/skills

Skills Canada British Columbia: www.skillscanada.bc.ca

Skills/Compétences Canada: http://www.skillscanada.ca

Media Contacts:

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

BACKGROUNDER

Skills Canada National Competition 2014 TeamBC Results

  • Elijah Baluyan, Robert Bateman Secondary: 2D Character Computer Animation (Sec): Silver
  • Karmyn Chretien, Robert Bateman Secondary: 2D Character Computer Animation (Sec): Silver
  • Patty Chomseng, Rick Hansen Secondary: 3D Character Computer Animation (Sec): Bronze
  • Monica Sivongsa, Rick Hansen Secondary: 3D Character Computer Animation (Sec): Bronze
  • Jacob Wall, A L Fortune Secondary: Auto Body Repair (Sec): Silver
  • Matthew Dyck, Highland Secondary:Automotive Service (Sec): Bronze
  • Mandy Yeung, Vancouver Community College: Baking (PS): Bronze
  • Adam Corneau, Thompson Rivers University: Carpentry (PS): Bronze
  • Metika Olanriksupak, B.C. Institute of Technology: CNC Machining (PS): Gold
  • Thalia Austin, Vancouver Island University: Cooking (Sec): Silver
  • Hudson Schier, Clarence Fulton Secondary: Electronics (Sec): Silver
  • Patricia Roque, Eric Hamber Secondary: Fashion Technology (Sec): Gold
  • Fiona Siu, Eric Hamber Secondary: Graphic Design (Sec): Gold
  • Seth Kushniryk, Sardis Secondary: IT - Network Systems Administration (Sec): Silver
  • Rachel Lau, Magee Secondary: Job Search (Sec): Gold
  • Ethan Glenwright, Mark R. Isfeld Senior Secondary: Robotics (Sec): Silver
  • Adrian Humphry: Mark R. Isfeld Senior Secondary: Robotics (Sec): Silver
  • Nicolas Parlee, Mark R. Isfeld Senior Secondary: Robotics (Sec): Silver
  • Damian Parlee, Mark R. Isfeld Senior Secondary: Robotics (Sec): Silver
  • Annabelle Foss, Brooks Secondary: TV/Video Production (Sec): Gold
  • Michael Stevantoni, Brooks Secondary: TV/Video Production (Sec): Gold
  • Lucy Wei, Fraser Heights Secondary:Web Site Development (Sec): Gold

Media Contacts:

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

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B.C. welcomes new flight simulator training centre to Victoria tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.8279 2014-07-15T18:00:00Z 2014-07-15T20:14:34Z B.C.'s Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond released the following statement to congratulate Pacific Sky Aviation Inc. and Viking Air Limited on their announcement of a new training centre at the Victoria International Airport: BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - B.C.’s Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond has released the following statement today to congratulate Pacific Sky Aviation Inc. and Viking Air Limited on their announcement of a new training centre at the Victoria International Airport:

“Pacific Sky Aviation and Viking Air are investing in B.C. and in the future with their state-of-the-art Twin Otter simulator training centre at the Victoria International Airport. This is great news for the local economy and it means 20 new jobs for the area.

“The Asia Pacific region is expected to see major growth in aircraft sales and flight traffic in the coming years and B.C. is a major hub for the aerospace sector. In fact, we are a preferred North American gateway for the industry. British Columbia’s aerospace and defence sector is recognized worldwide for delivering highly specialized products and services.”

“Aerospace is part of the Transportation sector in the BC Jobs Plan. The strategies in the BC Jobs Plan leverage B.C.’s advantages in eight key industry sectors to enable job creation and maintain investor confidence. In B.C., we are protecting our economy from global economic uncertainty through low taxes for families and business, controlled spending and balancing our budget, and our Skills for Jobs Blueprint.”

Learn More:

To find out more: http://www.vikingair.com/content.aspx?id=6994

To learn more about the BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

Media Contacts:

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

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LNG-Buy BC online tool ready for pre-registration tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.8170 2014-06-29T16:15:00Z 2014-06-30T16:35:27Z The LNG-Buy BC online tool designed to connect local B.C. businesses with international LNG proponents is now available for pre-registration at the LNG-Buy BC web site. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - The LNG-Buy BC online tool designed to connect local B.C. businesses with international LNG proponents is now available for pre-registration at the LNG-Buy BC web site: http://LNGBuyBC.ca

The online tool will allow B.C. businesses to connect with major projects and ensure the province's LNG-related businesses are in line for the potential of the LNG industry. It will also help support the promotion and marketing of B.C. companies to global businesses for both export opportunities and for foreign direct investment projects.

The LNG-Buy BC online tool was first demonstrated at the 2nd annual LNG conference in Vancouver in May. When the entire online platform is launched later this year, it will be a key resource for LNG proponents to network with B.C. businesses.

We encourage all B.C. businesses interested in pursuing LNG opportunities to pre-register using the online tool. Early registration ensures that when the online tool is launched, B.C. can showcase the full range of services and capabilities B.C. businesses have to offer.

The LNG-Buy BC program has provided supplier boot camps and RFP seminars to more than 300 B.C. companies to date. These free workshops help companies better understand the procurement opportunities and processes associated with serving major LNG projects.

Quote:
 
Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour -

“LNG-Buy BC is focused on ensuring B.C. businesses have the right tools they need to connect with the incredible opportunity the LNG industry offers. When the online registry was demonstrated at the recent LNG conference in Vancouver, it was exciting to hear extremely positive feedback. We’re encouraged to see businesses already pre-registering for the LNG-Buy BC tool, ensuring it will be an effective way to connect B.C.-based companies with LNG proponents.”

Quick Facts:

  •  LNG export operations in B.C. could create more than 100,000 jobs and new revenues for government to support a debt-free future.
  • If five LNG facilities move forward, the cumulative gross domestic product benefit to British Columbia could total $1 trillion.
  • Already there are 13 project proposals on the table, nine of which already have approved export licences from Canada’s National Energy Board.

Learn More:

LNG-Buy-BC web site: http://LNGBuyBC.ca

LNG Conference web site: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/lnginbc/lng-conference/

Bootcamps/Seminars - Northern Development Initiative Trust: http://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/

BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: www.workbc.ca/skills

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
250 357-2799

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Visit to Terrace and Kitimat highlights skills training and economic opportunities tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.8149 2014-06-26T15:30:00Z 2014-06-26T16:53:27Z Terrace and Kitimat were in the spotlight as Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, toured the area for a first-hand look at growth in jobs and the economy in the region. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ TERRACE - Terrace and Kitimat were in the spotlight as Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, toured the area for a first-hand look at growth in jobs and the economy in the region.

The two communities are fast becoming centres of business opportunity, job growth and examples of the power of a strong economy. Bond visited businesses, toured projects and met with local leaders Thursday and Friday to see some of the businesses and projects currently in operation and others that are planned.

The first stop on the tour was to open the government-funded BC Chamber of Commerce forum in conjunction with the Terrace District Chamber of Commerce to connect local business leaders with ways to improve competitiveness in a global marketplace. Bond highlighted B.C’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, the road map to ensure British Columbia has the skilled labour force needed to seize the opportunity of the LNG sector and across the economy.

Bond also joined the Industry Training Authority in recognizing two local employers who are helping to train the next generation of workers by sponsoring apprentices. She presented Kalum Tire Service Ltd. and Mumford’s Beerhouse and Grill with certificates in honour of their support of apprenticeship training and efforts to give workers hands on learning in their trade.

While in Kitimat, Bond viewed the $2.7 billion Rio Tinto Alcan Modernization Project. It is one of the main reasons for growth in the area. Once it is completed, it will be one of the most efficient lowest-cost smelters in the world and will help B.C. to meet a growing demand for aluminum in the Asia-Pacific market.

One of the local businesses that is benefiting from the Rio Tinto Alcan Modernization Project is Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse and Bar. Owner Teena Pereira thought she would need 59 people when she opened up her franchise last fall, she has now hired 70 employees and that number is growing. The restaurant was the location where Bond sat down for lunch with Kitimat Mayor Joanne Monaghan to discuss the community’s growth.

On Friday morning, Bond met with Terrace mayor, David Pernarowski and chief administrative officer Heather Avison and then joined economic development officer, Blaine Moore to tour the Skeena Industrial Park. It serves as a service and supply centre for the northwest and a flagship for the city’s economic development strategy. It is a partnership between the city and the Kitsellas First Nation, with the First Nation leasing 88 acres to Chevron for pipeline work.

The final stop on the tour was the Northwest Regional Airport which is in the first stage of a 20-year renovation plan to accommodate growth. It has already seen a 41% increase in passenger traffic as of March 2014.

Terrace and Kitimat are two key areas within Northwestern B.C. which will benefit from major economic growth due to LNG and other industrial development. To help them prepare, the Province recently announced grants of up to $1 million for communities in the region. The funds are helping them to ensure documents such as community and zoning plans are up to date.

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour -

“Terrace and Kitimat are experiencing remarkable growth. This is no doubt a welcome change from the tough times both communities faced not too long ago. I’m pleased to see the economy thriving. It’s only going to get stronger as LNG will bring major investment to the region. It’s critical that we work together to make sure that we are prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that the global marketplace provides.”

Janice Shaben, president Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce - 

“We are delighted that the BC Chamber received funding from the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and that Minister Shirley Bond attended our Competitiveness BC roundtable session. As Terrace and the region prepares for the growth the LNG projects are bringing, it’s an ideal time to for discussions on how to improve B.C.'s productivity and competitiveness. I believe this is a great opportunity for our region and the increased economy benefits will only be for the betterment of our business community.”

Quick Facts:

  • By 2022 one million jobs openings in all sectors in all parts of the province are expected.
  • More than 78% of the jobs will require some form of post-secondary education, and 43% will needs skilled trades and technical workers.

Learn More at:

BC Government Newsroom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWL2Fu0mugA&feature=youtu.be

BC Government Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bcgovphotos/

Media Contacts:

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

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AltaGas to build regional LNG tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.8123 2014-06-20T22:15:00Z 2014-06-23T16:44:58Z British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and AltaGas executive vice president corporate development John Lowe, signed a Letter of Intent to grow the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the province. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ DAWSON CREEK - British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and AltaGas executive vice president corporate development John Lowe, signed a Letter of Intent to grow the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the province. This is the first agreement of its kind for domestic LNG.

“LNG is a cleaner, cheaper energy source for northern communities,” said Premier Clark. “This Letter of Intent is another milestone for the development of B.C.'s LNG industry - not just for export, but also here at home.”

The Letter of Intent commits the Province and AltaGas to work towards a project development agreement to support AltaGas’ plans to build a network of small LNG facilities throughout northern B.C. This may assist in moving the first phase of the project to final investment decision.

The first phase of the project is a liquefaction facility in Dawson Creek that would convert pipeline quality natural gas into LNG. The plant would initially serve larger customers in the power generation, space heating and oil and gas industries, and as the project develops, provide northern communities an alternative to diesel. Natural Gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel.

“This Letter of Intent proves that B.C. has a competitive environment for domestic LNG,” said Minister of Natural Gas Development Rich Coleman. “Our goal now is to provide certainty around the regulatory and fiscal framework so that AltaGas can have the confidence they need to make their final investment decision.”

“AltaGas is working to bring cleaner, more affordable energy to British Columbians,” said John Lowe, executive vice president. “We look forward to working with the Province to make LNG a viable option for B.C. residents and industry, and to help establish a competitive LNG export industry in the province as well.”

The Premier signed the agreement as part of her tour of natural gas development in the northeast.

To read the Letter of Intent, visit: http://ow.ly/yeQCq

Quick Facts:

  • AltaGas expects to deliver 500,000 gallons per day of LNG by end of decade.
  • AltaGas expects to invest approximately $250 million, through a staged capital investment, to complete all phases of its regional LNG plan.
  • For Phase One of the Regional LNG project, the LNG will be transported via road using vacuum insulated trailers.
  • The Province is also working with FortisBC on an expansion of their Tillbury facilities also intended to serve the domestic market.
  • This is the third letter of intent signed by the Province in relation to LNG. While on her Asia Trade Mission, the Premier signed letters of intent with both Woodfibre and Petronas for LNG export facilities.
  • There are currently 13 proposed LNG export projects in B.C., nine of which already have approved export licences from the National Energy Board, including Triton LNG in which AltaGas has a 50% interest.

Learn More:

LNG 101: A Guide to British Columbia’s Liquefied Natural Gas Sector: http://www.gov.bc.ca/mngd/doc/LNG101.pdf

For an update on B.C.'s LNG strategy, visit: http://www.gov.bc.ca/com/attachments/LNGreport_update2013_web130207.pdf

For more information on B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, visit: www.workbc.ca/skills

AltaGas: http://www.altagas.ca

Encana tour

Media Contacts:

Sam Oliphant
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 952-7252

Media Relations
Ministry of Natural Gas Development
250 213-3334

Sandra Semple
Senior Communications Advisor
AltaGas Ltd.
403 691-7197

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Competitiveness: How B.C. businesses can deal with it tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.8111 2014-06-19T16:00:00Z 2014-06-19T17:01:31Z With the global marketplace expanding, attracting business and improving productivity means being competitive. What are some of challenges B.C. businesses face? How can a business compete? BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - With the global marketplace expanding, attracting business and improving productivity means being competitive. What are some of challenges B.C. businesses face? How can a business compete? These are some of the topics that will be part of the Competitiveness BC forums taking place throughout the province in June.

Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond is a guest speaker at the BC Chamber of Commerce’s forum being hosted by the Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce at the Bavarian Inn in Terrace at 9:00 on Thursday morning.

The government has provided $67,000 to fund the forums, which will be presented in collaboration with the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce. The remaining forums are taking place in the following locations:

  • June 19: Terrace
  • June 25: Prince George
  • June 26: Fort St. John
  • Fall dates yet to be determined for East Kootenays, Vancouver Island and Thompson Regions.

The half-day sessions are being led by a local business leader and will include a roundtable dialogue on best practices and ideas to enhance competitiveness. Participants will be surveyed for feedback on the sessions and to offer their input on improving competitiveness. As many as 30 business owners and senior managers from companies in each region are expected to attend. They will represent key industry sectors including manufacturing, forestry, mining, energy, high tech, and ship building.

In addition, the B.C. Chamber of Commerce will research competitiveness in other regions in Canada and internationally. The results will form a report with recommendations for action. The chamber will also meet with the provincial and federal governments to share findings and to develop a framework to improve B.C’s productivity and global competitiveness.

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour -

“We are anticipating a time of incredible opportunity in the province and want to make sure that B.C. businesses are ready to take advantage of markets that are expanding in Asia and elsewhere around the world. A growing economy means economic stability and jobs for British Columbians, and both are the foundation of the BC Jobs Plan. The forums will allow us to work with the business community to ensure that we understand the challenges B.C. businesses face in the need to compete globally.”

John Winter, president and CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce -

“The BC Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be spearheading the Competitiveness BC Initiative. Our focus is to engage business leaders from across the province in looking for ways that businesses can continuously introduce innovative practices in their operations and, by doing so, improve our ability to compete in a global market."

Janice Shaben, president, Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce - “We are delighted that the BC Chamber received funding from the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and that Minister Shirley Bond attended our Competitiveness BC roundtable session. As Terrace and the region prepare for the growth the LNG projects are bringing, it’s an ideal time for discussions on how to improve B.C.'s productivity and competitiveness. I believe this is a great opportunity for our region, and the increased economy benefits will only be for the betterment of our business community."

Quick Facts:

  • Productivity/competitiveness is a major cost to business growth potential.
  • Other regions within Canada and abroad are already addressing productivity and competitiveness issues.
  • B.C.’s productivity has only increased by 2.8% over the last five years.
  • B.C. ranks fifth among Canadian provinces for in business productivity growth.
  • Ways to improve productivity and competitiveness:
    • Technology adoption, streamlining regulations, fostering innovation, hiring top talent and supporting growth in high productivity industries.

Learn More:

To find out more about the BC Chamber of Commerce, visit: www.bcchamber.org

To find out more about starting and growing a business in B.C., visit: www.gov.bc.ca/businessandinvesting

To learn more about the BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

Media Contacts:

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

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Competitiveness: How B.C. businesses can deal with it tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.8106 2014-06-18T15:00:00Z 2014-06-26T16:30:34Z With the global marketplace expanding, attracting business and improving productivity means being competitive. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - With the global marketplace expanding, attracting business and improving productivity means being competitive.

What are some of challenges B.C. businesses face? How can a business compete? Those are a couple of questions that will be asked as part of the Competitiveness BC forums taking place throughout the province in June.

Vancouver is the second stop for the forums. Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto will be a guest speaker, along with BC Chamber of Commerce president John Winter, Productivity Alberta CEO Lori Schmidt and Co-CEO of G&F Financial Group Jeff Shewfelt.

The government has provided $67,000 toward funding the forums that will be presented in collaboration with the BC Chamber of Commerce. The remaining forums will take place in the following locations and times:

  • June 18: Vancouver, Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings St. at 8 a.m.
  • June 19: Terrace, Bavarian Inn, 4332 Lakesle Ave. at 9 a.m.
  • June 25: Prince George, Ramada Hotel, 444 George St. at 9 a.m.
  • June 26: Fort St. John, Quality Inn Northern Grand, 9830 - 100th Ave. at 9 a.m.
  • Fall dates yet to be determined for East Kootenays, Vancouver Island and Thompson Regions.

The half-day sessions will be led by a local business leader and will include a roundtable dialogue on best practices and ideas to enhance competitiveness. Participants will be surveyed for feedback on the sessions and to offer their input on improving competitiveness.

As many as 30 business owners and senior managers from companies in each region are expected to attend. They will represent key industry sectors including manufacturing, forestry, mining, energy, high tech and ship building.

In addition, the BC Chamber of Commerce will research competitiveness in other regions in Canada and internationally. The results will form a report with recommendations for action. The chamber also will meet with the provincial and federal governments to share findings and to develop a framework to improve B.C’s productivity and global competitiveness.

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour -

“We are anticipating a time of incredible opportunity in the province and want to make sure that B.C. businesses are ready to take advantage of markets that are expanding in Asia and elsewhere around the world. A growing economy means economic stability and jobs for British Columbians, both are the foundation of the BC Jobs Plan. The forums will allow us to work with the business community to ensure that we understand the challenges B.C. businesses face in the need to compete globally."

Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business—

“Our goal is to make B.C. the most small business-friendly jurisdiction in Canada. Regions within Canada and abroad are already addressing productivity and competitiveness issues and we need to make sure B.C. businesses remain competitive and are ready for a global market.”

John Winter, president and CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce -

“The BC Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be spearheading the Competitiveness BC Initiative. Our focus is to engage business leaders from across the province in looking for ways that businesses can continuously introduce innovative practices in their operations and, by doing so, improve our ability to compete in a global market.”

Quick Facts:

  • Productivity/competitiveness is a major cost to business growth potential.
  • Other regions within Canada and abroad are already addressing productivity and competitiveness issues.
  • B.C.’s productivity has increased by only 2.8% over the last five years.
  • B.C. ranks fifth among Canadian provinces for in business productivity growth.
  • Ways to improve productivity and competitiveness:
    • Technology adoption, streamlining regulations, fostering innovation, hiring top talent and supporting growth in high-productivity industries.

Learn More:

To find out more about the BC Chamber of Commerce, visit: www.bcchamber.org

To find out more about starting and growing a business in B.C., visit: www.gov.bc.ca/businessandinvesting

To learn more about the BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

Media Contacts:

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

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Building markets for B.C. foods theme for upcoming visit to China tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.8063 2014-06-11T16:30:00Z 2014-06-17T18:30:23Z Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick and industry delegates will begin a tour of China this week to promote B.C.'s agriculture and seafood products and build on already record-setting exports. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick and industry delegates will begin a tour of China this week to promote B.C.’s agriculture and seafood products and build on already record-setting exports.

The B.C. delegation is part of a federally led trade mission with industry and government leaders from across Canada.

In 2013, British Columbia exported $2.7 billion of agrifoods to more than 140 countries, an increase of about $200 million from the year before. China is now the second-largest export market for B.C. agrifoods and last year, exports to China increased to $234 million, up $64 million from the previous year. B.C. has consistently achieved record setting exports to China for the past four years.

Letnick, along with representatives from the province’s blueberry, cherry and speciality meat industry will be meeting with officials in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai June 13-21. The tour begins with a visit to the World Meat Congress in Beijing this weekend.

As Canada’s Pacific Gateway, B.C. is the closest connection Asian markets have to North America, and B.C’s ports deliver hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of B.C. food products each year to customers in China. The B.C. government has trade and investment offices in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, assisting in the development of trade and investment relationships.

The BC Jobs Plan’s Agrifoods Strategy clearly states how expanding international markets and strengthening domestic markets will help the agriculture sector become a $14-billion-a-year industry by 2017.

Quotes:

Minister of Agriculture Norm Letnick -

“The B.C. government is proud of achieving record-setting agrifood exports to China in each of the last four years, and we’re confident those numbers are only going to grow. By working closely with industry leaders and B.C.’s trade representatives in China, we’re spreading the message that B.C. products are high-quality and trusted foods, and helping our farmers and food producers increase their market presence, product sales, and incomes.”

“These trade missions nurture the relationships between Chinese buyers, B.C. suppliers and key government officials, which are so valued and integral to expanding trade in China.”

BC Cherry Council representative Christine Dendy -

“Canadian cherry production is expanding rapidly and the opening of China’s markets to Canadian cherries is a very important opportunity. B.C. cherry growers and the CFIA have worked diligently with the Chinese to work through a pilot program and come to an acceptable set of protocols that will be the basis for a permanent agreement.”

“Chinese demand for premium-quality fruit is strong, and that is what we can deliver.” 

BC Blueberry Council executive director Debbie Etsell -

“The BC Blueberry Council is expecting another record crop this year as we continue to work towards new markets. We are pleased to be returning to China, one of our top target markets and continue to build interest and demand of our quality product. It is a pleasure to have Minister Letnick participate with us on this trade mission to Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.”

Donald’s Fine Foods chairman Donald Leung -

“Donald's Fine Foods is the only federally inspected pork plant in B.C. and one of the approved processing plants in Canada allowed to export our pork products directly to China. China is one of our major customers and we are excited to have this opportunity to join Minister Letnick on this trade mission.”

“We believe this is an excellent opportunity to meet with more potential customers and increase our business ties with China.”

Quick Facts:

  • B.C. is the number one producer and exporter of sweet cherries in Canada. In 2013, B.C. exported close to $42 million worth of sweet cherries to 21 different countries.
  • B.C. is the number one producer and exporter of high bush blueberries in Canada and the third-largest in the world. In 2013, B.C. exported $155 million worth of fresh and frozen blueberries to 14 different countries.
  • B.C. wine exports continue to grow, rising to almost $8 million a year with about 90% destined for the Chinese market.
  • B.C. exported more than 31,000 tonnes of speciality pork products in 2013. China was B.C.’s top export market by volume, receiving almost 30% of BC’s total pork exports.
  • China is B.C.’s second-largest market for fish and seafood products. B.C. exported $163 million worth of fish and seafood products to China in 2013, up 35% from 2012. 
  • In October 2013, the B.C. government appointed Ben Stewart as the investment and trade commissioner in Asia.

Learn More:

2013 Export Highlights - B.C. Agrifoods statistics:
http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/stats/Export/2013BCAgrigoodsExportHighlights.pdf

20th World Meat Congress - Beijing, China:
http://www.worldmeatcongress2014.com/en/index.php

Media Contacts:

Dave Townsend
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Agriculture
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B.C. provides host money to international bioenergy conference tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.8061 2014-06-10T23:30:00Z 2014-06-11T17:04:17Z The Province of British Columbia is investing $10,000 to help host an international bioenergy conference beginning in Prince George tomorrow. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ PRINCE GEORGE - The Province of British Columbia is investing $10,000 to help host an international bioenergy conference beginning in Prince George tomorrow.

The sixth International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition runs June 11-13, 2014, at the Prince George Civic Centre, with Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, opening and Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, closing the conference. About 450 participants are expected.

Bioenergy is an integral part of the growing renewable energy sector and global energy demand. This conference is the largest of its kind in North America and it is generating profile for British Columbia to key world markets, as well as attracting those customers and investors to B.C.

The provincial government has been involved in various ways over the years, from providing sponsorship funding to speakers to support for marketing and business development efforts.

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour -

“Our province supports initiatives that help to diversify and grow the economy. Bioenergy is a sustainable and growing sector and we are pleased to support this conference which will explore how to get biomass to the market. We look forward to hearing about the latest technologies that will revolutionize this industry, as well as important discussions about sustainability and the policy and economic environments driving its future.”

Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations -

“B.C.'s bioenergy sector continues to grow. This conference provides a good opportunity to further grow the sector by establishing new business relationships.”

Michael Weedon, executive director, BC Bioenergy Network -

“We really appreciate the provincial government’s support of this International Bioenergy Conference. We thank Ministers Bond and Thomson for coming to speak this year. It’s the best way for us to keep our dialogue active with the government. We are learning together about the significant benefits of bioenergy development across all sectors in B.C. as we keep making advances in turning waste into valuable energy and redesigning our systems to use bioenergy to cut operating costs.”

Mike Morris, MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie -

“Our government is committed to sustainable resource development and practice. The International Bioenergy Conference will bring industry leaders together in Prince George, the gateway for B.C’s resource industry, giving them the opportunity to share ideas about the how to expand the bioenergy sector in British Columbia.”

Quick Facts:

  • About 450 people are expected to attend this conference. The Ministry of International Trade will be working with sector specialists and Trade and Investment Representatives abroad. The conference goals align with the BC Jobs Plan which identifies technology, including clean and green technology, as a key sector for job growth in B.C.
  • The $10,000 will help to advance investment and support the International Partnerships Forum held in conjunction with business-to-business meetings as well as a networking reception.

Learn More:

For more information visit http://www.bioenergyconference.org/

Media Contacts:

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

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B.C. investing $2.14 million to put wood first tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.8057 2014-06-10T17:45:00Z 2014-06-11T22:52:49Z The B.C. government is investing $2.14 million to advance the use of wood in British Columbia with a focus on expanding the use of wood in non-residential construction, strengthening manufacturing capabilities, and positioning B.C. as a global leader in wood design technologies. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ RICHMOND - The B.C. government is investing $2.14 million to advance the use of wood in British Columbia with a focus on expanding the use of wood in non-residential construction, strengthening manufacturing capabilities, and positioning B.C. as a global leader in wood design technologies.

Funding is being provided to industry trade associations and research institutions with proven records in wood products marketing, training, wood products development and research. The funds are being distributed through the Wood First program, an initiative to grow the culture of wood throughout B.C. and to develop world-leading technologies and building systems that can be used to promote B.C. wood sales both at home and in foreign markets.

The Wood First program is delivered by Forestry Innovation Investment, the Province’s market-development agency for wood products. The funding announcement was made today by Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat at Viceroy Homes in Richmond, a leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of custom wood buildings.

Since Wood First was introduced by the Province five years ago, the use of wood in building construction has grown rapidly, particularly in the multi-storey residential market and in institutional and recreational buildings. New approaches to building with wood have been developed, such as the iconic wood roof of the Richmond Olympic Oval, and there is the potential to use wood in much, much taller structures than we do today. 

B.C. is playing a leading role in these developments and the Wood Innovation Design Centre, now under construction in Prince George, will be one of the tallest contemporary wood buildings in North America when completed later this year.

Wood First is widely supported in B.C. Nine out of 10 British Columbians say wood-product manufacturing is important to the provincial economy and job growth. Throughout the province, more than 50 local governments have developed their own pro-wood policies and British Columbia was the first province to allow six-storey wood frame residential buildings. More than 153 mid-rise wood frame building projects have now been completed, or are under development, across the province.

The forestry sector employs almost 60,000 British Columbians and generates an annual manufacturing output of over $12 billion. More than 40% of regional economies across the province are dependent on forestry.

Wood First is part of the BC Jobs Plan, government’s strategy for spurring economic activity and job creation throughout the province. See the attached Backgrounder for the list of organizations receiving funding in 2014-15 under the Wood First program.

Quotes:

Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat -

“Wood First is making B.C. a global leader in wood building products, design and construction. This helps increase exports to important markets like China and Japan, particularly for higher valued wood products, and expands opportunities for leading design and engineering services from British Columbia.”

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson -

“Wood First directly supports job creation in the forest sector by developing new approaches to building with wood and then promoting these uses to builders, architects and engineers. This helps bring in new business to sawmills and value-added companies across the province.”

“Wood First has been remarkably successful, with 53 communities across B.C. supporting Wood First, including Prince George, where the new Wood Innovation Design Centre will be the tallest contemporary wood building in North America.”

BC investing $2.14 million to put wood first

Quick Facts:

  • B.C. is a world leader in softwood lumber production and exports, with 80 per cent of industry output sold outside the province.
  • More than 40% of B.C.'s regional economies are dependent on forestry.
  • In 2013, B.C. exported $5.3 billion in softwood lumber products.

Learn More:

www.BritishColumbia.ca connects B.C. companies and communities with international opportunities and promotes our competitive advantages to investors and decision makers around the globe.

Find out more about Forestry Innovation Investment at: www.bcfii.ca/

For more on the Wood First program, see Wood First - Highlighting 5 years of Progress 2009 - 2014: www.woodfirstbc.ca

A backgrounder follows.

Media Contacts:

Ministry of International Trade and Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
778 977-0298

BACKGROUNDER

2014-15 Wood First funding

Forestry Innovation Investment manages an annual, competitive call for proposals process to fund activities under the Wood First program. For 2014-15, the following organizations will receive funding for a variety of activities.

BC Wood Specialties Group - $552,669

  • Train professionalson B.C. wood products and their applications through lunch-and-learns, group seminars, factory tours and a discussion forum.
  • Promote building products and systems with value-added wood companies at trade events.
  • Increase competitiveness, innovation and adaptability of individual value-added wood companies through assessments, site visits, workshops and conferences.

Canadian Wood Council - $683,100

  • Expand and support the use of wood in construction in British Columbia by broadening wood design awareness through awards program; conveying practical wood design and construction solutions through seminars and design luncheons; promoting the sustainable attributes of wood; and supporting code changes that will facilitate the use of wood.

The University of British Columbia (Vancouver) - Centre for Advanced Wood Processing- $292,215

  • Support value-added manufacturers in their development of new products through design, engineering, prototyping, testing and cost/benefit analyses.
  • Foster collaborations between manufacturers and industrial designers.
  • Expand the application and provision of advanced timber processing technology.
  • Conduct applied research on innovative wood structures and building systems.

The University of British Columbia (Okanagan) - Department of Civil Engineering - $41,800

  • Conduct analytical research to develop design guidelines for tall, timber-steel hybrid buildings.

NEWBuildS - $57,750

  • Apply design and fire-risk assessment tools developed by the Canadian NEWBuildS research network to facilitate early adoptions of design and construction of tall wood buildings and to develop efficient alternative solutions for mid- and high-rise wood residential and commercial buildings.

FPInnovations - $510,297

  • Improve entrepreneurial skills of small- to medium-sized wood products manufacturers through technology transfer projects, technical assessments, workshops, webinars and technical help-line service, as well as face-to-face outreach activities.
  • Develop guidance for design and construction industries to support alternative solutions that will allow wood-based solutions in multi-residential and commercial buildings to meet market needs and regulatory barriers in subject areas such as seismic design of podium structures, fire modelling of wood infill wall systems, and installation of doors in gypsum firewall assemblies.
  • Conduct experimental studies to determine fire-safety design recommendations for various wood building assemblies.

Media Contacts:

Ministry of International Trade and Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
778 977-0298

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Surrey Urban Farmers Market promotes new location with buy local funds tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.8044 2014-06-07T16:30:00Z 2014-06-09T23:14:57Z The wait is almost over as the Surrey Urban Farmers Market is on the move and getting ready to open up at the North Surrey Civic Plaza in June. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ SURREY - The wait is almost over as the Surrey Urban Farmers Market is on the move and getting ready to open up at the North Surrey Civic Plaza in June.

The market is receiving $7,500 from the B.C. government’s Buy Local program for a marketing campaign to help raise awareness of the new location and to promote agriculture and local food while supporting local producers.

The market will use the funds toward advertising in both online and local newspapers and also getting the word out through transit advertising. Customers will be able to enjoy special events this summer including food demonstrations by local chefs, a corn roast, and cheese and berry festivals.

The Buy Local program offers successful applicants matching funds up to $100,000 to launch or expand local food marketing campaigns.

Building the local market for British Columbia-produced foods is a key commitment of government’s Agrifoods Strategy, a component of the BC Jobs Plan, to lead the agrifoods sector growth into a $14-billion-a-year industry by 2017.

A recent study estimated B.C. farmers markets contributed $170 million in economic benefits in 2012, a 146% increase from 2006.

The provincial government’s Buy Local program is administered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C.

Quotes:

Minister of Agriculture Norm Letnick -

“The B.C. government’s Buy Local Program has been a huge success in supporting B.C. food producers and our provincial economy. I wish the Surrey Urban Farmers Market all the best with their new location and encourage everyone to visit your local farmers market this summer.”

Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Stephanie Cadieux -

“One of the great things about Cloverdale is that we have all the amenities of a city but also live close to some of the best farmland in the world. There is so much great produce grown locally and the Surrey Urban Farmers Market is a good way to support our farmers.”

Surrey-Panorama MLA Marvin Hunt -

“I’m not surprised that so many people are choosing to eat locally these days. When you buy from a farmers’ market, the food has often been freshly picked just hours before.”

Surrey Urban Farmers Market Association president Peter Leblanc -

“With great enthusiasm, the Surrey Urban Farmers Market looks forward to the support of Buy Local Program funding. We are going to create a great promotional campaign to build awareness and excitement in our farmers market.”

Quick Facts:

  • The Surrey Urban Farmers Market started in 2007.
  • Each week during the summer, up to 1,000 customers visit the market.
  • The market has a membership of 40 vendors, including 25 food growers and producers.
  • The 2014 market runs on Wednesdays, June 11-Oct. 8, noon to 5 p.m.
  • The market will be located at the North Surrey Civic Plaza, behind Surrey City Hall.

Learn More:

B.C. Buy Local program: http://www.gov.bc.ca/agri/buylocal.html

Surrey Urban Farmers Market Association: http://surreymarket.org/

Locate a farmers market near you: http://met.bcfarmersmarket.org/market-search

Keep up to date on the latest in B.C. foods and beverages: https://www.facebook.com/FoodsBC

Media Contacts:

Dave Townsend
Ministry of Agriculture
250 356-7098
250 889-5945 (cell)

Peter Leblanc
Surrey Urban Farmers Market Association
604 724-6538

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Competitiveness: How B.C. businesses can deal with it tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.8025 2014-06-04T22:00:00Z 2014-06-04T23:10:46Z With the global marketplace expanding, attracting business and improving productivity means being competitive. What are some of challenges B.C. businesses face? BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - With the global marketplace expanding, attracting business and improving productivity means being competitive. What are some of challenges B.C. businesses face? How can a business compete? Those are a couple of questions that will be asked as part of regional forums taking place throughout the province in June.

The government has provided $67,000 towards funding the Competitiveness BC Forums which will be presented in collaboration with the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce. The forums are taking place in the following locations:

  • June 5: Kelowna
  • June 18: Vancouver
  • June 19: Terrace
  • June 25: Prince George
  • June 26: Fort St. John
  • Fall: Additional forums will be announced that will include events in the Kootenays, Vancouver Island and Thompson Regions.

The half day sessions are being led by a local business leader and will include a roundtable dialogue on best practices and ideas to enhance competitiveness. Participants will be surveyed for feedback on the sessions and to offer their input on improving competitiveness. As many as 30 business owners and senior managers from companies in each region are expected to attend. They will represent key industry sectors including manufacturing, forestry, mining, energy, high tech, and ship building.

In addition, the B.C. Chamber of Commerce will research competitiveness in other regions in Canada and internationally. The results will form a report with recommendations for action. The chamber will also meet with the provincial and federal governments to share findings and to develop a framework to improve B.C’s productivity and global competitiveness.

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour -

“We are anticipating a time of incredible opportunity in the province and want to make sure that BC businesses are ready to take advantage of markets that are expanding in Asia and elsewhere around the world. A growing economy means economic stability and jobs for British Columbians, both are the foundation of the BC Jobs Plan. The forums will allow us to work with the business community to ensure that we understand the challenges BC businesses face in the need to compete globally.”

Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business -

“It’s great to be teaming up with the BC Chamber of Commerce to help give small businesses some of the tools they need to be competitive. Our growing economy means lots of business prospects in the coming years and this program is one way to help local businesses be at the forefront of seizing those opportunities.”

John Winter, president and CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce -

“The BC Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be spearheading the Competitiveness BC Initiative. Our focus is to engage business leaders from across the province in looking for ways that businesses can continuously introduce innovative practices in their operations and, by doing so, improve our ability to compete in a global market.”

Quick Facts:

  • Productivity/competitiveness is a major cost to business growth potential.
  • Other regions within Canada and abroad are already addressing productivity and competitiveness issues.
  • B.C.’s productivity has only increased by 2.8% over the last five years.
  • B.C. ranks fifth among Canadian provinces for in business productivity growth.
  • Ways to improve productivity and competitiveness:
    • Technology adoption, streamlining regulations, fostering innovation, hiring top talent and supporting growth in high productivity industries.

Learn More:

To find out more about the BC Chamber of Commerce, visit: www.bcchamber.org

To find out more about starting and growing a business in B.C., visit: www.gov.bc.ca/businessandinvesting

To learn more about the BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

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

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Province provides jobs training support for sawmill workers in Houston tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.8020 2014-06-04T18:00:00Z 2014-06-04T22:17:27Z The Government of British Columbia is providing $150,000 to Northwest Community College (NWCC) under B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint to provide job skills training and retraining opportunities for workers impacted by the closure of the West Fraser sawmill in Houston. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ HOUSTON - The Government of British Columbia is providing $150,000 to Northwest Community College (NWCC) under B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint to provide job skills training and retraining opportunities for workers impacted by the closure of the West Fraser sawmill in Houston.

“Northwest Community College is an important partner in the response to the sawmill closure in Houston,” said Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad on behalf of Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk. “The college has met with former sawmill workers and will offer a number of training programs that best meet the needs of workers and enhance their job prospects.”

The training being offered was determined by NWCC working in partnership with the Houston Community Adjustment Team and affected workers. It includes programs for heavy equipment operator, construction safety officer, and electrical. The training will be delivered at the NWCC Community Learning Centre in Houston beginning in September and will complement ongoing program offerings at that location.

“The mill closure is a stressful situation for workers, their families and the community, which is why we were on the ground in Houston as soon as possible,” said Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond. “Our Community Adjustment Team, with help from WorkBC staff, has co-ordinated programs, services and training for workers. This funding comes at a critical time and I’m very pleased that there is an opportunity for sawmill workers to train for new careers, without leaving the area.”

The Government of British Columbia continues to work closely with the District of Houston and local and regional organizations to provide support for workers, families, contractors and suppliers − as well as the broader community − affected by the sawmill closure. Services include career counselling, job matching, skills upgrading, business startup support and financial advice.

“This support allows Northwest Community College to continue to be responsive to the community of Houston as it goes through the transitional period as the Houston Forest Products Mill shuts down,” said NWCC interim president Denis Caron. “The Northwest Community College Learning Centre in Houston has an active advisory committee that has helped our staff identify the training most required by those affected by the mill closure. We look forward to offering flexible, accessible and innovative training opportunities.”

The Province also is providing $150,000 to the College of New Caledonia to provide training opportunities for workers affected by the closure of the Canfor sawmill in Quesnel.

Projections show a million job openings in British Columbia by 2022, with about 43% requiring skills and trades training. Under B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: Re-engineering Education and Training, the Province is working to better match skills training to jobs.

Media Contacts:

Scott Sutherland
Communications Manager
Ministry of Advanced Education
250 952-6400

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Legislative session paves way for continued economic and social growth tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7989 2014-05-30T01:04:00Z 2014-06-03T23:20:48Z After 48 sitting days, representing an estimated 330 hours of debate, government has delivered a successful legislative session that supports throne speech promises to control spending, open new markets and attract new investment, improve infrastructure, protect our environment and modernize B.C.'s laws. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - After 48 sitting days, representing an estimated 330 hours of debate, government has delivered a successful legislative session that supports throne speech promises to control spending, open new markets and attract new investment, improve infrastructure, protect our environment and modernize B.C.’s laws. Significant pieces of legislation include the Budget Measures Implementation Act, nurse practitioners amendments, the Apology Motion, and the new Missing Persons Act, to name a few.

Quote:

Premier Christy Clark -

“A cornerstone of a successful democracy and economy is good governance, and good governance isn’t possible without robust and effective legislation. These new pieces of legislation and amendments will help ensure citizens enjoy the highest quality of life possible now and in the future.”

Control Spending

One of government’s top priorities is controlling spending and the key piece of legislation helping government meet this promise is the Budget Measures Implementation Act. The act complements Balanced Budget 2014 and brings into law some initiatives, including Core Review, announced in the June Budget Update 2013.

The Core Review ensures the best possible use of government resources and respect for the interests of taxpayers. Related to those goals, the Provincial Capital Commission Dissolution Act will save provincial taxpayers approximately $1.5 million per year. Provincial government ministries and agencies will assume the commission’s responsibilities for property management and cultural/educational programming.

Open New Markets and Attract New Investment

During this past spring, government committed to promoting natural resource development to create jobs. As Canada’s gateway to the Pacific, British Columbia has a target to have three LNG facilities operational by 2020. The Province has taken concrete action to give LNG companies certainty when making their final investment decisions - those efforts have been successful. For example, we signed Letters of Intent with Petronas and Woodfibre to reach Project Development Agreements by no later than November 30.

New and amended legislation will continue government’s efforts towards job growth by creating an environment of certainty for business and citizens, something that is essential to grow the economy and create a secure society.

For example, amendments to the Oil and Gas Activities and the Petroleum and Natural Gas acts help to improve oil and gas processes and operations, increase investor confidence and provide clarity around crown resource tenure.

The Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Statutes Amendment Act amended the Range Act to increase business certainty for range tenure holders while amendments to the Wildlife Act increase business certainty for guide outfitters through streamlining administrative processes and allowing longer terms for range tenures.

Certainty around land use has been also improved with the Cultus Lake Park Amendment Act giving Cultus Lake Park residents majority representation (three out of five seats) on the Cultus Lake Park Board thereby enabling residential and business leaseholder owners to exert more influence on their economic and social future.

The Agricultural Land Commission Act is being updated to help farmers and farm families get ahead by recognizing regional differences, strengthening regional decision-making and enhancing the Agricultural Land Commission’s (ALC) service to the public. The ALC will remain a fully independent tribunal and decision-maker and will continue to make final decisions on specific land uses within the Agricultural Land Reserve, with preservation of farmland as its first priority.

Improve on B.C.’s Safety and Social Infrastructure

While the Province is moving forward with growing the economy, it is also working to ensure that British Columbians have a secure and healthy future for their families.

The Laboratory Services Act sets a framework to strengthen and standardize B.C.’s clinical lab system. This legislation allows the provincial government to streamline and integrate the system to take advantage of emerging and improving medical technologies, which will help B.C. keep lab services sustainable and cost-effective. It also allows government to improve patient services and ensure that resources are deployed efficiently and where they are most needed.

The nurse practitioners amendments allow these health professionals to work more fully within their existing scope of practice. The changes will provide British Columbians with more options when seeking medical opinions and improve access to a variety of government programs.

Government also took steps to stop the spread of current and emerging diseases with a new Animal Health Act that will also improve the response to potentially disastrous outbreaks. The legislation increases the number of reportable and notifiable diseases to about 100, many of which were not known when the act was last substantially revised in 1948. It also brings B.C. in harmony with other legislation across Canada, addressing the realities of increasing global travel and trade.

Amendments to the Workers Compensation Act fulfil government’s election commitment to restore the list of presumptive diseases recognized by WorkSafeBC to include heart disease in firefighters - including forest firefighters.

Under this amendment, if a firefighter suffers from heart disease or a heart injury - including a heart attack - it will be presumed to be due to their work as a firefighter unless the contrary is proved.

The Missing Persons Act improves police access to information that may hold clues to a missing person’s whereabouts, consistent with the spirit and intent of a recommendation of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. The law strikes the appropriate balance between privacy rights and access to key information, and focuses on cases where a missing person hasn’t been seen, or in touch with people who are normally involved in their lives.

Amendments to the Police Act will give government the ability to set additional standards for police in B.C. that support bias-free policing, community input into policing priorities, as well as standards police are to use when conducting major case investigations. The changes are also recommendations of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry.

British Columbians will have an additional way to secure their financial future and save money for retirement through Pooled Registered Pension Plans. Nearly two-thirds of B.C. workers are without a registered pension plan. The Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act enables employees of small- and medium-sized businesses, as well as the self-employed, to join pension plans administered by regulated financial institutions.

With the Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act more than 55,000 hectares are being added to B.C.’s protected areas system, which is already one of the largest in North America.

Amendments to the Park Act outline clear requirements for certain activities within B.C.'s provincial parks to ensure natural resources are protected and provide clear and consistent direction around authorizing outdoor recreation, tourism, commercial filming and research activities in parks.

The Off-Road Vehicle Act introduces a comprehensive safety framework for riders of these vehicles and introduces a mechanism to fund creation and maintenance of riding trails.

Modernization

It is important that B.C.’s laws, and the programs they lay the groundwork for, are modern, reflect the needs and values of British Columbians, and support good governance practices.

The House unanimously approved an Apology Motion introduced by Premier Christy Clark for historical wrongs against British Columbia’s Chinese Canadian community. The apology not only recognized the‎ historical wrongs, it acknowledged the overwhelming contribution by Chinese-Canadians to British Columbia’s culture, history and economic prosperity,‎ and emphasized the importance of the province’s rich cultural history and diversity‎.

The Local Elections Campaign Financing Act supports the B.C. government’s commitment to implement the majority of recommendations of the joint B.C.-Union of British Columbia Municipalities Local Government Elections Task Force. The legislation achieves the first significant reform of local elections in British Columbia in 20 years.

The Electoral Boundaries Commission Amendment Act gives the independent Electoral Boundaries Commission the ability to recommend changes to the boundaries of all electoral districts while preserving the existing number of electoral districts in northern and rural regions of the province and ensuring the total number of provincial electoral districts does not exceed 87.

Together, the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Amendment Act and the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Funding Referenda Act place greater authority for TransLink in the hands of the Mayors’ Council and lay the groundwork for a public, region-wide transportation funding referendum.

Amendments to the Liquor Control and Licensing Act will accommodate the B.C. government’s model for liquor sales in grocery stores and lay the legislative groundwork for 14 other recommendations from the Liquor Policy Review, such as liquor sales at farmers’ markets, happy hours and streamlined changes to the Special Occasion Licence process - all of which will come into effect at later dates.

The new Water Sustainability Act modernizes and replaces British Columbia’s century-old Water Act. It positions B.C. as a leader in water stewardship.

Quick Facts:

  • The second session of the 40th Parliament started on Feb. 11, 2014, with the Speech from the Throne and ended May 29, 2014.
  • During the second session of the 40th Parliament, government introduced and passed 27 pieces of legislation and legislative amendments.
  • To ensure that government is able to fulfil its legislative agenda, while controlling the cost of operating Parliament, debate occurs in the House and the Douglas Fir Room.

Learn More:

Speech from the Throne: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/thronespeech/ 
B.C.’s Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/ 
B.C.’s Balanced Budget: http://bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2014/default.htm 
B.C.’s Core Review: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2013/07/core-review-terms-of-reference-released.html 
BC Newsroom: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/

A backgrounder follows.

Media Contacts:

Robert Boelens
Ministry of Agriculture
250 356-1674

Scott Sutherland
Ministry of Advanced Education
250 952-6400

Sheldon Johnson
Ministry of Children and Family Development
250 213-5811

Media Relations
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
250 888-1462

Media Relations
Ministry of Environment
250 953-3834

Jamie Edwardson
Ministry of Finance
250 356-2821

Greg Bethel
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
250 356-5261

Kristy Anderson
Ministry of Health
250 952-1887 (media line)

Media Relations
Ministry of International Trade and Ministry Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
778 977-0298

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

Lori DeLuca
Ministry of Justice, Attorney General
250 953-3196

Media Relations
Ministry of Justice, Solicitor General
250 213-3602

Sandra Steilo
Ministry of Natural Gas Development
250 952-0617

Robert Adam
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250 356-8241

BACKGROUNDER

Government’s Legislative Achievements

Listed alphabetically by ministry, and then numerically by bill number.

Ministry of Agriculture

Bill 19 - Animal Health Act

The number of reportable and notifiable diseases increases, from nine to about 100, under this act, which enables government to respond as needed with modern animal disease management practices such as inspections, seizures, orders, penalties and enacting emergency powers. Among the benefits are: improved early detection of animal diseases through expanded monitoring and surveillance programs; requirement for producers to take preventive measures to reduce the risk of introducing and spreading disease; ensure employees are trained to prevent and respond to disease; maintaining of records of animal origin; abide by inspector’s orders and report any incidents of disease or unusual illness; increased disease control measures, such as restricting the movement or sale of affected animals; and increased penalties. The legislation updates a bill first introduced in 2012, and clarifies there will be no restriction on the general public, including media, from reporting the presence of diseases.

Bill 24 - Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act

The legislation protects farmland in British Columbia, while helping farmers grow their businesses and earn a better living, supporting farming families in continuing to produce food on their land, and giving the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) the modern tools it needs to continue making independent land use decisions.

In recognition of B.C.’s regional differences, two ALC-administered zones are being created, with zone 1 comprising the existing Island, South Coast and Okanagan panel regions; and zone 2, the Interior, Kootenay and North panel regions. In zone 1, where there are different growth pressures and significant urbanization, it remains status-quo. In both zones, the ALC continues to make all land-use decisions and the legislation has been updated, following consultative input from the agricultural sector and written feedback from British Columbians, to be clear that the ALC must look at farmland protection and agricultural purposes as its first priority.

Consultations with the agricultural sector, the ALC and UBCM on whether any existing regulations should be updated to help support farmers in growing their businesses or supporting their farming operations are expected to occur later this year.

The ALC’s existing model of six regions and six regional panels are also being formalized, with regional panels making decisions for their specific regions. The act gives the ALC Chair flexibility in referring specific applications to the ALC’s executive committee for decision. Changes also improve land use co-ordination with local governments and modernize the Commissions operations though service standards and governance and accountability frameworks.

Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

Bill 6 - Provincial Capital Commission Dissolution Act

The legislation supports government’s Core Review goals to manage taxpayer dollars wisely, eliminate overlap and find efficiencies. Dissolving the Provincial Capital Commission will save provincial taxpayers approximately $1.5 million per year. Provincial government ministries and agencies will assume the Commission’s responsibilities for property management and cultural/educational programming.

Bill 17 - Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment (Local Government Act, Community Charter & Vancouver Charter)

The legislative amendments will support economic development by cutting red tape and modernizing out-dated land use regulation tools that can delay building projects and add costs for developers and landowners.

Bill 20 - Local Elections Campaign Financing Act

The Local Elections Campaign Financing Act supports the B.C. government’s commitment to implement the majority of recommendations of the joint B.C.-Union of British Columbia Municipalities Local Government Elections Task Force. The legislation achieves the first significant reform of local elections in British Columbia in 20 years by enhancing accountability and transparency and strengthening compliance and enforcement, as well as education and advice. Accessibility will be addressed when expense limits are implemented for the 2018 local elections.

Bill 21 - Local Elections Statutes Amendment Act

The Local Elections Statutes Amendment Act, 2014, is a companion piece of legislation to Bill 20. The act makes the consequential changes to the Local Government Act, Vancouver Charter, Community Charter, Islands Trust Act, Cultus Lake Park Act and School Act required by the new Local Elections Campaign Financing Act - as well as other changes such as moving from three to four-year terms of office for local elected officials.

Bill 27 - The Cultus Lake Park Amendment Act

The legislation supports government’s efforts to promote a strong economy. By giving Cultus Lake Park residents majority representation (three out of five seats) on the Cultus Lake Park Board, the act enables residential and business leaseholder owners to exert more influence on their economic and social future.

Ministries of Children and Family Development and Education

Bill 17 - Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment (Special Accounts Appropriation and Control Act)

Amendments to the Special Accounts Appropriation and Control Act amendments will enable successful implementation of the new BC Training and Education Savings Program (BCTESP). The program will provide $1,200 grants paid from the Children’s Education Fund into Registered Education Savings Plans for B.C. six-year-olds born on or after January 1, 2007. This will help B.C. families save for their children’s post-secondary education. These changes also authorize the creation of a separate fund or funds to provide for the training and educational needs of former children in care and other vulnerable children who have had significant involvement with the Ministry of Children and Family Development and who would not have their training and educational needs met by BCTESP.

Ministry of Environment

Bill 4 - Park Amendment Act

The Province has a well-defined, draft policy in place setting out what the requirements would be for obtaining a research permit in a provincial park. Research permits do not allow, promote or otherwise enable industrial projects in parks and protected areas.

One of the reasons we're making these amendments is because currently it would be difficult to authorize any kind of research in a park, even activities we might find beneficial that might not be directly linked to the park such as vegetation sampling, fish surveys and low-impact geotechnical studies. Permits would only be considered after a thorough review of the protected area values, including management plans, impact assessments and conservation assessments.

British Columbia has the highest percentage of its land base dedicated to protected areas in Canada, and one of the largest protected-areas systems in North America.

Bill 11 - Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act

Amendments to this act are regularly required to establish new ecological reserves, parks and conservancies, as well as add and modify lands to these protected areas for a variety of reasons.

Area will be added to two existing conservancies and two parks, as well as marine waters to four existing conservancies. The boundaries of six existing parks, one conservancy and one ecological reserve will also be modified. These amendments will support community water supply systems, commitments from land use plans and strategic agreements with First Nations as well as the redevelopment of a hydroelectric power generation station.

Since 2004, the system of Class A parks, conservancies, ecological reserves and protected areas has increased by more than 3.2 million hectares.

Bill 18 - Water Sustainability Act

Since 2009, the B.C. government has engaged widely, and received suggestions and ideas on an unprecedented scale and quality. This input from individual British Columbians, First Nations organizations and stakeholder groups has helped shape the new Water Sustainability Act.

The new act will make improvements in seven key areas, to:

  • Protect stream health and aquatic environments.
  • Consider water in land-use decisions.
  • Regulate and protect groundwater.
  • Regulate water use during times of scarcity.
  • Improve security, water-use efficiency and conservation.
  • Measure and report large-scale water use.
  • Provide for a range of governance approaches.

The Water Sustainability Act will be brought into effect in spring 2015, once supporting regulations are developed and finalized.

The B.C. government is also reviewing its approach to water pricing. After the introduction of the bill in the legislature, government asked British Columbians to comment on a set of principles that will help inform a new fee and rental structure to support the new act and sustainable water management. Those comments are now being reviewed.

Ministry of Finance

Bill 9 - Pooled Registered Pensions Plans Act

The B.C. government has worked with the federal and other provincial governments to develop the pooled registered pension plans (PRPP) framework. B.C.'s legislation substantially adopts the federal legislation to ensure that B.C.'s participation in the PRPP framework does not impose unnecessary administrative burden. Expanding pension plan options makes it easier for working families to save money. This legislation enables any B.C. worker to join a pooled registered pension plan, even if their employer does not set up a pooled registered pension plans or if they are self-employed. Alberta and Saskatchewan also have enacted PRPP legislation, and Quebec has passed similar legislation-for Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans.

Bill 10 - Pension Benefits Standards Act Amendments

The modernized Pension Benefits Standard Act was passed by the B.C. Legislature on May 31, 2012. It is designed to reduce administrative costs, enhance the rights of pension plan members and permit innovative alternatives, such as jointly sponsored cost-sharing pension plans and target benefit plans. The new PBSA and regulations, which will be ready by the end of 2014, will give former pension plan members the option of withdrawing "locked-in" funds in a Registered Retirement Savings Plan or life income fund in cases of financial hardship. On Nov. 20, 2012, Alberta enacted parallel legislation as the Employment Pension Plans Act. The new PBSA represents B.C.'s joint commitment with Alberta to create harmonized pension standards legislation that adopts many of the recommendations in the 2008 Report of the B.C./Alberta Joint Expert Panel on Pension Standards.

Bill 17 - Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment (Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Belt Tax Act repeal)

The act was introduced in 1950 to create a special one-time only 25% tax on the assessed value of land and timber within the original Esquimalt and Nanaimo grant that was alienated by the railroad company after February 20, 1946. Between 1950 and 1969, approximately $16 million in tax was assessed under the Act. By 1969, the relevant lands had been alienated from the company and no more tax has been assessed since then. Repealing the act makes it clear there will be no tax collected under this act in the future.

Bill 17 - Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment (Real Estate Development Marketing Act)

The purpose of Real Estate Development Marketing Act is to create a framework for better regulation of the real estate development sector by providing consumer protection while also facilitating development and enabling the efficient operation of the development industry, a key economic driver in British Columbia. The intent of the Real Estate Development Marketing Act is to ensure that purchasers are given all material facts and information about the home they are buying and to provide them with remedies if the developer fails to do so. The proposed amendments to the Real Estate Development Marketing Act (REDMA) help facilitate real estate development by bringing clarity to the scope of purchasers’ remedies and certainty to the enforceability of purchase contracts.

Bill 17 - Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment (Taxation (Rural Area) Act)

The Taxation (Rural Area) Act currently requires a tax notice be sent to every owner of a property subject to taxation under the act. The amendment allows a single representative owner to receive the tax notice, rather than sending out notices to each owner. There are currently only 35 properties in B.C. that would be affected by these changes.

Bill 18 - Budget Measures Implementation Act

The Budget Measures Implementation Act complements Balanced Budget 2014 and promotes a number of social policy and economic development initiatives reflected in the budget such as validating the legislation in the Gwaii Forest Charitable Trust, extending the mining flow-through share tax credit and increasing the tobacco tax. The act also provides for the sound management of government’s budget and finances. In order to achieve social policy and economic development objectives, government will initiate a number of tax policy measures in Budget 2014. In 2015-16, these measures will provide $181 million in net benefits to taxpayers.

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources

Bill 5 - Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Statutes Amendment Act

Amendments to the Range Act build on a BC Jobs Plan commitment and are in response to the Ranching Task Force’s recommendations to improve regulatory processes for range tenure holders. The amendments: 

  • Streamline the process for approving agreements (permits and licences), so that vacant Crown range can be allocated more quickly and efficiently.
  • Improve business certainty for range operators by allowing longer terms on tenures and conversion of grazing permits issued prior to 2004 to grazing licences.
  • Allow a holder of multiple tenures to more easily consolidate or subdivide those tenures and enable the conversion of grazing leases to grazing licences, providing flexibility for tenure holders to manage their unique business models.
  • Remove the requirement for operators to obtain ministry approval before selling excess hay production.
  • Amendments to the Wildlife Act build on the government’s commitment to provide additional business certainty for the guide outfitting industry by:
    • Allowing corporations as well as individuals to hold guiding territory certificates, making guide certificate ownership less risky by reducing liability among co-owners and increasing opportunities for individuals to come together to purchase territories.
    • Replacing the licensing requirement for assistant guides with an authorization issued by the employing guide outfitter, giving guide outfitters more flexibility to hire help in unexpected peak periods.
  • Minor amendments to the Land Title Act, Forest Act and Wildfire Act were also included in Bill 5.

Bill 13 - Off-Road Vehicle Act

The act:

  • Establishes a one-time registration system specifically designed to integrate with the pre-existing structure of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s vehicle registry, reducing implementation costs. ORVs will have to be registered and display a clearly visible number plate before they can be operated on Crown or other public land.
  • Allows the development of regulations on the rules of operation (such as wearing helmets), safety standards and conditions of use for a wide range of modern ORVs, including snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles or “quads”, dirt bikes and utility terrain vehicles.
  • Assists in identifying stolen or abandoned ORVs, by requiring ORVs to be registered in a database that is accessible to peace officers at all times.
  • Provide officers with more effective enforcement tools to target the small number of irresponsible ORV owners that endanger others or damage sensitive habitat. This includes the ability to stop and inspect ORVs for violations, seize an ORV for safety or evidence purposes, and increase the maximum fine for offences from $500 to $5,000.
  • Enables the ORV Trail Management Sub-account to be established to fund the development and maintenance of trails.

Ministry of Health 

Bill 7 - Laboratory Services Act

The act enables government to strengthen patient services and ensure that resources are deployed efficiently and where they’re most needed. This legislation provides authority for the province to better co-ordinate in-patient and out-patient clinical laboratory systems provincewide and enables British Columbia to enter into agreements with service providers to provide greater certainty regarding costs.

Under the legislation, the Minister of Health will be responsible for governance and accountability, audit, provision of benefits and compensation for all laboratory services in the province. The introduction of this legislation is the first phase and paves the way for future reforms to strengthen the system and improve patient care. The ministry plans to consult with stakeholders as it implements the legislation over the next three years.

Bill 17 - Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act

Nurse Practitioners Act amendments

The legislation allows nurse practitioners to more fully and collaboratively contribute within the health system. This builds on legislation introduced in 2011 that took significant steps towards removing the barriers facing nurse practitioners in the workplace. The amendments allow nurse practitioners to officially sign off on a wide range of routine legal and administrative documents that verify they have examined or treated a patient. Previously, this paperwork needed to be signed by a physician who may have had no prior relationship with the patient.

Vital Statistics Act amendments

Instead of having a second physician confirm that an individual has had successful gender re-assignment surgery, the legislation will now require a person to provide an application stating their desired sex designation (male or female); a declaration stating the applicant has assumed and intends to maintain the desired sex designation. The legislation also requires a statement from a physician or psychologist authorized to practice in Canada confirming the sex designation on the birth registration does not correspond with the applicant’s gender identity. If under 19, a statement of parental and guardian consent is also required. The act is also updated to avoid presumptions about religion as the provincial population is diverse and the terminology will be updated to be neutral.

Ministry of International Trade and Ministry responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism

Historical Wrongs Apology

The B.C. legislature apologized for historical wrongs committed against British Columbia’s Chinese Canadian community. The Apology Motion follows an extensive three-month consultation process led by Teresa Wat in her role as Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism. More than 1,300 people attended a series of seven forums throughout the province between November 2013 and January 2014. A final report was issued that lays the foundation for ongoing educational and legacy initiatives, and reflects the broad consensus of participants.

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour

Bill 17 - Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment (Workers Compensation Act)

B.C. continues to be a leader in recognizing occupational diseases associated with long-term employment as a firefighter. Some of the key features of the legislation amendments are:

  • The proposed amendments will provide presumptions for heart disease and for heart injury including heart attacks.
  • The presumptions will apply if the claimant was employed as a firefighter at or immediately before the date of disablement from heart injury or disease.
  • This legislation will thus support B.C. firefighters in receiving workers’ compensation should they suffer from heart disease or heart injury as a result of their work.
  • The presumption will be available to local government firefighters as well as forest firefighters.
  • Finally, the presumption will apply to eligible firefighters who first become disabled from heart disease or heart injury on or after the day the legislation comes into force on Royal Assent.

Ministry of Justice

Bill 2 — Electoral Boundaries Commission Amendment Act

The amendments to the Electoral Boundaries Commission Act were outlined in a white paper released Nov. 14, 2013, by Attorney General and Justice Minister Suzanne Anton. The white paper was available for public comment until Jan. 15, 2014. Government received 63 comments during that time, all of which are available for viewing online at: http://www.ag.gov.bc.ca/legislation/ebca/amend.htm

Bill 3 - Missing Person Act

The Missing Persons Act defines who is a “missing person”, “vulnerable person” or “person at risk.” In cases meeting these thresholds, police will be able to apply for a court order:

  • Requiring someone who has a missing person’s records to provide police with access to them. The legislation sets out the scope of records a justice may order released, including telephone calls, text messages, video footage, and employment, financial and other relevant data.
  • Allowing entry with a court order into a private home or other location where they believe a minor, vulnerable person or person may be at risk.
  • Providing access to the records of a person last seen with, or believed to be in the company of, a missing minor, vulnerable person or person at risk.
  • When there is an emergency such as a risk of serious harm to a missing person or a concern that records could be destroyed, the act will authorize officers to directly demand access to records.

These changes mirror the intent of MWCI recommendations calling for single-purpose legislation “to grant speedy access to personal information of missing persons without unduly infringing on privacy rights”.

Bill 14 - Justice Statutes Amendment Act

Adult Guardianship Act and Patients Property Act amendments

These amendments will co-ordinate statutory guardianship under the Adult Guardianship Act with “court committeeship” under the Patients Property Act.

Family Law Act amendments

B.C.’s Family Law Act came into force on March 18, 2013. The law is centred on ensuring a child’s wellbeing and best interests, as families navigate significant times in their lives such as separation and divorce. The act was developed after consultations with more than 500 organizations, community groups, the legal community, other stakeholders and members of the public.

Police Act amendments

The Police Act amendments support government’s commitment, under the B.C. Policing and Community Safety Plan, to create new policing standards in support of recommendations and key themes of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. Notably, the director of police services has gained the power to designate one police agency to audit another’s major case investigation if it has remained unsolved for more than a year. The director could exercise this power when he believed the investigating force may not have met provincial investigative standards.

Other, significant legislative changes related to policing:

  • Increase the maximum member total on a municipal police board to nine from seven. This change, which follows related requests from the BC Association of Police Boards and some municipalities, acknowledges the increased complexity and volume of police board work.
  • Authorize government to issue commissions to qualified, senior municipal police officers. This change will enable government to set qualifications and criteria for commissions, which will provide senior members with an incentive to pursue those credentials. In turn, this amendment will enhance, recognize and honour the culture of professionalism among B.C.’s most senior-ranking municipal police officers.

Bill 15 - Liquor Control and Licensing Amendment Act

Amendments to the Liquor Control and Licensing Act provide for future implementation of 15 out of 73 recommendations from the B.C. Liquor Policy Review - one of the B.C. government’s most successful public engagements.

While a complete re-write of the Liquor Control and Licensing Act is planned for spring 2015, government is adopting a phased-in approach to modernizing the legislation. The first step, modernizing outdated provisions and reforming the current act, is now complete and will allow for faster implementation of key recommendations.

Ministry of Natural Gas Development

LNG Agreements

The Province of British Columbia signed agreements with two liquefied natural gas (LNG) proponents - PETRONAS and Woodfibre LNG - during an international trade mission in May 2014. These agreements signal a commitment by both proponents to further LNG growth in British Columbia, with the intention of reaching a final investment decision.

Bill 12 - Natural Gas Development Statutes Amendment Act

The Ministry of Natural Gas Development grants tenure for Crown-owned natural gas and oil resources to industry under the PNG Act. These rights are required before exploration and development operations can commence. Exploration and development activities are permitted and regulated by the BC Oil and Gas Commission under the Oil and Gas Activities Act.

Bill 17 - Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment (Strata Property Act)

The Strata Property Act provides a framework that enables strata owners to maintain control over their property and have a voice in its management. There are approximately half a million residential strata lots and 29,000 strata corporations in B.C. Depreciation reports have been mandatory since December 2013.

Ministry of Transportation

Bill 22 - South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Amendment Act

The Mayors’ Council has asked government for more say over TransLink plans and investments.

Government has now responded with amendments to the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Act. The changes will allow the Mayors’ Council to approve TransLink’s long term strategies, including a 30-year regional transportation strategy and new, fully-funded, 10-year investment plans.

The Mayors’ Council will assume the responsibilities of the TransLink Commissioner. The council will approve fare increases, decide the sale of major assets, and oversee TransLink’s complaints and customer satisfaction survey processes.

The Mayors’ Council will oversee executive and board of director remuneration.

Government will also be adding two provincial appointees to the TransLink board of directors to improve communications between TransLink, the Mayors’ Council and the provincial government. The size of the board will remain unchanged, with 11 members.

Bill 23 - South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Funding Referenda Act

The South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Funding Referenda Act will enable a referendum to be held by local governments at the same time as civic elections, which would minimize the costs of the referendum.

The legislation enables government to reimburse local and First Nation governments for the costs of delivering a referendum, and will allow the Mayors’ Council to have direct input into the wording of a referendum question.

Government has also said that a referendum could be held outside of the local government elections as a stand-alone vote, but only if it is held before June 2015.

The Mayors’ Council will determine the timing of a referendum. To help with this decision, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone has requested that the Mayors’ develop a regional transportation vision by June 30, 2014. This vision will also help Metro Vancouver voters decide what’s best for the future of the regional transportation system.

Media Contacts:

Robert Boelens
Ministry of Agriculture
250 356-1674

Scott Sutherland
Ministry of Advanced Education
250 952-6400

Sheldon Johnson
Ministry of Children and Family Development
250 213-5811

Media Relations
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
250 888-1462

Media Relations
Ministry of Environment
250 953-3834

Jamie Edwardson
Ministry of Finance
250 356-2821

Greg Bethel
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
250 356-5261

Kristy Anderson
Ministry of Health
250 952-1887 (media line)

Media Relations
Ministry of International Trade and Ministry Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
778 977-0298

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

Lori DeLuca
Ministry of Justice, Attorney General
250 953-3196

Media Relations
Ministry of Justice, Solicitor General
250 213-3602

Sandra Steilo
Ministry of Natural Gas Development
250 952-0617

Robert Adam
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250 356-8241

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B.C.'s Blueprint offers new approach to skills training tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7961 2014-05-26T17:00:00Z 2014-05-26T22:01:36Z British Columbia is expecting significant growth in the natural resources industry over the next decade, with most major projects located in northern or remote communities. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ By Shirley Bond
Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour


VICTORIA - British Columbia is expecting significant growth in the natural resources industry over the next decade, with most major projects located in northern or remote communities. Our province needs to be ready with the skilled workers required to build and operate these projects - that’s why government created B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint. 

Our Blueprint is a comprehensive plan to re-engineer our education and training system to align with labour market needs, at the right time and in the right place. With nearly one million jobs expected by 2022 through retirements and new job creation, it’s clear that we must move quickly to make sure British Columbians are first in line for these opportunities.

One way we plan to do this is by taking training to where the jobs are. Residents of northern and remote communities, particularly Aboriginal people, need access to training where they live so they can take advantage of opportunities in LNG, mining, forestry and other growing industries.    

Providing this access means developing flexible training tools that are capable of overcoming geographic, technological or other barriers. B.C.’s Blueprint is about developing these tools.

For example, mobile training trailers outfitted for classes in welding, electrical, millwright, pipe fitting and other trades are already enabling Aboriginal participants to explore trades training through innovative programs like Bridging to Trades.

Together with the Industry Training Authority (ITA), employers and post-secondary partners, we plan to bring these mobile classrooms to more remote communities across the province. In addition, we’re also exploring the possibility of providing in-camp training right on the worksite to connect workers with the skills they need without having to leave their job or their communities.

These approaches will be complemented by new technologies that enable online learning, so that students can access trades training through flexible delivery models that include virtual classrooms and the use of free online textbooks.   

We’re also exploring how we can build flexibility into the trades training system through innovations like front-end loaded apprenticeships. This would put classroom work at the beginning of the apprenticeship, rather than spreading it out throughout the program. For apprentices that live in remote communities, this minimizes the time away from home. Front-end loading also gives employers confidence that apprentices will be on-the-job when they are needed most.

Making these changes means making the most effective use of our existing resources and future investments. Government currently invests more than $7.6 billion each year in education and training. Re-engineering our system doesn’t mean spending more, it means targeting more of the substantial resources already available to meet labour market priorities.

That’s why starting this fiscal year, we’re targeting over $160 million to do just that. That’s in addition to $185 million in capital spending for trades training infrastructure and equipment over the next three years.    

B.C.’s greatest competitive advantage is a highly skilled and educated workforce. Bringing the classroom to the worksite is one piece of this puzzle; one that will ultimately help to create good jobs and a strong economy.

I’m confident that B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint will provide the foundation for this success - for individuals, for communities, and for our province.

Media Contacts:

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

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Okanagan College trades project celebrates milestone tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7931 2014-05-21T17:05:00Z 2014-05-29T23:25:13Z Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk joined faculty, staff and students at Okanagan College to officially break ground for the new $33-million trades training complex. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ KELOWNA - Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk joined faculty, staff and students at Okanagan College today to officially break ground for the new $33-million trades training complex.

“Throughout British Columbia we are improving access and aligning skills training and education to match labour market needs,” said Virk. “We are investing in facilities like the Kelowna Trades Complex so that we can make sure British Columbians are first-in-line for the one million jobs openings we expect by 2022.”

The expansion will give the college more than 5,500 square metres of new space. Combined with recent extensive renovations of more than 5,100 square metres of existing shop and classrooms space, the project will create up-to-date facilities for other trade shops including auto body, RV service technician, carpentry and welding.

The project is the first of its kind in B.C. to transform a complex of its age, size and diversity into a modern learning space that is energy neutral. The project will be built to meet LEED Platinum standards, and a new three-storey tower has been designed to meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge.

Trades-related training at the Kelowna campus has more than doubled over the last 10 years and the renovation and renewal project will allow the college to meet current and future demands. Once completed, the new trades complex will accommodate up to 2,408 students and apprentices, including students that are currently accommodated at off-site leased facilities. 

“The Province’s investment in the renovation and expansion of the trades training facility at Okanagan College will provide a significant return for our students, and the employers and industry partners who rely on them,” said Okanagan College president Jim Hamilton. “It sends a strong message about the importance of trades training and the value we place on our tradespeople. Our students and apprentices will benefit from a state-of-the-art learning environment that will set the bar for sustainability in trades training facilities in the region.”

“The new trades complex benefits students,” said Kelowna Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “It means that more than 2,400 students and apprentices will be able to get the skills training onsite in a brand new, modern facility.”

“Choosing a trade is a very smart choice, offering a secure, rewarding and respected career - and our support for Okanagan College is helping learners become earners,” said Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson.

The provincial government is providing $28 million toward the total cost of the project, with Okanagan College raising the other $5 million. Project completion is on track for spring 2016.

It is estimated that the new trades complex at Okanagan College will result in more than 200 direct and indirect construction jobs.

Projections show a million job openings by 2022 with about 43% requiring skills and trades training. As part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: Re-engineering Education and Training, over the next three years, British Columbia will invest $185 million in capital projects such as the new Okanagan College trades complex to support trades and skills training.

Media Contacts:

Scott Sutherland
Communications Manager
Ministry of Advanced Education
250 952-6400

Christine Ulmer
Communications Manager
Okanagan College
250 862-5616

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British Columbia congratulates LNG Canada on selecting a main contractor tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7929 2014-05-20T21:00:00Z 2014-05-21T15:44:01Z Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Gas Development Rich Coleman issued the following statement about LNG Canada's announcement that it has selected a main contractor for its proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Kitimat, B.C. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Gas Development Rich Coleman issued the following statement about LNG Canada’s announcement today that it has selected a main contractor for its proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Kitimat, B.C.:

“LNG Canada’s decision to select a main contractor is great news, moving the province closer to a new LNG export facility and the company another step forward toward a final investment decision.

“Developing an LNG industry will result in some of the largest private-sector investments in British Columbia’s history, and will produce new economic activity for our communities, creating thousands of jobs for British Columbians.”

The LNG Canada export terminal project is comprised of Shell Canada Energy (an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell plc) and affiliates of PetroChina, Korea Gas Corp and Mitsubishi Corp. The proposed export terminal in Kitimat will include operating a gas liquefaction plant and facilities for the storage and export of LNG, including marine facilities.

Media Contacts:

Sandra Steilo
Communications
Ministry of Natural Gas Development
250 952-0617

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FrontCounter BC launches online Crown land applications tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7913 2014-05-16T15:30:00Z 2014-05-16T17:24:03Z Crown land applications will become easier to access for clients when the process is available electronically through FrontCounter BC. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - Crown land applications will become easier to access for clients when the process is available electronically through FrontCounter BC, effective May 23, 2014, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today. 

With the addition of online applications for Crown land, the suite of automated applications and permits available through FrontCounter BC’s online system continues to grow. The online system streamlines the applications process, promotes more complete applications and enhances client access to government information and services.

Once the electronic application is launched, old application forms will be phased out after 30 days, and clients will be directed to the new application form on FrontCounter BC’s website (www.frontcounterbc.gov.bc.ca). Clients needing help with their application forms can visit any FrontCounter BC location or contact an agent through the FrontCounter BC Contact Centre at 1-877-855-3222.

Clients will be able to apply for Land Act authorizations in 21 different areas, including agriculture, tourism, clean energy, film and commercial and industrial uses. Improving the accessibility to these applications through the electronic system and streamlining the application process will support faster turnaround times for clients, thus supporting their economic development opportunities.

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Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations -

“Once again, as part of our commitment through the BC Jobs Plan to streamline permitting processes, we have provided British Columbians with an easier way to access applications for Crown land.”

Quick Facts:

  • FrontCounter BC offers more than 130 natural resource-related permits and authorizations at each location.
  • FrontCounter BC provides services on behalf of 16 additional partner agencies.
  • Since Jan. 1, 2007, over 58,900 authorizations have been processed.
  • The FrontCounter BC contact centre handles more than 25,000 inquiries annually.

Learn More:

FrontCounter BC:  http://www.frontcounterbc.gov.bc.ca/

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations:  http://www.gov.bc.ca/for/index.html

Media Contacts:

Greig Bethel
Media Relations
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
250 356-5261

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A Blueprint for LNG jobs tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7904 2014-05-15T15:30:00Z 2014-05-16T16:58:46Z If there is one thing I’d tell young people today, it’s this: The future is in trades. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ By Rich Coleman
Minister of Natural Gas Development


If there is one thing I’d tell young people today, it’s this: The future is in trades.

The growing liquefied natural gas sector will bring thousands of new jobs to our province and we want British Columbians to be first in line to fill these openings.

In 2011, we released the BC Jobs Plan with a commitment to build a liquefied natural gas, or LNG, sector here in B.C. Since releasing the LNG strategy two years ago, we have taken concrete action to give companies certainty when making their final investment decisions.

Our efforts have been successful. Global investors and major companies have come forward with 13 project proposals, nine of which have already received approved export licences from Canada’s National Energy Board. The most recent analysis shows that if five plants are constructed in B.C. between 2015 and 2024, the LNG sector will need to fill 100,000 jobs, including more than 58,000 construction jobs. We need to be ready to meet this demand.

That’s why last month we released the Skills for Jobs Blueprint, a targeted plan to re-engineer B.C.’s education and training system to prepare British Columbians for tomorrow’s labour market.

We know that the labour market of 2018 will look very different from today. In the LNG sector, we know there will be increased demand for natural gas related occupations. For example, we know we will need 1,800 more welders, 2,900 more steamfitters and pipefitters and 10,500 more construction labourers. Most of these jobs will be in the North - either through upstream development in the Northeast on in LNG export facilities in the Northwest.

So we’re redirecting $3 billion over the next 10 years toward training for these high-demand occupations. British Columbia’s apprenticeship system will be re-calibrated, education will be re-engineered and training models will be more responsive to labour market demands.

We’re investing in our educational system, too. Over the next three years, our government will invest $185 million in trades and skills infrastructure and equipment projects including the trades expansion and renewal project at Okanagan College.

By working with industry we’ve created a Blueprint that will create a seamless path from school to the workplace for our young people, provide long-term, well-paying jobs for our communities and deliver a skilled workforce for B.C.’s growing LNG sector.

Over the last year, I’ve been meeting with project proponents in Asia, and here in B.C. The number one thing they tell me is they need skilled workers. In fact, it is so important to the LNG industry that we added a trade-show and a career fair to the Province’s second annual LNG conference happening next week. On the trade show floor, youth will participate in an interactive career experience and have an opportunity to learn more about the opportunities that await them.

These job opportunities are real and they are just around the corner. And we will be ready to take advantage of these opportunities because we have a solid blueprint for skills training.

So for any young people approaching graduation in June and wondering what to do next, I encourage you to check out www.workbc.ca/skills and see how the Blueprint can help you build your future.

Media Contacts:

Sandra Steilo
Media Relations
Ministry of Natural Gas Development
250 952-0617

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Boot camps and seminars help businesses connect to LNG opportunities tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7884 2014-05-13T20:00:00Z 2014-05-14T19:15:41Z Contractor-supplier boot camps and request for proposal (RFP) seminars will be offered in communities throughout B.C. to prepare B.C. businesses for the economic opportunity the liquefied natural gas industry offers. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - Contractor-supplier boot camps and request for proposal (RFP) seminars will be offered in communities throughout B.C. to prepare B.C. businesses for the economic opportunity the liquefied natural gas industry offers.

Delivered in partnership with the ministry and Northern Development Initiative Trust, these workshops are a key part of the LNG-Buy BC Program announced at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities’ convention in 2013. 

Boot camp-style workshops will help local businesses to understand procurement opportunities and processes associated with major LNG projects, while request for proposal seminars will guide industry through the RFP process that will help them bid on major contracts. The boot camps and seminars are free to attend and open to all local businesses. 

Three boot camps were offered in Kitimat, Terrace, and Kelowna in April, and two additional boot camps have been scheduled:

  • Prince George - May 14
  • Prince Rupert - June 2

RFP seminars will be held on the following dates:

  • Kelowna - May 27
  • Prince Rupert - June 3
  • Kitimat - June 4
  • Terrace - June 5
  • Prince George - Date to be confirmed

In May 2014, the B.C. government will host the 2nd International LNG Conference to link British Columbians with the economic potential emerging today and in the future. “Powering a Strong Economy: British Columbia's LNG in the Global Market” will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre May 21-23, 2014.

The event has three components: a conference, a trade show and an interactive career fair for youth. B.C. businesses will have an opportunity to showcase their capabilities at the trade show to drive business-to-business connections. Contractor-supplier boot camps and RFP seminars also will be held in Vancouver at the LNG conference on the trade show floor.

Quote:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour

“We’re working to ensure that B.C. businesses can participate in the opportunity LNG offers. Workshops and seminars will provide practical information including specific tips on what proponents look for in a contractor and the steps small- and medium-sized companies need to do to be ready to take part when these global proponents start looking for B.C.-based suppliers. Premier Christy Clark made a commitment to help B.C. companies connect with the opportunity of LNG and these boot camps and workshop are part of meeting that commitment.”

Quick Facts:

  • If five LNG facilities move forward, the cumulative gross domestic product benefit to British Columbia could total $1 trillion.
  • LNG export operations in B.C. could create more than 100,000 jobs and new revenues for government to support a debt-free future.

Learn More at:

LNG-Buy BC website: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/lnginbc/lng-buy-bc-program/

LNG Conference website: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/lnginbc/lng-conference/

Northern Development Initiative Trust: http://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/

BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

Media Contacts:

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

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More students get a head-start to hands-on learning tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7883 2014-05-13T19:15:00Z 2014-05-16T21:40:26Z 14 high school students stood proudly by a two-storey house they are building while Education Minister Peter Fassbender made an announcement about a new trades course that will begin this fall. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ SAANICHTON - Today 14 high school students stood proudly by a two-storey house they are building while Education Minister Peter Fassbender made an announcement about a new trades course that will begin this fall.

As well, during the event, five Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE IT) students signed on as full-time, paid apprentices with employers on site. 

The Saanichton event was a great example of the new B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: Re-engineering Education and Training, in action.  Announced last month, the blueprint is a comprehensive strategy to re-engineer B.C.’s education and apprenticeship systems.

As part of the blueprint, the new trades course Skills Exploration 10-12, will provide students with additional career options by giving them a head-start to hands-on learning, a key goal of the blueprint.  The second blueprint goal is to see a shift in education and training to better match jobs in demand.  The third goal is to build stronger partnerships with industry and labour to deliver training and apprenticeships.

Skills Exploration 10-12 is a semester-length course that will allow students to experience a variety of skilled trades while earning credit towards secondary school graduation.  The idea is to help students make smooth transitions into ACE IT or an appropriate post-secondary skills and trades program.

The new course was developed by the Ministry of Education in consultation with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and B.C. educators. It is initially focused on the construction trades, including carpentry, plumbing and electrical training.  At a later date, it will be expanded to include occupations such as automotive services technicians and other high-demand jobs. The program guide is highly flexible, to provide districts the option to tailor the course to industry needs and opportunities in their area.  

More students get a head-start to hands-on learning

Quotes:

Peter Fassbender, Minister of Education -

"This new course will introduce students to well-paid, in-demand trades while working towards their high school graduation. We know that the earlier young people find their passion for a future career the more likely they are to succeed."

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour -

“The Skills Exploration course helps students explore a variety of trades so they can make educated choices about their futures. A key goal of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint is to double the number of ACE-IT spaces to 5,000 over the next two years.  Giving students additional hands-on trades experience opportunities will help us accomplish this.”

Stu Rhodes, Career Councillor and Apprenticeship Co-ordinator -

"It is very impressive to witness what the Saanich ACE-IT Carpentry students have accomplished to date on this project.  We are especially proud to celebrate the signing of five apprentices to community based industry partners today.  I am hopeful that the newly unveiled Skills Exploration course will help encourage more young people to explore fulfilling, well-paying education and employment pathways in the skilled trades."

Quick Facts:

  • Over the next decade there will be more than one million job openings in British Columbia, 43% of which are expected to be trades or technical occupations.
  • This year, an estimated 134,000 grades 8-12 secondary students will take applied skills courses at B.C. public schools. These include programs such as welding, carpentry, hairdressing, culinary arts, construction trades, auto mechanics, drafting, and industrial/technology education.
  • In partnership with the Ministry of Education and secondary schools, the Industry Training Authority delivers two youth dual credit programs: Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE IT) and/or Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA).
    Participation in these two ITA youth programs was 4,324 students as of September 2013.
  • The students building the house are registered participants in the ACE-IT program.

Learn More:

Media Contacts:

Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Education
250 356-5963

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Resort municipality funding to support tourism growth in 14 communities tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7881 2014-05-13T18:15:00Z 2014-05-13T19:34:15Z The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million under the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) to 14 designated communities. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million under the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) to 14 designated communities to support programs or projects which add amenities, provide a better tourism experience for visitors and help to increase the tourism component of the local economy.

RMI supports the BC Jobs Plan and Gaining the Edge: BC’s Tourism Strategy by helping resort-based municipalities address the unique challenges they face as seasonally dependent economies to grow their tourism offerings. 

B.C.’s tourism sector is one of the eight key sectors identified in the BC Jobs Plan creating more than 125,000 jobs and over $13.5 billion in revenues in the province. Since 2006, over $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies in the 14 communities.

Participating municipalities undertake programs or projects which will encourage visitors to stay longer and visit more often. Projects range from building pedestrian and mountain biking trails, boat launches, and beach improvements to holding festivals and events.

Municipalities participating in the RMI program are Fernie, Golden, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Kimberley, Osoyoos, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet, Valemount and Whistler.

The RMI program objective is to increase the number of visitors and their length of stay, to broaden resort activities to help expand the length of the tourist season and increase employment, and to diversify the local tax base. Through local stakeholder consultation, each resort municipality develops a five-year plan that sets out the broad direction and desired outcomes to guide their future tourism development and promotion.

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour

“We want to see our resort communities thriving. The Resort Municipality Initiative is designed to help improve and strengthen the economies of these tourism hot spots. It also means more jobs and ensuring visitors return to the communities for years to come.”

Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State Tourism and Small Business - 

“Tourism is a key economic driver throughout the province. We’re pleased to be able to provide this additional funding. It’s an investment in 14 resort communities to support further growth in tourism.”

Quick Facts:

  • Since 2006, through RMI, more than $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies.
  • Tourism is one of the largest industries in the Province. In the last decade, tourism revenue in B.C. increased by 42.9%. B.C. continues to grow its tourism sector throughout the province, in part by using the 'Gaining the Edge' tourism strategy. It focuses on developing key tourism products such as touring vacations, city experiences, skiing and snowboarding, Aboriginal tourism, conventions and meetings, as well as outdoor adventure/eco-tourism.
  • Total tourism wages and salaries were $4.3 billion in 2012, an increase of 4% since 2011. In 2012, the tourism sector employed 127,300 British Columbians. That is almost one in every 15 jobs in B.C. and an increase of 0.6% from 2011.

Learn More:

BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

To learn more about the program, please visit: http://www.ruralbc.gov.bc.ca/about/RMI/RMI_Index.html

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
250 387-2799

BACKGROUNDER

Projects benefiting from Resort Municipality Initiative Funding

Resort municipalities and project examples

Fernie:
Trail maintenance and development, tourism events and festivals, Fernie museum and info centre improvements, winter evening shuttle, boat launch and tourism signage.

Golden:
Increased signage and welcoming highway aesthetics, a visitor hub, community square, green spaces, public art program, tourism shuttle and snowmobile trails.

Harrison Hot Springs:
Streetscape improvements, beach improvements, trail development, and events and festivals.

Invermere:
Beach improvements, enhancing public gathering spaces, shuttle service, and improving directional/interpretational signage.

Kimberley:
Mountain bike trails, trail kiosks, festivals and events, signage and a winter ski shuttle.

Osoyoos:
Waterfront facility enhancement, waterfront safety, boat trailer parking, trail systems, marina facility enhancement and interpretive wetland area development.

Radium Hot Springs:
Adventure Radium youth camp, hot pool connector paths, events and festivals and downtown beautification.

Revelstoke:
Snowmobile and mountain bike trails, visitor info centre, signage, resort shuttle bus, boat launch, museum upgrades and public art projects.

Rossland:
Improved signage, visitor centre enhancements and seasonal shuttle service.

Sun Peaks:
Three large music events, outdoor ice area and recreation infrastructure.

Tofino:
Special events, trails and paths, beach access and improvements, downtown revitalization and civic centre upgrades.

Ucluelet:
Development of the Wild Pacific Trail, boat launch, beach improvements, wharf improvements and signage.

Valemount:
Trail development and planning special events for winter and spring.

Whistler:
Festivals, events and animation program, Olympic Plaza improvements, village services, public art program, visitor amenity hub, village square and mall rejuvenation, trail development and conference centre improvements.

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
250 387-2799

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B.C. invests almost $62,000 to grow tourism in Kimberley tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7880 2014-05-13T18:00:00Z 2014-05-14T19:12:24Z The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million this year to 14 resort municipalities throughout the province. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ KIMBERLEY - The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million this year to 14 resort municipalities throughout the province. Kimberley is receiving $61,955 to support local tourism.

The Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) supports the BC Jobs Plan and Gaining the Edge: BC’s Tourism Strategy by helping small resort-based municipalities address the unique challenges they face as seasonally dependent economies to grow their tourism offerings. 

The City of Kimberley has received $682,342 since qualifying for funding in 2007, and will use the most recent instalment for planned activities including mountain bike trails and a winter ski shuttle.

Kimberley has focused its RMI spending on enhancing its year round nature-based tourism products and supporting its vibrant arts and culture scene. With improvements to the Sullivan Mine Interpretive Train Tracks, the ski village and downtown areas are now connected through a direct rail access line. Development of new bike trails and a skills area have diversified the tourism offerings in the community year-round.

B.C.’s tourism sector is one of the eight key sectors identified in the BC Jobs Plan creating more than 125,000 jobs and over $13.5 billion in revenues in the province. Since 2006, over $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies in the 14 communities.

Participating municipalities undertake programs or projects which will encourage visitors to stay longer and visit more often. Projects range from building pedestrian and mountain biking trails, boat launches, and beach improvements to holding festivals and events.

Municipalities participating in the RMI program are Fernie, Golden, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Kimberley, Osoyoos, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet, Valemount and Whistler.

The RMI program objective is to increase the number of visitors and their length of stay, and broaden resort activities to help expand the length of the tourist season, increase employment, and diversify the local tax base. Each resort municipality develops a five year plan, through local stakeholder consultation, which sets out the broad direction and desired outcomes to guide their future tourism development and promotion.

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour -

“We want to see our resort communities thriving. The Resort Municipality Initiative is designed to help improve and strengthen the economies of these tourism hot-spots. It also means more jobs and ensuring visitors return to the communities for years to come.”

Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State Tourism and Small Business -

“Tourism is a key economic driver throughout the province. We’re pleased to be able to provide this additional funding. It’s an investment in 14 resort communities to support further growth in tourism.”

Ron McRae, Mayor, City of Kimberley -

“As a member of the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI), the City of Kimberley is pleased to have the support of the Province in expanding our impressive tourism attractions. The local advisory committee prioritized the use of this year’s RMI funds towards the creation of a trails/skills park for mountain biking enthusiasts and a winter ski shuttle. We hope the improved services will attract more mountain bikers and skiers to support Kimberley’s tourist economy.”

Quick Facts:

  • Since 2006, through RMI, more than $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies.
  • Tourism is one of the largest industries in the Province. In the last decade, tourism revenue in B.C. increased by 42.9%. B.C. continues to grow its tourism sector throughout the province, in part by using the 'Gaining the Edge' tourism strategy. It focuses on developing key tourism products such as touring vacations, city experiences, skiing and snowboarding, Aboriginal tourism, conventions and meetings, as well as outdoor adventure/eco-tourism.
  • Total tourism wages and salaries were $4.3 billion in 2012, an increase of 4% since 2011. In 2012, the tourism sector employed 127,300 British Columbians. That is almost one in every 15 jobs in B.C. and an increase of 0.6% from 2011.

Learn More:

BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/ 

To learn more about the program, please visit: http://www.ruralbc.gov.bc.ca/about/RMI/RMI_Index.html

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
250 387-2799

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B.C. invests over $200,000 to grow tourism in Invermere tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7873 2014-05-13T18:00:00Z 2014-05-14T19:05:50Z The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million this year to 14 resort municipalities throughout the province. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ INVERMERE - The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million this year to 14 resort municipalities throughout the province. Invermere is receiving $212,515 to support local tourism.

The Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) supports the BC Jobs Plan and Gaining the Edge: BC’s Tourism Strategy by helping small resort-based municipalities address the unique challenges they face as seasonally dependent economies to grow their tourism offerings.

The District of Invermere has received $1,396,667 since qualifying for funding in 2009 and will use the most recent instalment for planned activities including beach improvements, enhancing public gathering spaces, and improving directional/interpretational signage.

Invermere has focused its RMI spending on growing its year-round tourism economy and creating a more diversified local economy with greater employment opportunities. In 2012, work was completed to ensure that Kinsmen Beach remains a welcoming and active centre within the heart of Invermere. The investment in the new amenity building at Kinsmen Beach has begun attracting new events and expanding existing ones. Invermere has also promoted alternative transportation options and lower greenhouse gas emissions through introduction of a mountain-valley shuttle service and improved cycling options.

B.C.’s tourism sector is one of the eight key sectors identified in the BC Jobs Plan creating more than 125,000 jobs and over $13.5 billion in revenues in the province. Since 2006 over $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies in the 14 communities.

Participating municipalities undertake programs or projects which will encourage visitors to stay longer and visit more often. Projects range from building pedestrian and mountain biking trails, boat launches, and beach improvements to holding festivals and events.

Municipalities participating in the RMI program are Fernie, Golden, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Kimberley, Osoyoos, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet, Valemount and Whistler.

The RMI program objective is to increase the number of visitors and their length of stay, and broaden resort activities to help expand the length of the tourist season, increase employment, and diversify the local tax base. Through local stakeholder consultation, each resort municipality develops a five-year plan that sets out the broad direction and desired outcomes to guide their future tourism development and promotion.

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour

“We want to see our resort communities thriving. The Resort Municipality Initiative is designed to help improve and strengthen the economies of these tourism hot-spots. It also means more jobs and ensuring visitors return to the communities for years to come.”

Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State Tourism and Small Business -

“Tourism is a key economic driver throughout the province. We’re pleased to be able to provide this additional funding. It’s an investment in 14 resort communities to support further growth in tourism.”

Mayor of Invermere Gerry Taft -

“The Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) is crucial for small communities like the District of Invermere. We’re able to construct public spaces and improve services like our Mountain to Valley shuttle, which links skiers with our nearby ski resort, Panorama Mountain Village. These investments help us grow. We plan to use the most recent funds to enhance our downtown core and create a public gathering and performance space. We’re improving tourism year-round in Invermere.”

Quick Facts:

  • Since 2006, through RMI, more than $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies.
  • Tourism is one of the largest industries in the Province. In the last decade, tourism revenue in B.C. increased by 42.9%. B.C. continues to grow its tourism sector throughout the province, in part by using the 'Gaining the Edge' tourism strategy. It focuses on developing key tourism products such as touring vacations, city experiences, skiing and snowboarding, Aboriginal tourism, conventions and meetings, as well as outdoor adventure/eco-tourism.
  • Total tourism wages and salaries were $4.3 billion in 2012, an increase of 4% since 2011. In 2012, the tourism sector employed 127,300 British Columbians. That is almost one in every 15 jobs in B.C. and an increase of 0.6% from 2011.

Learn More:

BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

To learn more about the program, please visit: http://www.ruralbc.gov.bc.ca/about/RMI/RMI_Index.html

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
250 387-2799

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B.C. invests more than $613,000 to grow tourism in Golden tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7874 2014-05-13T18:00:00Z 2014-05-14T16:23:35Z The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million to 14 resort municipalities throughout the province. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ GOLDEN - The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million to 14 resort municipalities throughout the province. Golden is receiving $613,236 to support local tourism.

The Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) supports the BC Jobs Plan and Gaining the Edge: BC’s Tourism Strategy by helping resort based municipalities address the unique challenges they face as seasonally dependent economies to grow their tourism offerings.

The Town of Golden has received $5,316,383 since qualifying for RMI funding in 2006 and will use the most recent instalment for planned activities including increased signage and welcoming highway aesthetics, a visitor hub, community square, green spaces and snowmobile trails.

Golden has focused its RMI spending on capital beautification projects and highlighting its unique tourism offerings, including Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and other outdoor pursuits. Refurbishment of the Golden Civic Centre has transformed the building into a modernized, efficient, attractive and professional performing arts centre, seeing sold-out events in 2012 and 2013.

B.C.’s Tourism Sector is one of the eight key sectors identified in the BC Jobs Plan creating more than 125,000 jobs and over $13.5 billion in revenues in the province. Since 2006, over $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies in the 14 communities.

Participating municipalities undertake programs or projects which will encourage visitors to stay longer and visit more often. Projects range from building pedestrian and mountain biking trails, boat launches, and beach improvements to holding festivals and events.

Municipalities participating in the RMI program are Fernie, Golden, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Kimberley, Osoyoos, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet, Valemount and Whistler.

The RMI program objective is to increase the number of visitors and their length of stay, and broaden resort activities to help expand the length of the tourist season, increase employment, and diversify the local tax base. Each resort municipality develops a five-year plan, through local stakeholder consultation, which sets out the broad direction and desired outcomes to guide their future tourism development and promotion.

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour -

“We want to see our resort communities thriving. The Resort Municipality Initiative is designed to help improve and strengthen the economies of these tourism hot spots. It also means more jobs and ensuring visitors return to the communities for years to come.”

Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State Tourism and Small Business -

“Tourism is a key economic driver throughout the province. We’re pleased to be able to provide this additional funding. It’s an investment in 14 resort communities to support further growth in tourism.”

Christina Benty, Mayor of Golden -

"The positive benefits that Golden receives from the Resort Municipality Initiative program shouldn’t be understated. It provides Golden with funds to build beautiful, functional, and tourist-friendly amenities that we could otherwise never afford. It enhances the tourism experience for visitors and adds value for residents as well. How refreshing it is to be able to make our community look and feel better!"

Quick Facts:

  • Since 2006, through RMI, more than $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies.
  • Tourism is one of the largest industries in the Province. In the last decade, tourism revenue in B.C. increased by 42.9%. B.C. continues to grow its tourism sector throughout the province, in part by using the 'Gaining the Edge' tourism strategy. It focuses on developing key tourism products such as touring vacations, city experiences, skiing and snowboarding, Aboriginal tourism, conventions and meetings, as well as outdoor adventure/eco-tourism.
  • Total tourism wages and salaries were $4.3 billion in 2012, an increase of 4% since 2011. In 2012, the tourism sector employed 127,300 British Columbians. That is almost one in every 15 jobs in B.C. and an increase of 0.6% from 2011.

To learn more about the program, please visit: http://www.ruralbc.gov.bc.ca/about/RMI/RMI_Index.html

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
250 387-2799

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B.C. invests more than $78,000 to grow tourism in Radium Hot Springs tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7875 2014-05-13T18:00:00Z 2014-05-14T18:52:19Z The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million this year to 14 resort municipalities throughout the province. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ RADIUM HOT SPRINGS - The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million this year to 14 resort municipalities throughout the province. Radium Hot Springs is receiving $78,447 to support local tourism.

The Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) supports the BC Jobs Plan and Gaining the Edge: BC’s Tourism Strategy by helping small resort based municipalities address the unique challenges they face as seasonally dependent economies to grow their tourism offerings. 

The Village of Radium Hot Springs has received $965,035 since qualifying for funding in 2007 and will use the most recent instalment for planned activities including the Adventure Radium youth camp,  hot pool connector paths, events and festivals and downtown beautification.

Radium Hot Springs has used RMI funds to bolster its reputation as a destination for travellers from Alberta while also broadening their potential visitor base through marketing to tourists from farther away, including the US, Asia-Pacific and Europe. The village has improved amenities, such as lighting and implemented beautification strategies, to promote walking and encourage visitors to spend more time exploring. 

B.C.’s tourism sector is one of the eight key sectors identified in the BC Jobs Plan creating more than 125,000 jobs and over $13.5 billion in revenues in the province. Since 2006 over $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies in the 14 communities.

Participating municipalities undertake programs or projects that will encourage visitors to stay longer and visit more often. Projects range from building pedestrian and mountain biking trails, boat launches, and beach improvements to holding festivals and events.

Municipalities participating in the RMI program are Fernie, Golden, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Kimberley, Osoyoos, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet, Valemount and Whistler.

The RMI program objective is to increase the number of visitors and their length of stay, and broaden resort activities to help expand the length of the tourist season, increase employment, and diversify the local tax base. Through stakeholder consultation, each resort municipality develops a five year plan that sets out the broad direction and desired outcomes to guide their future tourism development and promotion.

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour -

“We want to see our resort communities thriving. The Resort Municipality Initiative is designed to help improve and strengthen the economies of these tourism hot-spots. It also means more jobs and ensuring visitors return to the communities for years to come.”

Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State Tourism and Small Business -

“Tourism is a key economic driver throughout the province. We’re pleased to be able to provide this additional funding. It’s an investment in 14 resort communities to support further growth in tourism.”

Dee Conklin, Mayor, Village of Radium Hot Springs -

“As a resort municipality, the Village of Radium Hot Springs is responsible for providing infrastructure and services that far exceed the needs of our base population. The Resort Municipality Initiative program has become an important financial tool for the development of new amenities and services that support our tourism economy.”

Quick Facts:

  • Since 2006, through RMI, more than $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies.
  • Tourism is one of the largest industries in the Province. In the last decade, tourism revenue in B.C. increased by 42.9%. B.C. continues to grow its tourism sector throughout the province, in part by using the 'Gaining the Edge' tourism strategy. It focuses on developing key tourism products such as touring vacations, city experiences, skiing and snowboarding, Aboriginal tourism, conventions and meetings, as well as outdoor adventure/eco-tourism.
  • Total tourism wages and salaries were $4.3 billion in 2012, an increase of 4% since 2011. In 2012, the tourism sector employed 127,300 British Columbians. That is almost one in every 15 jobs in B.C. and an increase of 0.6% from 2011.

Learn More:

BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

To learn more about the program, please visit: http://www.ruralbc.gov.bc.ca/about/RMI/RMI_Index.html

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
250 387-2799

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B.C. invests over $48,000 to grow tourism in Rossland tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7876 2014-05-13T18:00:00Z 2014-05-14T18:33:57Z The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million this year to 14 resort municipalities throughout the province. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ ROSSLAND - The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million this year to 14 resort municipalities throughout the province. Rossland is receiving $48,433 to support local tourism.

The Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) supports the BC Jobs Plan and Gaining the Edge: BC’s Tourism Strategy by helping small resort-based municipalities address the unique challenges they face as seasonally dependent economies to grow their tourism offerings. 

The City of Rossland has received $251,673 since qualifying for funding in 2007 and will use the most recent instalment for planned activities including improved signage, visitor centre enhancements and seasonal shuttle service.

Rossland has used a portion of its RMI funding to make it easier for tourists to find amenities and information that will enhance their experience in the community. A ski shuttle was launched for the 2013-14 ski season, providing transportation for visitors to get from the city to Red Mountain Resort.

B.C.’s tourism sector is one of the eight key sectors identified in the BC Jobs Plan creating more than 125,000 jobs and over $13.5 billion in revenues in the province. Since 2006, over $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies in the 14 communities.

Participating municipalities undertake programs or projects that will encourage visitors to stay longer and visit more often. Projects range from building pedestrian and mountain biking trails, boat launches and beach improvements to holding festivals and events.

Municipalities participating in the RMI program are Fernie, Golden, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Kimberley, Osoyoos, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet, Valemount and Whistler.

The RMI program objective is to increase the number of visitors and their length of stay, to broaden resort activities to help expand the length of the tourist season and increase employment, and to diversify the local tax base. Through local stakeholder consultation, each resort municipality develops a five-year plan that sets out the broad direction and desired outcomes to guide their future tourism development and promotion.

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour

“We want to see our resort communities thriving. The Resort Municipality Initiative is designed to improve and strengthen the economies of these tourism hot spots. It also means more jobs and ensuring visitors return to the communities for years to come.”

Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State Tourism and Small Business -

“Tourism is a key economic driver throughout the province. We’re pleased to be able to provide this additional funding. It’s an investment in 14 resort communities to support further growth in tourism.”

Mayor Greg E. Granstrom, City of Rossland - 

“The Resort Municipality Initiative continues to be a great help in developing our tourism sector. We look forward to continued co-operation with the Province in promoting this valuable economic development tool.”

Quick Facts:

  • Since 2006, through RMI, more than $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies.
  • Tourism is one of the largest industries in the Province. In the last decade, tourism revenue in B.C. increased by 42.9%. B.C. continues to grow its tourism sector throughout the province, in part by using the 'Gaining the Edge' tourism strategy. It focuses on developing key tourism products such as touring vacations, city experiences, skiing and snowboarding, Aboriginal tourism, conventions and meetings, as well as outdoor adventure/eco-tourism.
  • Total tourism wages and salaries were $4.3 billion in 2012, an increase of 4% since 2011. In 2012, the tourism sector employed 127,300 British Columbians. That is almost one in every 15 jobs in B.C. and an increase of 0.6% from 2011.

Learn More:

BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

To learn more about the program, please visit: http://www.ruralbc.gov.bc.ca/about/RMI/RMI_Index.html

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
250 387-279

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B.C. invests over $130,000 to grow tourism in Ucluelet tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7877 2014-05-13T18:00:00Z 2014-05-14T18:25:53Z The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million this year to 14 resort municipalities throughout the province. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ UCLUELET - The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million this year to 14 resort municipalities throughout the province. Ucluelet is receiving $133,861 to support local tourism.

The Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) supports the BC Jobs Plan and Gaining the Edge: BC’s Tourism Strategy by helping small resort-based municipalities address the unique challenges they face as seasonally dependent economies to grow their tourism offerings. 

The resort municipality of Ucluelet has received over $1,082,724 since qualifying for funding in 2008 and will use the most recent instalment for planned activities including further development of the Wild Pacific Trail, boat launch and parking and signage.

RMI funding has allowed Ucluelet to build on its natural assets to attract visitors. Extensions to the Wild Pacific Trail and beach improvements to Big Beach, Little Beach and Terrace Beach have been completed and provide visitors with enhanced opportunities to experience the physical environment surrounding the community.

B.C.’s tourism sector is one of the eight key sectors identified in the BC Jobs Plan, creating more than 125,000 jobs and over $13.5 billion in revenues in the province. Since 2006, over $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies in the 14 communities.

Participating municipalities undertake programs or projects that which will encourage visitors to stay longer and visit more often. Projects range from building pedestrian and mountain biking trails, boat launches, and beach improvements to holding festivals and events.

Municipalities participating in the RMI program are Fernie, Golden, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Kimberley, Osoyoos, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet, Valemount and Whistler.

The RMI program objective is to increase the number of visitors and their length of stay, to broaden resort activities to help expand the length of the tourist season and increase employment, and to diversify the local tax base. Through local stakeholder consultation, each resort municipality develops a five-year plan that sets out the broad direction and desired outcomes to guide their future tourism development and promotion.

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour -

“We want to see our resort communities thriving. The Resort Municipality Initiative is designed to help improve and strengthen the economies of these tourism hot spots. It also means more jobs and ensuring visitors return to the communities for years to come.”

Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State Tourism and Small Business -

“Tourism is a key economic driver throughout the province. We’re pleased to be able to provide this additional funding. It’s an investment in 14 resort communities to support further growth in tourism.”

Mayor Bill Irving, District of Ucluelet - 

“The District of Ucluelet is so appreciative of the strategic and practical investment the Ministry has made in our community. We’re committed to our tourism industry and the funds will help us produce positive results that benefit not only Ucluelet, but the region as a whole.”

Quick Facts:

  • Since 2006, through RMI, more than $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies.
  • Tourism is one of the largest industries in the Province. In the last decade, tourism revenue in B.C. increased by 42.9%. B.C. continues to grow its tourism sector throughout the province, in part by using the ‘Gaining the Edge’ tourism strategy. It focuses on developing key tourism products such as touring vacations, city experiences, skiing and snowboarding, Aboriginal tourism, conventions and meetings, as well as outdoor adventure/eco-tourism.
  • Total tourism wages and salaries were $4.3 billion in 2012, an increase of 4% since 2011. In 2012, the tourism sector employed 127,300 British Columbians. That is almost one in every 15 jobs in B.C. and an increase of 0.6% from 2011.

Learn More:

BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

To learn more about the program, please visit: http://www.ruralbc.gov.bc.ca/about/RMI/RMI_Index.html

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
250 387-2799

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B.C. invests almost $500,000 to grow tourism in Tofino tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7878 2014-05-13T18:00:00Z 2014-05-14T19:09:53Z The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million this year to 14 resort municipalities throughout the province. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ TOFINO - The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million this year to 14 resort municipalities throughout the province. Tofino is receiving $496,306 to support local tourism.

The Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) supports the BC Jobs Plan and Gaining the Edge: BC’s Tourism Strategy by helping small resort-based municipalities address the unique challenges they face as seasonally dependent economies to grow their tourism offerings. 

The District of Tofino has received over $4,565,689 since qualifying for funding in 2008 and will use the most recent instalment for planned activities including special events, trails and paths, beach access and improvements, downtown vitalization and civic centre upgrades.

Tofino has directed its RMI funds to developing a sustainable year-round tourism industry and enhancing visitors experience through interaction with the natural environment. The community has invested in several infrastructure projects to support this goal, including construction of a public washroom and change room at the recently improved North Chesterman Beach access and parking area, construction of a key section of Tofino’s Multi Use Path connecting the south end of Tofino with the downtown core, and construction of the Tuff City Bike Park, which has been a popular stop for visiting families and youth.

B.C.’s tourism sector is one of the eight key sectors identified in the BC Jobs Plan, creating more than 125,000 jobs and over $13.5 billion in revenues in the province. Since 2006, over $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies in the 14 communities.

Participating municipalities undertake programs or projects that which will encourage visitors to stay longer and visit more often. Projects range from building pedestrian and mountain biking trails, boat launches, and beach improvements to holding festivals and events.

Municipalities participating in the RMI program are Fernie, Golden, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Kimberley, Osoyoos, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet, Valemount and Whistler.

The RMI program objective is to increase the number of visitors and their length of stay, to broaden resort activities to help expand the length of the tourist season and increase employment, and to diversify the local tax base. Through local stakeholder consultation, each resort municipality develops a five-year plan that sets out the broad direction and desired outcomes to guide their future tourism development and promotion.

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour

“We want to see our resort communities thriving. The Resort Municipality Initiative is designed to help improve and help strengthen the economies of these tourism hot spots. It also means more jobs and ensuring visitors return to the communities for years to come.”

Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State Tourism and Small Business -

“Tourism is a key economic driver throughout the province. We’re pleased to be able to provide this additional funding. It’s an investment in 14 resort communities to support further growth in tourism.”

Mayor Josie Osborne, District of Tofino -

The District of Tofino is very grateful to continue to receive support from the Resort Municipality Initiative. This funding has allowed us to upgrade the Tonquin Trail, create better beach access with change rooms and washrooms, and enhance our downtown core. Without the RMI funding, it would be really difficult for a small community like Tofino to provide these assets for our visitors and local residents.”

Quick Facts:

  • Since 2006, through RMI, more than $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies.
  • Tourism is one of the largest industries in the Province. In the last decade, tourism revenue in B.C. increased by 42.9%. B.C. continues to grow its tourism sector throughout the province, in part by using our ‘Gaining the Edge’ tourism strategy. It focuses on developing key tourism products such as touring vacations, city experiences, skiing and snowboarding, Aboriginal tourism, conventions and meetings, as well as outdoor adventure/eco-tourism.
  • Total tourism wages and salaries were $4.3 billion in 2012, an increase of 4% since 2011. In 2012, the tourism sector employed 127,300 British Columbians, That is almost one in every 15 jobs in B.C. and an increase of 0.6% from 2011.

Learn More:

BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

To learn more about the program, please visit: http://www.ruralbc.gov.bc.ca/about/RMI/RMI_Index.html

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
250 387-2799

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B.C. invests over $460,000 to grow tourism in Revelstoke tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7879 2014-05-13T18:00:00Z 2014-05-14T18:56:40Z The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million this year to 14 resort municipalities throughout the province. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ REVELSTOKE - The Government of British Columbia is growing tourism economies by providing $10.5 million this year to 14 resort municipalities throughout the province. Revelstoke is receiving $461,083 to support local tourism.

The Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) supports the BC Jobs Plan and Gaining the Edge: BC’s Tourism Strategy by helping small resort based municipalities address the unique challenges they face as seasonally dependent economies to grow their tourism offerings.

The City of Revelstoke has received $3,516,454 since qualifying for funding in 2008 and will use the most recent instalment for planned activities including snowmobile and mountain bike trails, museum upgrades, and public art projects.

RMI funding has assisted in increasing the number of visitors to Revelstoke for a wide range of activities, including mountain biking on the new trails around the community and enjoying two new lodge facilities developed on the snowmobile trails. Revelstoke’s Resort Shuttle Bus continues to see increased ridership between the community and Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

B.C.’s Tourism Sector is one of the eight key sectors identified in the BC Jobs Plan creating more than 125,000 jobs and over $13.5 billion in revenues in the province. Since 2006 over $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies in the 14 communities.

Participating municipalities undertake programs or projects that which will encourage visitors to stay longer and visit more often. Projects range from building pedestrian and mountain biking trails, boat launches, and beach improvements to holding festivals and events.

Municipalities participating in the RMI program are Fernie, Golden, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Kimberley, Osoyoos, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet, Valemount and Whistler.

The RMI program objective is to increase the number of visitors and their length of stay, and broaden resort activities to help expand the length of the tourist season, increase employment, and diversify the local tax base. Each resort municipality develops a five year plan, through local stakeholder consultation, which sets out the broad direction and desired outcomes to guide their future tourism development and promotion.

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour -

“We want to see our resort communities thriving. The Resort Municipality Initiative is designed to help improve and strengthen the economies of these tourism hot-spots. It also means more jobs and ensuring visitors return to the communities for years to come.”

Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State Tourism and Small Business -

“Tourism is a key economic driver throughout the province. We’re pleased to be able to provide this additional funding. It’s an investment in 14 resort communities to support further growth in tourism.”

David Raven, mayor, City of Revelstoke -

“The Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) is great for the city of Revelstoke. The funds help us improve biking trails and create more climbing and hiking opportunities for visitors and residents. We’re able to present more live music events. We’ve seen significant increases in tourism and appreciate the guidance from the team at the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, Skills Training and the Minister Responsible for Labour over the years. The RMI has been very successful in helping us build tremendous infrastructure.”

Quick Facts:

  • Since 2006, through RMI, more than $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies.
  • Tourism is one of the largest industries in the Province. In the last decade, tourism revenue in B.C. increased by 42.9%. B.C. continues to grow its tourism sector throughout the province, in part by using the 'Gaining the Edge' tourism strategy. It focuses on developing key tourism products such as touring vacations, city experiences, skiing and snowboarding, Aboriginal tourism, conventions and meetings, as well as outdoor adventure/eco-tourism.
  • Total tourism wages and salaries were $4.3 billion in 2012, an increase of 4% since 2011. In 2012, the tourism sector employed 127,300 British Columbians. That is almost one in every 15 jobs in B.C. and an increase of 0.6% from 2011.

Learn More:

BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

To learn more about the program, please visit: http://www.ruralbc.gov.bc.ca/about/RMI/RMI_Index.html

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
250 387-2799

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Paper Excellence Group to reopen Chetwynd pulp mill tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7839 2014-05-08T18:00:00Z 2014-05-08T22:45:13Z Richmond-based Paper Excellence Group (PEG) recently acquired the Chetwynd pulp mill in northeastern B.C. and announced its intention to reopen the mill, which has been shut down since September 2012. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - Richmond-based Paper Excellence Group (PEG) recently acquired the Chetwynd pulp mill in northeastern B.C. and today announced its intention to reopen the mill, which has been shut down since September 2012.

While in Asia on her trade mission, Premier Christy Clark met with company executives of Paper Excellence Group to discuss the acquisition and reopening of the Chetwynd pulp mill. Premier Clark is visiting Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong to promote the development of British Columbia’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry from May 2 to May 9.

In early March 2014, Paper Excellence Group acquired the Chetwynd pulp mill from Tembec Inc., making this its seventh mill in Canada and its fourth pulp mill in British Columbia.

The company’s objective to reopen Chetwynd will create significant direct and indirect benefits for the local community. Paper Excellence plans to invest up to $50 million, including working capital and capital expenditure, toward the restart.

Paper Excellence Group, which operates out of its Richmond headquarters, has grown through logical acquisitions from a single mill-base to a multinational group producing 2.5 million tonnes of paper and pulp with over 2,800 employees in Canada and Europe in the last few years.

Quotes:

Premier Christy Clark -

“All the hard work and discipline that goes into creating an environment that attracts foreign investment pays off with good-paying jobs that support families in communities such as Chetwynd.”

Paper Excellence Group -

“Paper Excellence extended its thanks to Premier Christy Clark, Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and BC Hydro for their efforts in making this acquisition a success. Paper Excellence took the opportunity to show its appreciation for the collaborative efforts displayed by Unifor and the First Nation bands it met during the process.”

Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations -

“The re-opening of the Chetwynd mill will mean 120 direct jobs and economic spin-offs in the region.”

Quick Facts:

  • The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has been working closely with Paper Excellence over the past 10 months to ensure the needed fibre was available, and both parties have signed an MOU outlining their activities to source the necessary fibre for the mill to operate.
  • In B.C., the privately-held corporation owns Mackenzie Pulp (256 staff), Howe Sound Pulp & Paper (540 staff), Skookumchuck (290 staff), and is adding a mill in Chetwynd (120 staff) with the announcement today (May 7). Other mills in Canada are in Saskatchewan (two), and Nova Scotia.
  • Paper Excellence Group is a sustainable, profitable globally integrated fibre products provider that is economically, socially, and environmentally responsible. Through innovation and adaptability, the company provides cellulose-based products at lowest possible cost.
  • Paper Excellence has approximately 1,700 employees in Canada. In all of its operations, Paper Excellence has always ensured that it maintains strong relationships with local and national governments, local communities, unions, non-government agencies and other stakeholders.
  • With the recent acquisition of the Skookumchuck mill (255,000 tonnes of capacity) in 2013, Paper Excellence’s Canadian capacity for NBSK pulp is now 1.2 million tonnes.

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Ministry of International Trade and Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
778 977-0298

Media Relations
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
250 356-5261

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New Industry Training Authority board of directors appointed tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7816 2014-05-05T18:15:00Z 2014-05-07T23:28:13Z A new board of directors for B.C.'s Industry Training Authority (ITA) was appointed by Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - A new board of directors for B.C.’s Industry Training Authority (ITA) was appointed today by Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. The new board will be responsible for building stronger partnerships with industry and labour to deliver training and apprenticeships as part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.

Effective immediately, the new ITA board will begin implementation of the 29 recommendations resulting from the independent review of the ITA conducted by Jessica McDonald, and will be accountable for outcomes that are evidence-based and demand driven. This means ensuring B.C.’s trades training system is ready to meet the labour market demand for workers throughout the province, including the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector and other growing resources industries.

Gwyn Morgan, founding CEO of EnCana Corporation and recognized as Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year and Canada’s Most Respected CEO, has accepted the position of chair of the ITA. Morgan has asked to waive the usual treasury board directives for remuneration for board members for himself, and instead will be paid $1/year for his service.

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) is the Crown Corporation responsible for leading B.C.’s trades training system, including developing and implementing training programs and services that respond to industry need, and issuing Red Seal and other trades credentials to qualified workers.

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour -

“This board has been designed as a team of leaders - highly skilled and respected people with a track record of getting things done. We have set out a bold and ambitious goal to provide the highest level of training for our apprentices, and get students from study to the workplace more quickly. Appointing a new ITA board is an important first step in this direction.”

Gwyn Morgan, ITA Board Chair -

“I accepted this role because I strongly believe that increasing the supply of skilled trades is absolutely key to realizing the opportunities upon which our province’s economic future will be built. I know that the other board appointees announced today share this view. We look forward to working with educational institutions, apprenticeship partners, labour unions and other stakeholders in strengthening the ITA’s focus to deliver on our crucial mission.”

Learn More:

Media Contacts:

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

BACKGROUNDER

New ITA board of directors appointed

The following individuals have been appointed as the new ITA board of directors:

Gwyn Morgan, Chair

Gwyn Morgan was the founding CEO of EnCana Corporation, Canada’s largest energy company, until the end of 2005. EnCana was Canada’s most valuable company with a stock market value of approximately $60 billion.

Mr. Morgan has been recognized as Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year and also as Canada’s Most Respected CEO. He has also written for the business section of the Global and Mail newspaper.

Previously, Mr. Morgan served on the Board of Directors of five global corporations. Additionally, he is a Trustee of the Fraser Institute, the Manning Centre for Building Democracy and the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.

Mr. Morgan is a retired Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Air Force and has received numerous awards including the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Business Leader award, the University Of Victoria School Of Business Entrepreneur of the Year award and he is a member of the Alberta Business Hall of Fame.

Mr. Morgan holds four honorary degrees and as a Professional Engineer, he is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Notably, Mr. Morgan was recognized as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2010 by Governor General the Right Honourable David Johnston.

Andries (Andy) Calitz

Andy Calitz was educated as an Electrical Engineer at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, with further qualifications in Commerce, Management and Business Administration at the Harvard Business School in the United States and University of the Witwatersrand, University of South Africa and Insead.

He started his working career with Eskom, the South African electricity utility, filling a variety of managerial and executive roles in electricity production planning, pricing, marketing, sector restructuring, and electricity transmission. He joined Shell in 1996, working initially in the Power Group in India and on the Peruvian Camisea projects. Next he served as Shell International Gas's Head of Business Development for Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, where he was actively involved in the Shell-Gazprom alliance, as well as energy projects in Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Poland. Then followed an assignment on gas and power in Beijing on the strategic alliances between Shell and CNOOC and SINOPEC. He joined the Shell International Trading and Shipping Company in 2000 as general manager for Liquefied Natural Gas Shipping. That was followed by being the commercial director of Shell-Mitsubishi-Mitsui's Sakhalin Energy, responsible for LNG and crude oil marketing. He then served as the Shell project director for the Shell-Chevron-ExxonMobil Australian Gorgon project.  His most recent assignment before coming to Canada was vice-president New Business Development for Shell Upstream International.  Currently he is the CEO of LNG Canada, a Shell-PetroChina-Kogas-Mitsubishi joint venture.

He has lived in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Boston, London, Lima, Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo, Sakhalin and Perth, The Hague and Vancouver. He has travelled to 85 countries on business and private visits.

Barj Dhahan

Barj Dhahan is the founder and chief executive officer of Sandhurst Group of Companies. He has over 30 years of successful experience in establishing and operating businesses in land development, construction, automotive centres and food services.

Mr. Dhahan is a founding donor and Board Member of the Canada-India Centre for Excellence at Carleton University in Ottawa, and founder of the Dhahan International Punjabi Literature Prize. He is also a member of the Royal Roads University Board of Governors, the University of British Columbia Nursing Advisory Council, and the RCMP’s Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee in British Columbia.

Mr. Dhahan holds his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and History from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Theological Studies from Regent College.

Gordon Grant

Gordon Grant is the Communications Coordinator for the First Nations Employment Society.

Mr. Grant was previously the marketing manager with VanAsep Training Society in North Vancouver, and the manager of Longhouse Seafood Market in the Dunbar area of Vancouver. He regularly volunteers by co-ordinating and administrating community functions within Musqueam to promote “inclusiveness”, being active and above all - fun and pride.

Mr. Grant completed the Business Management and Entrepreneurship Program at the UBC Sauder School of Business.

Lindsay Langill

Lindsay Langill is currently a professor and the dean of School of Trades and Technology at Thompson Rivers University. Previously, he was the senior director of Program Standards for the Industry Training Authority, a secondary school apprenticeship co-ordinator for the Ministry of Education and has taught at UBC, Aldergrove Secondary School, South Okanagan Secondary, Skaha Lake Middle School and James Nash State High School in Queensland Australia. He has served on the board of directors for BCAMTA Skills Canada BC-Chapter and currently is the director of certification on the board for Kamloops Basketball Association.

Active in his community, Mr. Langill has been the president of the British Columbia Technology Education Association, the president of the Langley Technology Teacher's Association and a senior advisor for the British Columbia Technology Association. He holds three Red Seal trade certifications. Mr. Langill holds his Master of Arts, Math, Science and Technology, and his Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia; and his Certificate of Industrial Education from British Columbia Institute of Technology. Currently he is defending his PhD through the University of Calgary.

Rick Kasper

Rick Kasper is a retired bricklayer and stonemason who operated a small business for many years. He served as District of Sooke Councillor from 2005-2008, and was re-elected to Council in 2011.

Active in his community, Mr. Kasper was involved with the Glen Lake Ratepayers Association in the 1970s. He also served as the CRD director for Langford from 1981-1990, where he helped plan and worked to create the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, region-wide blue box recycling, Island Highway improvements, low-income housing and local beautification projects.

In 1991 Mr. Kasper was elected to the B.C. Legislature and served as MLA for Malahat-Juan de Fuca for 10 years. During this time he headed a review of legislation governing manufactured homes, worked to get three new schools built in Sooke, helped get funding for the SEAPARC Leisure Complex and Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, and fought to protect funding for the Sooke Women's Transition House.

Mr. Kasper completed his trade qualifications for bricklaying at the Pacific Vocational Institute, which is now the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Tom Sigurdson

Tom Sigurdson is executive director for the British Columbia and Yukon Territory Building and Construction Trades Council. He was elected in the 1986 Alberta general election as a NDP candidate in the electoral district of Edmonton-Belmont. He defeated incumbent Progressive Conservative MLA Walter Szwender by a comfortable plurality. Mr. Swender and Mr. Sigurdson would face each other again in the 1989 Alberta general election, Mr. Sigurdson improved his popular vote total winning a decisive majority.

Edmonton-Belmont was abolished due to redistribution in 1993. Mr. Sigurdson ran for a third term in office in the new Edmonton Manning electoral district for the 1993 general election. He would end up being defeated by Liberal candidate Peter Sekulic.

After leaving politics, Mr. Sigurdson became the British Columbia and Yukon Building and Construction Trades Council executive director. He worked as the training plan co-ordinator for Teamsters Local 213 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He returned as executive director for the BC and Yukon Territory Building and Construction Trades Council in 2011.

MJ Whitemarsh

MJ Whitemarsh is the former CEO of the Canadian Home Builders' Association British Columbia. Previously, she worked as a consultant for the Vancouver Division of Family Practice.

Active in her community, she is chair of the Advisory Committee for Conasys Inc., a private real estate company, as well as being a board member of the Technical Education Career Council, and a member of the Small Business Round Table.

Ms. Whitemarsh is also a former chair of the Residential Construction Industry Training Organization.

Jonathan Whitworth

Jonathan Whitworth is the chief executive officer of Seaspan. He assumed the role in 2009, bringing over 20 years of seagoing, shore side, strategic planning, management, and leadership experience to the organization.

After graduating from the Texas Maritime Academy, Mr. Whitworth sailed for six years as an officer aboard tankers and chemical carriers in the international market. He also still holds an unlimited chief mate’s license, and a 1600-ton captain’s license. After completing his MBA at the University of North Texas, Mr. Whitworth came ashore and held a number of management positions at ExxonMobil and Teekay Shipping. He later became CEO of Maritrans Inc., the largest publicly held tug/barge and tanker operator in the US Jones Act trade. Maritrans was sold to Overseas Shipholding Group of New York, in 2006, and he was retained as president to continue the strategic plan created at Maritrans.

As CEO of Seaspan, Mr. Whitworth is primarily responsible for carrying out the strategic plans and policies as established by the board of directors. This includes developing and implementing high-level strategies, making major corporate decisions, managing the overall operations and resources of the company, and acting as the main point of communication between the board of directors and corporate operations.

Media Contacts:

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

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B.C. and PETRONAS commit to developing LNG industry tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7814 2014-05-05T16:43:00Z 2014-05-29T16:19:27Z British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and Tan Sri Dato' Shamsul Azhar Abbas, Group CEO and President of PETRONAS signed a Letter of Intent to work collaboratively to secure long-term investments in British Columbia's Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and Tan Sri Dato’ Shamsul Azhar Abbas, Group CEO and President of PETRONAS today signed a Letter of Intent to work collaboratively to secure long-term investments in British Columbia’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry.

“Securing this commitment from PETRONAS shows that our strategy for attracting investment to B.C. is working,” said Premier Clark. “Our goal is to be the most competitive jurisdiction in the world for LNG, and build a sustainable industry that creates 100,000 jobs, and opportunities for generations to come - and we’re gaining momentum every day.”

“It is vital for PETRONAS and its partners that the integrated project, comprised of Pacific NorthWest LNG Ltd. And Progress Energy Canada Ltd. remain on track to reach our final investment decision by the end of 2014 to meet energy demands of our Asian buyers. We have been engaging with the Government of British Columbia to ensure that the projects costs remain economically viable,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Shamsul Azhar Abbas, Group CEO and President of PETRONAS. “The signed Letter of Intent is a positive step for the project and reinforces our collaborative and productive relationship with the Government of British Columbia as we aim towards our final investment decision at the end of 2014.”

“We have an opportunity for growth here that comes once in a generation,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Gas Development Rich Coleman. “With our resources, a 50-year history of recovering natural gas and proximity to Asia, the potential for becoming a global leader in LNG development is within our reach. We are doing important groundwork by developing strong partnerships with industry and First Nations, as well as preparing our labour force, making it even more appealing to invest in this province.”

The Letter of Intent reflects the commitment by the Province and PETRONAS (on behalf of its affiliates Pacific Northwest LNG Ltd. and Progress Energy Canada Ltd.) to enter into negotiations regarding a possible Project Development Agreement to secure mutual interests.

The Province has requested that PETRONAS continue to work towards a final decision about investing in the development of a LNG facility in B.C.

Both parties have agreed to assign senior executives to prepare terms of reference for a Project Development Agreement by June 30, 2014, to be negotiated by Nov. 30, 2014.

PETRONAS - Malaysia’s national energy company - has submitted a proposal to build the Pacific Northwest LNG facility in Port Edward, representing an estimated $11 billion investment.

Connecting with Petronas & Pacific NorthWest LNG


To read the Letter of Intent, visit: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/downloads/Letter%20of%20Intent.pdf

Quick Facts:

  • The integrated project, consisting of Pacific NorthWest LNG Ltd. and Progress Energy Canada Ltd. are majority owned by PETRONAS, Malaysia’s national energy company. Incorporated in 1974, PETRONAS is now one of the world’s largest, fully integrated oil and gas companies.
  • Pacific NorthWest LNG Ltd. and Progress Energy Canada Ltd. have secured four transaction agreements to date. These agreements have been reached with Japan Petroleum Exploration Company Ltd. (JAPEX), PetroleumBRUNEI, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. and China Petrochemical Corporation (SINOPEC)
  • There are 13 proposed LNG projects in B.C., nine of which already have been approved for export licences from the National Energy Board.
  • If five of these proposed facilities move forward, the cumulative gross domestic product benefit to B.C. could total $1 trillion.
  • LNG export operations in B.C. could create over 100,000 new jobs in the province and new revenues for government to support a debt-free future.
  • At peak construction in 2018, the LNG sector will require 58,700 workers.
  • The Province recently unveiled a comprehensive strategy - B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint - to help meet LNG workforce challenges and ensure that apprenticeships, education and training are more in line with labour market demands.

Learn More:

LNG 101: A Guide to British Columbia’s Liquefied Natural Gas Sector:
http://www.gov.bc.ca/mngd/doc/LNG101.pdf

For an update on B.C.'s LNG strategy, visit: http://www.gov.bc.ca/com/attachments/LNGreport_update2013_web130207.pdf

British Columbia’s Liquefied Natural Gas Strategy: http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/LNGreport_web_130627.pdf

For more information on B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, visit:
www.workbc.ca/skills

More details about the Pacific Northwest LNG proposal can be found at:
http://pacificnorthwestlng.com/

Media Contacts:

Sam Oliphant
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 952-7252

Spencer Sproule
Corporate Affairs
Pacific NorthWest LNG
604 828-7680

Sandra Steilo
Media Relations
Ministry of Natural Gas Development
250 952-0617

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B.C. signs community forest agreement with Clinton tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7797 2014-05-01T21:25:00Z 2014-05-01T21:50:20Z The Province is enhancing economic opportunities and forest stewardship in the south Cariboo by signing a community forest agreement with the Village of Clinton. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ CLINTON - The Province is enhancing economic opportunities and forest stewardship in the south Cariboo by signing a community forest agreement with the Village of Clinton, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. 

The new community forest covers 62,000 hectares and will have an allowable annual cut of up to 20,000 cubic metres. The community forest is in the 100 Mile House Timber Supply Area and the agreement has an initial term of 25 years.

A community forest is a forestry operation managed by a local government, community group or First Nation for the benefit of the entire community. Community forest agreements are long-term, area-based tenures designed to encourage community involvement in, and management of, local forests.

Quotes:

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson -

“Community forests are great way to make more timber available, while diversifying B.C.'s forest sector and create local employment opportunities.” 

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett -

“Community forests provide local jobs and give rural communities a stronger, more diverse economic base. This new community forest agreement means sustainable employment for people in Clinton and creates long-term opportunities for collaboration between the Village of Clinton and local First Nations.”

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart -

“This new community forest agreement is a great step for the Villager of Clinton and for the region. It will have an important impact on the local economy and on community’s ability to manage its own forest resource.”

Clinton Mayor Jim Rivett -

“Getting a community forest is really important to the area. Harvesting from a community forest can support locally determined objectives and interests such as infrastructure upgrades, volunteer group projects and grants to community groups."

Community Forest Association president Don Brown -

“We congratulate Clinton on their Community Forest Agreement award. Clinton has been a member of the BC Community Forest Association since they first received the invitation to apply, and we look forward to working with them as they implement their plans to maximize the social, environmental, cultural and economic benefits that these tenures provide.”

Quick Facts:

  • “Our Natural Advantage: A Forest Sector Strategy for British Columbia” identifies community forests as a key element in supporting prosperous rural forest economies.
  • Since 2004, government has signed 50 community forest agreements with a total allowable annual cut of 1.3 million cubic metres of timber a year.

Learn More:

Our Natural Advantage: Forest Sector Strategy for British Columbia: http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/mof/forestsectorstrategy/Forest_Strategy_WEB.PDF

BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

British Columbia Community Forests Association: http://www.bccfa.ca/

Media Contacts:

Grieg Bethel
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
250 356-5261

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B.C. announces $4.4 million to support Aboriginal job training tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7790 2014-04-30T19:45:00Z 2014-04-30T22:39:20Z The B.C. Skills for Jobs Blueprint is providing Aboriginal learners with opportunities that will prepare them for in-demand jobs. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ PRINCE RUPERT - The B.C. Skills for Jobs Blueprint is providing Aboriginal learners with opportunities that will prepare them for in-demand jobs, announced Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad at the National Aboriginal Business Opportunities Conference.

“We want Aboriginal people to be part of the local, skilled labour force when it comes to filling the million job openings expected by 2022,” said Rustad. “B.C.’s Blueprint includes funding for community-based delivery of training to ensure that Aboriginal people are positioned to take advantage of those job openings.”

This year, $4.4 million will support the Aboriginal Community-Based Delivery Partnerships Program to provide post-secondary education and training to Aboriginal learners in their communities. The program provides support for the community’s needs and priorities - including responding to new economic opportunities and industry requirements for a local skilled labour force. The program will provide recognized credentials or credits that are portable or transferable so learners may enter their chosen field or continue on to further education and training.

“We know B.C.’s need for highly-trained workers will continue to grow, particularly in the areas of skills and technical training, “said Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk. “Training partnerships under the Aboriginal Community-based Partnerships programs will help to fill that need.”

The program also delivers on the vision of the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan: that Aboriginal learners succeed in an integrated, relevant and effective British Columbia post-secondary education system that enhances their participation in the social, cultural and economic life of their communities, the province and global society.

Training programs include a diverse range of specializations, from skills training for employment in the oil and gas sectors or mining, to eco-tourism, fish and wildlife management and training to teach indigenous languages.

Aboriginal communities and public post-secondary institutions have until midnight May 28, 2014, to submit partnership proposals.

B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: Re-engineering Education and Training was launched on April 29, 2014. It outlined a number of shifts to post-secondary education including the Aboriginal Community-Based Delivery Partnerships Program, which supports the Ministry of Advanced Education’s mandate to align training and education to jobs that support the economy.

Learn More:

Aboriginal Community-Based Partnerships Program: www.aved.gov.bc.ca/aboriginal/programs.htm

Media Contacts:

Scott Sutherland
Communications Manager
Ministry of Advanced Education
250 952-6400

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B.C. launches Skills for Jobs Blueprint to re-engineer education and training tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7777 2014-04-29T19:45:00Z 2014-05-27T15:56:05Z The Government of British Columbia unveiled a comprehensive strategy to re-engineer B.C.'s education and apprenticeship systems, entitled "B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: Re-engineering Education and Training". BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/


VICTORIA - The Government of British Columbia today unveiled a comprehensive strategy to re-engineer B.C.’s education and apprenticeship systems, entitled “B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: Re-engineering Education and Training”.

The announcement was made at the B.C. Parliament Buildings in a celebration that brought together students, educators and employers to profile skilled trades that will soon be in high demand.

British Columbia currently invests more than $7.5 billion annually in education and training. Re-engineering B.C.’s education and training system means targeting more of these resources to meet labour market priorities. Beginning this fiscal year, over $160 million will be allocated to re-engineering education and training in B.C. In four years, this will reach nearly $400 million annually. And over the span of the Province’s 10 Year Plan, this represents about $3 billion redirected toward training for high-demand occupations.

B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint lays out a major shift to a data-driven system where training dollars and programs are targeted to jobs in demand. This system will also be outcome focused. Success will be measured and funding and programs adjusted as the economy evolves.

The Blueprint delivers on the throne-speech promise to give young people a seamless path from school through to the workplace. Anchored by a strong emphasis on labour needs throughout the province, including those of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, B.C.’s Blueprint sets out three overarching objectives to maximize the potential of B.C.’s workforce:

  1. A head-start to hands-on learning in our schools.
  2. A shift in education and training to better match jobs in demand.
  3. A stronger partnership with industry and labour to deliver training and apprenticeships.

These objectives are supported by key actions designed to put British Columbians first in line to fill the one million job openings expected by 2022. The plan also prioritizes the education and training needs of British Columbia’s Aboriginal people with the goal of significantly increasing their participation in the workforce.

As part of the launch of B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, government is also releasing the final results of the Industry Training Authority (ITA) review. The final report sets out a further 29 recommendations to strengthen B.C.’s trades training system and increase the number of apprentices and certified tradespeople in priority sectors like LNG.  

B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint will be implemented in partnership with government, education, industry, labour and Aboriginal stakeholders throughout the province.

BC's Skills for Jobs Blueprint:

     

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour -

“Our Blueprint is also our commitment - a commitment to re-engineer our apprenticeship system through a refocused ITA, to deliver the skilled workforce B.C.’s growing LNG and other sectors need, and to create the opportunity for long-term, well-paying jobs that strengthen our families and communities.”

Amrik Virk, Minister of Advanced Education - 

“The shift aligning education and training to occupations that our economy needs is just one of the ways that our government is making sure that B.C. is ready and that our students and workers are first in line for B.C. jobs.”

“Transitioning from learning to earning is the goal for many students. We’re making sure this is a possibility by assisting students through the life cycle of their education and training.”

Peter Fassbender, Minister of Education - 

“We want to give young British Columbians in our K-12 school system a head-start to hands-on learning. This includes giving students more hands-on learning experiences while in school and more apprenticeship opportunities in the workplace.”

“We’ll all benefit as more of today’s students pursue rewarding skilled trades and technology careers that will also help us better meet the labour needs of a growing and increasingly prosperous British Columbia.” 

Rich Coleman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Gas Development -

“We have an unprecedented opportunity to create jobs and economic growth by developing a liquefied natural gas export industry. We are taking action to ensure British Columbians have the skills they need to get jobs, while making sure industry has the workforce required to plan development without delay.”

John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation -

“We want Aboriginal people to be part of the local, skilled labour force when it comes to filling the million job openings expected by 2022. B.C.’s Blueprint includes funding for community-based delivery of training to ensure that Aboriginal people are positioned to take advantage of those job openings.”

Quick Facts:

  • By 2022, B.C. is expecting one million job openings in B.C created by retirements and our growing economy.
  • More than 78% of jobs will require some form of post-secondary education, and 43% will needs skilled trades and technical workers.
  • Based on a scenario with five LNG plants constructed in B.C. between 2015 and 2024, the LNG sector has the potential for $175 billion in industry investment over the next decade and up to 100,000 jobs (58,700 direct and indirect construction jobs, 23,800 permanent direct and indirect jobs for operations, and thousands more of induced jobs as a result of households having more income).
  • At peak construction in 2018, the LNG sector will require 58,700 workers.

Learn More:

For more information on B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, visit: www.workbc.ca/skills

To find out more about the ITA review, visit: http://www.jtst.gov.bc.ca/ITA_Review/

To find out more about the BC Jobs Plan, visit: www.bcjobsplan.ca

Media Contacts:

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

BACKGROUNDER


Quotes

Susannah Pierce, general manager, LNG Canada -

“LNG Canada appreciates the government's vision and leadership in enhancing skills to employment training in the province. We look forward to continue to partner with the province, First Nations and local communities in skills training in B.C.”

Greg Kist, president at Pacific NorthWest LNG -

“Pacific NorthWest LNG will require skilled workers for construction and operations of our proposed facility. Time is of the essence, and we’re encouraged by the positive and meaningful steps being made by the Province of B.C. to expedite and enhance access to skills training for British Columbians who want to take part in the generational careers that projects like ours present.”

Laurie Sterritt CEO, Aboriginal Mentoring and Training Association (Previously Aboriginal Mining Association)

“This is a very ambitious undertaking for sure, and when fully implemented it will have a positive impact on people's ability to access trades training close to where the jobs are.  This goes a long way to reducing some of the barriers we face in delivering training to our Aboriginal clients, as well. I’m supportive of this enhanced and holistic approach to education and apprenticeships.”

John Winter, president, BC Chambers of Commerce -

“Our members live and work in the communities of B.C. that are experiencing unprecedented economic change and growth. They want to actively participate in and comment on how to meet their own skilled labour shortages. Expanding the network of ITA apprenticeship advisors will be a significant resource for local business. Increasing access to trades training through focused training in communities, e-learning and mobile trainers will increase the likelihood of small company participation in apprenticeship training. This will bring strength to the community and strength to their business.”

Manley McLachlan, BC Construction Association -

“With the new Jobs Blueprint the BCCA’s membership is looking for three things: Accountability, Action, and Outcomes. We believe that the provincial government shares these goals and we see today as the start of a new era. B.C. construction employers are going to be looking hard at the targets set by government, to make sure that they’re based on industry need and a real understanding of what’s coming. A system shake-up is a good thing only if it extends past the board rooms into good results in the classrooms and on the job sites.”

Jonathan Whitworth, Seaspan -

“With some ramp up time available to meet the impending labour shortages in the shipbuilding industry, we are confident that the new BC Skills for Jobs Blueprint: Re-engineering Education and Training plan will help meet the needs of our industry. We are keen to be involved in working with government, schools and post-secondary institutions to facilitate career awareness and exploration activities that puts a career in the marine industry at the top of youth’s career of choice. If we can do that we’ll be well set up for the long run.”

Philip Hochstein, Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of B.C.

“The government is taking a proactive rather than reactive approach with the Blueprint. They will find out where the skills shortages are and then dedicate scarce public resources to where they are needed most. That’s exactly what businesses like my members do.”

Taylor Cross, Deputy Chief Counsellor, Haisla First Nation (Premier’s LNG working group) -

Learning about trade’s careers and then finding an employer to apprentices with is hard for Aboriginal people, especially young people who live in remote areas of B.C. The revitalized trades training system includes a number of initiatives which establish positive actions to support aboriginal people’s engagement in the trades training system. Commitment to establish Aboriginal youth networks, fund community based training, and connect ITA Apprenticeship Advisors with Aboriginal communities increases the ability of Aboriginal people to access good, high paying skilled jobs in areas of high economic activity.”

Alan Dunlop, Chevron Canada’s vice president and general manager for the Kitimat LNG Project -

“On behalf of the Kitimat LNG Project, Chevron and Apache fully support the provincial government’s B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint to help build B.C.’s well-trained, job-ready workforce. Kitimat LNG will require this workforce to realize its potential as one of the largest energy-related capital investments in Canadian history; one that will provide well-paying jobs and many other economic benefits for decades to come.”

Ken Tourand, president, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology -

“NVIT is B.C.'s Aboriginal public post-secondary institution with students from over 70% of the 203 First Nations bands in the province. As an Aboriginal institute, NVIT is uniquely positioned to offer post-secondary programs that meet the education and training needs of Aboriginal people and communities, including trades training. Innovation such as our mobile trades training unit is one way that we are able to improve access to trades training by bringing training to Aboriginal students in their home communities, including rural and remote parts of the province.”

Kathy Kinloch, president of British Columbia Institute of Technology -

“The B.C. Blueprint fits with BCIT’s work towards the social and economic prosperity of our students, businesses and province. Refocusing the industry training system means collaboration and support on the part of all stakeholders. Changes are focused on outcomes that are evidence-based and demand-driven, while ensuring a role for industry and employers, including labour. We can grow our economy with all three pillars - K-12, post-secondary and industry - of the Blueprint working together.”

Paul Lacerte, Executive Director of the of BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres -

“Aboriginal people represent the fastest-growing youth population in British Columbia and with the proper supports they are poised to participate in the growing economy. Creating pathways that link Aboriginal youth, training and jobs is a good first step.”

Dave Betts, assistant superintendent, Sooke School District #62 -

“We support the goal of ensuring B.C. youth and workers are first in line for the jobs of the future. This plan will help students find their fit earlier and provide an important guide to helping students pursue a seamless education path from school to the workplace.”

Mark Fraser, assistant superintendent, Saanich School District #63 -

“We want all of our young people to share in the future prosperity of B.C. This new plan will help more young British Columbians find rewarding, well-paying jobs and take advantage of the many thousands of career options that are opening up in the trades and technology fields.” 

Kelly Betts, co-ordinator of the South Island Partnership, Camosun College and president of Skills Canada BC -

“Our students have tremendous potential in B.C.’s growing economy if they are given the opportunity and support they need to thrive. The B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint is a map to how we will get there — by encouraging  more students to take technical training through the ACE-IT program and graduate successfully, as well as building important partnerships between the K-12 school system, post-secondary institutions and industry.”

Media Contacts:

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

BACKGROUNDER


Refocusing the ITA

Our government committed to a complete review of the Industry Training Authority (ITA) as the Crown Corporation responsible for leading B.C.’s trades training system. That review, conducted by Jessica McDonald, is complete and was released today.

Consultations were conducted with trades training stakeholders throughout the fall of 2013 and the final report was submitted to government in February 2014. It sets out 29 recommendations to enhance and strengthen B.C.’s trades training system - all of which have been accepted by government and will be implemented as part of B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: Re-engineering Education and Training. 
 
B.C.’s trades training system is working. Today, B.C. has twice as many apprentices, and is issuing around three times as many credentials compared to 2004. But the ITA was created almost 10 years ago, and since then B.C.’s economy has changed considerably. 
 
Major shifts to the trades training system include:

  • Ensuring a demand-driven system that will meet the needs of workers and employers.
  • Unifying cross-government decision-making with funding allocated based on labour market information and workforce targets.
  • The ITA board will be reconstituted as a strong leadership team to ensure stronger partnerships with industry and labour to deliver training and apprenticeships. The new board membership will be announced shortly.
  • Holding the ITA and post-secondary institutions accountable for system results.
  • Bringing the functions of Industry Training Organizations (ITOs) inside the ITA.
  • Sector Advisory Councils established.

These shifts will in turn ensure:

  • There is accountability in the system for outcomes that are evidence-based and demand driven.
  • A high performing ITA with strong leadership.
  • A meaningful role for industry and employers, including labour.
  • An increased the supply of skilled trades people, in the right place, at the right time.

To view the complete McDonald Report, please visit: http://www.jtst.gov.bc.ca/ITA_Review/docs/ITA_Review_Final_Report.pdf

Media Contacts:

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

BACKGROUNDER

A stronger partnership with industry and labour to deliver training and apprenticeships

B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint will target skills training to high-demand occupations, remove barriers that limit labour mobility and increase the participation of industry and labour to build the most effective skills training system possible. Key actions include:

  • Getting and using better data to drive key employment decisions.
  • Refocusing the ITA to ensure B.C.’s trades training system is ready to meet worker demand.
  • Increasing employer sponsors for apprenticeships by making it easier for employers to hire apprentices.
  • Developing innovative solutions to make trades training work better through tools like mobile training facilities and in-camp training.
  • Investing in connecting youth with the workplace by creating new tools aimed at attracting students to trades and technical careers.
  • Creating more work-based training so that students are encouraged to apply their learning and acquire new employment-related skills in the workplace.
  • Preparing and matching British Columbians with jobs by providing a range of employment services through WorkBC Employment Centres.
  • Maximizing employer investment in the Canada Job Grant to support employer-driven skills training that leads to guaranteed jobs.
  • Creating and formalizing the role for Sector Advisory Councils by involving them directly in decisions about training, equipment and facilities investments.
  • Increasing the number of apprenticeships in high demand areas by providing additional funding for priority trades training programs.
  • Improving apprenticeship completion rates by ensuring apprentices have the support they need to complete their training.
  • Sharing equipment and facilities for training by encouraging post-secondary institutions, educators and industry to identify and maximize resources in their communities.
  • Hiring more Apprenticeship Advisors to support employers and apprentices to successfully navigate B.C.’s trades training system.
  • Working in partnership with the Government of Canada and maximizing the Canada Jobs Fund to provide skills training for British Columbians and to create a strong resource economy.
  • Making it easier for workers to move between major projects by removing barriers that limit labour mobility.
  • Looking at the best way to increase apprenticeship positions on public projects based on reviewing similar programs in Canada and internationally.

Media Contacts:

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

BACKGROUNDER

Giving students a head-start to hands-on learning

The Ministry of Education is committed to expanding choices and supports for students in our K-12 system because we know the better prepared they are, the more successful they will be in finding meaningful jobs and careers.

Our Blueprint for action includes:

  • Doubling the number of ACE-IT spaces to 5,000 over the next two years will not only increase student choices but also encourage more students to pursue skills and trades training.
  • Expanding dual credits in our schools to get students trained quicker so they can move into post-secondary studies or the workplace faster with the skills they need.
  • Reforming Grade 10-12 graduation requirements to allow personalized graduation plans so students have more options and have the skills as well as knowledge they need to better find the right fit after high school.
  • Applied Skills Curriculum in grades K-9 should excite and prepare students for the full range of career options they can pursue after school, with more information about skilled trades and improved school district capacity to support as well as deliver these programs.
  • More teachers qualified to teach skills foundation courses in high school through innovative ways to encourage teachers to upgrade their existing skills.
  • Suggest making it faster and easier for qualified tradespeople to earn teaching certificates so they can use their work experience and skills to improve school programs.
  • Increasing scholarships for skills training by 25% to help students facing financial barriers to skills training.
  • Expand WorkBC website and web-tools to focus on youth, including a dedicated section which will feature success stories to show how young people can overcome the challenges of finding work and achieving job satisfaction.
  • Providing students with the most current and accessible information on waitlists and vacant seats available in post-secondary institutions for programs for high-demand jobs.
  • Informing students about the broadest range of career options from professional and management to skilled and semi-skilled technicians and trades.
  • Informing and engaging parents, teachers and counselors about training and labour market information so they can help students make the right career choices.
  • Involving education sector leaders in a skills outreach strategy, which will include the work of the new Superintendent of Careers and Student Transitions to support and promote skills and trades in the B.C. school system.
  • Funding for apprenticeship trades ambassadors who will promote trade careers and provide first-hand information and examples to students in various schools and communities.
  • Encouraging partnerships between school districts and industry using incentives and tool kits so they can create new programs for students to get into high-demand jobs.

Media Contacts:

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

BC launches Skills for Jobs Blueprint to re-engineer education and training

BACKGROUNDER

B.C. to shift education and training to better align with B.C. jobs

Aligning funding to training for high-demand occupations:

Currently, about 10% of provincial operating grants provided to public post-secondary institutions are targeted for medicine, nursing and other health related programs. Government plans to target an additional $40 million in 2014-15 of provincial operating grants to target high-demand occupations as well as programs for Aboriginal people, and programs for people with a disability.

By 2017-18, total targeted funding will be increased by $270 million annually to about 25% of operating grants. Funding may be redirected if institutions are unable to provide seats in high-demand areas.

Supporting students to study for jobs our economy needs:

Student financial assistance grant programs worth an estimated $40 million a year will be refocused to align with labour market priorities. A comprehensive suite of programs will target high-demand occupations by providing grants to encourage British Columbians to enrol in high-demand programs, complete their studies and work in under-served or designated communities.

The BC Access Grant for Labour Market Priorities will be expanded to provide up-front money to cover the costs of relocation for training and tools for students who enrol in targeted priority programs at specific public post-secondary institutions.

The BC Completion Grant will replace the Loan Reduction Program to better reflect the program’s purpose of rewarding students who complete a year of study in a program of two years or longer, with a focus on programs that are in high demand.

The Loan Forgiveness Program will also be refocused to make sure that it aligns with jobs that meet our economy needs. The program currently forgives 100% of the B.C. portion of a student’s loan over a three-year period when eligible graduates agree to work in an under-served or designated B.C. community.

Together, the BC Completion Grant, BC Access Grants and the BC Loan Forgiveness Programs will make it easier for students to get out of debt faster by reducing or forgiving their loans.

Increasing trades training seats:

Through the Ministry of Advanced Education, government is providing an additional $6.6 million this year for critical trades seats - a 10% increase over the current Industry Training Authority funding to public institutions. This funding will significantly reduce wait lists by adding spaces starting September 2014 for the jobs needed in our economy such as: heavy equipment operators, heavy-duty equipment mechanics and electricians.

Providing better information on training space availability:

The Ministry of Advanced Education will publish information online so students can see where training spaces are available rather than waiting for spaces to open up. Currently, high demand, particularly for foundation courses, at some institutions primarily in the Lower Mainland has resulted in lengthy wait lists while there are no wait lists at other institutions elsewhere in the province.

Investing in new and expanded trades training facilities and equipment:

Over the next three years, government will invest $185 million in trades and skills infrastructure and equipment projects. This includes a number of projects underway including the new Centre for Trades Education and Innovation at Camosun College and the trades expansion and renewal project at Okanagan College. A number of new capital projects throughout the province will be announced in the coming months.

Connecting Aboriginal people with post-secondary education and skills training:

Community-based skills training will focus on building partnerships between Aboriginal communities and public post-secondary institutions to increase access to employment-related training and education in Aboriginal communities. Funding will be available for programs to provide Aboriginal community members with post-secondary education and training in their communities that will lead to employment; support Aboriginal community needs and priorities, including responding to new economic opportunities and industry needs for a local skilled labour force; and provide recognized credentials or credits that are portable or transferable.

Supporting persons with disabilities to access trades and technical training:

Persons with disabilities may encounter unique challenges in accessing technical and trades training. Public post-secondary institutions will receive funding to pilot training and initiatives that can increase the success of persons with disabilities in programs with a high labour market demand.

Media Contacts:

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

BACKGROUNDER

Expanding the Aboriginal Workforce and Increasing Aboriginal Training

Aboriginal British Columbians are the youngest and fastest-growing population group in the province. They represent a huge pool of new talent, and government will work with Aboriginal communities and organizations to significantly increase their participation in the workforce. The Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation will guide the development of an approach to Aboriginal skills training, in conjunction with other provincial ministries, the federal government and Aboriginal partners.

This will include a focus on the LNG and mining sectors and gathering input from First Nations on barriers and best practices to help in the development and delivery of skills training programs for Aboriginal people. A comprehensive listing of programs and support services will be developed.

Government is reaching out to First Nations communities and Aboriginal groups to provide them with information on workforce opportunities and developing targeted labour market programming.

Government is working on a variety of fronts with the goal of increasing Aboriginal student training completion and transition to the workplace.  Over the next 10 years, we are aiming to have 15,000 more Aboriginal youth working across the province. Many of these young Aboriginal workers will work in Northern communities and directly or indirectly support LNG development.

Our Blueprint includes the following actions to reach these goals:

  • Supporting skills training for urban Aboriginal people through the Off Reserve Aboriginal Action Plan.
  • Establishing and supporting Aboriginal youth worker networks at the regional and provincial levels.
  • Supporting and engaging Aboriginal youth to advise government on skills training programs and policies.
  • Engaging the federal government to identify opportunities to partner and better align programs and services to support Aboriginal skills training.
  • Capitalizing on opportunities to facilitate and coordinate broad sector engagement on socio-economic opportunities that support the Plan.
  • Developing an approach to Aboriginal skills training in conjunction with provincial ministries, the federal government and Aboriginal partners.
  • Working on LNG agreements with First Nations, which includes gathering information from First Nations on barriers and best practices, to then be shared across government to help in the development and delivery of skills training programs to communities.
  • Working across government to ensure that that the approach to Aboriginal skills and training is informed by the research and feedback from Aboriginal people.

Media Contacts:

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

BACKGROUNDER

Liquefied natural gas jobs and projections

The LNG opportunity

  • In September 2011, our government announced its intention to aggressively pursue liquefied natural gas’ (LNG) potential to create jobs and boost our economy.
  • Industry investments for the development of five major LNG projects will create an enormous demand for skilled labour, particularly in the Northern regions of the province.

Applying the Blueprint to LNG

  • The Blueprint will meet the LNG industry’s workforce challenges.
  • British Columbia’s apprenticeship system will be re-calibrated; education will be re-engineered, and training models will be more responsive to labour market demands.
  • British Columbians will be first in line for the job opportunities associated with LNG development. Meeting the job opportunities created by LNG will require the full utilization of B.C.’s domestic supply of workers.
  • Measures to recruit from across Canada, or internationally, will be taken only as required.

LNG Labour Projections

  • *KPMG LLP was contracted to develop up-to-date workforce projections.
  • The latest data assumes a scenario of five LNG plants constructed in B.C. between 2015 - 2024 which would create a total investment of $175 billion and create up to 100,000 jobs: 58,700 direct and indirect construction jobs, 23,800 permanent direct and indirect jobs for operations, and thousands more of induced jobs as a result of households having more income.
  • This economic activity will contribute up to a trillion dollars to the province’s GDP.
  • This new data updates the projections calculated by Grant Thornton over a year ago.

*KPMG provides audit, tax, and advisory services. KPMG LLP is the Canadian member firm of KPMG International.

Media Contacts:

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

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Partnerships put people to work in the Kootenays tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7759 2014-04-25T16:00:00Z 2014-04-25T22:14:16Z As the Employment Program of BC (EPBC) celebrates its second anniversary of putting British Columbians to work, two projects are currently helping 16 people get on-the-job experience, while building diverse community infrastructure in the Kootenays. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ NELSON - As the Employment Program of BC (EPBC) celebrates its second anniversary of putting British Columbians to work, two projects are currently helping 16 people get on-the-job experience, while building diverse community infrastructure in the Kootenays.

EPBC, a program of the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, is funding two Job Creation Partnerships, one in Nelson and another in the Creston area.

In Nelson, $128,967 for the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce is providing work experience for six people as they help refurbish the historic Canadian Pacific Railway station and turn it into a Regional Visitor Gateway. The gateway will include the local tourist centre and the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce.

In the Creston area, $135,929.90 for the Kootenay Employment Services Society has 10 people working on a partnership with three community non-profit organizations: the Therapeutic Riding Association, Creston and District Community Resource Centre Society, and the Kootenay Region Association for Community Living. When finished, these projects will largely benefit people with disabilities in their communities.

Job Creation Partnerships were introduced in April 2012 as part of the Employment Program of BC. To date, more than 70 projects have been funded throughout the province, eight in the Kootenay Region.

Quotes:

Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation Don McRae -

“The latest partnerships in Creston and Nelson show the diverse ways we help people get work experience in their communities. The communities benefit in a variety of ways as well — from getting support to repurpose a historic train station to refurbishing buildings that assist people with disabilities. That is a priority for the B.C. government and clearly a priority for these organizations.”

Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce executive director Tom Thomson -

“The Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce and the participants have benefitted tremendously from the Job Creation Partnership. The participants are learning transferable skills that have led to private-sector job opportunities and, in some cases, provided the skills and desire to enrol in trades apprenticeship opportunities.”

John, Job Creation Partnership participant in Nelson -

“Working on the Job Creation Partnership project has been very beneficial for me. It has allowed me to gain on the job construction experience, expanding my skills and boosting my confidence.”

Jade, Job Creation Partnership participant in Creston -

“I have found this program to be a large help for me in learning new skills - especially in building and working as a part of a crew. As a woman, I really feel that I have benefitted, and am more able to take on more employment and education. I am now able to use power tools and do small fix-ups around my own home and have far more understanding for the building processes that go into our homes and into all buildings throughout our community. The Job Creation Partnership has not only broadened my skills but has also given me a good group of friends and more opportunities through them.”

Quick Facts:

  • In 2014/15, the ministry has committed to investing $331 million in employment and labour market programs under the Employment Program of BC.
  • The Employment Program of BC’s focus is to provide the services and supports that unemployed British Columbians need to find and keep a job.
  • While the majority of the funding supports 85 WorkBC Employment Services Centres across the province, one other important element of the program is a Community and Employer Partnerships fund.
  • Community and Employer Partnerships also increase employment opportunities for unemployed British Columbians through the use of community-based partnerships, shared information, technology and innovation.
  • The other three components of Community and Employer Partnerships are:
    • Labour Market Partnerships,
    • Project Based Labour Market Training, and
    • Research and Innovation.
  • More than 33,000 employment outcomes have been achieved since the launch of the Employment Program of BC.

Who is eligible?

  • Businesses
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Municipalities, agencies or territorial governments
  • Band/tribal councils
  • Public health and educational institutions
  • Crown corporations
Partnerships put people to work in the Kootenays

Learn More:

For more information on Job Creation Partnerships and Community and Employer Partnerships: www.workbc.ca/Workplace-Resources/Community-Employer-Partnerships

To find a local WorkBC Employment Services Centre: www.workbccentres.ca

To learn more about the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation: www.gov.bc.ca/hsd/index.html


Media Contacts
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Joanne Whittier
Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation
250 387-6490

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B.C. invests $2.25 million in innovative wood fibre technology tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7744 2014-04-23T17:15:00Z 2014-04-26T18:08:42Z The Province is joining forces with a leading-edge, not-for-profit research institute to help advance a bio-friendly technology that will expand the market for B.C. wood fibre and help secure jobs in the forest industry. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VANCOUVER - The Province is joining forces with a leading-edge, not-for-profit research institute to help advance a bio-friendly technology that will expand the market for B.C. wood fibre and help secure jobs in the forest industry, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today.

B.C. is providing $2.25 million to FPInnovations, to help research and develop cellulose filament technology. Specifically, the funding will support Vancouver-based research on cellulose filament and its applications for B.C.’s wood pulp sector.

Cellulose filament, known as CF in the industry, is a flexible, wood-fibre-based additive that can be readily mixed with other materials to improve the quality of a range of products. CF has immediate applications to the province's pulp and paper industry where it could be used in stronger and less-expensive products like newsprint, packaging, tissues and paper towels. Eventually, CF could be used in a range of products, from flexible plastic packaging to photographic film to structural and non-structural panels in building construction.

FPInnovations is a research organization that specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness. 

Quotes:

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson -

“Supporting the national CF research program will help diversify B.C.’s forest sector and build our bio-economy, especially in areas like the design and manufacture of innovative coatings, packaging and engineered components. Building this kind of flexibility into our forest economy will help retain jobs for years to come.”

President and CEO, FPInnovations, Pierre Lapointe -

“B.C.’s targeted investment in research and development will positively impact traditional markets for wood fibre while leading to the development of innovative new products. Cellulose filaments are set to become a key element in the transformation of the Canadian pulp and paper industry enabling the industry to gain a foot-hold in non-traditional markets while building on existing manufacturing capacity in forest-dependent communities across Canada.”

Quick Facts:

  • The CF investment is in line with the BC Jobs Plan and supports the provincial forest sector strategy of expanding markets by developing innovative ways of using wood and wood fibre.
  • CF is fully recyclable, environmentally friendly and compatible with water-based products like wood pulps.
  • FPInnovations estimates that the North American annual demand for CF could soon exceed 250,000 tons, as markets for the additive expand.
  • The funding is part of a national, $43.1 million CF research and development project supported by the federal government, B.C., Quebec and industry.

Learn More:

Forest Sector Strategy for B.C.: https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/mof/forestsectorstrategy/

BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

For more information about FPInnovations: https://fpinnovations.ca/Pages/home.aspx

Media Contacts:

Greig Bethel
Media Relations
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
250 356-5261

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New York comes knocking for B.C. women in technology tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7739 2014-04-22T17:00:00Z 2014-04-22T19:08:15Z The B.C. Ministry of International Trade is partnering with the BC Innovation Council and the Canadian Consulate (New York) to offer B.C. women in technology the opportunity to access the lucrative New Your City market via its Canadian Technology Accelerator program. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VANCOUVER - The B.C. Ministry of International Trade is partnering with the BC Innovation Council and the Canadian Consulate (New York) to offer B.C. women in technology the opportunity to access the lucrative New York City market via its Canadian Technology Accelerator program.

This one-day Vancouver event will target women-led or -managed B.C. companies with a technology product that may include mobile apps, e-commerce for fashion-retail, analytics, cloud computing, ad-technology, and gaming.

Women working in the tech sector will have the opportunity to meet with leaders from media and branding as well as venture capital contacts in the New Your City market. Participants will also meet the Canadian Trade Commissioners from New York and Seattle to learn about Canadian Consulate programming for tech, market trends in New York City, and brand relationships and engagement with the local market.

Of the 20 companies who participate, 10 will be given the opportunity to promote their product in a four-minute pitch. This will be followed by feedback from the brand and venture capital partners that will include referrals and business development advice.

In the past, when the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service organized digital media technology programming in New York City, they found that women were not well represented. To engage more women in Consulate programming for tech, they are now organizing pipeline development programs in Canada such as the one in Vancouver.

In 2012, the Consulate General in New York established a Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA@NYC) in New York City to help Canadian digital media companies access key resources to accelerate their growth. New York City is increasingly taking centre stage as a hot-bed for internet-based technology entrepreneurship and is a world capital for advertising, media, fashion-retail, financial services and innovation.

Quotes:

Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism -

“B.C.’s tech industry is very important to our economy and we encourage more women to get involved in this sector. Events like this provide information and contacts that can help entrepreneurs grow their business in markets they may not otherwise have access to.”

Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services -

“The technology sector has quickly become a key driver for our economy, and events like these are a great way to build on that momentum.”

Greg Caws, CEO, BC Innovation Council -

“Women’s leadership in technology is rapidly becoming a pre-requisite of future success and we are fortunate to have a growing number of outstanding women role models in the tech industry in B.C.”

Kristin Garn, founder, Mathtoons Media Inc. -

“We’re looking forward to this event as an opportunity to gain insight into the New York tech market and to expand our network. This offers us a great chance to gain meaningful feedback about Mathtoons business plans and to make purposeful connections.”

Quick Facts:

  • B.C.'s technology sector accounts for $23.2 billion in annual revenue.
  • The high-tech sector comprises a workforce of over 84,000.
  • 253 net new businesses emerged in B.C.'s high-tech sector in 2012, a growth of 2.9% over the previous year. In total, there are now 9,010 high-tech businesses with employees in the province in 2012.
  • BC Innovation Council's provincewide Venture Acceleration Program trains and coaches ambitious early-stage technology entrepreneurs and innovators.
  • B.C. is home to 50 research centres and eight centres of excellence, including Wavefront, Canada's national centre for wireless technology research, commercialization and growth, and Genome BC, which manages a portfolio of $625 million spread across 180 genomics research projects and science and technology platforms.

Learn More:

Canadian Technology Accelerator Initiative in New York City: http://www.can-am.gc.ca/new-york/offices-bureaux/cta_media.aspx?lang=eng

BC Innovation Council: www.bcic.ca

Mathtoons Media: http://www.mathtoons.com/

Learn more about the BC Jobs Plan at: www.bcjobsplan.ca

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Ministry of International Trade and Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
778 977-0298

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Bootcamps help businesses connect to LNG opportunities tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7699 2014-04-14T17:00:00Z 2014-04-14T18:12:22Z Contractor-supplier boot camps and Request for Proposal (RFP) seminars will be offered at five communities to prepare B.C. businesses for the opportunities liquefied natural gas offers. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - Contractor-supplier boot camps and Request for Proposal (RFP) seminars will be offered at five communities to prepare B.C. businesses for the opportunities liquefied natural gas (LNG) offers.

Delivered in partnership between the Ministry and Northern Development Initiative Trust, these workshops are an initiative of the LNG-Buy BC Program announced at the Union of B.C. Municipalities’ convention in 2013. The boot camps will help local businesses to understand the procurement opportunities and processes associated with major LNG projects. The RFP seminars will guide industry through the RFP processes that will help businesses bid on major contracts.

These three-hour boot camps are free to attend and open to all local businesses. The first of these will be held in:

  • Kitimat - Tuesday, April 15
  • Terrace - Wednesday, April 16

In May 2014, the B.C. government will host the second International LNG Conference and link British Columbians with the economic opportunities emerging today and into the future. The conference, Powering a Strong Economy: British Columbia's LNG in the Global Market, will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre May 21-23, 2014.

The conference will have three key components: a conference, a trade show and an interactive career fair for youth. B.C. businesses will have an opportunity to showcase their capabilities at the trade show to drive business-to-business connections. Contractor-supplier boot camps and RFP seminars also will be held in Vancouver at the LNG conference on the trade show floor.

Additional boot camps and seminars may be offered in other communities if there is sufficient interest and demand.

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour - 

“We have an opportunity to create economic growth through the development of a new liquefied natural gas industry. We are focused on developing the LNG sector and building on our competitive advantage and also taking steps to ensure British Columbians are trained and first in line for these jobs.”

Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development - 

“The LNG-Buy BC program will lead to partnerships for B.C's businesses to support the liquefied natural gas industry. We will ensure our business community is integrated into this sector so that they benefit from this generational opportunity, along with all British Columbians.”

Quick Facts:

  • If five LNG facilities move forward, the cumulative gross domestic product benefit to British Columbia could total $1 trillion over 30 years.
  • LNG export operations in B.C. could create over 100,000 jobs and new revenues for government to support a debt-free future.

Learn More at:

LNG-Buy BC website: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/lnginbc/lng-buy-bc-program/

LNG Conference website:  http://engage.gov.bc.ca/lnginbc/lng-conference/

BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

Media Contacts:

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

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Third woodlot licence available in Peace River region tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7676 2014-04-10T18:00:00Z 2014-04-14T19:06:02Z The Province is accepting bids on a new woodlot near Teepee Creek 28 kilometres north of Tumbler Ridge, in a move that will create new job opportunities across the Peace River region. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ TUMBLER RIDGE - The Province is accepting bids on a new woodlot near Teepee Creek 28 kilometres north of Tumbler Ridge, in a move that will create new job opportunities across the Peace River region, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today.

Woodlot Licence W1947 covers just over 998 hectares of Crown land, with an initial allowable annual cut of 1,368 cubic metres.

Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2014. Applications and details are available online; see Notice ID 8418 at: http://www23.for.gov.bc.ca/notices/init.do

This is the third new woodlot licence the Province has made available in the Peace River region this year. In February, the Province announced it was accepting bids on the 1,118-hectare woodlot 95 kilometres northwest of Dawson Creek, and in March, B.C. advertised for bids on a woodlot near Wonowon, 83 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John.

Woodlots are small, area-based tenures that combine private land with up to 800 hectares of Crown land on the Coast and 1,200 hectares of Crown land in the Interior. The province’s 860 woodlots generate local jobs in planning, harvesting, road construction and maintenance, reforestation, silviculture and small-scale timber processing.

Quotes:

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson -

“Government is actively increasing the number of woodlots in support of B.C.’s forest sector strategy. Woodlots help create economic activity and employment opportunities in rural areas, like the Peace River region.”

Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier -

"This additional woodlot in the South Peace will help protect jobs, and give local communities a greater say in how local forest resources are managed. A strong forestry sector benefits our region to diversify our economy and create opportunities in all natural resource sectors.”

General manager, Federation of BC Woodlot Associations, Brian McNaughton -

"The ongoing expansion of the province's woodlot licensees program is having a positive impact across the province. Woodlot owners help support a healthy and diverse forest industry that makes significant contributions to local communities and provides a sustainable supply of forest products.”

Learn More:

Forest Sector Strategy for B.C.: https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/mof/forestsectorstrategy/

Woodlot licences: http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hth/timber-tenures/woodlots/index.htm

Federation of B.C. Woodlot Associations: http://www.woodlot.bc.ca

Media Contacts:

Greig Bethel
Media Relations
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
250 356-5261

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B.C. and First Nations sign first LNG revenue-sharing agreements tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7670 2014-04-09T19:15:00Z 2014-04-10T19:51:57Z Development of LNG export facilities at Grassy Point near Prince Rupert took another step forward with the signing of two revenue-sharing agreements with the Lax... BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - Development of LNG export facilities at Grassy Point near Prince Rupert took another step forward today with the signing of two revenue-sharing agreements with the Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla First Nations.

“These agreements demonstrate our commitment to reconciliation and to working together with First Nations and proponents for LNG success,” said Premier Christy Clark. “LNG presents a generational opportunity for First Nations and all British Columbians to grow our economy, create jobs and strengthen our communities.”

The revenue-sharing agreements with Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla First Nations share a portion of provincial government revenues from Sole Proponent Agreements (SPA) related to the Grassy Point lands, and proponents Aurora LNG and Woodside. The Grassy Point lands have been identified as the potential site for new LNG export facilities and the SPAs give the proponents the exclusive right to move forward with activities to inform planning for LNG development.

“I applaud the vision and commitment of the Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla leadership and their communities,” said Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad. “This kind of collaboration with First Nations will underpin the economic security of their communities now and in the future and create greater certainty for the First Nations, industry and government.”

By signing these revenue-sharing agreements, the two First Nations signal their support for co-operating in respect of prospective LNG development at Grassy Point. They also address Crown consultation and accommodation, and measures to manage challenges of Crown decisions related to activities identified in the agreements.

“British Columbia is working quickly to ensure it is a leader in LNG development,” said Minister of Natural Gas Development Rich Coleman. “Partnership with First Nations, government and industry will play a key role to ensure B.C. is in a strong position to compete in this new global market place.”

The provincial government has negotiated these revenue-sharing agreements with these two First Nations because their communities are located near the Grassy Point lands. 

“We want to make sure our voice is heard when it comes to development within our traditional territory,” said Chief Harold Leighton, Metlakatla First Nation. “These LNG revenue-sharing agreements are a good demonstration of what can be achieved when we approach development in the spirit of partnership and collaboration.” 

“Our goal is to make sure our community has access to the right opportunities, through economic development, education and social development,” said Mayor Garry Reece, Lax Kw’alaams First Nation.  “Working with government and with these proponents on revenue-sharing is positive progress in our drive to ensure LNG has real, tangible benefits on the ground in the Northwest.” 

These two reconciliation agreements are the 23rd and 24th economic benefit agreements reached with First Nations since the BC Jobs Plan was launched in 2011. They are also the fifth and sixth of the 10 new non-treaty agreements B.C. has committed to reaching over the next two years. These agreements support economic growth and job creation both for First Nations and for neighbouring communities.

The Province will continue to work with industry and First Nations communities to ensure lasting benefits are achieved as the LNG industry develops.

A backgrounder follows.

Media Contacts:

Sam Oliphant
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 952-7252

Robin Platts
Communications Manager
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
250 387-1204

BACKGROUNDER Revenue-sharing between B.C. and First Nations

  • The provincial government has Sole Proponent Agreements (SPA) with Woodside and Aurora LNG.
  • The Woodside SPA is for the southern parcel of Grassy Point, which covers 693.6 hectares of land, plus foreshore land equalling 243.9 hectares.
  • The Aurora LNG SPA is for the northern part of Grassy Point, which covers 614.9 hectares of land, plus foreshore land equalling 158.7 hectares. Aurora LNG is a joint venture by Nexen Energy ULC, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, INPEX Corporation and JGC Corporation.
  • Development at Grassy Point is subject to various regulatory approvals and a final investment decision by the proponent.
  • The provincial government is working with First Nations to provide benefit-sharing and economic opportunities related to land and resource management.
    • A Framework Agreement has been reached with Haisla First Nation that allows the First Nations to acquire a key parcel of Crown land for development and use for an LNG facility and marine export terminal in the Douglas Channel.
    • B.C. has also completed an economic partnership agreement with 15 First Nations whose traditional territories are located along the Pacific Trail Pipeline route.
    • There is ongoing engagement and negotiation with the Treaty 8 First Nations on natural gas exploration, development and production, with four Economic Benefit Agreements completed to date and others being worked on.

Media Contacts:

Sam Oliphant
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 952-7252

Robin Platts
Communications Manager
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
250 387-1204

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Premier's Women's Economic Council inaugural meeting tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7647 2014-04-05T16:15:00Z 2014-04-07T17:39:26Z Premier Christy Clark and women business leaders gathered Wednesday for the inaugural meeting of the Premier's Women's Economic Council (PWEC) at the Provincial Legislature. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark and women business leaders gathered Wednesday for the inaugural meeting of the Premier’s Women’s Economic Council (PWEC) at the Provincial Legislature. Lois Nahirney was appointed as chair.

“The Premier’s Women’s Economic Council is a council of leaders - women with vision and experience with creating opportunity. Lois Nahirney has a track record of coming up with new ways to create growth and opportunity - and as chair of the council, she’ll help develop our economy,” said Premier Christy Clark.

PWEC will deliver advice to the Premier, the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, and the Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business on issues, strategies and policy changes that can further grow and strengthen the economy. The council will provide recommendations to government that will help develop new ideas, opportunities, actions, policies and legislation that will further support women business owners, leaders and workers in the province and drive new economic activity and job creation.  The PWEC will bring attention to relevant barriers facing women in business in B.C. and provide advice on how to minimize or eliminate them.

“The council brings together an exceptional group of women who are leaders from a variety of economic sectors and regions. Their experience and input to government will be very helpful as we work to strengthen and grow our economy,” said Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond. “Lois Nahirney is a great choice to chair our council because she has knowledge of the inner workings of a broad range of industries including shipping, oil and gas, information technology, health care, power and utilities and pulp and paper.”

“I’m excited the economic council is beginning its work to help us discover ways to ensure women are a part of the thriving B.C. economy,” said Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto.

Nahirney is the executive vice president of corporate resources for Teekay Corporation, responsible for global human resources, information technology, communications and services.  She has a doctorate and a master’s in business administration and an undergraduate degree in economics and political science. She is chair of the Women's Executive Network in Vancouver and is on the boards of Junior Achievement, EasyPark and the Vietnam Education Society. 

“I’m looking forward to chairing an economic council with such dynamic and accomplished women,” said Lois Nahirney. “I know we’re enthusiastic about the ideas we will generate.”

The PWEC consists of 15 members from various regions and industries including business leaders representing the key sectors identified in the BC Jobs Plan: Dr. ‘Lyn Anglin, Anglin & Associations, Brenda Baptiste, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation; Kristina de Araujo, Quickload Logistics; Shauna Harper, Live Work Communications; Shannon Janzen, Western Forest Products; Margo Middleton, Middleton Petroleum Services; Lois Nahirney, TeeKay Corporation; Sheila Orr, entrepreneur; Cindy Popescul, BDO Dunwoody LLP;Tracy Redies, Coast Capital Savings; Eva Sun, The Rice People (Libra National Inc.); Renee Wasylyk, Troika Group; Jennifer Williamson, LIFESUPPORT Patient Transport; Kirsten Wilson, Jack Cewe Ltd;  and Kari Yuers, Kryton International Inc.

The initial intake of council members will consist of two- and three-year appointments and will meet quarterly with the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and the Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business, with the Premier attending at least one of the meetings annually.

View PWEC group photo here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/bcgovphotos/13591560233/

Media Contacts:

Sam Oliphant
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 952-7252

Media Relations
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business
250 387-2799

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International trade and investment representatives tour B.C. tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7629 2014-04-02T18:15:00Z 2014-04-02T19:11:16Z British Columbia’s trade and investment representatives from key international markets are travelling around the province to connect with local communities and B.C. exporters to update them on the export opportunities abroad. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - British Columbia’s trade and investment representatives from key international markets are travelling around the province to connect with local communities and B.C. exporters to update them on the export opportunities abroad.

The TIRs will have one-to-one meetings with B.C. exporters and do site visits and regional outreach tours in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Kelowna and Victoria. They will reconnect with key government and industry stakeholders to further support their efforts in advancing B.C.’s trade and investment objectives in their respective markets.

While in the Dawson Creek and Fort St. John areas, part of the team will visit the Spectra Energy sour gas plant. Others will be in Victoria and Kelowna to attend meetings with technology, agrifoods, aerospace and manufacturing companies.

The Province’s TIRs are strategically located in priority markets throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. They make local introductions to potential buyers, investors and other in-market partners, and they help B.C. companies and communities identify investment attraction opportunities.

The Ministry of International Trade works with international enterprises to help them build strong links to the resources, skills and businesses that make British Columbia an attractive place to work and invest.

Opening and expanding international markets for the province’s goods and services is one of the pillars of the BC Jobs Plan. The B.C. government has doubled its overseas presence to accelerate trade and direct foreign investment by marketing the province’s competitive advantages and world-class business environment. 

Quotes:

Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy Teresa Wat -

“These visits are crucial because they allow our international representatives to build partnerships and relationships in different regions of the province and in key economic sectors, including natural gas, mining, agrifoods and technology. Our goal is to provide the tools businesses and communities need to take advantage of new international markets and make it easier for them to access the Province’s services. This will encourage investment and create new jobs.”

Spectra Energy Transmission West vice president of external affairs Gary Weilinger -

“For more than 57 years, Spectra Energy has built an expansive footprint of pipeline and processing infrastructure to connect B.C. natural gas resources to market. We welcome the opportunity to partner with our provincial counterparts to showcase the energy, trade and investment potential that our business in B.C. has to offer beyond our borders.”
 
City of Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin -

“International markets are critical to our local businesses. B.C.’s international trade and investment representatives have been fundamental to the success of Victoria’s trade missions. These missions have opened up new business opportunities and strengthened our local economy.”

City of Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead -

“The City of Dawson Creek is honoured to be hosting the trade and investment representatives in our community. It’s so satisfying to see the interest generated by the Province for our energy resources.”

 Quick Facts:

  • B.C. Trade and Investment offices are located in Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Seoul, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chandigarh, London and California.
  • Additional trade and investment services provided by the TIRS and the ministry include:
    • International market intelligence and trade leads to help companies sell products and services overseas.
    • Connecting with key industry, government and community influencers.
    • Promoting B.C. educational institutions to international students.
    • Organizing and supporting trade missions, exhibitions and conferences in B.C. and around the world.

Learn More:

To find out more about the trade and investment representatives, visit http://www.britishcolumbia.ca and check the Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/#!/bctradeinvest @BCTradeInvest

For Opportunities BC, visit: http://www.britishcolumbia.ca/Buy/Opportunity%20Profiles/Pages/OpportunitiesBC.aspx

British Columbia’s official trade and investment e-newsletter: http://www.britishcolumbia.ca/Global/B-C-Market-Monitor.aspx#.Uzme85iYaos

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Ministry of International Trade
and Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
250 356-0613

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Williams Lake signs community forest agreement tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7480 2014-03-07T17:15:00Z 2014-03-07T20:17:37Z The Province has signed a community forest agreement with the City of Williams Lake and the Williams Lake Indian Band, enhancing economic opportunities and forest stewardship in the Central Cariboo, Forests. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ WILLIAMS LAKE - The Province has signed a community forest agreement with the City of Williams Lake and the Williams Lake Indian Band, enhancing economic opportunities and forest stewardship in the Central Cariboo, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today.

The agreement covers 29,000 hectares and includes two sites: Ne-sextsine, or Flat Rock, which is just west of the city and Peskwenkwinem, or Potato Mountain, which is located between the Likely and Horsefly Roads. The total allowable annual cut on the two sites is 40,000 cubic metres.

The agreement has been in the works since 2007, and will be managed by a partnership between the city and the band.

Community forest agreements are long-term, area-based tenures designed to encourage community involvement in, and management of, local forests. A community forest is managed by a local government, community group or First Nation for the benefit of the entire community.

Quotes:

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson -

"Community forests are an important and growing opportunity for regions like the Cariboo. They provide opportunities for employment and economic growth while enhancing the working relationships between communities and local First Nations."

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett -

"This is a great step forward for the City of Williams Lake, the Williams Lake Indian Band and for communities across the region. The new community forest agreement will have an important impact on the local economy and on community's ability to manage its own forest resource."

Williams Lake Mayor Kerry Cook -

"We are very pleased with the community forest agreement and look forward to working with our partners in the Williams Lake Indian Band to further diversify the local economy and create more business for the entire region. It's a great opportunity for both the city and band to deepen their relationship as business partners and neighbors."

Williams Lake Indian Band Chief Ann Louie -

"The agreement helps the T'exelcemc people achieve their vision of working in unity to strengthen our Secwepemc culture, while helping us build a healthy and prosperous community. We have a very good relationship with the city and we will continue to work together to build economic opportunities and ensure the sustainability of our local forests."

BC Community Forest Association president Don Brown -

"The Williams Lake community forest agreement adds another important piece to the community forest network that is making a big difference in rural and remote communities across the province. Through our work with the partners in Williams Lake we know the dedication and effort they have invested to sign this agreement and congratulate them on the new opportunities it will bring to the region."

Quick Facts:

  • Our Natural Advantage: A Forest Sector Strategy for British Columbia, identifies community forests as a key element in supporting prosperous rural forest economies.
  • Since 2004, government has signed 50 community forest agreements with a total allowable annual cut of 1.3 million cubic metres of timber a year.

Learn More:

Our Natural Advantage: Forest Sector Strategy for British Columbia: http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/mof/forestsectorstrategy/Forest_Strategy_WEB.PDF

BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

Media Contact:

Grieg Bethel
Media Relations
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
250 356-5261

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New Yellow Giant mine provides 90 jobs tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7463 2014-03-05T21:00:00Z 2014-03-05T22:44:54Z Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review announced the $8 million Yellow Giant underground gold mine project on Banks Island will receive its Mines Act permit. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review announced the $8 million Yellow Giant underground gold mine project on Banks Island will receive its Mines Act permit.

The mine is scheduled to begin operations this spring after construction is completed and will provide up to 90 full-time jobs, many of which will go to First Nations.

The Major Projects Office at the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations co-ordinated a cross-agency review process, which included First Nations consultation, to help facilitate timely permitting of Yellow Giant.

Banks Island Gold Inc. will receive their permit to process 200 metric tonnes of gold-sulphide ore per day during the 12-month life of the mine on the unpopulated Banks Island, located about 100 km south of Prince Rupert. Exploration on three additional ore zones on the property will continue with the expectation they may be brought into production in the future.

Since 2011, three new mines are in operation (Copper Mountain, New Afton and Mt. Milligan) creating 1195 jobs and three more mines will open this year (Yellow Giant, Red Chris and Roman) creating another 815 jobs. In addition, three more mines are permitted (Bonanza Ledge, Treasure Mountain, Quintette) and seven major expansions of existing mines have been completed, supporting 3,000 existing jobs and creating 300 new jobs. British Columbia currently has over 20 major mines and expansions moving through the environmental assessment and permitting process.

Quotes:

Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review -

"Mining operations in remote areas of the province are key contributors to our resource economy and rural communities. Yellow Giant will provide up to 90 British Columbians with salaries averaging over $100,000."

Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations -

"As B.C.'s 'one land manager', my ministry is committed to natural resource development that is environmentally sustainable. By working together, we can complete the permitting requirements for this type of project in a more timely fashion. Today, by utilizing a more effective review and consultation process, we are able to help mining companies create local jobs faster."

Benjamin Mossman, President and CEO, Banks Island Gold -

"The Yellow Giant project is a unique property with high gold grades and exploration potential. We look forward to growing the project over the coming years and continuing to contribute to the growth in the northwest region of B.C."

Quick Facts:

  • Banks Island Gold Inc. was established in 2010. Yellow Giant is their first mine development project.
  • The production value of mining in 2012 was $8.3 billion. In 2001, it was $2.8 billion.
  • Today B.C. has 19 operating mines (nine coal and 10 metal). In 2001, there were 15 operating mines (seven coal and eight metal).
  • B.C.'s mining industry and related minerals sectors employed over 30,000 people in 2012. In 2001, the industry employed 14,700 people.
  • In 2012, the average mining salary (with benefits) was $121,000. In 2001, the average was $81,000.
  • B.C is the first province in Canada to share direct revenue generated from mining with First Nations. Three agreements have been reached and a number are under negotiation.
  • New Afton mine, near Kamloops, started production in June 2012, and Mt. Milligan mine, near Prince George, started production in August 2013.

To learn more about the BC Jobs Plan, visit: www.bcjobsplan.ca/

Media Contact:

Jake Jacobs
Media Relations
Ministry of Energy and Mines
250 952-0628  

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Life sciences companies tout their expertise in India tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7394 2014-02-19T21:00:00Z 2014-06-11T20:28:48Z A delegation of B.C. life sciences companies and organizations has spent the past week in India as part of the BC Jobs Plan to open and expand markets for the province's goods and services. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - A delegation of B.C. life sciences companies and organizations has spent the past week in India as part of the BC Jobs Plan to open and expand markets for the province's goods and services.

Three companies and organizations - IC-IMPACTS, Canada India Network Society and SignalChem Life Sciences Corp. - had itineraries that focused on biotech, cancer research and medical devices and technologies.

The B.C. government organized the life sciences trade mission to take place during Bangalore India Bio, India's key biotechnology event that brings together industry and research companies and policy-makers to discuss the latest trends in the industry. It will provide B.C. companies with the opportunity to network and identify potential investors and buyers for their leading technologies.

India is one of the world's fastest-growing markets, offering tremendous trade, investment and tourism opportunities for B.C. One of the goals of having a trade mission present at Bangalore Bio was to elevate the profile of British Columbia as a center for life sciences and medical technologies.

Premier Christy Clark led a Jobs and Trade Mission in November 2011 to help build high-level connections in India and other Asia-Pacific countries. B.C. has trade and investment offices in Bangalore, Mumbai and Chandigarh. The expertise of staff and extensive networks help companies in India and British Columbia capitalize on shared business opportunities, including resources, clean technology, information and communication technologies, life sciences, and transportation.

Besides attending the Bangalore Bio conference, the Province also organized one-on-one meetings and site visits for the delegates with leading Indian biotech and pharmaceutical companies, research organizations and medical centers to promote partnerships and trade and investment.

Quotes:

Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat -

"The Indian life sciences industry is projected to have a growth rate between 25 and 30 per cent from 2011 to 2013. British Columbia has been working hard to take advantage of this opportunity and trade missions such as this will help attract new investment and expand existing partnerships."

Dr. Stewart Aitchison, associate scientific director, Theme Lead for Public Health, IC-IMPACTS -

"The B.C. government's life sciences trade mission to Bangalore India was an exceptionally well-organized mission that yielded several new partnership opportunities for IC-IMPACTS with both industrial companies and academic institutions in India."

"The opportunity to engage with these new organizations will significantly aid IC-IMPACTS in successfully delivering its public-health research program. The trade mission has proven to be a very successful event for IC-IMPACTS with tangible outcomes for our centre's future."

Akash Mathur, PhD, chief business officer, SignalChem Lifesciences Corp -

"SignalChem is setting up a research and development facility in India that will help achieve our objectives of discovering new oncology drugs. This, in turn, will create jobs at our Richmond head office."

"The B.C. government's International Trade division has been instrumental in SLC's introduction to the Indian teams and continues to support the creation and development of opportunities."

Quick Facts:

  • Exports to India were up by 45.1 per cent in 2013 compared to 2012.
  • With India's rapidly growing middle-class population, strong growth is expected in the life sciences industry spanning the health-care, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors as well as clinical diagnostics and the medical device segments.
  • Trade missions and delegations are supported by British Columbia's expanded network of international Trade and Investment Representative offices in India - Bangalore, Mumbai and Chandigarh.

Learn More:

Check out www.BritishColumbia.ca - the Province's international-facing website to see what investors and decision-makers in India see about our competitive advantages.

Learn more about the BC Jobs Plan at: www.bcjobsplan.ca

A backgrounder follows.

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Ministry of International Trade and Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
778-977-0298

IC-IMPACTS
Dr. Stewart Aitchison, Associate Scientific Director
Theme Lead for Public Health
stewart.aitchison@utoronto.ca

SignalChem Lifesciences Corp.
Akash Mathur
Chief Business Officer
amathur@signalchemcorp.com

BACKGROUNDER

Bangalore India Bio is an annual event organized by the Government of Karnataka. Since 2001, the conference and trade show has been instrumental in promoting the Indian Biotech Industry to the outside world and is now acknowledged as India's biggest national event on life sciences.

http://www.bangaloreindiabio.in/Index_New.php

B.C. life sciences companies and organizations participating in the India trade mission are:

IC-IMPACTS

The India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability is the first, and only, Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence established through the Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE). Built as a partnership between three of Canada's leading research universities - The University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta, and the University of Toronto - IC-IMPACTS brings together a large international team of researchers, industry innovators, community leaders, government agencies, and community organizations from India and Canada, to work hand-in-hand to find solutions to the key challenges that affect the quality of life of millions of people in Indian and Canadian communities.

Canada India Network Society

The CINS, a non-profit organization, was established to build and strengthen academic, cultural, health and business links between Canada and India.

The CINS is partnering with Fraser health Authority and Simon Fraser University to host a conference in June 2014. This conference will have four main themes:

  • Human Resource planning for Canada and India in Health.
  • Health Technology and Economy.
  • Primary Care, Chronic Disease Management Innovations.
  • Mental, Social, and Physical Wellness; Ayurveda and Yoga.

SignalChem Lifesciences Corp.

SignalChem Lifesciences Corporation, a privately owned biopharmaceutical company, specializes in the discovery and development of kinase inhibitors as innovative therapies for cancer, inflammation and neurological diseases. SLC is committed to improving the care and outcome of patients by creating drugs to address unmet medical needs and that complement or replace existing treatments. Based in Richmond, SLC scientists perform research and development activities, which include: biological assays, drug candidate screening and drug candidate characterization using various disease models.

Media Contact:

Media Relations
Ministry of International Trade and Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
778 977-0298

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Province, Houston host workshops, produce economic development plan tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7393 2014-02-19T17:00:00Z 2014-02-19T19:41:17Z The Government of British Columbia, District of Houston and local and regional service providers continue to work collaboratively to minimize the impacts of the West Fraser mill closure. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ HOUSTON - The Government of British Columbia, District of Houston and local and regional service providers continue to work collaboratively to minimize the impacts of the West Fraser mill closure.

Supports to inform and assist impacted workers are in place. The province is working with partner agencies such as Northern Development Initiative Trust and Northwest Community College to provide a series of informative worker and community events, including a Job Fair, an Economic Development Essentials for Local Leaders workshop on Saturday Feb. 22, 2014, a Supplier Bootcamp, a Grant Writing Workshop, and a Land Development workshop on Monday April 7, 2014, all in Houston.

The Province also is sponsoring Houston's work in the development of an Economic Development Action Plan.

Here are other initiatives to help workers and the District of Houston transition:

  • Established a worker transition team to co-ordinate government support for the impacted workers and the community.
  • Produced a Community Resource Guide providing key information on employment, community and social services, job skills and retraining, and financial services available in Houston. Led by District of Houston and funded by the province, this guide is available on the district's website: http://www.houston.ca/siteengine/activepage.asp?PageID=197
  • Hosted a Town Hall on Dec. 7, 2013, led by the District of Houston, to provide information to the community about its response efforts and plans. Continue to work directly with key local service providers to provide information about programs and services available in Houston.
  • Hosted on-site information sessions in December through the Employment Program of BC, Service Canada and Northwest Community College, with additional sessions planned for early March.
  • Expanded the Employment Program of BC support in Houston from one day to five days per week, now open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and full days on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This translates into 35 more hours each week, a 500 per cent increase in service.
  • Hosted business development and grant writing workshops in Houston on Jan. 29, 2014, to support diversification of the local economy, led by Representatives from Northern Development Initiative Trust.
    • The Trust's Contractor-Supplier Bootcamp workshop educated local business owners about procurement opportunities and the requirements for major industrial projects.
    • The Trust's grant writing workshop taught local grant writers how to better locate, apply and get approved for funding to support economic and community development initiatives.
  • Co-ordinating enhanced outreach of community services to ensure the needs of impacted workers and their families are supported and addressed, co-led by Northern Health and the Ministry of Children and Family Development, with numerous community organizations involved.
  • Planning a job fair in Houston for the second week in April, and continuing to monitor the skills upgrading and training needs and interests of impacted workers.
  • Organizing a Reverse Trade show, Business Walks and facilitating workshops for entrepreneurs and other actions to support businesses are being planned by an Economic Development and Diversification team.

Quotes:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour -

"From the moment we heard that there was a pending mill closure in Houston, we have had a support team on the ground working closely with the community. We have been very impressed by the hard work and determination shown by the District of Houston, as together we find ways to mitigate the impacts on workers, their families, contractors and the community."

Bill Holmberg, mayor of the District of Houston -

"Our council is working very hard with the province and local agencies to develop a plan to address our community's needs before, during and after to address the mill-closure situation. Workshops have been scheduled to develop an economic action plan for Houston."

John Rustad, MLA for Nechako Lakes -

"I was incredibly disappointed to hear of the plans by West Fraser Timber to close the Houston Forest Products mill this spring. The mountain pine beetle infestation is certainly one of the greatest challenges that the forestry industry in our province has ever had to overcome. Our government is committed to assist all of the affected workers transition from the closure, and we work with the District of Houston to develop a plan to move forward and develop a new economic plan for our region."

Quick Facts:

  • Building on the success of 15 previously offered Economic Development Essentials for Local Leaders workshops and three economic development webinars offered last fall, a new series of workshops are planned for 2014 including the 15 Land Development workshops and six Economic Development Essentials for Local Leaders workshops.
  • All workshops are provincially funded and offered at no cost to the community. They provide rural and urban communities access to expert advice on economic development topics. British Columbians can exchange ideas, good practices and innovative solutions to problems faced by communities.
  • The newly created Land Development workshop will be offered in 15 communities by the province in 2014, focussing on land development for investment attraction and/or business development purposes. The workshop will walk participants through the development process, including:
    • Conducting a land-readiness assessment.
    • Navigating the site-selection process.
    • Developing a land-development prospectus.
    • Identifying relevant provincial government supports, resources and contacts.
    • How to create a high-quality investment profile for the OpportunitiesBC website and other marketing vehicles.
  • Tips and strategies for creating a viable and attractive land development opportunity and real-world application will be emphasized. Strategies to overcome common barriers to investment attraction will be discussed, and success stories from communities will be shared.
  • The Employment Program of BC's focus is to provide the services that unemployed British Columbians need to find and keep a job and is offered through 85 WorkBC Employment Services Centres around the province.
  • Since launching in April 2012, WorkBC Employment Services Centres have provided employment supports and services to more than 128,000 people.

Learn More:

Houston Community Resource Guide: http://www.houston.ca/siteengine/activepage.asp?PageID=197

More information on economic development tools and resources: http://www.jtst.gov.bc.ca/economic_development/index.htm

Connect with the Province of British Columbia at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

To find a local WorkBC Employment Services Centre: www.workbccentres.ca

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
250 387-2799

Mayor Bill Holmberg
District of Houston
250 845 8258

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Legislative changes to benefit natural resource sector tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7368 2014-02-13T21:50:00Z 2014-02-14T20:53:40Z Legislative amendments introduced today under Bill 5, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Statutes Amendment Act (2014), will streamline the regulatory framework for the natural resource sector and help improve the stewardship of British Columbia's forests, rangeland and wildlife. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - Legislative amendments introduced today under Bill 5, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Statutes Amendment Act (2014), will streamline the regulatory framework for the natural resource sector and help improve the stewardship of British Columbia's forests, rangeland and wildlife.

Acting on a commitment in the BC Jobs Plan and a recommendation of the Ranching Task Force to improve regulatory processes for range tenure holders, proposed amendments to the Range Act will:

  • streamline the process for approving agreements (permits and licences), so that vacant Crown range can be allocated more quickly and efficiently
  • improve business certainty for range operators by allowing longer terms on tenures and conversion of grazing permits issued prior to 2004 to grazing licences
  • allow a holder of multiple tenures to more easily consolidate or subdivide those tenures and enable the conversion of grazing leases to grazing licences, providing flexibility for tenure holders to manage their unique business models
  • remove the requirement for operators to obtain ministry approval before selling excess hay production

Proposed amendments to the Wildlife Act will act on the government's commitment to provide additional business certainty for the guide outfitting industry by:

  • allowing corporations as well as individuals to hold guiding territory certificates, making guide certificate ownership less risky by reducing liability among co-owners and increasing opportunities for individuals to come together to purchase territories
  • replacing the licensing requirement for assistant guides with an authorization issued by the employing guide outfitter, giving guide outfitters more flexibility to hire help in unexpected peak periods

Proposed amendments to the Land Title Act provide greater certainty to landowners by clarifying the ownership of subdivided land underwater when it is next to Crown land.

Proposed amendments to the Forest Act include:

  • streamlining administrative processes by transferring decision-making authority from cabinet to the minister on most wood residue export applications (wood residue includes wood chips, slabs, edgings, sawdust and shavings, and is mostly used in pulp and paper and bioenergy)
  • allowing people to collect firewood from woodlots and community forests, if they have received the proper permission
  • clarifying provisions related to collecting annual rent, bonus bids and putting specific conditions on forest licences

Proposed amendments to the Wildfire Act make it clear that the provincial government should not be held legally accountable for unavoidable property damage or losses caused by wildfire, so long as it did not act in bad faith while working to control or suppress those fires. This change is expected to save the provincial government $700,000 to $1.3 million annually in legal costs.

Quotes:

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson -

"These legislative amendments are designed to streamline the regulatory framework for the natural resource sector and also provide improved business certainty for companies and individuals. These changes support our government's goals of fostering environmental sustainability while making it easier for British Columbians to contribute to the province's economic prosperity."

Scott Ellis, executive director of the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. -

"The change to allow guide territory certificates to be held by corporations reflects the long-term goal of enhancing business certainty and investor confidence for the guide outfitting industry. Having corporations on the certificate will improve the structure of our sector, enabling growth and providing additional professionalism for the industry. The Wildlife Act change to remove assistant guide licences will substantially reduce 'red tape' for guide outfitters and provide greater flexibility during the hiring season!"

David Haywood-Farmer, president of the B.C. Cattlemen's Association -

"As cattle ranchers, we welcome the proposed amendments to the Range Act. We believe that these changes will reduce the administrative burden for producers and government alike, but the most important benefit will be to the environment and the landscape. The increased security provided by the proposed amendments will allow B.C. ranchers to continue to invest in their longstanding commitment as stewards of the land as they strive to supply British Columbians with some of the best beef in the world."

Quick Facts:

  • B.C.'s cattle producers directly employ about 2,300 people and generate about $351 million of economic activity each year.
  • The guide outfitting industry in British Columbia directly employs more than 2,000 people and generates about $116 million of economic activity each year.

Learn More:

To view a copy of the bill and view its progress through debate, visit: http://www.leg.bc.ca/40th2nd/4-4-40-2.htm

Media Contact:

Media Relations
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
250 356-5261

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Heavy-duty transportation centre to focus on innovation and collaboration tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7292 2014-02-03T18:15:00Z 2014-02-07T00:25:40Z Government is providing $4.5-million to move heavy-duty transportation programs offered by BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Vancouver Community College (VCC) into a new Motive Power Centre. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ DELTA - Government is providing $4.5-million to move heavy-duty transportation programs offered by BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Vancouver Community College (VCC) into a new Motive Power Centre.

Motive power programs train heavy-duty mechanics, transport trailer mechanics, diesel mechanics, commercial transportation mechanics, railway conductors and forklift operators.

"Around 43 per cent of the one million jobs expected to open by 2020 will require trades or technical training," said Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk. "Co-locating two existing heavy-duty transportation programs into one centre will benefit students, industry and employers."

The new Motive Power Centre will create opportunities to develop synergies between the two post-secondary institutions as well as with prospective employers, while also providing the physical space and opportunity for industry to be present in the centre.

"The new motive power centre will have the space necessary to facilitate partnerships with industry giving students the most relevant current training opportunities possible," said Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond. "To ensure our students are first in line for the thousands of jobs available now and opening up in the future it is critical that we align training with the jobs that are in demand."

When the Motive Power Centre opens to students in September 2014, it will focus on collaboration, innovation, and the efficient use of equipment and resources. At 142,000-square-feet, the facility sets a solid foundation for partnership opportunities with industry.

The centre will continue to train and graduate students in many industries that are identified as a priority in the BC Jobs Plan. This includes mining, oil and gas, shipbuilding, aerospace and the LNG sector.

An estimated 13,000 people in B.C. are employed in the field of heavy-duty commercial transportation, and as diesel and transport trailer technicians. BCIT and VCC produce 650 graduates annually - more than half of the heavy-duty transportation graduates entering the province's workforce each year.

"The Annacis Island centre has many benefits for students," said BCIT president Kathy Kinloch. "Our students will have better teaching facilities, learning and laboratory spaces, and the opportunity to connect with industry. This will enable them to be even more employable and to connect with the government's job plan."

"This new centre speaks to the value of collaboration and partnership within the post-secondary sector," said VCC interim president Doug Callbeck. "The new facility will give our students the opportunity to learn in a state-of-the-art training environment, gaining the hands-on skills and experience they need for the jobs of tomorrow."

Once transported to the site in mid-2014, a signature piece of the Annacis Island centre will be the 140-ton, five-metre tall Man Engine. Donated by Man Diesel and Turbo Canada and valued at $1.25-million, the engine will be a cornerstone of training curriculum within marine, motive power and power engineering at BCIT. The engine will provide relevant, hands-on opportunities for heavy-duty mechanics across several industry sectors.

The $4.5 million in one-time funding is being providing by the Ministry of Advanced Education to cover moving and transition costs.

The relocation of the BCIT programs from their current location at Great Northern Way will make way for the new campus of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Construction of the new campus is slated for fall 2014.

Media contacts:

Rodney Porter
Communications Director
Ministry of Advanced Education
250 889-7494

Dave Pinton
BCIT Media Relations Coordinator
778 928-2288
dave_pinton@bcit.ca

Kate Chandler
Director of Communications and Government Relations
Vancouver Community College
778 893-1513
kchandler@vcc.ca

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B.C. forging new hydrogen and fuel cell links to India tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7243 2014-01-24T17:00:00Z 2014-01-24T18:08:30Z Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL), one of the world's largest companies, signed an agreement to collaborate on hydrogen and fuel cell technology research. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL), one of the world's largest companies, signed an agreement today to collaborate on hydrogen and fuel cell technology research. The Ministry of International Trade, which made the initial connection that led to the new agreement, is promoting British Columbia's world-leading clean technology sector in this priority market.

Indian Oil Corporation Limited is India's flagship national oil company and the country's largest corporation, ranking 88th on the Forbes Global 500 list in 2013. The company is preparing to launch a new $300 million research and development centre in Faridabad, in part to foster a hydrogen fuel economy in the rapidly growing country.

British Columbia has expanded its trade and investment network in India to connect B.C. organizations and companies with new opportunities, and clean technology is a priority sector in Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan. In 2013, ministry staff introduced Indian Oil's Director of Research and Development, Dr. R.K. Malhotra, to key B.C. organizations, including SFU.

In December, the ministry, with financial support from the Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association, organized a delegation to India to participate in the second annual Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Conference. Representatives from SFU, Ballard Power Systems, Greenlight Innovations, XRG Energy Tech and Quadrogen participated in the mission, meeting with Indian government departments, industry groups, research institutions, and automotive, energy and telecom companies.

A number of trade deals, innovation agreements and partnership proposals are proceeding as a result of British Columbia's strategic outreach program in India, building a foundation for additional investment into B.C. by India's clean tech and energy sectors. Ballard Power Systems, for example, announced in December that its fuel cell systems are being deployed in Idea Cellular's wireless telecommunications network, India's third largest with 100 million subscribers.

The collaboration agreement announced today, signed by SFU president Andrew Petter and Dr. Malhotra in New Delhi with British Columbia's India Trade and Investment Representative, Chaitanya Patil, in attendance, will see research exchanges between the two organizations and a potential joint centre for hydrogen and fuel cell research at Indian Oil's R&D site in Faridabad.

SFU also announced that it will conduct a PhD exchange program with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, one of the country's top engineering colleges.

Quotes:

Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism -

"We are deepening relationships in key sectors such as clean technology to increase trade and investment between British Columbia and India. Connecting world-leading institutions such as Simon Fraser University with a company such as Indian Oil will boost research and commercialization, attract new investment, and create and protect jobs for British Columbians."

Dr. R.K. Malhotra, Director of Research and Development, Indian Oil Corporation Limited -

"Indian Oil recognizes and values the global lead role which British Columbia is taking in the fuel cell developments and its commercialization. The collaboration with Simon Fraser University will help Indian Oil to get the benefit of their expertise in hydrogen and fuel cell research. The intended collaborative research will help further the development and optimization of fuel cell technology and cut down the cost."

Andrew Petter, president, Simon Fraser University -

"SFU researchers have much to contribute and gain through this relationship. SFU is internationally recognized for its expertise in fuel cell technology. Collaborating on research with Indian Oil will provide greater opportunities for our faculty members and students to advance the field globally."

Eric Denhoff, president and CEO, Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association -

"As a result of the continued relationship with India, an MOU has been established between the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association and the Hydrogen Association of India to build a practical platform for exchange and collaboration between industry, government, universities and research institutes. Canadian fuel cell companies have had tremendous success this year in key new markets overseas, including India and China. The CHFCA was able to leverage our members' expertise in India through the strong efforts of staff in the B.C. government's trade offices in India, and through funding provided by the Government of Canada."

Learn More:

Check out the Province's international-facing website to see what investors and decision-makers around the world see about our competitive advantages: www.BritishColumbia.ca

Learn more about the BC Jobs Plan at: www.bcjobsplan.ca

Media Contact:

Media Relations
Ministry of International Trade
Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
778 977-0298

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Second LNG Agreement reached for Grassy Point with Woodside tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7205 2014-01-16T16:30:00Z 2014-01-21T19:35:36Z The southern parcel of Grassy Point near Prince Rupert could have a new liquefied-natural-gas (LNG) export facility, thanks to an agreement between the Government of British Columbia and Woodside Energy Ltd. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - The southern parcel of Grassy Point near Prince Rupert could have a new liquefied-natural-gas (LNG) export facility, thanks to an agreement between the Government of British Columbia and Woodside.

"Grassy Point is an ideal site for LNG development, and this is the second agreement we've signed," said Premier Christy Clark. "Every step forward brings us closer to realizing the opportunity presented by LNG, bringing billions in investment and 100,000 new jobs throughout the province."

The Province and Woodside signed a sole proponent agreement, which provides the company with the exclusive right to negotiate a long-term tenure for an LNG facility at the south site of Grassy Point.

"British Columbia is building a strong, competitive new industry," said Minister of Natural Gas Development, Rich Coleman. "This agreement with Woodside is another promising LNG proposal for our province which will create jobs and economic activity."

"Woodside looks forward to working with the Government of British Columbia, the First Nations and the community as we assess the feasibility of an LNG development at Grassy Point," said Peter Coleman, Woodside CEO and managing director.

LNG development at Grassy Point is subject to various regulatory approvals and an investment decision by the proponent. According to the agreement Woodside must meet several milestones, including applying for an export permit from the National Energy Board and submitting project descriptions with British Columbia and Canada to successfully complete the environmental assessment process.

Woodside joins an expansive list of industry proposals making strides in the province, many of which are already investing in B.C.'s natural-gas sector and boosting local economies. There are currently more than 10 LNG project proposals in British Columbia.

The Province will continue to work with industry, First Nations and communities to ensure lasting benefits are achieved as the industry develops.

Map of Grassy Point: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/downloads/Grassy_Point_Map_January_16_14.pdf

Quick Facts:

  • Woodside is the largest independent operator of oil and gas in Australia, where the company has an extensive network of LNG operations.
  • Today's agreement is the result of a Request for Expression of Interest initiated by the Province in February 2013.
  • The first sole proponent agreement was reached in November 2013 with Aurora LNG for an adjacent, northern parcel of land.
  • Assuming five LNG plants and the supporting pipelines are built, more than 39,000 annual jobs will be created over a nine-year construction period and 75,000 jobs once these plants are fully operational.

Learn More:

Woodside: http://www.woodside.com.au

British Columbia's Liquefied Natural Gas Strategy: http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/LNGreport_web_130627.pdf

LNG One Year Update: http://www.gov.bc.ca/com/attachments/LNGreport_update2013_web130207.pdf

List of LNG proposals in B.C.: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/lnginbc/lng-projects/

A backgrounder follows.

Media Contact:

Sam Oliphant
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 952-7252

Sandra Steilo
Media Relations
Ministry of Natural Gas Development
250 952-0617

BACKGROUNDER

Agreement between B.C. and Woodside

On Jan. 16, 2014, the Government of British Columbia announced a sole proponent agreement with Woodside.

The sole proponent agreement provides Woodside with the exclusive rights to pursue long-term Crown land tenure in the Grassy Point area.

The agreement is for the southern parcel of Grassy Point, which covers 693.6 hectares of land, plus foreshore land equalling 243.9 hectares.

Woodside will be examining the viability of constructing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant and export terminal at this location.

Under the agreement, Woodside will pay $4 million to the Province upon signing the sole proponent agreement. Another $6 million will be paid by Woodside on, or before, the first anniversary of the agreement, as long as the proponent wants the arrangement to continue, and a further $7 million is due on or before the second anniversary of the agreement.

The right to acquire the land for construction or long-term use remains a matter of future negotiations and the Province will consult local First Nations. If the land is acquired by Woodside, the $17 million submitted to the Province will be subtracted from the final sale price.

As part of the agreement, specific milestones must be achieved:

  • Woodside must obtain an export licence from Canada's National Energy Board within the first year of the agreement.
  • Woodside must also submit Project Description - with Canada and with the Province British Columbia - to initiate the environmental assessment process.

Development at Grassy Point is subject to various regulatory approvals and a final investment decision by the proponent.

Media Contact:

Sam Oliphant
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 952-7252

Sandra Steilo
Media Relations
Ministry of Natural Gas Development
250 952-0617

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B.C.'s Aboriginal learners training for jobs tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7196 2014-01-14T18:00:00Z 2014-01-14T19:08:42Z The Government of British Columbia announced close to $5.6 million for 27 community-based education and training programs for Aboriginal learners around B.C. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - The Government of British Columbia announced close to $5.6 million for 27 community-based education and training programs for Aboriginal learners around B.C.

"The skills that learners develop in these community-based education and training programs will be the key that opens doors to employment and creates success for individuals, their families and their communities," said Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk. "My priority is to ensure young Aboriginal people are prepared to fill many of the million jobs we know will be opening up in British Columbia by 2020."

The investment will help Aboriginal learners develop job-related skills and build careers in the trades. For instance, 32 Aboriginal learners on Vancouver Island are training for jobs in the food and hospitality industry, while in northern B.C., 24 members of the Nak'azdli First Nation are developing skills they need for jobs in the construction and mining sectors.

"I am pleased that our government was able to be a contributing partner in this important initiative," said Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. "Training and skills development helps ensure Aboriginal youth can access the tools they need to secure employment and participate fully in Canada's economy."

Aboriginal Community-based Delivery Partnership Programs provide a wide range of both classroom and hands-on training and education, from essential skills to post-secondary certification.

"Skilled trades people are in high demand, and the participation of Aboriginal people in trades careers is a critical component of B.C.'s economic success," said Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond. "This funding will create a pathway to well-paying jobs and brighter futures for Aboriginal youth throughout B.C."

Over the last two years the Aboriginal community-based program committed $10 million in Canada - British Columbia Labour Market Agreement funding, $4 million in Ministry of Advanced Education funding and $3 million in pilot project funds from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada to support over 50 projects in 39 Aboriginal communities.

"The Aboriginal Community-based Delivery Partnerships Program improves access to education, skills and trades training for Aboriginal students," said Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad. "These community-based programs support the BC Jobs Plan and enable Aboriginal British Columbians to gain the knowledge and skills they need to build a strong future for their families and communities, and to take advantage of economic opportunities."

The Program was developed in collaboration with partner organizations including the First Nations Education Steering Committee and the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association.

"Community-based, culturally accessible programming is critical to improving outcomes in Aboriginal education," said First Nations Education Steering Committee president Tyrone McNeill. "This program is contributing to the success of Aboriginal learners, supporting hundreds of students in achieving their education and employment goals. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners under the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework to effectively meet community and learner needs, and strengthen this important support program."

The program was first announced in June 2012 and delivers on the commitments of the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan: 2020 Vision for the Future to improve partnerships between public post-secondary institutions and Aboriginal institutes and communities by 2013. Its goal is to increase the number of Aboriginal learners in rural and remote communities accessing post-secondary education and training programs by 2016.

Under the BC Jobs Plan, government is committed to providing funding for community-based delivery of programs that meet Aboriginal learners' needs.

A backgrounder is available at: http://bit.ly/1c1fB4R

Media Contact:

Catherine Loiacono
Communications Manager
Ministry of Advanced Education
250 952-6400

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Aboriginal learners building job skills for the future tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7195 2014-01-14T18:00:00Z 2014-01-14T18:29:28Z A community-based approach to education and training will enable Aboriginal learners in the Lower Mainland to access training that will help prepare them for further education, and develop skills for careers in the trades. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VANCOUVER - A community-based approach to education and training will enable Aboriginal learners in the Lower Mainland to access training that will help prepare them for further education, and develop skills for careers in the trades.

"Our investment in training opportunities for Aboriginal learners is an investment in B.C.'s success," said Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk. "The Aboriginal community-based training programs are a good example of how we are taking action to ensure Aboriginal learners are able to access training that puts them on the path to a great future."

In the Lower Mainland, Aboriginal learners will develop job-related skills and prepare for careers in a variety of fields. For instance, 24 participants will receive training in Residential Building Maintenance Worker and the Stó:lo Studies Certificate programs with the University of the Fraser Valley.

"I am pleased that our government was able to be a contributing partner in this important initiative," said Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. "Training and skills development helps ensure Aboriginal youth can access the tools they need to secure employment and participate fully in Canada's economy."

Province-wide, 27 Aboriginal Community-based Delivery Partnership Programs totalling nearly $5.6 million are providing education and training opportunities for Aboriginal learners to develop job-ready skills in a wide variety of fields. The investment will help prepare Aboriginal learners develop job-related skills and build careers in the trades.

Over the last two years the Aboriginal community-based program committed $10 million in Canada - British Columbia Labour Market Agreement funding, $4 million in Ministry of Advanced Education funding and $3 million in pilot project funds from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada to support over 50 projects in 39 Aboriginal communities.

"The Aboriginal Community-based Delivery Partnerships Program improves access to education, skills and trades training for Aboriginal students," said Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad. "These community-based programs support the BC Jobs Plan and enable Aboriginal British Columbians to gain the knowledge and skills they need to build a strong future for their families and communities, and to take advantage of economic opportunities."

The program was developed in collaboration with partner organizations including the First Nations Education Steering Committee and the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association.

"Community-based, culturally accessible programming is critical to improving outcomes in Aboriginal education," said First Nations Education Steering Committee president Tyrone McNeill. "This program is contributing to the success of Aboriginal learners, supporting hundreds of students in achieving their education and employment goals. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners under the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework to effectively meet community and learner needs, and strengthen this important support program."

The program was first announced in June 2012 and delivers on the commitments of the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan: 2020 Vision for the Future to improve partnerships between public post-secondary institutions and Aboriginal institutes and communities by 2013. Its goal is to increase the number of Aboriginal learners in rural and remote communities accessing post-secondary education and training programs by 2016.

Under the BC Jobs Plan, government is committed to providing funding for community-based delivery of programs that meet Aboriginal learners' needs.

A backgrounder is available at: http://bit.ly/1c1fB4R

Media Contact:

Catherine Loiacono
Communications Manager
Ministry of Advanced Education
250 952-6400

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Interior Aboriginal communities developing careers at home tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7194 2014-01-14T18:00:00Z 2014-01-14T18:26:18Z Aboriginal learners in British Columbia's Interior region are training for careers in fields ranging from the hospitality and health-care industries to business and governance through local partnership agreements that provide hands-on and classroom training. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ KAMLOOPS - Aboriginal learners in British Columbia's Interior region are training for careers in fields ranging from the hospitality and health-care industries to business and governance through local partnership agreements that provide hands-on and classroom training.

"We know B.C.'s job market is expanding, so it makes sense to prepare workers with the skills they need for the jobs that are out there now and those on the horizon," said Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk. "Aboriginal community-based partnerships are a great example of how we are taking action to ensure Aboriginal learners can access training that puts them on the path to a great future."

A number of programs in B.C.'s Interior are helping Aboriginal learners prepare for the future. For instance, 14 participants in the North Okanagan region are working on a variety of industry-focused pre-employment skills training and adult academic and career preparation. As well, 50 Northern Secwepemc participants are getting training and certification in language, business administration, governance and land guardianship.

"I am pleased that our government was able to be a contributing partner in this important initiative," said Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. "Training and skills development helps ensure Aboriginal youth can access the tools they need to secure employment and participate fully in Canada's economy."

Provincewide, 27 Aboriginal Community-based Delivery Partnership Programs totalling nearly $5.6 million are providing education and training opportunities for Aboriginal learners to develop job-ready skills in a wide variety of fields. The investment will help prepare Aboriginal learners develop job-related skills and build careers in the trades.

Over the last two years the Aboriginal community-based program committed $10 million in Canada - British Columbia Labour Market Agreement funding, $4 million in Ministry of Advanced Education funding and $3 million in pilot project funds from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada to support over 50 projects in 39 Aboriginal communities.

"The Aboriginal Community-based Delivery Partnerships Program improves access to education, skills and trades training for Aboriginal students," said Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad. "These community-based programs support the BC Jobs Plan and enable Aboriginal British Columbians to gain the knowledge and skills they need to build a strong future for their families and communities, and to take advantage of economic opportunities."

The program was developed in collaboration with partner organizations including the First Nations Education Steering Committee and the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association.

"Community-based, culturally accessible programming is critical to improving outcomes in Aboriginal education," said First Nations Education Steering Committee president Tyrone McNeill. "This program is contributing to the success of Aboriginal learners, supporting hundreds of students in achieving their education and employment goals. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners under the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework to effectively meet community and learner needs, and strengthen this important support program."

The program was first announced in June 2012 and delivers on the commitments of the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan: 2020 Vision for the Future to improve partnerships between public post-secondary institutions and Aboriginal institutes and communities by 2013. Its goal is to increase the number of Aboriginal learners in rural and remote communities accessing post-secondary education and training programs by 2016.

Under the BC Jobs Plan, government is committed to providing funding for community-based delivery of programs that meet Aboriginal learners' needs.

A backgrounder is available at: http://bit.ly/1c1fB4R

Media Contact:

Catherine Loiacono
Communications Manager
Ministry of Advanced Education
250 952-6400

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Minister of Energy and Mines rings in 2014 focused on mining tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7191 2014-01-14T14:30:00Z 2014-01-16T17:29:39Z Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister responsible for Core Review, today joined representatives from B.C.'s mineral exploration and mining industry to open the Toronto Stock Exchange and ring in 2014. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/

TORONTO - Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister responsible for Core Review, today joined representatives from B.C.'s mineral exploration and mining industry to open the Toronto Stock Exchange and ring in 2014.

This year is expected to mark the start of production at two new mines in British Columbia. Red Chris, a $500-million copper and gold mine just south of Dease Lake, will provide 750 full time jobs. Roman, a $340-million coal mine near Tumbler Ridge, will provide 375 full time jobs.

Yesterday, Bennett met with various federal ministers in Ottawa to discuss Taseko Mines Limited's proposed New Prosperity mine, a $1-billion project which would provide 500 full-time jobs in the Cariboo region. The proposal requires the approval of both the federal and provincial governments to proceed and Bennett encouraged his federal colleagues to recognize the great economic and social benefits the project would create for the local communities as well as British Columbia's proven track record of mitigating environmental impacts.

The long-term outlook for mining in B.C. is very positive. Since the start of the BC Jobs Plan, two new mines have opened including New Afton, which provides 405 full-time jobs near Kamloops and Mount Milligan, northwest of Prince George, which provides 1,350 full-time jobs for the area.

Five additional mining projects are under construction or permitted, seven major mine expansions have been approved and a further 20 major mines and expansions are moving through the province's environmental assessment and permitting process.

The opening of the Toronto Stock Exchange is the first of many events taking place over 2014 focused on working collaboratively with the B.C. mining sector. Government and industry will come together at the end of January for the Association for Mineral Exploration B.C.'s annual Roundup. This event attracts thousands of industry leaders from around the globe and connects them with B.C.'s decision-makers to ensure mining can continue to thrive throughout the province.

Quote:

Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review -

"B.C.'s mining industry has not only helped shape British Columbia over the last 150 years, it is also an integral part of our province's strong and stable economic future. I look forward to 2014 and working to ensure that British Columbia's mining industry remains a cornerstone of our province's overall success."

Key Facts:

  • Mining takes up a very small portion of B.C.'s land - less than one per cent - but it makes a tremendous impact on the province's economy.
  • In 2012, mining's contribution to B.C.'s economy was valued at over $8.3 billion and exploration was recorded at $680 million, a 47 per cent increase over the previous year and the highest ever. Exploration spending remained strong in 2013, and mining remains one of the province's more important economic drivers.
  • Every British Columbian uses almost 23,000 kilograms (about 50,000 pounds) of mined products each year. When you brush your teeth, turn on a light, drive a car, ride your bike, put on the television, use a camera or telephone - you are supporting the mining industry.
  • In 2012, more than 30,000 people were employed in mining, mineral exploration and related sectors. This shows significant growth since 2001 when only 14,700 people were employed in mining.
  • Mining employs more First Nations than any other industry in B.C. and the Province has signed 10 economic and community development agreements with First Nations.
  • Mining contributes hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue that help pay for government services like health care and education.
  • Today, B.C. has 19 operating mines (nine coal and 10 metal). In 2001, B.C. had 15 operating mines (seven coal and eight metal).

Learn More:

Ministry of Energy and Mines: http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Pages/default.aspx

Media Contact:

Jake Jacobs
Media Relations
Ministry of Energy and Mines and Responsible for Core Review
250 952-0628

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B.C. mining remains strong in 2013, adds new jobs tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7167 2014-01-03T18:00:00Z 2014-01-08T22:43:36Z B.C.'s mining industry continues to grow and expand as new projects, construction starts and expansions drove job creation and investment throughout the mining industry in 2013. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - B.C.'s mining industry continues to grow and expand as new projects, construction starts and expansions drove job creation and investment throughout the mining industry in 2013.

The most important highlight of 2013 was the celebration of a new mine going into production in August. Mt. Milligan mine north of Prince George, a $1.5-billion project with 350 permanent jobs, shipped its first copper ore in late summer and celebrated its commissioning in October.

Additionally, a number of operating mines made improvements to their operations. Both Gibraltar mine in the Cariboo and Line Creek in the Kootenays received Mines Act permit amendments that resulted in almost $400 million in investment and ensured jobs for 650 workers.

Mine construction dominated industry progress in 2013 with a number of large projects well on their way to becoming producing mines. Red Chris mine in the Northeast is well on its way. The $500-million project is expected to start producing ore in 2014. Roman mine, near Tumbler Ridge, also started construction and the company is working toward production in 2014.

Both industry and the Province continue to work closely with First Nations on resource development, setting out clear expectations for the consultation process and working toward more revenue-sharing agreements. Mining employs more First Nations than any other industry in B.C.

The Province has signed 10 economic and community development agreements with First Nations to date. In 2013, the first cheques were delivered to First Nations for agreements with New Afton, Copper Mountain and Highland Valley mines.

Mining continues to be one of B.C.'s safest heavy industries and has a lower injury rate than most of the other resource and industrial sectors.

Since the BC Jobs Plan was released, two new mines are in operation, and five more are under construction or permitted. The Province also has approved seven major expansions of existing mines.

Quote:

Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review -

"The B.C. mining industry continues to be a major economic driver in this province. Many new jobs at operating mines were created this past year - these are high-quality jobs that support our families and help build strong communities for many years to come."

"I look forward to the coming 2014. It is more important than ever to make sure that British Columbia's mining industry remains well positioned, keeping our economy growing and strong is our government's number one priority."

Key Facts:

  • In 2012, mining was valued at over $8.3 billion to B.C.'s economy and exploration was recorded at $680 million, a 47 per cent increase over the previous year and the highest ever. With exploration spending remaining strong in 2013, mining remains one of the province's more important economic drivers.
  • Every British Columbian uses almost 23,000 kilograms (about 50,000 pounds) of mined products each year. When you brush your teeth, turn on a light, drive a car, ride your bike, put on the television, use a camera or telephone - you are supporting the mining industry.
  • In 2012, more than 30,000 people were employed in mining, mineral exploration and related sectors. This is significant growth since 2001 when only 14,700 people were employed in mining.
  • Mining contributes hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue that help pay for government services like health care and education.
  • Today B.C. has 19 operating mines (nine coal and 10 metal). In 2001, there were 15 operating mines (seven coal and eight metal).
  • Mining takes up a very small portion of B.C.'s land - less than one per cent - but it makes a tremendous impact on the B.C. economy.

Learn More:

Mining Association of BC: http://www.mining.bc.ca/

The Association for Mineral Exploration BC: http://www.amebc.ca/Home.aspx

Mineral Resources Education: http://www.bcminerals.ca/s/home.asp

Ministry of Energy and Mines: http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Pages/default.aspx

BC Jobs Plan, visit: www.bcjobsplan.ca/

Media Contact:

Jake Jacobs
Media Relations
Ministry of Energy and Mines and Responsible for Core Review
250 952-0628

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South Fraser Perimeter Road, B.C.'s newest highway, opens tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2013:/blogs/newsroom//1.7148 2013-12-21T19:15:00Z 2013-12-27T16:57:45Z The Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Member of Parliament for Delta-Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue along with B.C.'s Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone officially opened B.C.'s newest highway - the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR). BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ DELTA - Today, the Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Member of Parliament for Delta-Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue along with B.C.'s Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone officially opened B.C.'s newest highway - the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR).

The new four-lane highway is a key piece of B.C.'s transportation network, which will strengthen the province's economy and make travelling and commuting quicker and easier.

"The completion of the South Fraser Perimeter Road is good news for the Metro Vancouver region. It means a better road network and more capacity to transport goods to and from fast-growing markets throughout the Asia-Pacific region," said Findlay. "This project demonstrates that when we work together with our partners through the Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, we can develop projects that facilitate international trade and create jobs and economic growth in local communities across Canada."

SFPR connects to all five major Fraser River crossings, which will save motorists time and offer more travel options. As an example, travel time between Highway 1 and the Tsawwassen ferry terminal is now less than 30 minutes, compared with travel times of double that using Highway 10.

"The SFPR is a key part of our commitment to expanding our markets and improving the safe and efficient movement of goods and people," said Stone. "This new route is a game-changer for industry, commuters and tourists - it will cut commute times for families and make B.C. more competitive by connecting key port and rail facilities with access to borders, the Tsawwassen ferry terminal and the B.C. Interior."

Completing the SFPR was a key goal in the province's Pacific Gateway Transportation Strategy, which supports the 'The BC Jobs Plan' to expand markets for B.C. products and strengthen infrastructure to get goods to market, ensuring B.C is North America's gateway for Asia Pacific trade.

The SFPR will generate economic and business opportunities and lead to 7,000 long-term jobs in Delta and Surrey through improved industrial development opportunities along the corridor. More than 4,000 jobs were created during construction.

"Our community will benefit hugely from the opening of the South Fraser Perimeter Road," said Delta Mayor Lois E. Jackson. "The new route provides greater access to the Tilbury industrial area, taking commercial trucks off Highway 99 and River Road. This will make for safer, smoother travel for our residents throughout the community.

The SFPR provides an efficient and convenient transportation corridor, with connections to major trade gateways for commercial traffic. This new route will also separate commercial traffic from residential areas, improving community safety and the quality of life for families.

"The SFPR will allow goods to move more freely around the region by truck," said Trace Acres, vice president, BC Trucking Association. "In addition to increasing the efficiency of the Gateway, it will help lower emissions by limiting the number of stops trucks have to make travelling between ports, ferries, businesses and borders."

The Government of Canada, through the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, provided $365 million toward the corridor. The Government of B.C. contributed the remainder.

For information about the SFPR: sfprconstruction.ca

More information on Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway can be found at: asiapacificgateway.gc.ca/

For information about SFPR environmental projects: http://bit.ly/1dpj4wi

For an audio clip of Stone talking about the SFPR, visit: https://soundcloud.com/bcgov/minister-stone-south-fraser/s-5EbPt

A backgrounder follows.

Media Contacts:

Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250 413 7941or 250 387 3953

Transport Canada
Media Relations
613 993-0055

BACKGROUNDER

SFPR opens on-time and on-budget

The SFPR is a key piece of B.C.'s transportation network, which will generate economic growth and make the province more competitive by connecting key port, rail and highway infrastructure. The SFPR is officially Highway 17. The old Highway 17 through Delta is now 17A.

The SFPR is a four-lane highway, about 37 kilometres long, along the south side of the Fraser River. The 80-kilometre-per-hour route will extend from Deltaport Way in Southwest Delta to 176th Street (Highway 15) in Surrey, with connections to Highways 1, 91 and 99.

More about the SFPR:

  • The SFPR has 15 overpasses and three interchanges.
  • More than 400,000 tonnes of asphalt was used on the entire project - enough to fill 63 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
  • More than 75,000 trees and shrubs were planted.
  • More than $100 million was spent on environmental and agricultural improvements, including:
    • Upgrading an irrigation system to bring fresh water from the Fraser River to more than 6,000 hectares of farmland in Delta.
    • Cleaning up portions of five landfills and converting one of them to useable, industrial land.
    • Building more than 40 environmental areas, including 80 fish habitats, 25 wildlife crossings and one bumble bee habitat, to help berry farmers with pollination.

Time savings for motorists:

  • Travel time between Highway 1 in Surrey and the Tsawwassen ferry terminal is now less than 30 minutes, compared with double or triple that time during rush hour using Highway 10.
  • Travel from South Delta to Maple Ridge using the Golden Ears Bridge will take about 30 minutes, saving motorists from 30 minutes to one hour depending on the time of day.

Media Contacts:

Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250 413 7941 or 250 387 3953

Transport Canada
Media Relations
613 993-0055

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WorkBC.ca offers enhanced job search tools and information tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2013:/blogs/newsroom//1.7115 2013-12-17T17:00:00Z 2013-12-17T18:54:38Z Job seekers, parents, educators and employers in British Columbia now have more tools and information to help them explore career options, find jobs, improve skills and connect with talented employees, thanks to the launch of the enhanced WorkBC.ca website. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - Job seekers, parents, educators and employers in British Columbia now have more tools and information to help them explore career options, find jobs, improve skills and connect with talented employees, thanks to the launch of the enhanced WorkBC.ca website.

People looking for work can access a new labour market navigator tool that allows them to explore opportunities by region or industry, and a new online video series, called Career Trek, provides in-depth profiles on a variety of in-demand careers. In addition, the entire website has been completely redesigned to improve navigation and search functions, as well as accommodate mobile devices.

WorkBC.ca also provides B.C. employers with information to help support and grow their business, as well as find employees through free job postings.

As the single access point for all B.C. government employment and skills training information, programs and services, WorkBC.ca continues to provide:

  • access to over 500 detailed career profiles;
  • one of the most comprehensive databases of jobs in B.C.;
  • career tools and videos that provide essential labour market information and bring occupations to life;
  • a blog featuring trends, job search tips, employment programs and more;
  • an interactive map of WorkBC Employment Services Centres across the province;
  • live chat for help with using the website and finding information; and
  • tools for parents and educators to assist youth in making career and training decisions.

Launched in 2012, WorkBC.ca is already one of the most frequently visited government websites, with approximately 750,000 visits per month. In 2012, the site served over 2.7 million clients.

Quote:

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour -

"Government is committed to providing up-to-date labour market information and services to help British Columbians explore career options, find jobs and improve their skills," said Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond. "As the primary source of employment information in the province, the revamped WorkBC website is a critical tool to help British Columbians succeed in this growing economy."

Quick Facts:

  • WorkBC.ca is the primary source for online labour market information and tools in B.C., and is a key initiative of the B.C. Jobs Plan.
  • WorkBC.ca supports a job search database that includes over 2,000 new postings per month and 10,000 vacancies province wide.
  • Over 77,000 jobs have been posted from over 20,000 registered employers since 2012.

Learn More:

WorkBC: http://www.workbc.ca

Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca

Media Contact:

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

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Taku River Tlingit First Nation shares clean energy revenue tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2013:/blogs/newsroom//1.7111 2013-12-16T21:00:00Z 2013-12-16T21:40:12Z A new agreement with the B.C. government will enable the Taku River Tlingit First Nation to share revenue from the Pine Creek Micro-Hydro Project. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ ATLIN - A new agreement with the B.C. government will enable the Taku River Tlingit First Nation to share revenue from the Pine Creek Micro-Hydro Project.

The revenue-sharing agreement is enabled by B.C.'s First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund, which aims to promote increased First Nations participation in the clean-energy sector. The Pine Creek agreement is the third revenue-sharing agreement to be signed under the fund.

The signing of this agreement means that B.C. has reached a total of 22 non-treaty agreements since the BC Jobs Plan was launched in 2011.This agreement is also the fourth of the 10 new non-treaty agreements B.C. has committed to reaching over the next two years.

The Pine Creek Micro-Hydro Project is a 2.1 mega-watt hydro facility located near Atlin, which will replace less-efficient diesel generators and will be interconnected to the BC Hydro grid.

Once the project is fully operational, the revenue to Taku River Tlingit is forecast to be approximately $6,000 per year over the life of the project.

Quote:

Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister John Rustad -

"Through the BC Jobs Plan, we are committed to reaching non-treaty agreements that bring benefits more quickly to First Nations communities. These agreements are not an alternative to treaty, but are building blocks that can be used to build to treaties and other forms of reconciliation agreements. This revenue-sharing agreement will benefit the Taku River Tlingit First Nation, while supporting B.C.'s clean energy sector."

Quick Facts:

  • The First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund provides money to build capacity in First Nations communities and invest in clean-energy infrastructure.
  • Since 2011, the provincial government has invested approximately $3.8 million to support clean energy opportunities in 70 Aboriginal communities throughout B.C., including wind energy, biomass, run-of-river hydroelectric power and clean-energy planning.
  • Earlier this year, B.C. and the Tahltan Nation signed the first revenue-sharing agreement reached under the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund.
  • The clean-energy technology industry is one of the fastest growing industries in B.C., with more than 200 organizations, 68 per cent of which were formed in the past decade.

Learn More:

For more information about the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund and how to apply, call 1 800 880-1022 toll-free or visit: http://www.gov.bc.ca/arr/economic/fncebf.html

Media Contact:

Nina Chiarelli
Communications Director
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
250 953-3211

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Canada and B.C. fund agrifood innovation and sustainability tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2013:/blogs/newsroom//1.7108 2013-12-16T18:30:00Z 2013-12-16T18:43:39Z The governments of Canada and British Columbia are investing more than $2 million in agricultural projects that support business development, innovation, food safety, and sustainability. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - The governments of Canada and British Columbia are investing more than $2 million in agricultural projects that support business development, innovation, food safety and sustainability.

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and B.C. Agriculture Minister Pat Pimm announced the first projects to be funded under the new Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Agreement.

"British Columbia has a strong agricultural sector, with the potential to grow even more," said Minister Ritz. "Through Growing Forward 2, we are investing in opportunities to enhance research and development and increase production and export capacities. B.C.'s agriculture and agri-food sector will be well positioned to maximize new opportunities our Government is achieving, such as the recently announced market access in the EU."

"The GF2 Agreement is about ensuring our B.C. agriculture sector is using the latest knowledge and technology," said Pimm. "The experience they will gain from these projects will help the whole sector compete internationally and maximize the potential of the increasing demand for high-quality food."

Between April 1 and Sept. 30, 2013:

  • The BC Agricultural Research & Development Corporation received $1.3 million for the delivery of the Beneficial Management Practices Program and the Environmental Farm Plan Program. Through these programs, farmers and ranchers can identify agri-environmental risks and get support to implement selected beneficial management practices on their farms and ranches.
  • The BC Cherry Association received $54,000 to facilitate inspection approvals by hosting Chinese inspectors and co-ordinating visits to B.C. cherry orchards.
  • The BC Blueberry Council received $25,000 to support a one-year pilot program that will encourage good grower practices, as well as respond and address community complaints regarding the use of propane cannons and audible bird scare devices.

The five-year GF2 policy framework came into effect on April 1, 2013, and provides a $3 billion federal, provincial and territorial government investment in innovation, competitiveness and market development.

The framework includes $2 billion cost-shared on a 60:40 basis for programs delivered by provinces and territories, as well as $1 billion for federal-only strategic initiatives.

The BC Jobs Plan's Agrifoods Strategy clearly states how innovation and improved competitiveness will help the agriculture sector become a $14-billion-a-year industry by 2017.

For more information on federal GF2 programs, visit: www.agr.gc.ca/GrowingForward2

Information on GF2 programs in British Columbia is available at: www.agf.gov.bc.ca/apf/GF2/GF2.html

A backgrounder follows.

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
613 773-7972
1 866 345-7972
Follow us on Twitter: @AAFC_Canada

Jeff English
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
613 773-1059

Dave Townsend
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Agriculture
250 356-7098
250 889-5945 (cell)

BACKGROUNDER

Growing Forward 2 provides funds to BC Agriculture

Between April 1 and Sept. 30, 2013 (the first and second quarters of 2013-14), the following funding was released under Growing Forward 2:

BC Agricultural Research & Development Corporation:

$900,000 for the delivery of the Beneficial Management Practices Program.

$400,000 for the delivery of the Environmental Farm Plan Program.

$200,000 to increase implementation of facility-based traceability systems across the agri-food chain.

$118,500 to deliver the On Farm Food Safety Program Implementation.

BC Blueberry Council:

$25,000 to support a one-year pilot of the Liaison Program that will encourage good grower practices and respond to propane cannon complaints.

$22,120 to conduct monitoring for Spotted Wing Drosophila.

$17,666 for research to identify reliable diagnostic tests and improve the surveillance of blueberry scorch and blueberry shock viruses.

BC Cherry Association:

$54,000 to facilitate inspection approvals for the B.C. cherry industry by hosting Chinese inspectors and coordinating visits to B.C. cherry orchards.

BC Fruit Growers' Association:

$30,780 to conduct two projects on Spotted Wing Drosophila in tree fruit.

$11,340 to conduct a survey for onion maggot in garlic.

$5,500 to develop a program to control apple maggot.

BC Greenhouse Growers' Association:

$18,000 for the Microbial Contamination in Greenhouse Vegetable Irrigation Water and Grower Education Program.

$8,800 to evaluate biological control agents for preventing cucumber diseases of importance to the industry, validate their use and to safeguard crop health and production.

BC Potato and Vegetable Growers Association:

$2,600 to create awareness of potential risks to the commercial potato sector associated with home-gardening activities in the Lower Mainland.

BC Turkey Marketing Board:

$52,000 to investigate causes of elevated mortality in free range turkey flocks and define risk factors associated with those causes.

Environment for Change Services Inc.:

$7,500 to consult with key stakeholders and identify knowledge gaps, research needs and pilot opportunities.

Market Development - Melissa Lynn Friesen (contract):

$20,727 to assist with the delivery of Ministry of Agriculture tradeshow initiatives.

Investment Agriculture Foundation:

$142,534 to increase the awareness, development, assessment and adoption of innovative products, processes and technologies.

Climate Adaptation - Emily MacNair (contract):

$41,516 to develop agricultural climate change programming and projects that build on the work of the BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative.

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
613 773-7972
1 866 345-7972
Follow us on Twitter: @AAFC_Canada

Jeff English
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
613 773-1059

Dave Townsend
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Agriculture
250 356-7098
250 889-5945 (cell)

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Fraser Valley communities extend Mobile Business pilot tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2013:/blogs/newsroom//1.7079 2013-12-12T18:00:00Z 2013-12-12T18:24:54Z Nine Fraser Valley municipalities have agreed to extend the Mobile Business Licence pilot program for two more years, as they look for ways to expand the program to include other municipalities. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - This week nine Fraser Valley municipalities agreed to extend the Mobile Business Licence pilot program for two more years, as they look for ways to expand the program to include other municipalities.

The extension means it will continue to be easier for mobile businesses that provide services in a number of municipalities - such as plumbers or electricians - to operate throughout the Fraser Valley for the next two years.

The Mobile Business Licence (MBL), also referred to as an Inter-Municipal Business Licence, reduces red tape by allowing mobile businesses to purchase just one licence, rather than obtaining non-resident permits in each municipality in which they operate.

The nine Fraser Valley municipalities worked together with their chambers of commerce to agree to adopt a common by-law for the first year of the pilot program, which started on Jan. 1, 2013. The municipalities include:

  • City of Langley
  • Township of Langley
  • City of Surrey
  • City of Abbotsford
  • City of Chilliwack
  • District of Mission
  • District of Maple Ridge
  • City of Pitt Meadows
  • District of Hope

Working with local governments to expand the MBL program is a key commitment in the BC Jobs Plan. The program reflects the Province's continued commitment to work in partnership with local governments to promote the success of the small business sector, and to reduce barriers to doing business in the province. The B.C. government plays a supporting role in these agreements, offering assistance with co-ordination of local governments.

Quick Facts:

  • There are now nine MBL agreements throughout the province involving a total of 63 communities.
  • The nine agreements include; Metro West, Tri-Cities, Fraser Valley, Okanagan-Similkameen, Trail, Courtenay-Comox, North-West Vancouver, Cowichan Valley and the Capital Region.
  • British Columbia is one of the first provinces in Canada to have a MBL program, though the Yukon has a similar licence that includes all of their municipalities.
  • Trades and businesses that can take part in the program include; plumbers, electricians, architects, general contractors and mechanical engineers.

Learn More:

To find out more information about the Mobile Business Licence program, please visit: http://www.resourcecentre.gov.bc.ca/mobile.html

Media Contact:

Media Relations
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business
250 387-2799

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Trade mission to Asia grows markets and promotes investment tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2013:/blogs/newsroom//1.7040 2013-12-04T20:20:00Z 2013-12-23T18:34:52Z British Columbia and its natural gas potential are the talk of Asia as Premier Christy Clark's 2013 Jobs and Trade Mission comes to a close. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VANCOUVER - British Columbia and its natural gas potential are the talk of Asia as Premier Christy Clark's 2013 Jobs and Trade Mission comes to a close. Premier Clark and International Trade Minister Teresa Wat led a diverse delegation with one common purpose: to strengthen ties in Asia and secure markets for British Columbia's liquefied natural gas (LNG).

"LNG is an unprecedented opportunity for B.C. with 100,000 jobs and 1 trillion dollars in new economic activity over 30 years to provide clean energy to power Asia's growth and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions," Premier Clark said. "Asian investors and governments now clearly understand that B.C. businesses and labour, First Nations and communities are united and working together to be a long-term stable supplier of British Columbia's clean natural gas."

Over 120 companies, First Nations and labour representatives, and organizations and communities took part in the Jobs and Trade Mission to China, Korea and Japan. Premier Clark and Minister Wat participated in high-level meetings with LNG decision makers and signed co-operation agreements with multiple levels of governments. This strategic outreach included:

  • A tour of the Jiangsu Rudon liquefied natural gas terminal that offered a first-hand look at a facility that is ready to receive British Columbia's LNG exports.
  • Premier Clark addressed forums dedicated to British Columbia's resources and natural gas in Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo.
  • Key government-to-government agreements to expand co-operation and strengthen energy-related business opportunities, including:
    • The Sichuan Department of Commerce;
    • The Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission (COFTEC);
    • Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization;
    • Korea's Gyeonggi Province; and,
    • Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.
  • Bank of China (Canada), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bank of China, announced it has consolidated its Canadian trade finance services at its International Business Centre in Vancouver; it will lead new trade settlement business for the Bank of China (Canada).
  • Samsung Electronics announced the official opening of its first Canadian research and development centre in Burnaby; it will focus on developing mobile enterprise solutions.
  • An agreement between the University of British Columbia and the Korea Gas Corporation to formulate a joint strategy related to fuel cell technology and the production, processing and liquefaction of natural gas.

Yesterday, Minister Wat witnessed the signing of an agreement between the Ministry of International Trade and the Guangdong Department of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation to advance trade and investment partnerships in the South China region. Minister Wat also attended a B.C. LNG forum in Guangzhou with approximately 50 representatives from South China's natural gas industry.

"China, Korea and Japan are actively changing their energy mix and looking for new solutions and partners, and this trade mission allowed us to personally deliver the message that British Columbia is open for business," Minister Wat said. "We promoted British Columbia's advantages in meetings with LNG investors and at B.C. resource forums in high priority markets, and we advanced government-to-government energy co-operation in countries where those relationships are the key to securing investment."

British Columbia's trade mission and its natural gas potential have been widely covered in the Asian media. Premier Clark and Minister Wat participated in a series of interviews with outlets that reach massive audiences, including CCTV, accessible to over a billion TV viewers, and news services Xinhua and Chinese Financial Times, which together are viewed by over 100 million readers per day. British Columbia's new energy partnership agreement with Japan was covered by major outlets such as Kyodo News, Nikkei and Denki Shimbun, a daily paper devoted to the energy industry, and a feature story about the mission and B.C. LNG was published yesterday in Korea's Maeil Business Newspaper, which has a circulation of over 835,000 readers.

Learn More:

Find all of the updates from #TM2013 on the BC Newsroom site: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2013/10/growing-markets-in-asia-and-promoting-investment-in-british-columbia---trade-missions.html

Check out what the world sees about B.C. on www.BritishColumbia.ca, the Province's international-facing website, its Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/BCTradeInvest and on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/trade-&-invest-british-columbia

Contact:

Sam Oliphant
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 952-7252

Blair Phelps
Communications Director
Ministry of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific
Strategy and Multiculturalism
250 356-7104

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B.C. and Japan take steps to fuel energy needs tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2013:/blogs/newsroom//1.7024 2013-12-02T22:15:00Z 2013-12-23T18:39:55Z On the final leg of Jobs and Trade Mission 2013, Premier Christy Clark signed two agreements, fortifying relationships to increase investments for natural gas development in B.C. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ TOKYO, JAPAN - On the final leg of Jobs and Trade Mission 2013, Premier Christy Clark signed two agreements, fortifying relationships to increase investments for natural gas development in B.C.

"As the world's largest importer of liquefied natural gas, Japan is a critical partner in the development of B.C.'s natural gas industry," said Premier Clark. "We're here to leverage our competitive advantages and make sure B.C. is top of mind for LNG investment."

Premier Clark signed a new three-year memorandum of energy co-operation and development with Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi to expand co-operation and strengthen energy-related business opportunities.

The memorandum provides a framework for areas of co-operation, including: accelerated investments into LNG exploration and development, industrial co-operation of related industries through business matching opportunities, timely and effective infrastructure construction and environmental assessment processes, and information sharing on energy policies and technologies.

Also in Tokyo, Premier Clark renewed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on mutual co-operation with the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) to work together and share information on natural gas activities.

Since the MOU was first signed in May 2012, the Government of British Columbia and JOGMEC have worked closely together as JOGMEC and its partners pursue natural gas projects in B.C. In particular, the Province provides support for JOGMEC as it considers the feasibility of a gas-to-liquids project in B.C.

To further LNG investment in Asia, tomorrow, Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat will be opening the B.C.-Guangdong LNG Seminar. The South China region is one the largest consumers of LNG in the country and this seminar allows natural gas shareholders to explore LNG investment opportunities in B.C.

Quick Facts:

  • Japan is the world's third-largest economy and remains a high-tech powerhouse.
  • Japan is British Columbia's third-largest export destination, as B.C. leads Canadian provinces in trade with Japan, with $4.2 billion of Canada's $10.4 billion in exports to Japan in 2012. B.C.'s exports to Japan are two times higher than the next leading province.
  • The 2013 Jobs and Trade Mission is supported by British Columbia's international trade and investment network throughout Asia. British Columbia's trade and investment office in Tokyo provides customized support for B.C. businesses and communities as B.C. expands markets for its goods and services, and attracts new investment.

Learn More:

The BC Newsroom has live updates from #TM13 here: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2013/10/growing-markets-in-asia-and-promoting-investment-in-british-columbia---trade-missions.html

You can also follow the 2013 trade mission using www.BritishColumbia.ca, the Province's international-facing website, its Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/BCTradeInvest and on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/trade-&-invest-british-columbia

Contacts:

Sam Oliphant
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 952-7252

Blair Phelps
Communications Director
Ministry of International Trade
And Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
250 356-7104

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Agreements in Korea and Shanghai strengthen relationships with B.C. tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2013:/blogs/newsroom//1.7016 2013-11-29T20:50:00Z 2013-12-23T18:43:39Z As part of the second day of Premier Christy Clark's Jobs and Trade Mission 2013 to Korea, eight additional agreements have been signed, further deepening ties with British Columbian, Korean and Chinese businesses and organizations. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ SEOUL - As part of the second day of Premier Christy Clark's Jobs and Trade Mission 2013 to Korea, eight additional agreements have been signed, further deepening ties with British Columbian, Korean and Chinese businesses and organizations.

One of the highlights is an agreement between the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) to formulate a joint strategy related to fuel cell technology and the production, processing and liquefaction of natural gas.

The agreement includes a commitment from KOGAS to set up a research laboratory at UBC and for both institutions to explore areas of potential collaboration including, but not limited to, the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technology, natural gas production, processing and liquefaction technologies. They also will pursue partnerships with B.C.-based fuel cell companies to explore commercialization opportunities.

While in Seoul, Korea, Premier Clark also witnessed the signing of agreements between British Columbian and Korean businesses and organizations:

  • A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Royal Roads University (RRU) and the Foundation for Preventing Youth Violence to create a joint forum onyouth violence prevention programs as well as academic exchange programs.
    Memorandum of Understanding with Royal Roads University
  • A MOU between RRU and Sookmyung Women's University (SWU) to create a joint masters of arts in leadership program, which fits SWU's role in training for women in leadership.
    Memorandum of Understanding with Royal Roads University
  • A MOU between RRU and Kyung Hee University to develop academic co-operation in research, knowledge sharing, joint seminars and academic meetings, student/faculty exchanges and short-term academic programs in the areas of tourism and hospitality.
    Memorandum of Understanding with Royal Roads University

Also while in Seoul, Premier Clark welcomed several announcements with B.C. links:

  • Samsung Electronics, the world's number one smartphone producer, announced the official opening of its first Canadian research and development centre in Burnaby. This new venture will focus on developing mobile enterprise solutions such as Samsung KNOX(tm), while also providing global technical support for the company's diverse B2B customers.
  • UBC and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) released an update on the research partnership between UBC's Clean Energy Research Centre and KIST on four joint research and development projects on fuels and chemicals sourced from biomass.
  • The BC Bioenergy Network and the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning announced a collaborative research project between Highbury Energy, a B.C. bioenergy company, and the Korea Institute of Energy Research to develop liquid fuels from forestry wastes.
  • Roadhouse Interactive, a B.C. based developer, operator and publisher of electronic games, announced its partnership with Korea's Red Pig Games to adapt and publish Shooting Cows, an arcade puzzle game.

In Shanghai, China, Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat signed an agreement between the ministry and the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization to promote two-way economic relations and facilitate direct government-to-government dialogue and business-to-business contacts.

In addition, Wat witnessed the signing of several agreements between British Columbian and Chinese businesses and organizations:

  • An investment agreement between MedGenesis of Victoria and Jiangsu Hualan for its owner Mr. Yimin Hua to invest over $1 million in MedGenesis.
  • An announcement by Pharmaster International (Ningbo) to establish its first overseas research centre in B.C.
  • A sales agreement between V.I.P. Soap Products Ltd. of B.C. and Canaan of Shanghai to provide $2 million in B.C.-produced, environmentally friendly household products.
  • An agreement between HapiFoods Group of Gibsons, the makers of Holy Crap cereal, and Sinova Foods International to market and distribute HapiFoods products in China.

Learn More:

The BC Newsroom has live updates from #TM13 here: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2013/10/growing-markets-in-asia-and-promoting-investment-in-british-columbia---trade-missions.html

You can also follow the 2013 trade mission using www.BritishColumbia.ca, the Province's international-facing website, its Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/BCTradeInvest and on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/trade-&-invest-british-columbia

For information on the agreement between UBC and KOGAS: http://www.ubc.ca/

For more information on the agreements signed by Royal Roads University: http://www.royalroads.ca/news-releases/royal-roads-joins-trade-mission-sign-global-agreements

For more information on Samsung's announcement: http://www.samsung.com/

For more information on UBC's Clean Energy Research Centre: http://www.cerc.ubc.ca/

For more information on BC Bioenergy Network's announcement: http://bcbioenergy.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/2013-11-28-29-BCBN-KIER-News-Release.pdf

For more information on Roadhouse Interactive's announcement: http://www.roadhouseinteractive.com/news/

For information on MedGenesis: http://www.medgenesis.com/

For information on V.I.P. Soaps Products Ltd.: http://www.vipsoap.com/

For information on HapiFoods Group: http://www.holycrap.ca/

Contacts:

Sam Oliphant
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 952-7252

Blair Phelps
Communications Director
|Ministry of International Trade and Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
250 356-7104


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Building jobs and investment through stronger relationships with China tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2013:/blogs/newsroom//1.6978 2013-11-24T18:15:00Z 2013-12-23T18:57:49Z The first weekend of Premier Christy Clark's 2013 Jobs and Trade Mission was highlighted by a new natural gas venture establishing a Vancouver head office and Bluestar International Business signing an $80-million forestry deal that will see B.C. lumber used for infrastructure projects in China. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VANCOUVER - The first weekend of Premier Christy Clark's 2013 Jobs and Trade Mission was highlighted by a new natural gas venture establishing a Vancouver head office and Bluestar International Business signing an $80-million forestry deal that will see B.C. lumber used for infrastructure projects in China.

After arriving in Beijing on Friday, Premier Clark and Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat travelled to Nantong and toured the Jiangsu Rudong liquefied natural gas facility on Saturday, getting a first-hand look at a gasification plant capable of handling British Columbia's liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.

"This facility is ready to receive B.C. natural gas and this is another sign that we need to deepen our relationship with China to increase trade and develop a brand new industry," Premier Clark said. "LNG isn't just a northern industry, but will create opportunities and jobs around the province - from direct jobs to support services to head offices. We are here to make sure that businesses and communities across B.C. benefit."

Building jobs and investment through stronger relationships with China

Back in British Columbia, a new LNG project with links to the Rudong operation has put down roots in Vancouver. Woodfibre Natural Gas Limited, a newly formed Canadian company, together with Pacific Oil and Gas Limited, RGE's energy company, is in the early stages of developing Woodfibre LNG, a natural gas liquefaction and export project near Squamish. Woodfibre LNG has now officially established its headquarters in Vancouver.

"Our expanded international trade and investment network and trade missions allow us to get in front of investors and promote British Columbia as an attractive destination for investment and for Asian companies looking to locate head offices for their North American operations," said Wat, Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism.

Pacific Oil and Gas is a partner in the Rudong LNG facility, and RGE, headquartered in Singapore, manages various companies focused on resource-based manufacturing industries. It has assets exceeding US$15 billion and employs over 50,000 people worldwide.

"Our goal is to develop a project that provides sustained economic growth while continuing to support the work that has been done to improve Howe Sound over the past few years," said Byng Giraud, vice president of corporate affairs, Woodfibre LNG. "Having our head office in Vancouver and eventually setting up another office in Squamish will allow us to work closely with prospective partners, service providers, the community and First Nations while also being ideally situated to connect with investment partners in Asia and around the world."

On Sunday, Burnaby-based Bluestar International Business announced that it has signed a deal with Sichuan Xilin IM/EX Co. Ltd. to provide B.C. lumber for housing and infrastructure projects in China's Sichuan province and surrounding areas.

"As a British Columbia company with operations in China, we are very excited to sign this agreement to purchase lumber from mills in B.C.," William Qu, president of Bluestar International Business, said. "As the sole buyer for this deal, we can work with the forest product companies in B.C. to ensure this lumber reaches China and grows the market for B.C. wood."

The US$80 million contract is for processed lumber that will be used for railway, infrastructure, and residential construction, with Sichuan real estate developers promoting the use of the wood as a unique selling point to Chinese homebuyers.

"Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson was recently in China to promote B.C. lumber and Premier Clark has made several trips to encourage business in China to use British Columbia's wood products," said Zeng Aiguo, president of Sichuan Xilin IM/EX CO., Ltd. "We are proud to use B.C. wood, some of the world's best."

The news came as Premier Clark and Minister Wat led the mission from Nantong to Chengdu to make the business case for the resource development and investment that will lead to economic activity throughout British Columbia. This marks the first official visit to Chengdu, a fast-growing city at the heart of Sichuan Province.

Meeting with the Governor of Sichuan

On Monday, Premier Clark and the B.C. trade mission will again break new ground with an official visit to Chongqing. The city, which sits at the centre of a western China region with a population of 30 million people, has a large industrial area and a rapidly developing urban core. This year's Jobs and Trade Mission is building and deepening relationships in the regions and cities that are driving economic growth in China.

Chongqing Mayor meeting

Quick Facts:

  • Located at the Port of Yangkou in Nantong City, Jiangsu Province, the Rudong LNG terminal is PetroChina's first and China's fourth LNG terminal project.
  • Bluestar International's new contract to supply lumber to China continues the momentum created by an increased focus on diversifying international markets for B.C. forestry products.
    • From January to September, exports of B.C. wood products to China, including Hong Kong, have increased 38 per cent compared to the same period last year - and 2,106 per cent compared to 2003.
  • The 2013 Jobs and Trade Mission is being supported by British Columbia's international trade and investment network throughout Asia. B.C. has trade and investment offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong in China.

Learn More:

The BC Newsroom has live updates from #TM13 here: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2013/10/growing-markets-in-asia-and-promoting-investment-in-british-columbia---trade-missions.html.

You can also follow the 2013 trade mission using www.BritishColumbia.ca, the Province's international-facing website, its Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/BCTradeInvest and on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/trade-&-invest-british-columbia.

Contact:

Sam Oliphant
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 952-7252

Blair Phelps
Communications Director
Ministry of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
250 356-7104

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Over 120 companies and organizations take part in BC Jobs and Trade Mission tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2013:/blogs/newsroom//1.6956 2013-11-21T20:00:00Z 2013-12-23T19:29:05Z Premier Christy Clark departs today for her third Jobs and Trade Mission, leading a delegation of over 120 companies to China, Korea and Japan from Nov. 21 to Dec. 3, 2013 to deepen British Columbia's relationships with these priority markets. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/

VANCOUVER - Premier Christy Clark departs today for her Jobs and Trade Mission, leading a delegation of over 120 companies to China, Korea and Japan from Nov. 21 to Dec. 3, 2013 to deepen British Columbia's relationships with these priority markets.

"Trade missions are an important way to share B.C.'s competitive advantages with our international partners so that B.C. businesses and communities share in the benefits," said Premier Clark. "As we develop LNG and seize economic development in every corner of the province, these partnerships and strategic outreach will mean more economic growth and jobs here at home."

In addition to expanding trade and investment opportunities between B.C. and these important markets, Premier Clark will be advancing liquefied natural gas (LNG) development opportunities and promoting the province as a stable and attractive destination for trade and investment. She and Minister Teresa Wat will also encourage Asian corporations to headquarter their North American operations in British Columbia.

"One of the keys to doing business in Asia is building and deepening relationships," said Wat, Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism. "That is why trade missions are so important. They help us deepen our relationships and reinforce B.C.'s economic and cultural ties with our priority Asian markets."

Trade missions are a critical part of British Columbia's strategy to diversify its international trading partners and secure new investment, propelling economic activity and job creation throughout the province.

The mission will strengthen British Columbia's bilateral relations with government partners; promote B.C.'s competitive advantages during corporate meetings with key investors in LNG and other priority sectors; and capitalize on B.C.'s cultural bridge across the Pacific with networking events built around B.C.'s many family, economic and educational connections to Asia.

Contact:

Sam Oliphant

Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 952-7252

Blair Phelps
Communications
Ministry of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
250 356-7104

BACKGROUNDER

BC Jobs and Trade Mission to China, Korea and Japan - participating companies and organizations

AltaGas

Air Canada

AMEC Americas Ltd.

Apache Canada Ltd.

Aspac Developments Ltd.

Aztec Communications

Bank of China (Canada)

BC Building Trades

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Beijing LYXB Petroleum Equipment Co., Ltd.

BG Group

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Bluestar International Business

BMO Financial Group

Boilingpoint Group

BOYDEL Wastewater Technologies Inc.

Britco

British Columbia Institute of Technology

British Columbia Maritime Employers Association

Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP

CPM Trading Company Limited

Camosun College

Canada Finance & Investment Institute Society, Canada Entrepreneur's Club

Canada-Japan Society of BC

Canadian Alliance of Chinese Associations

Canadian Film And Television Institute

Canfor - Vancouver

Cantrust 4S Autobody

Capital West Investment Management Corp.

Chevron Canada

Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver

Choice Communication (Canada) Ltd.

Clark Wilson LLP

Clean Energy BC

Clean Energy Research Centre

Clevest Solutions Inc.

Coast Tsimshian Resources LP

CoBee Enterprise Ltd.

Corvus Energy

Davis LLP

Dawa Business Group Inc.

Deloitte Inc.

District of Squamish

Dream Lighting City Culture Development Co., Ltd.

Earnscliffe Strategy Group

Endoscopy Equipment

Ernst & Young

Fortis BC

Fortune Minerals Limited

Fortuneworld Investment Inc.

Genome British Columbia

Globe Group

Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

Grandview Pacific Investment Group

Guide Outfitter Association of BC

Haisla Economic Development

Haisla Nation

Heat and Frost Insulators

Hemmera

Hitachi Consulting

HKLeong Enterprises

Husteel

Huu-ay-aht First Nation

IBEW

iFortune Canada

ILWU Canada

Jiangxi Copper Investments (Beijing) Co. Ltd.

Jingon International Development Group LLP

JOGMEC

Jordan Capital Markets Inc.

Korea Market Advisory Group (KMAG)

Korean Cultural Heritage Society

KPMG, LLP

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Leister Blake Ent Ltd.

LIFESUPPORT Patient Transport

Listel Canada Ltd.

Lowe & Company

Mainstream Broadcasting Corporation

Mitacs

National Bank Financial

New America International Enterprises Inc.

New East Consulting Services

Oberti Architecture

Pacific Oil and Gas

Pacific Western Brewing Company

Pathway Advisory Services Ltd.

Port Alberni Port Authority

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Prince Rupert Port Authority

Progress Energy Canada Ltd.

RCI Capital Group

ReFleX Wireless Inc.

RGE Group

Richardson GMP Ltd.

Rival Schools

Roadhouse Interactive

Roc-Star Enterprises Ltd.

Royal Roads University

Schneider Electric Solar

Seaspan

Shell

Shinan Group

Sichuan Chamber of Commerce of Canada (SCCC)

Spectra Energy

Squamish First Nation

SST Wireless Inc.

Tait Laboratories Inc.

TD Securities

Teck Resources Limited

The International Union of Operating Engineers

TianKe International Investment Ltd.

TicTalking

TransAlta Corporation

TransCanada PipeLines Limited

University of British Columbia

University of Fraser Valley Student Board

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority - Port Metro Vancouver

Woodfibre Natural Gas Limited

Yuanheng Holdings Ltd

YVR Vancouver Airport Authority

Zelta Capital Partners

Contact:

Sam Oliphant
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 952-7252

Blair Phelps
Communications
Ministry of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
250 356-7104

BACKGROUNDER

Highlights of Premier Clark's BC Jobs and Trade Mission to China, Korea and Japan

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 - Richmond

  • Depart

Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 - Beijing

  • Arrive

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 - Beijing, Nantong, Chengdu

  • Tour of Rudong LNG

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 - Chengdu, Chongqing

  • Meeting with Sichuan government officials
  • Luncheon hosted by Sichuan Government

Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 - Chongqing, Beijing

  • Meeting with Chongqing government officials
  • Trade and Investment Luncheon hosted by Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission (COFTEC)

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 - Beijing

  • Meetings with senior business executives to promote LNG development
  • Luncheon hosted by Chinese Peoples Institute of Foreign Affairs
  • Friends of BC Reception - Beijing

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 - Beijing

  • LNG Investment Luncheon - Beijing
  • Meetings with various senior executives from the financial sector

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 - Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul

  • Bilateral Meeting with Gyeonggi Governor Kim, Moon-Soo

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 - Seoul

  • Meeting with Minister of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE)
  • BC-Canada-Korea Natural Gas Forum
  • Meetings with senior business executives to promote LNG development
  • Friends of BC Reception - Seoul

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 - Seoul, Tokyo

  • Private and cultural program

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 - Tokyo

  • Private and cultural program

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 - Tokyo

  • BC Natural Resources Luncheon - Tokyo
  • Meeting with Minister of Economy, Trade & Industry
  • Tea with HIH Princess Takamado
  • Friends of BC Reception - Tokyo
  • Meetings with senior business executives to promote LNG development

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 - Tokyo, Richmond

  • Meetings with senior business executives to promote LNG development
  • Depart for Richmond

Contact:

Sam Oliphant
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 952-7252

Blair Phelps
Communications
Ministry of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
250 356-7104

BACKGROUNDER

Highlights of Minister Wat's BC Jobs and Trade Mission to China

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 - Richmond

  • Depart

Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 - Beijing

  • Arrive

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 - Beijing, Nantong, Chengdu

  • Tour of Rudong LNG

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 - Chengdu, Chongqing

  • Meeting with Sichuan government officials
  • Luncheon hosted by Sichuan Government

Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 - Chongqing, Beijing

  • Meeting with Chongqing government officials
  • Trade and Investment Luncheon hosted by Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission (COFTEC)

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 - Beijing

  • Meetings with senior business executives to promote LNG development
  • Luncheon hosted by Chinese Peoples Institute of Foreign Affairs
  • Friends of BC Reception - Beijing

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 - Beijing

  • LNG Investment Luncheon - Beijing
  • Meetings with various senior executives from the financial sector

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 - Tianjin

  • Meeting with senior government officials for Tianjin Shanghai
  • Lunch hosted by Royal Roads University
  • Speech at Tianjin Renai University
  • Meetings with various senior executives

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 - Tianjin, Shanghai

  • Meetings with various senior executives
  • Investor rountable
  • Meeting with senior government officials and Ministries for Shanghai
  • Friends of BC Reception

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 - Shanghai

  • Meeting with Canadian Consul General Rick Savone
  • Remarks at Sino-Canada Highschool 10th Anniversary Banquet
  • BC Forestry Investment Innovation demonstration

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 - Shanghai, Urumqi

  • Meeting with corporate executives

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 - Urumqi, Guangzhou

  • Meeting with corporate executives

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 - Guangzhou, Beijing, Hong Kong

  • Meeting with Department of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (DOFTEC), and senior government officials for Guangzhou
  • BC-Guangdong LNG Seminar
  • BC Seafood Promotion Opening
  • Friends of BC Business - Guangzhou
  • Meeting with various corporate executives to promote B.C.'s investment opportunities.

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 - Hong Kong

  • Canadian Consul General Ian Burchett
  • Luncheon Hosted by Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Investor Roundtables

Contact:

Sam Oliphant
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 952-7252

Blair Phelps
Communications
Ministry of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
250 356-7104

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Agreement reached on land to build LNG facility at Grassy Point tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2013:/blogs/newsroom//1.6894 2013-11-12T22:25:00Z 2013-12-23T19:35:40Z A new liquefied-natural-gas (LNG) export facility called Aurora LNG is another step closer at Grassy Point near Prince Rupert. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VANCOUVER - A new liquefied-natural-gas (LNG) export facility called Aurora LNG is another step closer at Grassy Point near Prince Rupert, thanks to an agreement between the Government of British Columbia and Nexen Energy ULC, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited and its joint venture partners, INPEX Corporation and JGC Corporation. Premier Christy Clark announced the details of the agreement in Vancouver today.

"As the global economy continues to struggle, LNG presents a singular opportunity to transform our economy," said Premier Clark. "While we have a lot more work ahead of us, this agreement is another step towards realizing that opportunity."

LNG development at Grassy Point is subject to regulatory approval and investment decisions by the joint venture partners.

Today's agreement is the result of a Request for Expression of Interest initiated by the Province in February 2013. The request provided industry with an opportunity to submit LNG development proposals for an area of provincial Crown land known as Grassy Point. The request attracted four suitable submissions. Discussions are ongoing with the remaining three proponents for an adjacent parcel of land at Grassy Point.

"Through project assessment and stakeholder consultation we are committed to examining the potential to build a best-in-class LNG facility - one that creates jobs, delivers lasting economic and social benefits and is developed with the environment top-of-mind," said Nexen CEO Kevin Reinhart, on behalf of his company and joint venture partners, INPEX and JGC.

The agreement between the Province of British Columbia and Aurora LNG is a sole proponent agreement, which provides the companies involved with the exclusive right to move forward with the planning necessary to build LNG export infrastructure at Grassy Point.

"Building an LNG export industry is an unprecedented opportunity to create thousands of jobs while supplying Asian markets with the world's cleanest burning fossil fuel," said Minister of Natural Gas Development Rich Coleman. "Natural gas is redefining the economic prospects of British Columbians, and our government will ensure these benefits are enjoyed for generations to come."

Aurora LNG joins an expansive list of industry projects making strides in the province, many of which are already investing in B.C.'s natural-gas sector and boosting local economies. There are now 10 LNG project proposals in British Columbia.

As part of its future planning, Aurora LNG will need to acquire an export permit from the National Energy Board. It will also have to submit project descriptions with British Columbia and Canada to successfully complete the environmental assessment process.

The Province will continue to work with industry, First Nations and communities to ensure lasting benefits are achieved as the industry develops.

Assuming five LNG plants and the supporting pipelines are built, more than 39,000 annual jobs will be created over a nine-year construction period and 75,000 jobs once these plants are fully operational.

Agreement reached on land to build LNG facility at Grassy Point

Learn More:

British Columbia's Liquefied Natural Gas Strategy: http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/LNGreport_web_130627.pdf

LNG One Year Update: http://www.gov.bc.ca/com/attachments/LNGreport_update2013_web130207.pdf

For a list of LNG proposals in B.C.http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/ministries/natural-gas-development/factsheets/factsheet-lng-project-proposals-in-british-columbia.html

A backgrounder follows.

Contact:

Sam Oliphant
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 952-7252

Sandra Steilo
Media Relations
Ministry of Natural Gas Development
250 952-0617

BACKGROUNDER

Agreement Between B.C. and Aurora LNG

  • On Nov. 12, 2013, the Government of British Columbia announced a sole proponent agreement with Aurora LNG.
  • The sole proponent agreement provides Aurora LNG with the exclusive rights to pursue long-term Crown land tenure in the Grassy Point area.
  • The agreement is for the northern part of Grassy Point, which covers 614.9 hectares of land, plus foreshore land equalling 158.7 hectares.
  • Aurora LNG will be examining the viability of constructing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant and export terminal at this location.
  • Under the agreement, Aurora LNG will pay $12 million to the Province upon signing the sole proponent agreement. Another $12 million will be paid by Aurora LNG on, or before, the first anniversary of the agreement, as long as the proponent wants the arrangement to continue.
  • The right to acquire the land for construction or long-term use remains a matter of future negotiations. If the land is acquired by Aurora LNG, the $24 million submitted to government will be subtracted from the final sale price.
  • As part of the agreement, specific milestones must be achieved:
    • Aurora LNG must file for an export licence from Canada's National Energy Board within a certain timeframe of the agreement.
    • Aurora LNG must also submit a Project Description - with Canada and with the Province British Columbia - to initiate the environmental assessment process.
    • Development at Grassy Point is subject to regulatory approval and a final investment decision by the proponent.
    • Aurora LNG is a joint venture by Nexen Energy ULC, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, INPEX Corporation and JGC Corporation.

Contacts:

Sam Oliphant
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 952-7252

Sandra Steilo
Media Relations
Ministry of Natural Gas Development
250 952-0617

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Alberta and British Columbia reach agreement on opening new markets tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2013:/blogs/newsroom//1.6863 2013-11-05T19:15:00Z 2013-12-12T22:47:14Z After officials worked through the night, Alberta Premier Alison Redford and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark today announced a framework agreement between the two provinces on moving energy resources to new markets. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VANCOUVER - After officials worked through the night, Alberta Premier Alison Redford and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark today announced a framework agreement between the two provinces on moving energy resources to new markets.

"Agreement on B.C.'s 5 conditions is a necessary first step before any proposals can be considered for approval," said Premier Christy Clark. "It is the way we do business in B.C. and it works. By working together with Alberta through these principles we can grow our economies, and strengthen Canada's economy overall."

The framework will also see the Government of British Columbia endorse Premier Redford's Canadian Energy Strategy.

"A key part of our Building Alberta Plan is getting Alberta's resources to new markets at much fairer prices so we can keep funding the programs Albertans told us matter most to them," said Premier Alison Redford. "Today's agreement with B.C. is good news for Alberta, for British Columbia and for all Canadians. I welcome Premier Clark's endorsement of the Canadian Energy Strategy and our shared commitment to create jobs, long-term growth and position Canada as a true global energy superpower. We look forward to continued constructive dialogue with B.C."

Alberta & BC reach agreement on opening new markets

The governments of B.C. and Alberta agree that British Columbia's conditions are intended to ensure both the responsible production of energy as well as its safe transport to new markets, giving projects the social licence to proceed.

B.C.'s conditions 1-4 are designed to achieve both economic benefit and risk mitigation on increased shipments through B.C. They mirror Alberta's legislated commitments on responsible energy production. Alberta and B.C. agree that only through intensive environmental review and protection, enhanced marine safeguards and First Nations support, can projects proceed.

On condition five, Alberta agrees that B.C. has a right to negotiate with industry on appropriate economic benefits. Both governments agree it is not for the governments of Alberta and B.C. to negotiate these benefits. Both provinces reaffirmed that Alberta's royalties are not on the table for negotiation.

Contacts:

Sam Oliphant
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier of British Columbia
250 589-0271

Neala Barton
Director of Media Relations
Office of the Premier of Alberta
587 991-8935
@nealabarton

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Ministers' statement on Skilled Trades and Technology Week tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2013:/blogs/newsroom//1.6852 2013-11-04T17:45:00Z 2014-02-11T18:35:58Z Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond and Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk have issued the following statement in recognition of Skilled Trades and Technology Week, Nov. 4-10, 2013. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/

VICTORIA - Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond and Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk have issued the following statement in recognition of Skilled Trades and Technology Week, Nov. 4-10, 2013.

"Over the next decade there will be more than one million job openings in B.C., and over 40 per cent of these jobs will be in trades or technical occupations. Skilled Trades and Technology Week is a great reminder that all of us - government, employers, educators and parents - need to work together to ensure our youth have the skills required to be first in line for these jobs.

"The BC Jobs Plan and Skills and Training Plan are addressing this goal by investing more than $500 million annually to support employment and skills training programs throughout the province, as well over $100 million annually for trades training through the Industry Training Authority. British Columbians have a once-in-a-generation opportunity right now. Our goal is to make sure this opportunity translates into good jobs that strengthen families, communities and our economy.

"A career in the trades is a smart choice that provides British Columbians with a secure future through a rewarding, respected and well-paying career. We are encouraging more young people to consider the trades. We want them to think about it - and prepare for it - before they graduate high school.

"It's important to our future success and prosperity that we align skills training programs with economic opportunities when and where they happen to be in British Columbia. This means planning - and training - for jobs that do not even exist yet. We need young people to be flexible, and to go where the jobs are now or will be in the future. If they do that, it will mean good jobs and a paycheque in their back pocket."

Skilled Trades and Technology Week was created by Skills/Compétences Canada to raise awareness of skilled trades and technology careers among youth, their parents and the general public. For more information, call 877 754-5226 or visit: http://www.skillscanada.com

Media contacts:

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

Dan Gilmore
Communications Manager
Ministry of Advanced Education
250 952-6400


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