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 Newsroom tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2011-01-28:/blogs/newsroom//1 2014-04-16T23:41:07Z Movable Type Enterprise 4.38 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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B.C.'s tech sector is growing, and full of opportunities tag:mt.cms.gcpe.gov.bc.ca,2014:/blogs/newsroom//1.7648 2014-04-05T17:00:00Z 2014-04-07T15:41:05Z This week, BC Stats released a progress report that shows the growing strength of British Columbia's high technology sector. BC Government http://www.gov.bc.ca/ VICTORIA - This week, BC Stats released a progress report that shows the growing strength of British Columbia’s high technology sector. This report is a solid indication that the BC Jobs Plan is working and that British Columbia now competes with the best in the industry.

Most British Columbians are already familiar with home-grown success stories like Hootsuite, Global Relay, Mobify and Plenty of Fish. But we’re also home to companies such as D-Wave in Burnaby that may not be household names, but D-Wave is recognized by companies such as Google as a truly global leader in one of the most technologically complex fields in the world, quantum computing.

In fact, there are many local businesses drawing international attention. Seamor Marine in Nanaimo recently partnered with NASA to build underwater robots that will assist the NASA Space Program. Another example is Trulioo, a Vancouver-based company that provides social media, mobile and web identification services. While this company has a catchy name, it’s also on venture capitalist mogul David Blumberg’s radar as possibly the next Hootsuite. This company is rapidly expanding as an industry pioneer and they’re doing it right here in B.C.

The province is also attracting foreign investments in technology development centres for Star Wars productions, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and Electronic Arts. The recent TED conference was hosted in Vancouver after being based in California since it first opened. The list goes on. These global powerhouses recognize the competitive advantages our province offers and are bringing their business here and putting down roots.

We know this didn’t happen overnight. It takes good people with great ideas, who are willing to develop their ideas and build companies, to get to the level of prosperity that we are seeing today.

That’s why we’re working hard to support the sector with the fuel people need to get their ideas into the marketplace. Through our support of the BC Innovation Council (BCIC), we’re providing strong support for budding local entrepreneurs who are trying to get their companies and ideas launched in a very competitive industry.

For example, BCIC’s provincewide Venture Acceleration Program provides guidance, coaching and training for early stage technology entrepreneurs and innovators. The program helps to accelerate the process of defining a business model based on best practices for starting and growing technology entrepreneurs.

Since 2011, the BCIC accelerator program has grown to 10 delivery partners throughout the province. Nearly 300 entrepreneurs have been trained, 523 jobs have been created, and $9.9 million in revenue generated by this program.

The recent tech report shows that 253 new businesses emerged in the B.C. tech sector last year. These new businesses are now working alongside industry veterans like Sierra Wireless, a global leader in wireless technology. MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates is another pillar of the community and a surprising number of today’s successes can be tracked back to spinoffs from this Richmond based company that designs, builds, launches and operates satellites.

While the numbers we’re seeing are impressive, we don’t intend to rest here. We’ll continue to work with the BC Innovation Council, to find ways to continue to grow the tech sector. Building a strong tech sector means more opportunities and greater economic prosperity for British Columbians in the years to come.

Profile of the British Columbia High Technology Sector - 2013 Edition: www.bcstats.gov.bc.ca/StatisticsBySubject/BusinessIndustry/HighTechnology.aspx

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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 2014-02-19T21:21:23Z 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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