Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation

Minister’s Statement on April’s Labour Force Survey Results

Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has issued the following statement on the release of Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey for April 2022: “Following eight straight months of job gains, employment in British Columbia was little changed in April – decreasing by 2,000 jobs (-0.1%) – as the province continues to lead […]

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B.C. Businesses Benefit from National Intellectual Property Partnership

Business owners and entrepreneurs in B.C. will have better access to intellectual property (IP) resources to protect and develop their ideas through a new partnership. A new partnership between the Province, Innovation Asset Collective (IAC) and Innovate BC is part of a national IP strategy to help Canadian businesses maximize the potential of their ideas […]

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Minister’s Statement on March’s Labour Force Survey Results

Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has issued the following statement on the release of Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey for March 2022: “As we shift into spring, British Columbia continues to lead the country in economic recovery with eight straight months of job growth. B.C. created 10,500 new jobs in March, […]

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Minister’s Statement on Inclusive and Sustainable British Columbia Report

Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has released the following statement on the release of a new report by Prof. Mariana Mazzucato on the StrongerBC Economic Plan, titled Inclusive and Sustainable British Columbia: a mission-oriented approach to a renewed economy: “Just over a year ago, Prof. Mazzucato agreed to help advise me […]

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Minister’s Statement on COVID-19 Supports for B.C. Businesses

Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has released the following statement on supports for people, B.C. businesses and communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic: “As we take the next step in putting the pandemic behind us, our government wants to thank all of the B.C. businesses that helped get us here. Your incredible […]

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Minister’s Statement on February’s Labour Force Survey Results

Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has issued the following statement on the release of Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey for February 2022: “British Columbia’s strong economic recovery continued during the second month of 2022 with new job gains building on the 100,000 jobs created in 2021. In February, we created 21,000 […]

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New Life Sciences Investment Helps Build Stronger B.C.

More British Columbians and people around the world will benefit from the life-changing work of B.C.’s world-renowned life sciences sector thanks to a significant investment in health research. As announced in Budget 2022 and aligned with the StrongerBC Economic Plan commitment to position the province as a hub for life sciences and biomanufacturing, the Province […]

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One Million Jobs Forecast in B.C.’s Labour Market Outlook

B.C.’s latest Labour Market Outlook (LMO) forecasts more than one million job openings into the next decade, creating opportunities for students and jobseekers to develop their skills and find rewarding jobs of the future. The LMO is a 10-year forecast that helps governments and businesses guide resources to support the future workforce and it gives […]

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Minister’s Statement on January’s Labour Force Survey Results

Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has issued the following statement on the release of Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey for January 2022: “The first jobs report of 2022 continues to show the resilience of British Columbians in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic as 4,200 jobs were created in January. For […]

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COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant Funds Doubled for Eligible Businesses

The Province is extending the COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant and doubling supports for eligible businesses that have been ordered to remain temporarily closed through public health measures until Feb. 16, 2022. “It’s fair to say that the Omicron variant has created new challenges for all of us, but our government’s commitment to support people and […]

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