Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell launched the B.C. government’s strategy to create and support jobs in the province’s fast-growing technology sector late last week.
As part of the announcement Bell reveiled that B.C.’s Technology Strategy predicts by 2014 there will be over 100,000 high-tech jobs supporting British Columbian families.
“Technology is one of eight key sectors we identified in ‘Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan’, but it’s doubly important in that technology supports all of the other sectors through product and service innovations that allow them to grow and create jobs,” Bell said. “Technology enables growth in all sectors and growth means jobs for B.C. families.”
The strategy builds on the competitive advantages and investments in B.C.’s main technology subsectors, which include clean technology; information and communication technologies; wireless, digital and screen-based media; and health and life sciences.
The new $7 million BC Commercialization Voucher Program will connect small and medium-sized companies from a variety of key sectors and regions throughout the province with cutting-edge researchers in B.C.’s post-secondary system.