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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
2012JTI0016-000093

Jan. 31, 2012

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation

 

 

Helping to build British Columbia’s clean economy

 

VICTORIA – The B.C. government is providing $216,720 to an industry group headed by the GLOBE Foundation for a research project that will examine the labour market needs and job potential of British Columbia’s emerging clean economy sector.

 

The GLOBE Foundation will co-ordinate and manage the research, which will identify and define key strategic sectors of the ‘clean’ economy with the highest potential for job creation. This research is an important step toward ensuring there will be sufficient numbers of skilled workers to meet the anticipated demand within the key clean economy sectors.

 

British Columbia has one of the largest concentrations of sustainable technology and advanced energy companies in the world, and significant opportunities exist in areas such as energy efficiency, green buildings and renewable energy.

 

The research project will identify ways of accelerating B.C.’s clean economy potential by leveraging the province’s abundant supply of clean energy and natural resources, as well as capitalizing on the strengths of its skilled, knowledge-based workforce. The research will be in-line with strategic priorities as outlined by the Pacific Coast Collaborative initiative.

 

In addition to the GLOBE Foundation, the main B.C. project partners include the University of British Columbia’s Sauder school of business and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

 

Funding for this six-month Labour Market Partnerships Program research project is provided through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement.

 

 

Quotes:

 

Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Investment –

 

“As part of ‘Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan’, the funding announced today will help to ensure that British Columbia continues to play a leading role in capitalizing on the growing opportunities in the clean technology and related green economy sectors.”


 

 

Dr. John D. Wiebe, president and CEO, GLOBE Foundation –

 

“Building on our past work in identifying the dimensions of British Columbia’s green economy, the project will help us to identify the specific sectors with the highest job-creation potential and the policies and programs needed to realize this potential.”

 

 

Learn More:

 

Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

 

GLOBE Foundation:  http://www.globe.ca/

 

Labour Market Partnerships Program:

http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/sector-partnerships/labour-market-partnerships-program.htm

 

Pacific Coast Collaborative:  www.pacificcoastcollaborative.org

 

 

Contacts:

 

Caroline McAndrews

Communications Manager

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation

250 208-3254

 

Dr. John D. Wiebe

President & CEO

GLOBE Advisors

604 695-5001

 

 

 

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