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Skills Training & Education

Human capital is one of the most comprehensive files on the Council’s agenda. Primary education, industry training, the university system, immigrant integration and other human-capital issues are all crucial to BC’s economic development. As BC’s economy becomes increasingly dominated by skill-demanding industries, governments and businesses have a growing responsibility to help enhance the talents of British Columbians.

Presentation: BC's Economic Outlook

Presented to Economic Development Association of British Columbia by Ken Peacock, Chief Economist, Business Council of British Columbia

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Temporary Foreign Workers in British Columbia

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Canada has a long tradition of attracting immigrants to become permanent residents. Immigration built the country and is the foundation for much of the growth in the post WWII era. The context for international migration, however, is changing and being reshaped. The globalization of labour markets, instant access to information from around the world, greater connectivity and reduced transportation costs, and the expansion of trade have all made international migration a possibility for a larger share of the world’s population than in the past. The result is a significant increase in the volume and types of movement between many jurisdictions. While permanent population movements still dominate migration patterns to advanced countries, there are now greater numbers of temporary movements for work and education-related reasons. While Canadian international migration policy remains focused on permanent settlement, the shifting global landscape, an aging domestic workforce, a large number of major projects in the pipeline, the growing need for highly specialized skills, and regional labour disparities all point to a greater role for temporary workers in B.C. in many sectors.

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2010 Biennial Skills and Attributes

The labour demands of the marketplace are continually changing with the general economic environment and the introduction of new technologies. Reflecting these pressures, British Columbia employers are seeking different combinations of skills and attributes in new hires in order to maintain their competitive edge. Job seekers in turn must keep pace with the necessary skills set sought by employers in today's dynamic work environment. The Business Council of BC's 2010 Biennial Survey has been designed to help entrants to the workforce do just that: identify the most important skills and attributes BC employers are seeking in new job applicants. Identifying these skills and attributes in turn helps job seekers better prepare for careers in a range of sectors and occupations.

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Where will the Workers Come From? British Columbia Labour Force Projections to 2030

Authored by Ken Peacock and Jock Finlayson, Business Council of British Columbia

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Achieving a Highly Skilled, High-Performace Workforce in British Columbia

Authored by Kerry Jothen, Chief Executive Officer, Human Capital Strategies

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15 by 15: A Comprehensive Policy Framework for Early Human Capital Investment in BC

Authored by Paul Kershaw, Ph.D., Lynell Anderson, CGA, Bill Warburton, Ph.D., Clyde Hertzman, M.D., M.Sc., FRCPC, FRSC
Human Early Learning Partnership
University of British Columbia

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Universities and the Knowledge Economy

Authored by David H. Turpin, President and Vice Chancellor, Eric Sager, Professor of History, Lyn Tait and Ludgard De Decker
University of Victoria

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Changing People Changing Places: Demographic and Economic Change in British Columbia

Authored by David Baxter, Andrew Ramlo and Erin Ramlo, Urban Futures

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BC's Advanced Technology Sector: Reaching for the Next Level

Authored by the BC Technology Industry Association

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