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Submission: Business Council Submission in Advance of the 2015 Provincial Budget

Posted Oct 17, 2014

The Business Council of British Columbia's submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, outlining our views and advice concerning the 2015 provincial budget.

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Finlayson: The fiscal impact of an aging population in Canada (Troy Media)

Posted Oct 14, 2014

An update on Canada’s demographic future from Statistics Canada confirms what is readily discernable through casual observation: our population is growing modestly and becoming greyer at an accelerating pace.   

Under all of the scenarios modelled by Statistics Canada’s researchers, the country’s population is on track to exceed 40 million by 2063 (up from 35.2 million in 2013).  Three different scenarios are examined. 

A slow-growth scenario puts the population at 40 million in fifty years’ time.

Under the medium-growth scenario, the population reaches 51 million in 2063.

And a high-growth scenario sees the number of Canadians swelling to 63.5 million. 

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The Underground Economy

Posted Oct 10, 2014

“Underground” economic activity takes different forms and includes the production/provision of both legal and illegal goods and services. The underground economy (UE) is a concern for governments because it reduces the tax base and can weaken regulatory regimes intended to protect consumers, workers and the environment.

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D'Avignon and Ross: 'Green shoots' of First Nations business development (Vancouver Sun)

Posted Oct 6, 2014

A critical cornerstone of reconciliation is building economic opportunities for First Nations at the community level. There is a strong, positive correlation between economic empowerment — generating investment, business ownership and jobs — and improving social conditions.

As The Vancouver Sun series First Nations Inc. has shown, we are rapidly moving down this path from a business formation and economic development perspective.

To measure these advancements, the Aboriginal Business Investment Council, with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, have funded and developed a database which provides B.C.’s first comprehensive accounting of First Nations business development and economic benefit agreement activities.

The data, which will be publicly available later this fall, highlight the sea change occurring in many First Nations communities as rights and title interests combine with higher educational attainment and economic development agreements to spur increased First Nation business formation, jobs and growth.

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'Talentism,' Mobility and Migration: Implications for BC's Labour Market

Posted Oct 6, 2014

This edition of Human Capital Law and Policy was guest authored by Kerry Jothen, CEO of Human Capital Strategies.

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UPDATED: BC Business Summit 2014:
Building BC for the 21st Century - Innovation in Infrastructure

Nov 7, 2014

Infrastructure – transport networks, utilities, telecommunications, hospitals and schools – is essential for connecting people, goods and information in both domestic and emerging Asian markets to develop our collective economic prosperity and contribute to our quality of life.

BC Business Summit 2014 will look at the the global and domestic issues facing our existing and future infrastructure networks and focus on the development of a visionary and strategic approach to developing innovative infrastructure in British Columbia to the benefit of Canada.

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