B.C. Business Matters:
A closer look at U.S. corporate and government balance sheets
The U.S. Federal Reserve expressed concern about historically high levels of corporate debt.
An update on B.C.'s fastest growing industries: A diverse group...but resources still prominent
A look at B.C.’s 30 fastest growing industries through the half decade ending in 2017
Bold, long-term transportation vision required
This week’s Massey Tunnel report released by the Provincial Government is the latest reminder, over the last number of years, that we desperately need a smart, consolidated and province-wide transportation strategy that secures our future.
Tech Talk: What’s inhibiting growth in the B.C. tech sector?
British Columbia’s tech sector earns a grade of “A” in the 2018 iteration of the B.C. Technology Report Card but barriers to scaling-up continue to weigh on the sector’s potential.
Comments on the NDP government’s “CleanBC” plan
The challenges of energy transformation envisaged by CleanBC are significant.
The sad tale of Canadian exports
The hard reality is that, apart from oil and bits and pieces of agri-food, Canada has been losing market share, both globally and within North America, across almost the entire spectrum of traded goods, including virtually all manufactured products as well as high technology, minerals/metals, and pulp and paper, among many others.
Tax Breaks: A lesson in foregone revenue
A new report by B.C.’s Auditor General calls on political decision-makers to pay more attention to all types of government spending – particularly indirect spending that’s actually undertaken via tax policy.
Migration in Canada: Older move to coastal regions…and younger people to Alberta
Is it true that B.C. receives a disproportionate number of retirees? The answer is yes. But there are some qualifiers.
Population aging and tax policy
Population aging means governments will need to spend more to support the steadily expanding cohort of seniors.
Guest author: The future of decision making
How important is it for businesses to make better decisions?
Which countries gain the most by employing "golden age" workers?
As populations age, countries will have to rely more heavily on productivity growth and increased labour force participation from underrepresented groups to maintain living standards and provide tax revenues to pay for public services.
B.C. manufacturing sector expanding…but faces headwinds
Manufacturing is an important and sometimes underemphasized part of the British Columbia economy.
So far, so good...but proceed with caution: An update on B.C.'s fiscal picture
Last month, B.C. Finance Minister Carole James wrapped up the NDP’s first full financial year and provided an update on the government’s books through the first quarter of 2018-2019. Here’s what you should know.
Guest Author: Breaking the cycle of poverty through education, partnership:
How the federal government’s new poverty reduction strategy calls upon British Columbians to act
Providing youth with quality education is critical to the federal poverty reduction strategy.
Global electric renewables
The data is clear: transitioning to a less carbon-intensive global energy system is necessary if the world is to have any prospect of addressing climate change. The process is underway, and although renewables still make up a relatively small percentage of total global energy production and consumption, their contribution is growing.
Hot jobs: B.C.’s labour market outlook to 2028
For those interested in the hottest job trends, the provincial government’s new Labour Market Outlook is worth a look
A ‘boost’ up the income ladder: The role of income-based tax credits
Addressing income inequality is an important challenge for policymakers and communities. Establishing a consumption floor below which no person falls is a policy goal in many jurisdictions.
Reflections on the Canadian house price boom
It is hard to imagine that Canadian house prices will continue to rise significantly faster than overall inflation and incomes. An extended period of weaker real Canadian house prices seems probable.
For the past decade or so, amid readily available credit and ultra-low interest rates, Canadians have been piling up debt.
Policy Directions to Foster Strong and Inclusive Economic Growth
Last year, Canada’s economic performance and prospects received a fresh look from researchers at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).