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.
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.
Population aging and tax policy
Population aging means governments will need to spend more to support the steadily expanding cohort of seniors.
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.
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.
Show Me the Money! Earnings by Field of Study and Education Level
As students contemplate their field of study - one consideration might be potential future earnings.
Cruising Along: International Tourism on the Rise in B.C.
Last year was a memorable one for international tourism in the province, and the first quarter of 2018 is looking even better. There were 7.9 million international traveller entries to B.C. in 2017, an increase of 3.5% over 2016. Since 2010, the number of international visitors is up 25%. Tourism is a vital economic engine for the province, with the main tourism-related industries accounting for 12% of all jobs.
Automation Trends Around the World: 5 Takeaways from 32 Countries
The results of a new OECD study hold some important takeaways for policy makers, namely that the future of work may depend on where a worker lives, the stage of their career, and the level of skills they have.
Bridging Classroom and Career
The world of work is very different today than it was a few decades ago. Traditional clear-cut pathways to well-paying, full-time jobs increasingly are giving way to less linear career trajectories as employers look for a different mix of skills, experience and formal qualifications.
"When you drive out ridesharing, you drive out innovation."
Recently, BCBC’s NEXT Leaders came together to discuss ridesharing and the future of transportation. As a follow-up to the meeting, we surveyed members of the group.
5 Things You Need to Know About BC's Job Market in the Next Decade
On the lookout for the hottest in job trends over the next decade? We’ve got the latest scoop.
Quick Facts on Education Trends in Canada
The latest results from Statistics Canada show that in the last decade Canada has become much more educated.
WorkSafeBC: 2018 Update
WorkSafeBC has set its assessment rates for 2018, and the news is generally positive for employers in BC.
Home Is Where The Heart Is...If You Can Afford It
The latest census data release highlights significant shifts in some key housing indicators over the last decade and the implications these trends may have on the Canadian economy, such as the rise of renters versus home owners, the move to living in apartments versus single-detached homes, more young adults living with parents, and the growing share of households living in shelter that’s considered unaffordable.
Advanced Education in Canada: How We Compare
The 2017 edition of the OECD’s Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators was recently released, comparing the quality of educational outcomes across 35 OECD countries. The report suggests that while Canada performs well, there are still areas for improvement
BC’s Aboriginal Population: Growing Opportunity
According to fresh census numbers, Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit population continues to increase at a pace that significantly exceeds the overall population growth rate.
Growing Grey: Five Key Takeaways from the 2016 Census of Population
The 2016 Census revealed three major population trends in Canada: we are having fewer babies, more and more baby boomers are transitioning into retirement, and everyone is living longer.
Census Income Update (Pt 2)
A Snapshot of Median Incomes Across BC
While every metropolitan area in British Columbia experienced some growth in median household income over the last ten years, resource-rich communities saw bigger increases than other communities.
Census Income Update (Pt 1)
National Median Income: Resource-Rich Industries Lead the Pack
The more resource-rich provinces saw significant increases in median household income over the 2005-15 period. Over the decade, a boom in energy and some other resource markets drew investment and bolstered incomes in the prairies, the North and to a lesser extent Newfoundland.
Government 3.0: Driving a Big Data Ecosystem
Government is well positioned to act as a big data convener and to create new mechanisms and 21st century Crown Corporations to house, receive and manage timely access to combined or “stacked data”.