BC Chamber of Commerce Statement on Future Ready Action Plan
VANCOUVER, B.C., May 2, 2023 — In response to the provincial government’s unveiling of the StrongerBC: Future Ready Action Plan, Fiona Famulak, President and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce, released the following statement:
“Ensuring we have programs in place to develop and train workers for the jobs of tomorrow is critical for businesses of all sizes across the province. The provincial government’s allocation of $480 million over three years towards skills development is significant, and we applaud the investment. The Future Ready Action Plan will help businesses hire the right people, with the right skills, at the right time and we are optimistic this plan will foster innovation, help increase productivity and grow our economy.
“The BC Chamber of Commerce has proactively advocated for expanded micro-credentialling programs, expedited foreign credential recognition and the ability for businesses to access supports for on-the-job training. We are pleased government’s plan includes a variety of pathways through which to address long-standing skilled workforce challenges and look forward to our province realizing the positive results in future.
“Of keen interest to our members will be the Workplace Innovation Fund which is intended to help businesses innovate and develop new strategies for the future. The BC Chamber of Commerce is committed to working collaboratively with the provincial government to make certain the fund meets the needs of businesses across the province.”
About the BC Chamber of Commerce The BC Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most broadly-based business organization in the province. Representing local Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade and 36,000 businesses of every size and from every sector and region of the province, the BC Chamber of Commerce is uniquely positioned to “Know What’s on BC’s Mind.”