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British Columbia: Emerging Economy Task Force final report released

BY , May 11, 2020 7:28 PM - REPORT AN ERRORLAST UPDATED ON May 11, 2020 7:30 PM

A empty hallway is pictured at Eric Hamber Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 23, 2020. Bored and isolated students are spending too many hours online and some have started using more substances, but all students will need extra emotional support when classes resume, says a psychiatrist who specializes in youth mental health. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. is in a better position to chart a long-term vision for the province according to the final report of the Emerging Economy Task Force.

The 14-member task force has made 25 recommendations to help B.C. navigate global trends and technological advancements over the next 10 to 25 years.

The report will also be a valuable resource to help inform the province's COVID-19 pandemic economic recovery.

The recommendations are presented within five key strategic priorities:

* embracing technology and innovation

* leveraging B.C.'s green economy

* building a highly skilled and adaptable workforce

* ensuring an effective enabling ecosystem

* demonstrating public sector leadership

"The Emerging Economy Task Force looked at the most current innovations, consumer behaviour and economic sectors to identify where B.C. is going in the future," said Michelle Mungall, Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness.

"This important work allows us to prepare for the opportunities that lie ahead - and this report can't come at a better time.

As we plan to build B.C. back from COVID-19, our economic recovery needs this forward thinking so we can create family-supporting jobs across British Columbia."

The Emerging Economy Task Force is a central part of the B.C. government's Confidence and Supply Agreement with the BC Green Party caucus.

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