Comparing the Policies

Innovation and BC Tech

BC Liberal

Investing in the BC Tech Strategy

Driving forward, Today's BC Liberals will:

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Fuelling innovation in BC tech

We'll develop and attract world-class talent by:

  • Investing $100 million to expand technology-related post-secondary programs and match investments with tech-related co-op programs.
  • Appointing a Chief Talent Officer.
  • Ensuring every child in BC is given the opportunity to learn how they can change the world by learning to code.

We'll create better access to capital by:

  • Strengthening existing venture capital and tax credit programs.
  • Re-invigorating the Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund to boost investments in groundbreaking new energy technologies.
  • Streamlining and simplifying incentive programs and credits.

We'll build local markets for IT and software development by:

  • Bringing in a cap on the value and the length of government IT contracts.
  • Making government IT and software development procurement work better for companies that hire locally and have a local supply chain.
  • Partnering with local governments in northern and rural communities, we will ensure local digital infrastructure is accessible.

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BC Green

Strategy for the new economy

A business environment for the new economy

A BC Green government will:

  • Establish an Emerging Economy Task Force to address the changing nature of business over the next 10 to 25 years.
  • Work with the federal government to develop a systematic approach to the tax system that is both progressive and neutral. A Green government will simplify the tax system and utilize it to achieve goals such as greening the economy and promoting entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Review existing programs to ensure they are effectively supporting innovation and new business models in the emerging economy.
  • Modernise labour laws to recognize new and evolving types of work relationships in the emerging economy by introducing a fairer, more responsive and more inclusive code that contributes to increased competitiveness.

Growing sustainable enterprises in BC

A BC Green government will:

  • Establish an Innovation Commission to support innovation and business development in the technology sector, and will appoint an Innovation Commissioner whose mandate will be to serve an advocate and ambassador on behalf of the B.C. technology sector in Ottawa and abroad.
  • Invest up to $20 million per year to support ideation, mentoring and networking at post-secondary institutions in order to promote entrepreneurship, leadership and business skills development.
  • Provide up to $70 million over four years for qualifying entrepreneurs to leverage seed or angel funding.
  • Invest up to $50 million a year in business incubators, accelerators and affordable space for small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Promote innovative collaborations with domestic and international partners, facilitate strategic business mentoring, and invest $35 million in talent over four years to help create, grow and attract companies.

Encouraging emerging opportunities

A BC Green government will:

  • Invest $120 million over four years for partnerships with industry, academic institutions and other levels of government in order to support research, development and the comercialization of climate friendly technologies.
  • Promote investment in clean energy and transportation, particularly those initiatives that create jobs and economic activity without increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Review the environmental legislative framework and its application to ensure that the regulatory environment promotes the adoption of green technlogies and practices.
  • Use government procurement to encourage the greening of businesses, products and processes, and will allocate $20 million per year to support the adoption of green technology.
  • Promote the use of clean technology to derive the maximum economic benefit from waste streams.
  • Review the mandates and legislation of public sector agencies and Crown corporations to ensure that they promote innovation and support business development.

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BC Citizens First

Innovation and BC Tech

We support the funding of innovation and BC Tech with active involvement of the BC Government.

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