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.
As the number of seniors in BC rises, so the pressures on the health care and long-term care systems increase. In BC, seniors are generally healthy and independent as they age. According to the 2nd Annual Report of the Office of the Senior's Advocate, only 10% of seniors (88,900) are frail and require residential care, palliative care, or supports for daily living. However, while those with age-related, health concerns account for less than 2% of the provincial population, they consume 35% of all services.
A B.C. Green Government will:
Invest $35 million over four years in home care to enable seniors and other people who need assistance to stay in their own homes.
Act to ensure the staffing of public and private care homes meets government guidelines, and will provide an additional $200 million over four years to address staffing levels in public facilities.
Develop a Medical Assisted in Dying (MAiD) Strategy that supports training for physicians and nurses who wish to provide medically assisted dying services and ensures patients receive services in appropriate time frame and in appropriate settings.
A BC Green government would eliminate the severe MSP premiums system and shift the cost of our healthcare system into a fair and equitable tiered income tax system where everyone contributes based on their ability to pay.
A Green government will invest $30 million to enhance the long term viability of the agricultural sector (including incentives to produce food on Agricultural Land Reserve land, the establishment of agricultural apprenticeship programs at the secondary and post-secondary levels, and the expansion of 'Buy Local' initiatives.
A Green government would introduce new legistlation to enhance the protection of agricultural land.
A B.C. Green government will provide $40 million to fund research, and establish regional agricultural bureaus to provide expertise and support to local farmers to adapt to a changing climate.
A B.C. Green government will collaborate with the indigenous people, the not-for-profit sector, and other land interests to enhance access to land farming.
A Green government will work with farm operators to introduce measures to address labour shortages in agriculture.