Economic Development Programs
Provincial and Federal Economic Development Agencies
- Community Futures Development Corporation – Sunshine Coast
Community Futures is a non-profit, federally and provincially funded organization focused on developing the economic and entrepreneurial capacity of the Sunshine Coast. It supports new and existing business development through business counselling and assistance, loans, and business planning.
- Economic Development Division – BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
Works with communities, industry, economic development agencies and other ministries to promote regional economic growth and diversification.
- Trade and Invest British Columbia
Helps international companies invest in British Columbia. Provides services for investors, buyers and exporters. Operates the Asia-Pacific Business Centre in Vancouver.
- Small Business BC
The Small Business Branch works closely with other governments, ministries and private-sector organizations to break down barriers to doing business in the province though programs such as the Mobile Business Licence, BizPaL and Building Skills for Small Business.
- Industry Canada
The Department’s mission is to foster a growing, competitive, knowledge-based Canadian economy. Program areas include developing industry and technology capability, fostering scientific research, setting telecommunications policy, promoting investment and trade, promoting tourism and small business development, and setting rules and services that support the effective operation of the marketplace.
Opportunities for Skilled Workers
The provincial and federal governments offer programs for skilled workers who want to come to British Columbia.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program speeds the immigration process for qualified skilled workers and experienced business people who wish to settle here.
The federal government’s Skilled Worker Program chooses permanent residents based on education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French and other criteria that can help new immigrants settle into Canada’s economy.
Every year, employers in British Columbia hire temporary foreign workers to help meet labour and skill shortages. The federal government’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program allows foreign nationals to work for British Columbia employers for a defined period up to a maximum of two years.
Canadian Experience Class allows some temporary foreign workers and foreign students who have graduated in Canada to become permanent residents.
For information about in-demand occupations and industries in British Columbia, visit WorkBC.
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