Trade and Investment British Columbia Blog
Welcome to Trade and Invest British Columbia’s blog, where we get up-close and personal with the people, events, organizations and opportunities that are shaping British Columbia's vibrant and diverse economy.
 
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Diverse Sectors Thriving in British Columbia’s Okanagan Region

February 7, 2019
If you are looking for a thriving location to expand your business, one of British Columbia’s fastest growing economic regions could be the place for you. In recent years, billions of dollars have been invested in infrastructure improvements and other developments in the Central Okanagan region. This has supported the rise of a strong entrepreneurial culture and attracted companies from high growth industries. Key growing sectors in the Okanagan region include agriculture and viticulture, advanced manufacturing and aerospace, tourism and technology.   A long history of agricultural excellence exists in the Okanagan,... continue reading
Posted by Noor Subeh
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Island Coastal Economic Trust Spurs Innovation

January 29, 2019
B.C.’s network of regional economic trusts stimulates economic development, attracting investment and talent to communities around the province. One such trust, the Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET), is putting the Vancouver Island and Sunshine coast’s tech sector onto the global stage. ICET was created in 2006 to promote economic diversity and community development. For more than a decade, it has been a driver of economic diversification and has supported the development of a robust technology and innovation sector in the region. Through a community-centred approach, funds are invested in a wide range of economic... continue reading
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British Columbia: An Ideal Location for Access to Global Markets

January 17, 2019
If you are looking for efficient access to global markets, British Columbia’s prime location can help you achieve your goals. Being situated on Canada’s West Coast puts B.C. at the commercial crossroads of the Asia Pacific region and North America. British Columbia continues to strengthen its infrastructure. The government committed $25 billion for private and public sector transportation improvements to be carried out between 2012 and 2020. This is in addition to $22 billion committed prior to 2012.   Multiple efficient transportation modes connect B.C. to the world by rail, road, sea and air, and support supp... continue reading
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B.C. Companies Showcase Aircrafts and Teaching Programs at Airshow China

January 10, 2019
International aviation companies are looking to British Columbia’s aerospace sector for its specialized expertise. British Columbia companies hold a wealth of knowledge and experience in aviation training, aircraft manufacturing and satellite-based communication systems. One way international industry leaders learn about B.C.’s aviation sector is at global trade shows, including the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition that took place November 6-11, 2018. The exhibition, also known as Airshow China, featured full-sized products, networking opportunities and impressive aviation demonstrations. Airshow ... continue reading
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New CleanBC Plan to Spur Clean Tech Investment in British Columbia

January 3, 2019
British Columbia will continue to grow as a destination for new investment in low-carbon products, services and pollution-reducing technologies. The province’s new CleanBC plan is a blueprint for increasing energy efficiency while also making sure that the energy used is as clean as possible. A clean-energy powerhouse, British Columbia’s electricity is largely produced from hydroelectric facilities and other clean, renewable resources. Now, the goal of this plan is to maximize use of cleaner energy in order to shift away from reliance on fossil fuels for transportation, industry and housing.   The CleanBC plan ... continue reading
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British Columbia Tech Sector a Leader in Canada

December 21, 2018
British Columbia’s tech sector is the fastest-growing sector in Canada – leading the nation in GDP growth and job creation. It is also a top provincial performer, with more than 10,200 companies employing over 106,000 people.   The recent 2018 KPMG British Columbia Technology Report Card highlights British Columbia as a clear Canadian tech leader, giving the province an ‘A’ rating. Recognized as an international leader across many fields of technology, B.C. is home to a number of high tech clusters, including: software design, information and communications technology (ICT), animation, film, gaming,... continue reading
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The Port of Nanaimo Experiencing Growth and Expansion

December 14, 2018
Boasting a year-round ice-free port and a strategic location on the west coast of Canada, the Port of Nanaimo has been in the centre of cargo activities for over a century, and is the largest public cargo port on Vancouver Island. With a growing economy in B.C., it is an exciting time for the Port as it launches two large projects—increasing its marina capacity and building a vehicle processing facility. The Port of Nanaimo has developed a $15-million capital plan to expand capacity at its boat basin marina, which provides space for small to medium commercial and pleasure boats. Commercial boats take up around one-third of... continue reading
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BC Export Awards Recognize Innovative British Columbia Companies

December 6, 2018
Several B.C. exporters are being recognized for their exceptional achievements in innovation, job creation and contributions to the B.C. economy. Nine companies received top honours at the 36th Annual BC Export Awards, which honour the success and innovation of export companies in British Columbia.   Since its inception in 1982, the awards program has acknowledged the work of over 300 companies, reflecting the growth and diversity of British Columbia’s economy over the past 30 years. Extending across many industries, the awards recognize achievements in nine different categories and celebrate the contributions export... continue reading
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Smart Cities Make British Columbians’ Lives Better

November 29, 2018
Smart cities are urban areas that collect information from citizens and devices to create efficiencies and improve sustainability in traffic, waste management, hospitals and other community services. In the small town of Fujisawa, Japan, all of its houses are equipped with solar panels and fuel generators. This gives the town the ability to function off the grid for up to three days. Closer to home, the city of Vancouver uses a technology known as “The Dashboard” to organize the data from the thousands of emails and calls the city receives to better prioritize which issues need immediate attention. Being able to use d... continue reading
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B.C. Pet Product Companies Attend K-Pet Fair

November 23, 2018
Animal companionship is highly valued for both urban and rural lifestyles, where pets are commonly seen as family members. In Asia, the rapidly growing middle class is leading an incredible growth in the pet industry. This presents an export opportunity for British Columbia companies that specialize in premium pet products. The Canadian federal government, in partnership with British Columbia and Alberta, is organizing a Canadian pavilion at the K-Pet Fair (Nov. 23-25, 2018), the largest pet food and product industry exhibition in South Korea. The British Columbia trade and investment representative office in Seoul will support ... continue reading
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