January 2015

British Columbia Mining Sector Stakes Claim to New Funding, Improved Service

January 29, 2015
A Major Mines Permitting Office will be established in British Columbia to improve the co-ordination of major mine permits across government, add staff to conduct more inspections and permit reviews, and maintain improved turnaround times for notice of work permits. While welcoming delegates to the 2015 Mineral Exploration Roundup in Vancouver on January 26, Premier Christy Clark announced permanent funding to support the province’s mining sector. “Up to 10 new mines are expected to proceed in the next few years and this new funding will make sure we are ready to support these projects and ensure the safety of this i... continue reading
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British Columbia Recognized for Cutting Red Tape (and Keeping it Cut)

January 23, 2015
For the fourth year in a row, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has recognized British Columbia’s success in making it easier for business to do business, once again granting the Province an “A” grade for cutting red tape for businesses and citizens, during its annual Red Tape Awareness Week campaign, January 19-23, 2015. “The B.C. government is one of the only governments in Canada willing to make red tape easier to fight by measuring regulatory requirements, reporting the measures publicly and setting a one-in-one-out target, " said CFIB executive vice president Laura Jones. &l... continue reading
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Agreement Strengthens Ties Between British Columbia and Shanghai

January 15, 2015
A January 2015 agreement between British Columbia, Canada and Shanghai, China, will encourage participation in major trade conferences in both B.C. and Shanghai with the goal of advancing economic partnerships between both regions. B.C.'s Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat and chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization (SMCEI) Mr. Li Yaoxin signed a joint action plan between the two regions that builds on the minister's 2013 trade mission to China. "This agreement paves the way for increased trade and investment ties in key sectors in China. My role, and the role of my minis... continue reading
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Free Trade Agreement Brings Opportunities for B.C. Companies

January 8, 2015
The new year brings exciting opportunities for British Columbia companies interested in the Korea market and the beginning of a new trade relationship with the North Asian country.  On Jan. 1, 2015, the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) officially went into effect. The agreement is the first of its kind for Canada with an Asian country and has a special significance for British Columbia, with half of Canada's exports to South Korea originating from British Columbia. As B.C. and Canada have been competing with other countries that already have free trade agreements with South Korea, such as the United States, Aus... continue reading
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