|2002/03 Annual Service
Ministry of Competition, Science and Enterprise
Ministry Goals, Objectives and Key Strategies
This section details Ministry's goals, objectives and supporting
strategies the Ministry pursued in 2002/03, for each core business.
The goals relate to developing a competitive investment climate,
promoting economic growth and technology transfer. As such, they
directly support the Ministry's vision of a thriving private sector
economy, and the fastest growing technology industry in Canada.
Ministry Goals and Objectives
1. Establish a Competitive Investment Climate
This goal focuses on implementing strategies that will make British
Columbia a more globally and regionally competitive investment location.
Its objectives include:
- Cut regulations to business and forestry industry by one-third
in three years;
- Eliminate subsidies to business;
- Become national leader in open and free trade;
- Improve physical and human infrastructure which supports growth;
- Increased regional and sectoral economic development.
2. Promote Economic Growth
This goal focuses on developing promotional and marketing initiatives
to let industry leaders and potential investors know that significant
steps are being taken to make British Columbia a more competitive
investment location, and to target marketing initiatives to specific
sectors, including tourism and film production. The objectives include:
- Increase awareness of the New Era for British Columbia
— "Open for Business"; and
- Market opportunities in British Columbia's strategic industries/sectors.
3. Innovation, Science and Technology Transfer
This goal focuses on science and technology innovation and transfer
of that science and technology. This goal represents the Ministry's
intention to facilitate technology commercialization, and to promote
the adoption of new knowledge in existing and emerging industries.
The objectives include:
- Rebuild the national and international competitiveness of British
Columbia's science and technology base; and
- Promote technology investment, transfer and commercialization.
Links between Goals, Core Business Areas, Objectives and Strategies
The tables below identify the links between Ministry goals and
corresponding objectives and strategies for each core business.
Goal #1: To Establish a Competitive Investment Climate
Business: Removing Barriers to Business
|Cut regulations to business and forestry
industry by one-third in three years.
• Oversee, measure and ensure results on the Government-wide
regulatory reduction process and work with the Ministry of
Forests on plan for forest regulation and reduction on a timely
• Work with tourism industry, communities and stakeholders,
streamline process for permits and land access and use to
ensure long-term sustainability.
• Review fees and license policy to ensure efficiency
• Develop streamlined provincial permitting system
for film locations.
|Eliminate subsidies to business.
• Establish framework and principles for review.
• Comprehensive cross Government review of all potential
• Promote individual ministry accountability for implementation.
• Monitor implementation; provide ongoing policy advice
on new proposed measures.
|Become national leader in open and free
• Fully comply with inter-provincial Agreement on Internal
• Consult, identify and push to remove internal and
international trade barriers.
• Initiate discussions with Canadian jurisdictions
on further actions to remove trade barriers.
|Improve physical and human infrastructure
which supports growth.
• With the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's
Services, implement six-year, $800 million Canada-British
Columbia Infrastructure Program.
• Implement the Western Economic Partnership Agreement
— includes institutional infrastructure for innovation
and emerging sectors.
• Seek approval to negotiate successor Western Economic
Partnership Agreement with the Federal Government.
• With the Ministry of Skills, Development and Labour
and the Ministry of Advanced Education, develop a multi-year
workforce planning strategy.
• With the Ministry of Skills, Development and Labour,
develop a multiyear youth employment strategy.
Business: Economic Policy and Strategic Advice
|Increased regional and sectoral economic
• Ensure taxation, regulatory and labour policies are
• Remove barriers to advancing key Government projects and
• Partner with private sector to leverage public benefits.
• Provide advice to organizations and communities.
• Ensure tourism interests are considered in northern
and regional policy decisions.
Goal #2: To Promote Economic Growth
|Core Business: Marketing
|Increase awareness of the New Era
for British Columbia — "Open for Business."
• Work with the private sector on strategies for "Branding
• Work with Invest British Columbia and other internal and
external partners to develop international marketing strategies
and a comprehensive campaign targeted at priority markets
• Organize/support missions to priority markets.
• Support incoming missions and delegations, principally by
identifying appropriate British Columbia companies, technology
|Market opportunities in British Columbia's
• Identify, market and promote British Columbia enterprise
• Work with industry associations and organizations and governments
on sectoral marketing initiatives, as well as initiatives
that may cross sectors.
• Link British Columbia companies to key companies from priority
• Develop a global marketing strategy to promote British Columbia
to international tourism, film and television industries.
• Work with financial community to ensure capital is available
at all levels to support investment and growth.
Goal #3: Innovation, Science and Technology Transfer
|Core Business: Encouraging
Innovation and the Development and Transfer of New Knowledge
|Rebuild the national and international competitiveness
of British Columbia's science and technology base.
• Make British Columbia a magnet for attracting and retaining
technology and science researchers.
• Leverage public assets and create an economic climate that
stimulates the growth of infrastructure and attracts strategic
investments in science, technology and telecommunications.
• Lead and coordinate interprovincial, national and international
science, technology and telecommunications issues.
• Consolidate and rationalize British Columbia Government science
and technology activities.
• Lead in bringing educational institutions and private sector
together for research, development and commercialization.
|Promote technology investment, transfer
• Encourage development of important new technologies.
• Work with universities, entrepreneurs and venture capital
markets to increase technology commercialization in British
• Promote adoption of new knowledge in existing and emerging