BC’s growing tech industry is a key source of innovation, GDP, job growth, and economic diversity. While the BC Tech sector is growing and challenged to find staff, there are sectors and demographics in BC that have technical people who are underemployed. New economic immigrants with technical skills cannot get access to job opportunities that align with their specialized expertise. In addition, the BC forestry resource industries are undergoing a structural change. While the Forestry sector will always be a vibrant part of the BC economy, market conditions and uncertainty weigh on employment opportunities. This resolution seeks to improve the availability of technical people to the BC Tech sector by recommending funding for retraining and skill enrichment that will help more fully utilize individuals with technical aptitude to support our changing economy.

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