VICTORIA, B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, welcomed government’s announcement that it is streamlining procurement to better support B.C. innovators. Weaver added that the government should streamline and modernize all supports for B.C. small businesses and innovators.
“This is a good first step towards supporting B.C. innovators and demonstrates why government should streamline and modernize all support for entrepreneurs,” said Weaver.
“Government needs to be a leader in ensuring that we are invested in the success of B.C. companies. One of the biggest challenges I hear from small businesses and start-ups is that government programs and support initiatives are disparate and cumbersome to navigate. Additionally, business models and the needs of entrepreneurs are evolving due to the changing nature of our economy. Government procurement is an important piece of the puzzle, but there are many other programs that help businesses grow. By ensuring that government programs are responsive to the changing needs of business and making them easier to navigate, we can ensure we are providing useful, efficient support for our homegrown innovators.
“Innovation-driven industries, be they in clean tech, high tech or value-added resources, are undoubtedly the future of B.C.’s economy. Not only are these industries leading the global economy, they provide well-paying jobs and are compatible our province’s strategic strengths and values. I am pleased that key elements of our economic plan to support these industries, the Innovation Commission and the Emerging Economy Task Force, have been adopted by the B.C. NDP government through our Confidence and Supply Agreement. I look forward to continuing to work closely with government to support the development of a thriving, innovative 21st century economy.”
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