The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan addresses the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and announces support for innovation

June 13, 2022 at 3:12 pm  Federal, Politics

Remarks include the Minister’s vision for the new Pacific Economic Development Canada and the next two opportunities for companies to compete for Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program funding.

June 13, 2022 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Pacific Economic Development Canada

A diverse, inclusive, thriving Vancouver tech community can drive economic success for British Columbians.

Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), spoke at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s New Economic Opportunities for Vancouver’s Tech Community event.

During his remarks, Minister Sajjan spoke about his vision for PacifiCan and how it will support British Columbia (BC) businesses, including those in the tech sector. He encouraged attendees to bring their ideas to the new agency.

New Call for Applications to the Business Scale up and Productivity Program

Minister Sajjan announced two calls for new projects under the program for 2022. The first window to submit an expression of interest will open later this week and remain open until July 27, 2022. The second will open in November. He encouraged potential applicants to visit PacifiCan’s website for more information.

Funding to Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

The Minister also announced funding of $25,000 to the host organization so that the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade can deliver a conference on equity, diversity and inclusion for the business community. The Minister underscored the importance of diversity and inclusion, and the significance of every British Columbian having access to economic opportunity.

A new federal Regional Economic Development Agency for British Columbia – with a new look

The event also gave Minister Sajjan the chance to share more about his vision for PacifiCan – including a new look for the agency. The Minister described how the colours, font and graphic elements capture the diversity and dynamism of the British Columbia economy, and the new agency’s focus on value and service to British Columbians.

With a focus on enduring prosperity for all British Columbians, PacifiCan will work to create quality jobs, build competitive industry clusters, help businesses grow locally and compete globally, and support inclusive growth. PacifiCan has a core annual budget of $110 million dollars to work with BC businesses and communities. When PacifiCan is fully established, it will offer services in nine hubs across the province, including its existing office in downtown Vancouver and a new headquarters in Surrey. 

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