Today in Victoria, British Columbia Finance Minister Katrine Conroy delivered her 2023 budget, titled “Stronger B.C. For Everyone.”
In response, on behalf of CCI’s members, CCI Vice-President of Strategy and Advocacy Dana O’Born issued the following statement:
“Finance Minister Katrine Conroy’s first spending plan emphasized investments in health care and housing, but it also included a significant deficit. To pay for the social programs we all value, the government needs to place a better emphasis on economic growth, and B.C.’s technology sector is poised to help drive that prosperity.
“We were pleased to see that the B.C. government heard our members’ concerns about the skilled talent shortage, and they have earmarked significant funding for training and upskilling through the Future Ready Plan. We will be eagerly watching for further details of that plan when the government unveils it later this year.
“We would have liked to see the B.C. government use the 2023 budget as an opportunity to embrace strategic procurement, with an emphasis on innovative solutions provided by local vendors. Digital services can improve government systems and drive efficiency, while also providing a major boost to local companies.”