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The Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services has provincial responsibility for research and innovation. Research and innovation help build a strong provincial economy and support job creation, while providing a long-term foundation for a sustainable environment, healthy communities and a strong social fabric.
The Ministry invests in innovation to fuel the continued growth and diversification of our economy and to advance technology commercialization. B.C. is a global technology leader, with strong industry clusters that include clean technology; information and communication technologies; wireless, digital and screen-based media; and health and life sciences.
B.C.’s technology sector supports process innovations, new product development and new business models in the priority sectors identified in the BC Jobs Plan, helping B.C. companies in these sectors build on their competitive advantages and facilitating entry into new markets. This, in turn, supports the creation of high-paying jobs across the province that give families economic stability and build vibrant communities for future generations.
To advance innovation, the Ministry collaborates with the province’s research universities, industry partners, innovation organizations and other levels of government. The ministry also works closely with Crown agencies affiliated with the Ministry, such as the British Columbia Innovation Council, the lead provincial organization charged with advancing innovation and commercialization in B.C., and the BC Immigrant Investment Fund, and with advisory groups like the Premier’s Technology Council.
On July 13, 2012, the government of B.C. launched the B.C. Technology Strategy to support the creation of jobs and boost key BC Jobs Plan sectors. As jobs in the technology sector continue to grow twice as fast as any other, the Technology Strategy forecasts that by 2014 there will be over 100,000 high-tech jobs supporting B.C. families.
In order to build on that momentum and support the sector, the strategy focuses on four key action items:
- Accelerate technology commercialization and adoption.
- Build on regional strengths to create new opportunities.
- Develop talent for a knowledge-based economy.
- Expand markets for B.C. technology.
The government of B.C. is committed to fostering the connections between education, people and ideas, helping B.C. become a leader in innovation, research and technology.
Learn more about B.C.’s priority sectors for technology, research and innovation, plus news and relevant reports.
Learn more about the B.C. Knowledge Development Fund, scholarships and other funding available to researchers, students and industry.
Learn more about groups, organizations and post-secondary institutions supporting technology, research and innovation in B.C.