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BC creates new economic task force

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:28 PDT, Thu April 2, 2020

Through the creation of a new Economic Recovery Task Force, BC hopes to ensure an effective and responsive response to COVID-19.

“COVID-19 is not only a public health challenge, but also an economic one. People and businesses urgently need support,” said Premier John Horgan. “This task force will help us keep in close contact with community leaders to ensure the steps we are taking now are working and to plan for a long-term economic recovery after the crisis has passed.”

The task force will meet via weekly conference call. It will include Premier Horgan, several cabinet ministers, other cabinet members and leaders from business organizations, including the BC Chamber of Commerce, First Nations organizations and the not-for-profit sector.

The task force will begin work starting today. It aims to ensure provincial programs are benefitting their intended targets as well as complementing federal programs.

The task force will also explore issues around the designation of essential and critical services, childcare and supports for essential workers, and safe workplace operations for businesses operating now as well as those restarting after the crisis.

It will discuss long-term economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, providing participants with the opportunity to advise government on economic impacts in their sectors and solutions for long-term economic recovery.

“COVID-19 is a huge challenge, but British Columbians can be assured their government has their back – and together we will get through this,” said Premier Horgan.

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