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Province releases economic recovery paper

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:50 PDT, Wed June 17, 2020

The province wants your input on how to recover economically from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Throughout the pandemic we’ve been meeting with businesses, labour, First Nations, not-for-profits and more to get their perspective,” said Premier John Horgan. “We’ve heard lots of good ideas, and we are taking action. We want to hear directly from British Columbians to make sure the recovery works for them.”

There are three main ways for people to share their ideas, experiences and priorities:

  • An online survey is the fastest and easiest way to provide answers to some important questions and give advice. Visit: http://gov.bc.ca/recoveryideas
  • Respond to the paper, Building BC’s Recovery, Together: Have Your Say, which was released today. Ideas and responses can be submitted to: recoveryideas@gov.bc.ca
  • Participate in virtual town halls. British Columbians can learn more about the virtual town halls here: http://gov.bc.ca/recoveryideas

The paper released today describes the values the government considers foundational for economic policy-making in the months ahead. It also details the economic effects that COVID-19 has had on BC, in particular the job losses, and how those losses have been felt across different communities. Nearly half of all jobs lost due to COVID-19 have been in accommodations, food services and retail. Women, young adults and low-wage workers have all experienced relatively greater job losses.

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