Policy

Do you believe in growing BC’s vibrant tech ecosystem?

We advocate on behalf of all tech companies to make BC the best place to grow a tech company. Whether you’re a startup or an established multi-national, we offer a trusted platform that can influence strategic policies and achieve collectively what is difficult to achieve alone.

Affecting positive change, together.

The BC Tech Association is a trusted and respected voice for the tech sector in BC. Representing the broad cross-section of software, IT and services, communications, digital media, life sciences and cleantech companies, we seek to advance the interests of the tech community by collaborating with many organizations and building a collective and unified voice. Our focus is on nurturing an ecosystem – ensuring that BC-based tech companies can realize their full potential. As the fastest growing economic contributor to the BC economy, the tech sector is poised to play an essential role in BC and Canada’s future growth. Deliberate and strategic policies and investment will play an essential role in furthering our goal of an innovative, diversified and prosperous economy in BC and Canada.  

A 4-Point Plan for Growth

BC Tech Association’s 4-Point Plan outlines 16 key actions across four pillars that will accelerate the future growth of BC’s tech sector, yielding more successful tech companies, create more high-paying jobs, and boosting BC’s global competitiveness and economic prosperity.

1. Invest an incremental $100MM in post-secondary to expand graduates of tech programs.

2. Support the home team and adopt procurement programs to become customers of BC tech companies.

3. Streamline tax credit programs like SR&ED and the angel tax credit to broaden eligibility.

4. Improve the immigration system to attract the best talent from around the world.

 Access the detailed 4-Point Plan here.


Research Data

Providing data-driven industry insights to support policy recommendations. For more than 20 years, we have provided analytical insights into the BC tech industry. We partner with industry colleagues and government agencies in collecting data, developing analysis frameworks and delivering data-driven policy and program recommendations that support the growth of the tech industry in our province. Through impact studies, surveys and statistics-gathering initiatives, we merge trends reflected in data with insights from tech leaders to provide in-depth reports that guide decision-making and resource allocation across stakeholders. Visit our publications page to see our most-cited resources: the 2016 BC Technology Report Card and the 2016 4-Point Plan.

Policy Development

Developing the BC Tech policy framework to guide policy efforts. We conduct our policy development process with one goal in mind: to create the political and economic conditions that will make BC the best place to grow a tech company. To us, that includes scaling tech companies, expanding our market share and attracting increasing amounts of global capital and talent. We consult extensively with the BC Tech community, sector and business leaders, education institutions, investors and government colleagues. We host industry roundtables, conferences, and other forums; and, in true tech startup fashion, we test our hypotheses in an agile learning framework. The outcomes of these initiatives guide our ongoing policy framework, our 4-Point Plan, that outlines recommendations to shape and grow BCís tech sector.

Government Relations

Building relationships to ensure government buy-in and cooperation. We work closely with government officials (elected and non-elected) across a range of ministries and at all levels (municipal, provincial and federal) to promote the importance of the sector and its contribution to economic growth, job creation, and competitiveness in BC and Canada. Our non-partisan outreach is centered on stories about people, companies and economics of the sector, and on promoting the policy and program changes necessary to help the technology industry realize its full potential. We are committed to maintaining a strong partnership between industry and government to support the provincial #BCTECH Strategy and the federal Innovation Agenda.

Ecosystem Engagement

Leveraging our community to share compelling stories and deliver consistent messaging. We seek to improve engagement and coordination across the expanding tech ecosystem, working with numerous stakeholders who each play a crucial role in growing the sector. We partner with community organizations and other partners; and we convene events and speaking tours (BC Tech Ambassador Program, Innovation Hub tours and policy days), to communicate our vision, stories, and priorities. Our goal is to shape a positive global narrative of tech in BC and Canada, together. We believe tech ecosystems are shaped by strong communities – in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to grow a tech company.

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