BC Skills Force
In recent years, numerous reports and policy papers detailing the issues and implications of a skilled labour shortage have been produced by both the federal and provincial governments, as well as by industry associations and labour organizations. All of these reports suggest that the skills shortages being encountered today are not cyclical nor the result of a normal ebb and flow of business activity, but are more fundamental and structural in nature. This is owing to a new economic reality which sees us dealing with a complex mix of forces including demographic change, technological change and the rapid growth of new industries that, more than ever, rely on a supply of knowledge workers. Skills shortages are expected to have a profound negative impact on our economy.
In light of these issues, the Community Futures British Columbia and the BC Chamber of Commerce decided to combine their efforts and investigate the issue of skills shortages and its impact on small business. Their goal was to connect directly with BC businesses to get their perspective on the issue and to engage them in the process of helping to develop potential solutions.