A Green Recovery for B.C.

The effects of COVID-19 have been felt in B.C. and all over the world. The investments we make coming out of the pandemic will set the direction for the coming decades. B.C. has the opportunity to be a climate leader, make strategic investments and build a low-carbon, sustainable, just and inclusive economy for all. A green recovery coming out of COVID-19 provides a singular opportunity for B.C. to make this change, and we cannot afford to let it pass us by. The B.C. Green Caucus is committed to prioritizing a green recovery on all fronts, and we will continue to focus over the months ahead on promoting long term, evidence-based policies that address the core issues facing our province.

7 Value Framework

Building forward and not back, means driving spending towards investments that will shape an innovative, low-carbon, sustainable, just and inclusive economy for all. A values-based framework will enable a strategic approach to stimulus and recovery that allows multiple values to be achieved through policy and funding decisions.

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Policies we advocate for:

  • Support worker transition with programs and skills that would have long-term applicability, and redistribute jobs across B.C.

  • Strengthen made-in-BC supply chains, to create more jobs in B.C. and make our economy more resilient to future shocks.

  • Create immediate employment opportunities across B.C., especially for young people, through environmental remediation projects, tree planting and conservation projects.

  • Use CleanBC as a guiding strategy for B.C.’s economic recovery, with a focus on recovery policies that help us reach legislated emission reduction target.

  • End fossil fuel subsidies and instead investing into strategic sectors with long term sustainable growth potential.

  • Create a truly sustainable forestry industry that emphasizes value-added manufacturing and does not rely on logging the last remaining old growth to be viable.

  • Prioritize economic stimulus initiatives that advance the implementation of DRIPA and address the structural elements that limit Indigenous self determination.

  • Increase social supports such as mental health programs and affordable housing in conjunction with safe supply to protect the most vulnerable in our society.

  • Use Genuine Progress Indicators to measure our progress to building a healthier economy, instead of continuing to rely primarily on GDP growth as the primary metric.