ASPECT Communications Manager Pamela Daoust
and me at the Legislature for ASPECT's presentation
to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and
Did you know that ASPECT presents each year to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services our sector's priorities in the context of the provincial government's annual budget consultations? One of ten permanent committees of the Legislative Assembly, the committee listened to ASPECT's presentation, which focused this year on further investment to tackle three current issues in British Columbia:
- The province-wide housing crisis.
- Making BC's job market more inclusive and adapting to the changing labour market.
- Funding inequity for rural and remote employment services
The lack of affordable housing is a significant barrier to employment and can potentially shrink our economy. We applauded the provincial government's efforts in this area and asked for continued investment in tax rebates and economic supports.
We also applauded the government's efforts in making BC's job market more inclusive with its new StrongerBC: Future Ready Action Plan. Helping people navigate their future jobs by identifying best fits and educational options can be a strong economic driver but is currently minimally funded. We asked that the government invest in mid-career career services in addition to the current pre-employment services.
As demonstrated in ASPECT's most recent report Refocusing the Urban Lens for Rural & Remote Employment Services, employment service providers in rural and remote locations have lived with the inequities of workforce development funding for many years when compared to that of urban areas. Per our research findings, we recommended that funding move away from population-based targets and focus on the realities of delivering services in unique regions.
ASPECT's team intends to focus on these priorities in its upcoming advocacy efforts, regularly including them in communication and public relations tools and pieces. Our work here is not done; we must continue until change happens. Click here for a copy of ASPECT's presentation.
If you would like to submit your recommendations for the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Governmental Affairs, you can do so until June 16 using their online form.