What is this engagement about?
The Province, under the direction of the Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, has established the Small Business Task Force (the Task Force) to listen to small businesses to better understand what government can do to help strengthen the sector.
A strong and prosperous small business sector is the backbone of every community in every region of British Columbia. Of all the businesses operating in the province, 98% are considered to be small businesses, meaning they have fewer than 50 employees. Together, these businesses provide employment for more than one million British Columbians.
The Task Force is seeking input from small business owners throughout the province to better understand potential barriers to success, opportunities for growth and actions that should be considered by government.
Phase 1 of this public engagement ran from June 1 to June 29, 2018 at 4pm. During this phase individuals were invited to provide their input through an online questionnaire, and meetings with small businesses, entrepreneurs and First Nations took place in seven communities throughout the province. Those wishing to provide additional feedback are encouraged to send an email to SBTF@gov.bc.ca.
Phase 2 of the public engagement was open from July 24 to August 7, 2018 at 4pm. Input from Phase 1 was gathered and summarized in an engagement summary paper, and was open for comment.
How can my contribution make a difference?
Following the public engagement, the Task Force will submit its final report to Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, including its recommendations in fall 2018 on how the Province can further support small business in B.C.
Details of the Engagement
Dates: Phase 1: June 1 to June 29, 2018
Phase 2: July 24 to August 7, 2018
Category: Business & Commerce
Type: Online, Email