Jock Finlayson is Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer at the Business Council of British Columbia where he has worked since 1994. Prior to assuming his current position, he was Vice President of Research at the Business Council of Canada (previously the Canadian Council of Chief Executives). He has served on boards of directors and advisory groups for a number of organizations, including the Bank of Canada, Statistics Canada’s National Statistics Council, the Institute for Research on Public Policy, the Canada West Foundation, Genome BC, Canada’s Digital Supercluster, and the B.C. Innovation Council. In addition, he has served as president of the Association of Professional Economists of B.C. and the Ottawa Economics Association.
Jock’s perspective on housing supply and affordability:
I was pleased to be asked by the federal and B.C. Ministers of Finance to serve on this panel. Through my work with large employers across the province, I have become increasingly aware of the serious housing challenges facing many B.C. families and the growing concerns in the business community about the impact of high housing costs on employee recruitment, retention and quality of life. The problems are most acute in the Lower Mainland but are not restricted to a single region. For urban British Columbia, projected population growth – driven mainly by international immigration – is likely to produce sustained upward pressure on land prices. In this context, innovations in both policy and practice will be critical if we hope to prevent housing from becoming even less affordable for many working people in B.C.