Growing BC’s creative economy. "In recognition of the importance of arts and culture to the overall economy, BC announced the Creative Economy Strategy to help grow this thriving sector." Quote and photo from BC Gov News

Today the government announced its Creative Economy Strategy. Promising $1.5 million over three years to “support shared creative spaces” and $300,000 through artsVest to encourage businesses to sponsor art and cultural events.

Some other key areas of focus will include:

  • Increasing the creative sector’s international presence.
  • Ensuring that arts and culture contribute to destination development in B.C.
  • Supporting artists and cultural workers to be successful in their careers.
  • Continuing to invest in major arts and cultural festivals and events.
  • Launching a province-wide consultation process with indigenous artists.

Across Canada employment in information, culture and recreation rose by 16,000 in January 2016.

Some speculate the strategy has been rushed in order to create new jobs, as natural resource and LNG prospects diminish across the province.

“BC has a strong creative advantage, as evidenced by the highly successful film, television and digital media industry and BC’s high concentration of artists, creative workers and micro businesses. Taking advantage of this growth opportunity will help BC attract new investment and create jobs for British Columbians,” From the Government of British Columbia Facebook post today.