Reimagining Recovery – Building Back Better
A recent poll found more than 80% of Canadians do not want to return to a pre-COVID economy. Seven-in-ten seek to rebuild—either through new approaches or through fundamental change. The future economy isn’t just coming—it’s now. In the 2020 Throne Speech, Governor General Julie Payette called climate action, renewable energy, and protecting nature a “cornerstone” of Canada’s COVID-19 recovery plan, committing unprecedented funds to recovery packages.
This recovery plan and the choices governments make today will shape the economy, and the health and well-being of our society for decades to come. Policy, funding, and corporate collaboration will determine our collective ability to build a low-carbon future. While it will take a pan-national effort to achieve these goals, BC has the potential to be the cornerstone for Canadian leadership and innovation in clean technology.
British Columbia – A Roadmap to Green Recovery
Home to more than 290 cleantech companies, BC has generated $3.4 billion in deals since 2017, including the creation of more than 22,000 jobs in this sector alone. The fact is, a net-zero carbon economy by 2050 is possible in British Columbia if we act now.
Putting the future economy into action, Foresight and the CORE Cleantech Cluster have developed a series of roadmap reports outlining the strategic plans which exist today to guide key sectors in reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, examining what is at stake, and investigating what is happening in the current innovation landscape.
The reports cover the seven key sectors that stand-out as playing a pivotal role on the path to green recovery: water, forestry, transportation, energy, agriculture and food, mining, and the built environment.