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About OBAC Presentation
Transcript of About OBAC Presentation
BRIDGING GAPS: CONNECTING
AND COORDINATING PUBLIC AND
NON-PROFIT SOCIAL SERVICES
IN THE OBAC REGION
Coordination of social services at the
community level is generally working well. Coordination between community-level non-
profit agencies and public agencies is not, overall, working well. Two obstacles need to
be overcome to increase coordination: the regional geography and government administrative structures.
Omineca Beetle Action Coalition
SOCIAL SERVICES STRATEGIES WORKING GROUP
MINERALS AND MINING STRATEGY
ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT
An exhibition of art,
writing and music
inspired by the beetles
Experience the impact of
the mountain pine beetle
through the eyes of artists
from the region
On June 26, 2012 Amendments were made to regulations under the Forest Act, the Forest and Range Practices Act and, the Wildfire Act that will bring into effect a residual forestry license to cut, as well as a fibre supply license to cut, for wood biomass.
Establish new forest tenures that provide the right to utilize roadside residue from ongoing forestry operations.
Develop an International Migrant Strategy which includes the determination of the groups which should be targeted and identification of and development of services and amenities which will attract these migrants. Priorities for initial “targeting” are:
• Certain skilled workers and professionals;
Immigration Task Force formed December 8, 2011 and report released.
Short Term Actions:
The Province of British Columbia committed a $4.6M investment to help expand the number of skilled immigrants that will be able to full utilize their skills in the BC economy.
Put in place measures designed to:
• Encourage consumers to purchase more locally produced food;
• Encourage regional producers to direct more of their production to local markets;
• Increase access to affordable healthy food which is produced locally.
• Encourage public and private institutions to purchase local foods where possible;
The Province encouraged British Columbians in communities across the province to buy local and join in the celebration of the first-ever B.C. Beef Day on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.
In January 2011, the Provincial and federal government have targeted over $4.5 million through Growing Forward Agreement to support B.C. agriculture producers and processors who want to develop new products, create new processes, and access new markets.
Between April 1 and June 30, 2012, Growing Forward invested a total contribution of $838,647 to the Agriculture Industry.
On April 27, 2012, British Columbia's Ministry of Agriculture is partnering with the BC agriculture Council (BCAC) and industry leaders to find ways to improve competitiveness in the BC agrifoods and seafood sectors.
Mentor Me: A Youth Networking Initiative
“I feel that the Mentor Me program has opened a new world to me, one full of opportunities that I never imagined existed.” - Elliot, 24, Commerce Masters Student…Interest: Online Business
“I have gained a friend, first and foremost out of this program, but in addition I have accessed a network of HR professionals and opportunities, hopefully turning my mentorship into employment in the near future.” - Dustin, 22, Commerce Student …Interest: HR
Northern Agriculture Research Initiative
The goal of the Northern Agriculture Research Initiative is to improve the capacity and profitability of the agriculture and agri-food sector of northern British Columbia. It seeks to do so by supporting agricultural research, development and training in northern BC.
The initiative will:
1. Promote and support research following three main themes: forage, pasture, and local food.
2. Through its research activities the Northern Agriculture Research Initiative will support the long-term sustainability of on-farm operations and activities (agriculture) and off-farm operations and activities related to agriculture and food (agri-food) in northern BC by helping to:
• Connect the region’s post-secondary institutions with the research needs of the sector;
• Diversify and strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector;
• Enhance the competitiveness and profitability, understand and improve the economics of food and feed production;
• Form stronger partnerships;
• Increase the capacity to train and recruit the required work force;
• Increase public support for the sector and interest in high quality food produced in the region;
• Encourage greater food security in the region;
• Inform policy on food and feed production that is relevant to northern BC.
3. Support current agriculture activities in post-secondary institutes.
4. Pursue the development of a Professional Agrologist designation package at UNBC.
* Business Plan for a Regional Food Hub: A Plan to Build the Capacity
of Our Local Food System, UNBC
* Enhancing Northern Grain Production through Applied Research and
Community Engagement Phase 1 & 2, UNBC
* The Taste of Place: Food, Culture and Planning for
Resiliency in Northern British Columbia, UNBC
* The Place of Wild Food in British Columbia: A Case
Study of Robson Valley, UNBC
* Heat to Energy, CNC
BEYOND THE MARKET
Increased access to information about regional markets and value- chain opportunities.
Built and enhanced networks between producers, distributors/wholesalers and commercial consumers.
Encouraged local institutions and other commercial consumers to purchase local food products.
Encouraged value-added opportunities in the region.
* funding and technical support resulting in
$680, 230 Gas Tax funding
to support district heating
study and technical support
The furnace was installed and a community education process was implemented where residents received a presentation on the significance of reducing carbon emissions.
Five community education presentations and a final report that showed the energy savings to date were completed.
A reduction in carbon emissions and the energy expenses for the Village Fire Hall.
A village-level alternative heating option, used to educate residents about the use of alternative energy.
RURAL BC PROJECT
1. Create a BC Rural Development Strategy
2. Coordinated Rural Economic Development Programming
3. Create a Rural Dividend
4. Create a Rural Ministry and Catalyst Organization
5. Create a Rural BC Venture Capital Program
Response from Government
“The strategies you have been developing will play an important role in ensuring the future prosperity of your region. I have asked Minister Lekstrom to pull together a committee of appropriate staff so that the Provincial Government can work closely with you, as we transition from planning our response to the beetle crisis to implementing the sector specific strategies you have developed...I commend you for the work you have done. With your leadership, I believe we are well positioned to ensure that this region continues to thrive.” -
Gordon Campbell, Former Premier. October 2008.
The financial and human resources that the Province has been able to provide to date, combined with the significant commitment and effort by the OBAC board, has produced regional plans that we wish to use going forward.”-
Bill Bennett, Former Minister of Community and Rural Development. October 2009.
“Your ongoing commitment to promoting and supporting the long term economic health of northern British Columbia is absolutely critical, and allow me to congratulate your committee on its work to date. In addition to your obvious passion and dedication, your capacity for innovation and creativity is truly commendable.”-
Margaret MacDiarmid, Former Minister of Tourism, Trade and Investment. December 2010.
"We had good discussion around the work of the Beetle Action Committees... I think we can agree that by staying focused on building our local economies, we are making great strides in overcoming the impact of the global economic dowturn and meeting some of the local priorities that we discussed is heading in the right direction." -
Premier Christy Clark, October 2012.
“We thank the three Beetle Action Coalitions for their work to date and look forward to working together to strengthen rural communities. Our government agrees that local communities and First Nations must be involved in facilitating rural and regional economic development and is working with communities and regions throughout the province to encourage economic growth and diversification.”
Pat Bell, Former Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, January 2013
“Rural B.C. is extremely important to this government and I look forward to future discussions with the Beetle Action Coalitions on ways to bolster rural economic development in B.C.,”-
Donna Barnett, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for Rural Development, January 2013.
Priorities for 2013/14