The BC Alliance for Manufacturing is a coalition of like-minded manufacturing industry associations with a common vision to promote a world-class manufacturing sector in British Columbia. Those with an interest in ensuring a strong manufacturing sector include businesses in the design, supply, material handling, fabrication and logistics areas; people-based organizations that train and develop skilled workers for high-paying jobs; and community-focused chambers of commerce and boards of trade that recognize the significant economic contribution to their cities derived from manufacturing, directly and indirectly.
The Alliance coordinates multiple stakeholders to act together on priority issues impacting the province’s manufacturers. The goal is to ensure all British Columbians continue to benefit from the economic growth, high-value outputs and high-paying jobs found across all types of manufacturing in the province.
The Alliance provides a common platform for its members to improve economies of scale and joint-efforts in project management, training, capacity building, corporate services support, and government / public relations.
British Columbia—January 11, 2019Invitation to NISP® circular economy-based workshopThe City of Surrey and the NISP® Canada team are hosting the next Business Opportunities Workshop, part of the Canadian National Industrial Symbiosis Program (NISP®). This initiative aims to develop innovative resource management solutions and generate triple bottom line benefits to companies based in the Metro Vancouver […]
BC Alliance Program Helps Refugees Land Jobs British Columbia—August 27, 2018To Syria With LoveBC Building Trades Summer 2018 By Corry Anderson-FennellBCBT Director of CommunicationsWhen Manhal Alkanakri, Abdulhafed Almagri, Ibrahim Alhariri and Rachid Anker fled war-torn Syria in 2016 to start a new life in Canada, they knew it wouldn’t be easy.They had to learn English. […]
British Columbia—May 22, 2018 The BC Alliance for Manufacturing have formally announced their support for the Canadian pilot of a National Industrial Symbiosis Program (NISP). This support is the result of a recognition that overlap exists between the parties’ respective efforts related to Industrial Symbiosis and on supporting and growing BC’s manufacturing sector. By formalizing […]
The BC Alliance for Manufacturing welcomes five new member associations.
Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC), Canada’s largest manufacturing support organization, joins BC Alliance for Manufacturing. Through this partnership, EMC is helping manufacturers to lower costs, access greater opportunities to compete for business and improve efficiencies in dealing with the day-to-day complexities of running a manufacturing operation.
Business in Vancouver
B.C. manufacturing had another strong year in 2017, adding 14,000 new jobs since December 2016. Overall, the wide-ranging sector, which is the province’s second-largest employer behind construction, has increased job growth 13% since 2014. Marcus Ewert-Johns, president for the BC Alliance for Manufacturing, said the sector flies under the radar because of its diversity, which can include everything from aerospace technology and clothing apparel to plastics and petroleum.
Victoria Times Colonist
The Canadian dollar’s relative weakness to the U.S. greenback should have B.C. manufacturers in a stronger position than they currently are, according to the chairman of the B.C. Alliance for Manufacturing.
Refugees introduced to employers thanks to an eight-week training program run by B.C. Alliance for Manufacturing, which pairs trainees with Canadian companies. Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) through the B.C. Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, the course has helped almost 100 refugees prepare for Canadian workplaces and find jobs across B.C.
Global News B.C.
A new pilot project has teamed with British Columbia’s manufacturing sector to provide jobs for Syrian refugees, helping them integrate into their new country and boost jobs in the industry at the same time.