|2003/04 – 2005/06 SERVICE
Ministry of Finance
have the honour of submitting the Ministry of Finance Service Plan
for the period April 1, 2003, to March 31, 2006. This plan is presented
in accordance with section 13 of the Budget Transparency and
As a rolling plan, this document reflects and builds upon the ministry’s
efforts in 2002/03, many of which support the government’s top-priority
commitments. These include restoring sound fiscal management across
government, revitalizing British Columbia’s economy and putting
the needs of patients, students and people-in-need first.
The Ministry of Finance supports the achievement of these goals
through its many roles: banker, expenditure approver, financial
and economic advisor and manager to government, financial and management
regulator, and reporter to taxpayers on all aspects of B.C.’s finances
and economy. Restoring sound fiscal management while meeting the
priority needs of British Columbians will require diligent adherence
to the fiscal targets laid out in the government’s three-year Strategic
Plan and the three-year service plans of individual ministries.
The Ministry of Finance plays a vital role in keeping these plans
Readers of last year’s Ministry Service Plan will find a great
deal of consistency between last year’s plan and this updated plan.
This consistency is intentional. The ministry has achieved many
of the primary initiatives identified last year, including introducing
a new Capital Asset Management Framework for all ministries and
government agencies and creating Partnerships British Columbia,
to identify and facilitate public/private partnership opportunities
in the delivery of public services and infrastructure. The Ministry
continues to implement several major initiatives, including the
delivery of business registration services online, realigning governance
and advisory resources to focus on key risks and opportunities,
consolidating and streamlining reporting and administrative functions,
designing a proactive collective bargaining mandate, and expanding
the government’s risk-management programs.
Our strategy to meet these and other commitments follows. I am
certain that the dedication and expertise the ministry staff have
demonstrated will remain cornerstones of our success in helping
to fulfill the government’s New Era commitments.
Honourable Gary Collins
Minister of Finance
February 5, 2003