Message from the
There are many dedicated people that work in the public service
in British Columbia. This Strategic Plan is for them.
Values and the purpose of government should not change year over
year – action items should. For us to meet the objectives we have
set, it is critical we let the public servants know what we are
all working to accomplish. We have made significant progress in
the past year. That could not have happened without the dedication
and hard work of the public service.
This year, the continued pursuit of prosperity is critical to
our province. The Strategic Plan for 2003/04 through to 2005/06
is meant to guide our efforts to rebuild the economy and enable
the delivery of excellent public services.
This is the second annual three-year Government Strategic Plan
produced for British Columbians. The purpose of this Plan is to
inform the public and the public service of the government's long
term vision for the province. This vision sees British Columbians
as innovators, turning great ideas into great ventures. Our goal
is for British Columbia to have the best performing economy and
the highest quality of life in North America. Revitalizing economic
prosperity is the key to improving our quality of life in British
Columbia and sustaining our valued public services. This plan
outlines how we will achieve our vision.
- The core values that guide government — our beliefs
- Our goals, objectives and strategies — what we hope
to accomplish and how;
- Performance measures — how we will know whether we are
achieving our goals and objectives.
The foundation of this plan is based on three overriding goals:
economic growth, a supportive social fabric and healthy communities
and environment. Renewing our economy is unquestionably this government's
top priority. It ultimately allows families to prosper and provides
funds for government programs.
Measures & Evaluations
We have committed to holding government accountable for measuring
the success of its programs and reporting on performance. In developing
this plan we have drawn from work across the province, and have
used sets of evaluations and information that we monitor on a
regular basis to assist in the development of key performance
measures and indicators. In addition, we have established the
British Columbia Progress Board to help define specific economic,
social and environmental benchmarks and targets for the tax, regulatory,
social and fiscal reforms that government will undertake, and
to monitor its performance. This work will assist us in fulfilling
the commitment to provide regular reports to British Columbians
and the Legislature so that taxpayers can monitor our performance
and progress, and hold government accountable for its commitments.
It will also help to inform government where follow-up efforts
are necessary and additional work is warranted.
Significant effort has been expended over the past year to refine
the key measures and targets set out in last year's report. In
most cases, specific targets are set for the government's key
performance measures. The key measures that have been selected
are those that best represent the overall performance in areas
that are priorities for British Columbians. These measures do
not tell us everything about government's performance, but they
do provide an indication of the progress British Columbia is making
in key areas such as the economy, health, education, justice and
Each year, government will report results for each measure relative
to the target that has been set. These results are used as indicators
of the government's progress towards achieving its goals. In addition,
each government ministry has a set of key performance measures
that relate to their goals and objectives. Ministry measures provide
more detailed information on specific program performance. These
measures are reported in ministry annual reports.
British Columbia is a prosperous and just province, whose citizens
achieve their potential and have confidence in the future.
- Integrity: to make decisions in a manner that is consistent,
professional, fair and balanced
- Fiscal Responsibility: to implement affordable public policies
- Accountability: to enhance efficiency, effectiveness and credibility
- Respect: to treat all citizens equitably, compassionately
- Choice: afford citizens the opportunity to exercise self-determination
Link to Ministry Service Plans
The Strategic Plan is the guiding document for government, outlining
its goals for the economy, our social fabric, our communities
and physical environment. It is the umbrella plan for individual
ministry service plans, which provide greater detail on performance
measures and strategies.
Themes Underlying the Plan
Government will operate in an innovative, enterprising, results-oriented
and accountable manner. In doing so, it will adopt the following
- High standards of accountability, consultation and ethics
- Focused and efficient delivery of government services
- Social and fiscal responsibility
- Open and transparent government
- An innovative and goal-oriented public service
Links to the New Era
The New Era document, which outlined the government's 2001 election
policy platform, contained many far-reaching policy objectives.
Ten specific objectives were highlighted for the future. Those
ten objectives link to the goals described in this Strategic Plan,
as outlined below:
Goal 1: A strong and vibrant provincial
- A thriving private sector economy that creates high-paying
- The fastest growing technology industry in Canada.
- Greater equity and equality for British Columbia in Canada.
- Responsible, accountable management of public resources and
Goal 2: A supportive social fabric
- A top-notch education system for students of all ages.
- High-quality public health care services that meet all patients'
needs, where they live and when they need it.
- Better services for children, families and First Nations.
- The most open, accountable and democratic government in Canada.
Goal 3: Safe, healthy communities and
a sustainable environment
- Safer streets and schools in every community.
- A leading edge forest industry that is globally recognized
for its productivity and environmental stewardship.
These commitments are reflected in the government's Strategic