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Province of British Columbia

2008/09–2010/11 STRATEGIC PLAN

February 2008

Great Goals for a Golden Decade

1 Make B.C. the best educated, most literate jurisdiction on the continent.
2 Lead the way in North America in healthy living and physical fitness.
3 Build the best system of support in Canada for persons with disabilities, those with special needs, children at risk and seniors.
4 Lead the world in sustainable environmental management, with the best air and water quality, and the best fisheries management, bar none.
5 Create more jobs per capita than anywhere else in Canada.


To be a prosperous and just province, whose citizens achieve their potential and have confidence in the future.

Letter from the Premier

2008 is an historic year for British Columbians. This year British Columbians will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Crown colony of British Columbia, marked by year-long celebrations across the province.

British Columbia has a lot to be proud of this year. Our economy is the strongest that it has been in the last 31 years and our unemployment rate is the lowest it has been over that same period.

British Columbia is taking a proactive and aggressive approach to climate change by legislating targets for greenhouse gas emissions. We continue making progress on forging a new relationship with First Nations, as evidenced by the passage of the historic Tsawwassen and Maa-nulth First Nations treaty legislation in the legislature.

We are focusing on making changes that will strengthen the health care system under the Canada Health Act, based on input received from thousands of people across the province through the Conversation on Health. We are continuing to work on improving our competitiveness and productivity, to take advantage of our strategic position as Canada’s Pacific Gateway.

In 2010 we will be hosting the first Olympic Games that have been built based on the principles of sustainable development. The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will benefit everyone in British Columbia, fostering the development of sustainable, economic, social, cultural and sport legacies. Millions of people will be travelling to our province or watching the Games from the comfort of their homes, which will provide an unparalleled opportunity to showcase British Columbia to the world.

This strategic plan sets out our vision for British Columbia and identifies the government’s priorities over the next year. Further detail on each Ministry’s role in these priorities can be found in individual Ministry Service Plans and Annual Service Plan Reports. By working to implement this vision, we will move forward in achieving government’s Five Great Goals. Together we can show everyone that we really do live in the best place on earth.

Honourable Gordon Campbell,

Government’s core values are

  • Integrity: to make decisions in a manner that is consistent, professional, fair, transparent and balanced;
  • Fiscal Responsibility: to implement affordable public policies;
  • Accountability: to enhance efficiency, effectiveness and the credibility of government;
  • Respect: to treat all citizens equitably, compassionately and respectfully; and
  • Choice: to afford citizens the opportunity to exercise self-determination.
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