media release

Report details challenges for BC’s Creative Economy

January 07, 2013

Rowland Lorimer, 778.782.5240,
Suzanne Norman, BCreative, 778.782.5241,
Scott McLean, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

A new report crafted by Rowland Lorimer, director of SFU’s Master of Publishing Program, highlights many of the challenges facing British Columbia’s creative economy.

Entitled Dreamcatcher: Towards a Creativity/Innovation Strategic Plan for British Columbia, the report stems from the inaugural BCreative 2012 conference that took place May 10-12, 2012, at SFU’s Vancouver campus.

While discussing the relative lack of investment in the sector, the specific challenges of creating low-rent space for artists in Metro Vancouver, and the potential to strengthen B.C.’s tourism sector, it proposes two initiatives. 

The first is to follow the example of other jurisdictions and recognize cultural subsidies as infrastructure investments that create jobs and drive economic growth appropriate to advanced economies.

The second is to create a branded strategic plan to make creativity and innovation a central element of the social identity of B.C. in an effort to actively promote the province as a hub of creative production.

The BCreative conference is designed to bring together government, business, researchers, and the creative sector to stimulate thinking, policy, and action to further build B.C.’s creative economy. To obtain a PDF copy of the report, please contact Suzanne Norman.

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