Did you know that Surrey, Richmond and Langley represent more than 70 percent of all manufacturing activity in British Columbia?
With this in mind, the BC Tech Association in partnership with the three municipalities will deliver a $400,000 Supply Chain Resiliency Program to enhance the inventory capabilities of local manufacturers.
The partnership was selected by the Government of British Columbia in order to scale up the methodology developed by the City of Surrey as part of the multiple-award-winning Surrey Makes PPE program, which has seen 25 local manufacturers generate over $12.4 million in sales, and support over 140 jobs during the pandemic, by retooling to produce personal protective equipment (PPE).
“The digital economy is here to stay and we want to empower companies to scale by adopting technology,” said BC Tech President and CEO Jill Tipping. “This partnership enables us to bring made-in-BC solutions to manufacturers to help ensure their businesses continue to grow and thrive. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation.”
The program will allow the partner municipalities to help thousands of manufacturers identify existing industrial capabilities that could be retooled to support future emergency production needs, diversify their businesses by focusing on emerging opportunities in new sectors, and increase Canada’s overall domestic manufacturing capacity.