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Province announces plans to reduce government red tape


This includes the proposed $90 million road and rail project in Prince Rupert and liquefied natural gas plants announced earlier this week.

The province will also create a Major Investments Office at the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation intended to streamline the government's support of significant projects like these.

These initiatives will be instrumental in the success of another announcement made today: the building of eight new mines and expansion of another nine by 2015. Clark expects this to generate $1.6 billion of additional revenue a year once operational and create 1,800 new and sustain more than 5,000 mining jobs in the province. The target for turnaround on new "notices of work" for mines is 60 days.

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The Chair of Mining Association of B.C. John McManus says these changes will be benficial to the industry and the province.

"The ability for government to provide vigorous and rigorous permitting and project approval processes leads to the timely creation of jobs, which builds healthier communities and creates the revenue with which government provides much needed services, including protection of the environment."

While Clark vows to reduce project approval time, she stresses there will be no easing of environmental regulations.

The full Jobs Plan can be viewed online.

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Erica Fisher

Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.


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