Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development

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The Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development in British Columbia plays a central role in shaping the social and economic fabric of British Columbia. It is responsible for post-secondary education and training, immigration and labour market development programming - and ensuring that individuals have access to a world-class education, meaningful skills training, and effective immigrant settlement programming.

Its web site is - while the Service Plan is at

Summary of activities

This year, the post-secondary education system continued to play a vital role in preparing individuals to contribute to the province's success in the 21st century, and it will help it reach the goal of making BC the best-educated, most literate jurisdiction on the continent and home to a highly skilled and productive workforce.

Over the past year, in partnership with the federal government, the Ministry invested over C$ 497 million for upgrades to every public post-secondary institution in BC, creating over 3,200 direct jobs while building and renewing campus infrastructure.

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The Ministry also launched the new Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation. The EQA trademark will promote high quality, reputable and credible BC post-secondary institutions at home and abroad, giving post-secondary students better tools to make informed decisions about where they study. Every one of British Columbia's public post-secondary institution is now EQA designated, and 18 private post-secondary institutions have been approved for designation.

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