Vancouver scraps Economic Commission | Vancouver Sun

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The City of Vancouver is scrapping the Vancouver Economic Commission, a non-profit society formed in 1995 to find ways to strengthen the city’s economic future.

Staff say key functions of the commission will be brought under the direct oversight of the city manager’s office.

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A new business and economy office within the city manager’s office will have the mandate to ensure Vancouver’s strategy, policy and programs consider implications for business and financial efficiencies, staff said in a news release Wednesday.

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Mayor Ken Sim said the move will mean delivering services and support “in the most seamless and efficient way possible for local businesses.”

The decommission will be in phases to minimize impacts on the business community and program partners “to the greatest extent possible,” the release said.

The release didn’t say how many employees at the commission would lose their jobs when it was decommissioned. At least 22 people work at the commission, according to its website.

The commission has helped to competitively position Vancouver in the global market and supported local industries such as film, digital, entertainment, innovation, clean technology, e-sports and circular economy business communities, according to the city.

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