Premier wants to make B.C. a leader in emerging field of augmented reality
As governments around the world put up barriers to increased trade and immigration, British Columbia has an opportunity to grow its burgeoning technology sector by opening its doors to skilled newcomers, Premier Christy Clark says.
“While other countries are looking in, let’s be a country and a province that is looking out … that is building bridges to the world, that is welcoming people in, the best and the brightest from every corner around the globe,” Clark said Tuesday in a keynote address to 5,000 delegates at the second annual #BCTECH Summit.
“That’s how we will be different.”
Clark used her speech to announce the government’s plans to expand a tax credit aimed at helping companies in the entertainment sector that specialize in augmented reality.
Last month’s provincial budget expanded the digital media tax credit program to include augmented reality companies working in entertainment. The program is forecast to cost $1 million in foregone revenue in the 2018-19 fiscal year.
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