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  The Honourable Alex. Macdonald
Minister of Industrial Development, Trade, and Commerce
  To the Honourable Walter S. Owen, Q.C., LL.D.,
Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
I beg to submit the Report of the Department of Industrial Development, Trade,
and Commerce for the year ended December 31, 1972.
Minister of Industrial Development,
Trade, and Commerce
  To the Honourable Alex. Macdonald,
Minister of Industrial Development, Trade, and Commerce,
Victoria, British Columbia.
Sir: I have the honour to submit herewith the Report of the Department of
Industrial Development, Trade, and Commerce for the year ended December 31,
Deputy Minister
Douglas Building, 617 Government Street,
Victoria, British Columbia
Honourable Alex. Macdonald, Minister
L. C. Hempsall, Deputy Minister
M. H. A. Glover, Executive Director, Eco- G. Geddes, Administrative Officer (Finance
nomic Research and Personnel)
J. R. Meredith, Director G. R. Knight, Assistant Director
956, 970 Burrard Street, Vancouver, B.C.
I. McKeown, Director
421 Menzies Street, Victoria
J. B. Baird, Director
A. G. Lockyer, Manager, Systems and Pro- G. A. Spring, Manager, Operations
1-3 Regent Street, London S.W. 1 Y, 4 N S, England (telephone 01-930-6857)
Rear-Admiral M. G. Stirling, RCN(Rtd.), Agent-General
599 Market Street, San Francisco, Calif. 94105, U.S.A.
[Vacant] Commissioner for Trade and Tour- S. C. Turbis, Assistant Industry and Trade
ism Commissioner
3303 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, Calif. 90010, U.S.A.
L. Nevraumont, Industry and Trade Commissioner
Minister of Industrial Development,
Trade, and Commerce
Economics and
Trade and
Executive Director,
Economic Research
Data Processing
British Columbia House,
London, England
British Columbia House—
San Francisco,
Calif, 1
British Columbia Economy  15
General Departmental Affairs  16
Economics and Statistics  16
Trade and Industry Branch  17
Data Processing  18
British Columbia House, London, England  20
British Columbia Research Council  22
Publications  22
The Provincial economy made substantial gains in 1972 primarily because of
the stimulative effect of continued economic growth in the North American economy
generally and the United States in particular. Consumer expenditure and housing
construction were key factors in this favourable trend. The general increase in
demand for British Columbia products was bolstered by an improvement in economic
conditions in Japan and western Europe during the latter part of the year. The
economy was hampered, however, by a number of labour-management disputes in
such key British Columbia industries as logging, wood products, construction, and
shipping. Capital investment in the Province continued at a high level but did
decline from the record value attained in 1971. The over-all drop reflected a pause
in investment by the manufacturing and primary industries after a very substantial
increase in expenditure during 1971. On balance, positive forces in the economy
prevailed and the Gross Provincial Product climbed $1.2 billion or an estimated
11.5 per cent over 1971. In 1971 the Gross Provincial Product grew $1.18
billion, a 12.5-per-cent increment over 1970.
Inflationary pressures increased in 1972 compared to 1971, with significant
rises occurring in the Canadian general wholesale price index and consumer price
index. However, these increases were comparable with those registered in most
industrial nations.
The Provincial population increased 2.9 per cent in 1972, with many new
residents attracted to the Province. This rate was substantially higher than the 1.2-
per-cent increase in the total Canadian population. Increases in the number of
employed persons and a sharp rise in average income led to a record level of retail
sales. Sales of consumer durables such as automobiles, home appliances, and
furniture made especially good gains.
Unemployment continued to be a serious domestic problem in 1972, despite
substantial economic advances. The number of employed persons grew at a slower
rate than in 1971, but the rate of growth of the total labour force surpassed the
previous year. As a result, the number of unemployed increased, averaging 7.5 per
cent of the labour force over the year, compared with 7.0 per cent in 1971.
The value of shipments of manufactured products reached a record $4.47
billion, a gain of 11.5 per cent over 1971. Although increases occurred in most
sectors of manufacturing, improved sales values for wood products, foods, and
beverages, transportation equipment, and paper and allied products were dominant
in bringing about an advance.
Export values climbed to a record $3 billion in response to increased sales of
wood products, metals in ores and concentrates, crude petroleum, coal and natural
gas. The bulk of these advances were made in the United States and Japanese
markets. The value of imports also reached a record level, reflecting a general
increase in consumer spending and business activity in western Canada.
The forest industry, despite disruptions due to labour-management disputes,
made good gains in production and shipments. The wood products sector enjoyed
extremely favourable market conditions in Canada and the United States, and rising
prices for wood products contributed significantly to shipment values.
Mining production was maintained well above last year, primarily reflecting
the establishment of additional major copper and coal mines. Increased natural gas
sales were also a significant factor.
The fishing industry enjoyed one of the best years on record with products
worth $155 million. The travel industry continued to prosper, although unfavourable weather conditions hampered expansion in the early spring and summer months.
Agriculture enjoyed a good year with farm cash receipts up 12.6 per cent.
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The outlook for 1973 is affected by continued problems in the international
monetary system and by expansion of the European Economic Community from six
to nine nations, and formation of a free trade association covering most of western
Europe. However, most reliable authorities expect an acceleration of economic
growth in western Europe and Japan and a high level of economic activity in the
United States and Canada. In Canada and other industrial nations, inflationary
pressures are expected to become more serious. Unemployment will also be a
continuing problem in North America.
During 1972 the activities of the Department of Industrial Development,
Trade, and Commerce continued to be guided by the need to expand the economic
base of the Province in order to generate the opportunities and employment for
British Columbia's increasing population.
The servicing of existing British Columbia industry took many forms. Assistance and advice was given in areas of markets, market trends, new products, new
and improved processes, to mention just a few.
Prospective manufacturing and commercial firms, financial institutions, and
industrial organizations visited the Department for information on supplies of raw
materials, transportation, industrial sites, population, and financing. In certain
cases the services of consulting firms were called upon to prepare detailed feasibility
studies on the establishment of new or expanded facilities in the Province.
Departmental staff received many visits from the general public and supplied
information of both a general and specific nature on the economy, education,
industrial sites, Government regulations and services. Information on the services
and facilities of the British Columbia Research Council were provided. In addition,
officers of the Department travelled throughout the Province assisting new, established, and expanding businesses as well as industrial commissions and regional,
civic, and municipal authorities.
A 14 Vi -minute colour film, entitled A Place of Opportunity, was produced
for the Department. As its name implies, the film portrays dramatically and
visually British Columbia's natural and human resources and the growing opportunities for industrial expansion. In addition to being screened throughout
the Province, the film was shown to selected audiences throughout Canada and
overseas. The film was also used to illustrate speeches given by Department officers
to Chambers of Commerce, Service Clubs, etc., across the Province.
During 1972 the Department worked closely with other departments in the
Provincial Government and with both the Federal and sister provincial governments
in areas of regional expansion, tariffs, transportation, and taxation.
Much of 1972 was devoted to a critical self-evaluation by the Department.
A study was commissioned to determine the needs of the business community in
British Columbia and recommend the areas of additional assistance from the
Department. At the conclusion of the year, steps were taken to reorganize the
Department with more emphasis being placed on the "promotion" of secondary
During 1972 the Economics and Statistics Branch performed a broad variety
of duties related to the economic and industrial development of the Province.
The Branch's staff included 11 professional research officers, three economists,
a librarian, and a support staff of 14.    During the summer, one student research
officer and an exchange student from Guyana undertook specific assignments. The
personnel of the Branch include officers with expertise in special fields such as
forestry, mining, transportation, travel industry, external trade, labour, fishing, and
agriculture, as well as economic research, analysis, and forecasting.
Throughout the year the Branch continued to prepare and publish monthly
and annual reports dealing with economic trends and industrial growth in the
Province. These studies provide the business community with a broad range of
information on developments in industry, foreign trade, transportation, and primary
resource expansion at Provincial, national, and international levels. This service
assists business organizations to relate and evaluate their own operations in terms
of the total economy. Members of the staff attended and participated in several
conferences and seminars in British Columbia and elsewhere during 1972.
The Branch worked in close co-operation with other Government departments
and agencies such as the Departments of Finance; Labour; Agriculture; Mines and
Petroleum Resources; Lands, Forests, and Water Resources; Travel Industry; Rehabilitation and Social Improvement; and Municipal Affairs. This activity included
joint studies and the provision of statistical and economic analyses.
In addition to its duties of providing data on the general economy, the Branch
carried out important work designed to foster industrial development in the Province.
This included preparation of specific industry studies, commodity studies, comprehensive economic studies of specific regions within the Province, and studies of
infrastructure and shipments through British Columbia ports. Answers to numerous
requests from industry for statistical and market information were also provided.
The library of the Branch continued to ensure that the latest select economic
and Government publications were available for the work of the Department. In
addition, the leading current industrial, trade, commerce, business, and economic
journals were received and kept on file. The library is regarded as one of the most
complete and comprehensive sources of economic and statistical data in the
The year 1972 was interesting and exciting for the industrial and trade development activities of the Department.
In April the Department created the new Trade and Industry Branch, with its
office in Vancouver. This action was taken to establish closer contact with the
business and industrial community. Although temporary office accommodation was
secured in the B.C. Hydro building, the Trade and Industry Branch will move into
new offices in the Pacific Centre early in the new year.
One of the earliest functions of the branch was to assume the handling of
industrial and trade inquiries formerly undertaken in Victoria.
The Trade and Industry Branch promotes and assists industrial development
throughout British Columbia by providing services to companies, individual investors, municipalities, and industrial commissions. Those planning new manufacturing
establishments or expansions to existing facilities are assisted in their feasibility
studies with information on industrial sites and buildings, markets, labour, sources
of raw material, availability and cost of utilities services and transportation, income
and assessment taxes, and other pertinent data. The nature of the activities of the
Trade and Industry Branch requires close co-operation with the Federal Departments of Industry, Trade and Commerce and Regional Economic Expansion. Frequent contacts with both departments were maintained throughout the year. The
Branch also works closely with other departments of Government, B.C. Hydro, the
railroads, boards of trade, chambers of commerce, and industrial commissions.
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The Department received numerous invitations to participate in fairs and trade
shows and, in order to do so in an effective and efficient manner, a new portable
display was built depicting the economy of British Columbia and the industrial and
investment opportunities in the Province. This display was used five times during
1972—at the Victoria Exhibition in May; Klondike Days, Edmonton in July; Seattle
International Trade Fair in August; and the Pacific Industrial Equipment and
Materials Handling Show in Vancouver in November. In each case the display was
staffed by Trade and Industry Branch personnel who distributed literature and
answered inquiries concerning British Columbia. In Edmonton and Seattle the
Department of Travel complemented our staff with one of their counsellors.
British Columbia held its first major Trade Show outside British Columbia at
the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, in September, and in the opinion of exhibitors,
buyers, and Canadian Government representatives, it was a success.
The Trade Show was attended by more than 800 buyers, agents, distributors,
and other interested parties. An estimate of $1,000,000 in sales in the next 12
months, as a direct result of the Trade Show, would appear to be reasonable.
Forty-one British Columbia firms participated in the Trade Show, displaying
products and services ranging from pollution control equipment and aircraft to
flotation garments and high fashion.
With the exception of a modest participation fee paid by each exhibitor, the
total cost of the Trade Show was borne by the Department of Industrial Development, Trade, and Commerce.
In October 1972 the Industry and Trade Counsellor at British Columbia House,
London, was transferred to Vancouver to complement the staff of the Trade and
Industry Branch.
In November 1972 a regional office was opened in Trail to serve the Kootenays,
which is the only area in British Columbia designated under the Federal Programme
for Economic Expansion. Under the guidance of an Industry and Trade Counsellor,
the role of the office will be to establish a working liaison between the Kootenays
and the Department. Reaction among community leaders and industrialists in the
Kootenays to the establishment of this regional office has been most favourable.
The Data Processing Centre is the Government's central computer and systems
service bureau. It is located on the Legislative precinct in Victoria and provides
information processing services, programming, computer systems analysis and
design, and general systems analysis services to all Government departments, agencies, boards, and commissions. To provide these services, the Centre employs over
100 computer and key-punch operators, systems management officers, and control
personnel; and a staff of more than 40 analysts and programmers. Equipment used
is one medium-sized and one large computer, with magnetic-tape drives, disk drives,
card readers, printers, and a plotter attached. There is also a small complement of
unit record equipment and over 70 key-punches and verifiers. The computers are
used 24 hours a day, five days a week, and at certain times of the year, during peak
work loads, on Saturdays and Sundays as well.
Work loads in the Centre continue to expand at 10 to 15 per cent a year.
This increase was accommodated by a small staff increase and extension of computer
running to week-ends, as required.
During the year, operating staff and several of the analysts and programmers
attended courses, educational seminars, and demonstrations of new equipment.
A number of tours through the Centre were given to students and other interested groups. Talks on data processing and career opportunities in this field were
given at Provincial and Government administrative management courses and to
student groups.
Analysts in the Division undertook over 90 organization studies, systems
studies, hardware feasibility reviews, and project implementations in 1972. These
assignments have introduced many systems changes in departments and the Centre,
and have created several new applications.
Projects completed during the year include a system to aid investigations of
the Securities Commission, use of mini computers for data acquisition from laboratory analytical equipment, an on-line central registry for recipients of Social Allowances which is updated and interrogated from 29 terminals located throughout the
Province, redesigned systems for motor-vehicle drivers and the office of the Fire
Arising from previous studies, implementation of the following projects was
started in 1972: A major data-base system for the Pollution Control Branch, a
distribution and renewals system for Beautiful British Columbia magazine, a new
inmate-record and research system for the Corrections Service, redesigned accounting systems for the Superannuation Branch; and, in association with Queen's University, a computerized data-base of the Statutes of British Columbia.
Major studies are in progress in the Liquor Board and the Chemistry Laboratory of the Water Resources Service.
Major changes to existing operating systems for the Corrections Service and
driver's licence applications were implemented in 1972. Both applications were
resystemized and rewritten to take advantage of the computer capabilities.
New applications for the Pollution Control Board were commenced successfully
throughout the year. An on-line Telex system for Rehabilitation and Social Improvement was commenced in July; on-line to 29 welfare locations in the Province. This
Telex system is in operation from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
A second printer was added to the IBM 360/30 computer to provide faster
output of printed material to users.
The IBM 360/40 computer was replaced in October with a larger and newer
model IBM 370/145. This equipment change, together with installation of 10
faster tape-drives in July, enabled this Division to maintain daily output on most
An over-all increase of 15 per cent in key-punch production during the year
cut the contracting out of overloads completely after March 1972. This increase
was accomplished in spite of a high turnover in key-punch staff during 1972.
Replacement operators were either experienced or graduates of the Keypunch
Course, operated as a co-operative effort by Department of Education, the Centre,
and Canada Manpower. Two courses were operated in 1972, one for a three-
month duration and one for a two-month duration. Further courses are scheduled
for 1973.
The Systems Management Section of the Operations Division carried out
several tests on equipment during the year and successfully introduced seven new
control systems, and continuing control systems maintenance.
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British Columbia House continued the active promotion of trade with the
United Kingdom and European markets and informed businessmen of the industrial
opportunities available in British Columbia, with particular emphasis on the establishment of secondary industries. The Agent-General and Trade Commissioner
maintained close and continuous liaison with representatives of the business and
financial communities in the United Kingdom and Europe and attended receptions,
meetings, and conferences held by Canadian or United Kingdom organizations interested in developing trade between Canada and Europe. In many cases, useful contacts were made.
In February the Agent-General was cohost with the Canadian Government
Travel Bureau at a reception for United Kingdom tour operators to publicize travel
to British Columbia. Feature of the evening was a slide presentation by Capt. Sir
Ranulph Fiennes, of the Headless Valley Expedition, sponsored by the Observer.
With the increasing interest in travel to British Columbia brought about by the
proposed low fares, it is felt there is considerable potential for expansion in this field.
The year 1972 marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the office of
the Agent-General in London. No formal ceremony marked the occasion, although
an article outlining the history of the establishment of the office was featured in the
August News Letter and attracted favourable comment.
In April we received a visit from L. J. Wallace, Deputy Provincial Secretary.
During his stay, Mr. Wallace took part in a ceremony at St. Peter's Church, Petersham, Surrey, observing the anniversary of the death of Capt. George Vancouver,
and laid a wreath on his grave on behalf of the citizens of British Columbia. In
December, Hon. Ernest Hall, Provincial Secretary and Minister of Travel Industry,
visited London. During his visit, Mr. Hall held several productive meetings with
representatives of Air Canada, CP Air, the Canadian Government Travel Bureau,
and the British travel industry to discuss ways and means of increasing travel to
British Columbia.
Several senior staff changes took place in 1972. Harry Harrod, of the Department of Travel Industry, moved to San Francisco and was replaced by Rod Fraser,
also from San Francisco. Fred MacKay, Industrial and Trade Counsellor, returned
to the Province in September after a four-year tour in London.
With the continuing high rate of unemployment in Canada during 1972, British
Columbia House did not actively promote any immigration programmes. Nevertheless, our immigration counsellors were kept busy throughout the year answering
inquiries and conducting interviews with prospective immigrants. With the present
problems of inflation in the United Kingdom and prospects of higher prices when
Britain joins the Common Market, many inquiries came from young professional
persons who feel that Canada, and in particular British Columbia, offers much better
opportunities for them.
Inquiries on travel and tourism continued to rise in 1972 and are expected to
increase sharply next year when advance-booking charter fares become available to
the general public. The full report of the Director of Travel Promotion in British
Columbia House appears in the Annual Report of the Department of Travel Industry.
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British Columbians visiting London and the United Kingdom continued to use
the reading-room and mailing facilities in British Columbia House to keep in touch
with home. During the year, 2,911 visitors registered in British Columbia House
and over 26,000 parcels and letters were handled. With the introduction of advance-
booking charter fares available to all next year, it is anticipated the number of
visitors will increase substantially.
Films from the library maintained at British Columbia House were loaned out
155 times to schools, business groups, etc., during the year and were viewed by an
estimated 8,300 persons. This indicates the continuing interest in the Province by
residents of the United Kingdom.
The monthly British Columbia News Letter, published in the name of the
Agent-General and circulated to interested businessmen in the United Kingdom and
Europe, enjoyed increased circulation and is another indication of the continuing
European interest in our Province.
The year 1972 saw increased activity by British Columbia companies in the
United Kingdom and European market areas covered by British Columbia House,
The Industrial and Trade Counsellor and the Commercial Officer were able
to assist a number of these companies in contacting suitable representative firms.
Nine British Columbia companies participated in the 1972 International Oceanography Exhibition and Conference in Brighton and all expressed satisfaction with
the results achieved. A very high degree of interest was shown by foreign businessmen in the products and services offered by the British Columbia firms. Several
British Columbia garment manufacturers took part in a "Fashion Canada" show in
London and again indicated satisfaction with the buyers' interest in their garments.
A substantial British Columbia delegation attended the International Real
Estate Conference held in London in 1972. British Columbia House was pleased
to assist one group in the preparation of their video-tape presentation and to supply
literature to the delegation.
British Columbia again had an information office at the Hanover International
Trade Fair, which was shared with representatives from the Province of Alberta. A
number of British Columbia companies exhibited at this largest of all trade fairs,
showing electrical and electronic equipment and industrial machinery. The Industrial and Trade Counsellor was pleased to meet and assist several British Columbia
businessmen who attended the Fair to check on new product developments in their
particular field of interest or to meet European manufacturers with a view to becoming sales representatives in British Columbia and western Canada.
The Agent-General and the Industrial and Trade Counsellor participated in
the inauguration of the Northwest England branch of the Canada-United Kingdom
Chamber of Commerce in Manchester, where the Agent-General addressed a large
group of businessmen.
During the year the Industrial and Trade Counsellor made several trips to the
Continent, visiting Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, where he
discussed the Province's present economic and industrial growth and future prospects
for industrial development with European industrialists and financiers. At the year's
end, several British and European firms and individuals were looking to British
Columbia with a view to investment in the Province.
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In 1972 the British Government ratified the Treaty of Accession, paving the
way for Britain's membership in the European Common Market. In January of
1973, Britain will join Ireland and Denmark as new members of the ECM, increasing
the organization from six to nine member countries. Initially, Britain's entry could
have a limiting effect on British Columbia's trade with the United Kingdom. However, it is anticipated that as Britain becomes more prosperous through her membership in the market she will be in a better position to purchase the goods and services
offered by nonmember countries.
Inflation was rampant in Britain in 1972, with wages and prices advancing very
rapidly. The general economy of the United Kingdom suffered badly from a series
of industrial disputes, resulting in prolonged strikes, and the pound, allowed to float
in June, dropped rapidly in the world's foreign exchange markets.
The British Columbia Research Council is an independent, nonprofit, industrial
research society, registered under the Societies Act of British Columbia and initially
sponsored by the Department in 1944. Since inception, the Council has received an
annual grant from the Department which has enabled in-house research projects to
be developed to a point where they may be sponsored by industry. The research
arm of the Council, B.C. Research, has its offices and laboratories at 3650 Wesbrook
Crescent, on the southern section of the campus of the University of British Columbia. B.C. Research conducts research and development under contract to sponsors
in both Government and industry and offers services in the fields of applied biology,
applied chemistry, applied physics, engineering, economics, market research, operations research, industrial engineering, and technical information.
In 1972, B.C. Research received a grant of $320,000 from the Department and
carried out $2.1 million of sponsored research and development. Contracts totalling
$534,000 were obtained for water and atmospheric pollution research. Ecological
studies in British Columbia, Alberta, and Greenland produced a revenue of
$131,000. Research into methods of waste treatment was particularly active with
contracts totalling $285,000.
Government social and economic studies and education research accounted for
$100,000 of contract revenue. A technical information service and Management
Courses were offered to British Columbia industry throughout the year. Rapid
growth was seen in engineering physics and ocean engineering, with particular
emphasis on electroluminescence and photo-logging. Highway photo-logging units
were sold in both Canada and abroad. Techwest Enterprises Limited, the new
development company of the British Columbia Research Council, entered into an
agreement with the Defence Research Board of Canada under the DIR incentive
programme on a joint electroluminescence project for $327,000 over the next two
A list of the publications issued by the Department of Industrial Development,
Trade, and Commerce in 1972, along with a brief description of each, follows:
Trade and Industry Bulletin—A monthly newsletter designed to circulate industrial and trade inquiries and information. This bulletin also advertises new publications as they are released by the Department.
Bulletin of Business Activity—A monthly summary and review of current
economic and business activities. The bulletin contains statistical data showing
comparisons to the previous month and the same month of the preceding year. This
publication also contains special articles of current interest and advertises new publications as they are released by the Department.
Summary of Economic Activity—An annual summary and review of the
economic pattern of the current year. It contains a statistical supplement covering
the past 10 years. This publication is issued at the end of the current year.
British Columbia Business Outlook—A study of the prospects for business for
the coming year.   It is issued annually at the end of the current year.
External Trade Through British Columbia Customs Ports—An annual report
which provides both detailed and summary tables showing exports and imports
through British Columbia customs ports. Data by commodity and by country as
well as graphs are included.
British Columbia Regional Salary and Wage Rate Survey—An annual study
of wage rates for selected occupations and industries in British Columbia. The
information contained in this publication is useful for interregional as well as interindustry salary and wage-rate comparisons. It also provides regional information
not available elsewhere.
Industrial Expansion in British Columbia—A quarterly publication listing, and
describing projects completed, projects commenced, and projects proposed for each
quarter on a regional basis. The Branch also produces an annual report of the year's
activities under the same categories.
British Columbia Facts and Statistics—A handy-sized booklet which presents
factual and statistical information relating to the economic and social characteristics
of the Province. It also summarizes the economic growth which has taken place
during the past decade.   It is an annual publication.
Selected Manufacturing Opportunities in British Columbia—A survey of select
commodities designed to inform the business community of the extent of the import
market and the opportunity for potential domestic production.
Lillooet-Nicola Regional Economic Study—The report examines in detail the
past and present economic base of the Lillooet-Nicola region of British Columbia,
and attempts to forecast the probable direction of future growth. It is to be used
as a planning tool and as a guide to investors.
China—A Market Study—This report examines the economy of the People's
Republic of China and suggests products with sales potential. The report provides
detailed listings of China's imports, information on products exported from Canada
and through British Columbia customs ports, and procedures for dealing with the
nation's Foreign Trade Corporations.
The Pacific Rim—An Evaluation of British Columbia Trade Opportunities—
This study represents a compendium of information pertaining to the nations of the
Pacific Rim and is an expanded version of a booklet published in 1970. The report
is not intended to serve as a complete guide to the exporter, but rather to promote an
interest in and better understanding of the commercial potential of Pacific Rim
The Sawmill Industry of British Columbia—The report outlines the industry's
role in the Provincial economy and describes some salient features of the saw and
planing-mill industry, lumber characteristics, and market channels. It points out
where possible expansion may occur and where manufacturers can expect to market
their future production.
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Selected Forest Industry Statistics of British Columbia, 1972—This is an occasional publication which contains detailed statistics on harvesting, manufacturing,
exports, employment, and capital investment in the forest industries.
The Statistical Record of Forest Product Exports From British Columbia,
1966-1971—This is an occasional publication containing historical data showing
trends in forest product exports by destination and type of product.
British Columbia Tourist Establishment Occupancy, 1971—A monograph
which summarizes the results of an occupancy survey undertaken to provide basic
data on the travel industry in British Columbia. These statistics will be a vital component in the more extensive study of the industry which is presently under way.
British Columbia's Trade Prospects With the New European Economic Community—This timely report is a review of the principal factors involved in the entry
of the United Kingdom into the EEC. Trading prospects for the leading British Columbia exports are examined in the light of changes in tariff and nontariff barriers.
Copies of these reports may be obtained upon request from the Department of
Industrial Development, Trade, and Commerce, Parliament Buildings, Victoria,
B.C.  The Department retains the right to limit the number of copies supplied.
The Department also published two reports prepared in conjunction with outside consultants. These studies dealt with the market for millwork in the three
Prairie Provinces and the potential for establishment of an alfalfa-cubing plant at one
or more of five locations in British Columbia. During the year a number of other
studies were undertaken, the results of which will be published early in 1973. These
studies included the following: Market opportunities in Washington and Oregon;
employment and investment in the tourist industry; the consulting engineering industry in British Columbia; a regional economic study of Prince Rupert and the Queen
Charlotte Islands; the market for processed potato products in British Columbia;
the market for forestry equipment in Southeast Asia; Establishing a Business in
British Columbia (revised edition); and a manual for industrial development agencies within the Province.
Printed by K. M. MacDonald, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.


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