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Dear Premier Clark and Minister Wilkinson,
ESL matters to BC’s economy, our communities, and to the BC Jobs Plan. Vancouver Community College is the largest provider of ESL training in Western Canada, and has a proven track record of more than 40 years of excellence in ESL training.
Each year, we welcome 40,000 newcomers to BC. Where are these adult learners supposed to gain the skills they need to contribute to our economy? VCC is now forced to turn skilled immigrants away, leaving a massive skills gap between employers and potential employees.
Please invest in our future by funding ESL at Vancouver Community College. ESL matters to our province’s future prosperity.