Times Colonist: Business Council launches data dashboard with economic indicators, trends


The Business Council of B.C. has launched a new one-stop shop for those hungry for economic indicators and analysis of trends and emerging risks as the province tries to navigate its way through the pandemic.

The BCBC Economic Dashboard, which went live Tuesday, is a data aggregator that pulls information from a variety of sources and displays it in a user-friendly format that can provide a broad look at GDP growth, labour-force data and building permits, and deep dives into each of those topics.

The project, developed with KPMG, offers data from archived sources such as Statistics Canada and near real-time information from sources such as Google Mobility, Geo Tab and Covid19Tracker.ca that can provide updates three or four times each day.

Greg D’Avignon, chief executive of the Business Council, called the dashboard an invaluable tool for business leaders and public-policy makers, saying it will allow anyone to track how the province is recovering and how it’s doing economically compared with other jurisdictions.

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