The Canterbury Mayoral Forum launched the Canterbury Regional Economic Development Strategy in August 2015. The Strategy contains seven work programmes which will achieve the regional vision of "A region making the most of its natural advantages to build a strong, innovative economy with resilient, connected communities and a better quality of life for all. " The work programmes are:
The purpose of Christchurch Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is to identify long term growth goals and priorities to 2031 that will create a stronger economy and better quality of life.
The economic development planning ensures that resources, business and investment decisions are steered towards a common set of objectives intended to improve economic outcomes. By setting a common course, engaging with the business community and investing in shared goals, better outcomes will be achieved.
The Economic Recovery Programme was one of the six key components of the Recovery Strategy for greater Christchurch: Te Mahere Houmanutanga Waitaha. The programme contained 20 priority projects aiming to revitalise the greater Christchurch economy.
The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan was published in 2012, and drew on over 100,000 contributions from community members through the public consultation process 'Share an idea'. The plan is now being implemented through a range of organisations, and through both public and private sector investment.
The 'Shaping Education' education renewal programme is a recovery programme developed by the Ministry of education in response to the changes needed following the earthquakes. The programme aims to 'reshape education, improve the options and outcomes for learners, and support greater diversity and choice' in the greater Christchurch area.
The Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub provides job-matching and immigration services for jobseekers and employers in the Canterbury region. The Hub started as a collaboration between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (now disestablished), the Ministry of Social Development and the Tertiary Education Commission.
The Skills for Canterbury programme is a package of $42 million of additional funding for trades training for the Canterbury Rebuild. The package was announced by the Government in May 2011.
The Quarterly Canterbury Rebuild Reporting provides information on employment demand and supply information on the Canterbury Rebuild and wider recovery.