Using a discussion paper as the starting point for dialogue, the B.C. government asked British Columbians for their ideas on how to create or change current policies (including legislation and regulation), programs, tools, guidance and advance partnerships to support a vibrant, diverse forest sector for B.C.’s Interior.
Ideas for how the province can help transformation in the Interior forest sector were sought in three ways: through an online survey, through written proposals, and through direct engagement with those most interested in the forest- those working and living in Interior forest focused communities.
Interior Renewal has a second but distinct engagement opportunity called the Timber Supply Area Coalitions. Forest company leaders have the opportunity to collaborate with Indigenous leaders, local government leaders, and labour leaders in areas where they operate to develop localized solutions to ensure a competitive future forest sector. This coalition forming process was launched at the same time as the broader engagement process and will continue forward at the local level.
For more information, visit the Interior Forest Sector Renewal Engage website.
July 18 to October 11, 2019
- 92 written submissions
- 4471 visits to the engagement site
- 500 completed online feedback forms
- 36 community sessions throughout the interior of the Province including 5 with interested First Nations governments and 3 First Nations focused meetings co-hosted with the First Nations Forestry Council.
Input leads to action:
A What We Heard report on feedback received through the Interior Forest Policy process is expected to be released early 2020. The ideas that have been received are now being considered with respect to the four government objectives shared; ideas that support one or more objectives will inform options for policy reform recommended to government. Further policy direction based on the feedback is anticipated to start in spring 2020.