Help shape B.C.’s rural development strategy.

The B.C. Government has committed to developing a long-term, durable Rural Development Strategy that works for all rural British Columbians. The new strategy will help rural and Indigenous communities build their capacity to create resilient, sustainable futures.

Your input will inform this strategy.

We want to ensure the strategy reflects the needs and priorities of rural communities. You can participate in this process by submitting your comments and by participating in online discussions.

In addition, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is partnering with local community organizations to host face-to-face sessions with key stakeholders.

A new discussion topic will be posted each week during the engagement. The online engagement closes March 7, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Feedback received will be compiled into a report and posted to this site in Spring 2018. Government will use the data gathered from this process to build a framework for the Rural Development Strategy. The framework will support ongoing dialogue and input between rural B.C. and the Province in finalizing and implementing the strategy.

Discussion Topic 4: Access to Capital

Posted on February 19, 2018
26 comments

Message from Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development: Rural B.C.’s businesses face a unique set of challenges related to business development and access to capital: investment opportunities are often concentrated in large urban areas, financing can be challenging for rural businesses to... Read More

Discussion Topic 3: Services and Technology

Posted on February 9, 2018
38 comments

Message from Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development: The resilience of Rural BC is linked to having appropriate and innovative social infrastructure, from education, to skills training, technology and connectivity, to social and health services and housing. This government is committed to... Read More

Discussion Topic 2: Indigenous Partnerships

Posted on February 5, 2018
33 comments

Message from Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development: There are 203 distinct First Nations in British Columbia, most of which are located in rural areas of the province. First Nations are therefore an important voice in rural B.C., with a unique perspective on the challenges and... Read More

Discussion Topic 1: Opportunities for Youth in Rural Communities

Posted on January 29, 2018
129 comments

Message from Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development: Rural communities in B.C. are facing challenges associated with changing demographics, shifting workforce demands and business succession planning.  A key component to rural development, therefore, is the attraction and retention of... Read More