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 young people to rural communities to start businesses, improve the workforce and stay rooted in rural B.C.
As we begin this online public discussion, I want to hear your thoughts on how a Rural Development Strategy can address the needs of rural communities by helping provide opportunities for youth to engage in their community, find meaningful employment, and see rural B.C. as a place to live and grow.
- What strategies are needed to attract and retain youth and young adults in rural communities, and create opportunities for them to build their futures there?