Online engagement for the Rural Development Strategy will be carried out from January 29 at 10:00 AM to February 28, 2018 at 4:00 PM.  You can email formal submissions to or participate in one of the online discussion forums.

What Happens to your input

The results will be compiled by the Ministry and posted to this site in spring 2018.

Government will use the information gathered to build a framework for a Rural Development Strategy. The framework will support ongoing dialogue and input between rural B.C. and the Province in finalizing and implementing the Strategy.

Stakeholder Engagement Sessions

Face-to-face sessions are being held across the province to gain input and insight into rural development opportunities and priorities.  Fifteen sessions are being held until March 2, 2018 in all areas of the province – from Fort St. John to Port McNeill, to Cranbrook. These sessions are being led by local organizations, and reflect the Province’s desire to partner with rural stakeholders to help us gain a deeper understanding of the needs and priorities of their rural communities.

In addition to face-to-face session, over 50 key stakeholders have been interviewed for their knowledge, expertise and experience working in rural communities. These interviews are being documented and will inform the Rural Development Strategy.