The Government of British Columbia recognizes that community partnerships and collaboration are critical in order to build economic development capacity.
Whether your community is large or small, urban or rural, the following organizations are a good source to help you promote partnerships throughout your community:
In response to rural B.C. needs, the Province has created the Rural Advisory Council. The Council offers a strong new voice for rural citizens, ensuring that rural British Columbians have regular and meaningful input to government policy decisions on how to best support rural prosperity and thriving rural communities across B.C.
ABIC works with First Nations, Aboriginal communities and the private sector to make recommendations to government on strategies to improve Aboriginal peoples' participation in the economy, foster economic development in Aboriginal communities, and increase overall investment in the province.
Regional districts can provide a broad range of services with the exception of roads and policing.
These B.C. Beetle Action Coalitions prepare and implement regional-scale strategies which respond to the impacts caused by the mountain pine beetle.
The Community Futures Network in British Columbia is comprised of 34 locally and strategically positioned organizations who share a common vision to create diverse, sustainable communities by supporting local, community based economic development. Since its creation, the network has had significant impact on the socio-economic development and diversification of the rural communities it serves.
Community Foundations of Canada is an active contributor to building more vital communities. They support community foundations locally and play a leadership role on the national and international stage, promoting philanthropy at home and abroad.
The BC Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most broadly-based business organization in British Columbia. Most of B.C.’s more than 162 municipalities have a local Chamber of Commerce or Board of Trade representing the needs of the local business community. The BC Chamber represents the majority of these Chambers and Boards, advocating for business-friendly public policy on behalf of tens of thousands of member businesses across the province. You can find all Members online through the BC Chamber of Commerce Business Directory.