Rural Advisory Council – Province of British Columbia
The Government of British Columbia recognizes the critical importance of rural communities to this province. They are the lifeblood of B.C. and government is committed to working with rural stakeholders and leaders to foster thriving rural communities.
In response to rural B.C. needs, the Province created the Rural Advisory Council in March of 2015. 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.
British Columbians applied for council membership by submitting a resume and cover letter, identifying relevant business and community experience as well as expressing their personal vision for supporting rural communities.
The council represents a diversity of perspectives (demographic, geographic, sectoral) and appointed members are individuals and not representatives of an organization, business, or municipality.
In terms of key areas of interest, the council's initial focus includes stimulating:
- Better rural access to capital.
- Stronger business development support.
- Advancement of the Rural Dividend.
- Premier Christy Clark announces a Minister of State for Rural Economic Development
- B.C. Rural Development Progress Report
- Newsroom: Up to $75-million Rural Dividend will help smaller communities
- Newsroom: Rural Advisory Council members announced
- Newsroom: B.C. identifying rural community leaders for advisory council