Watch Past Webinars

To ensure these webinars can be used as a lasting resource, we have made past sessions available online. Our webinars are sorted below by date with the most recent webinars on top. Click on a webinar's main title to view a recording. Webinar recordings are made available about a week following their delivery. 

To find something specific, you can also browse our webinars by category.

Economic Development 101

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Description: Economic development represents a wide variety of activities a community can choose to undertake. For those new to the field, it can be daunting to know where to start or what activities might be right for their community.

Join us for an engaging dialogue on the key drivers of economic development and why they are critical to realizing your community’s potential. By exploring topics such as business retention and expansion, investment readiness and regional collaboration, you will walk away with a deeper appreciation of economic development, and ideas on how you can accelerate efforts in your community.

We’ll also highlight a number of tools and resources that can help save time and money in your current economic development efforts - even if you aren’t new to the field.

Originally streamed March 30th, 2017


Aboriginal & Local Government Collaboration on Economic Development: A Dialogue of Understanding - Local Leaders Series

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Description: Effective economic development requires regional cooperation and collaboration with all neighbouring communities. This webinar will provide a foundation for building strong relationships between Aboriginal communities and local governments to realize mutually beneficial economic development opportunities. This workshop is designed to help facilitate relationship building through:

  • Comparing the differences in opportunities for Local Government and Aboriginal economic development
  • Providing Local Governments a perspective on the Aboriginal economic development context
  • Strategies for determining mutual priorities and working together effectively
  • Building strong relationships based on trust and respect

Originally streamed March 23rd, 2017


Economic Development Disaster Planning and Recovery

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Description: Unexpected events like earthquakes, floods, spills or wildfires quickly cause devastating damage. All-to-often, economic recovery becomes a piecemeal reaction to these events, rather than a planned response.

Studies show that at least one in four businesses will not re-open after a catastrophic event, which can have severe consequences for a community’s economy.

This webinar will highlight resources and strategies to help your community plan for recovery from the unexpected, including but not limited to:

  • Developing an economic resilience program, including pre-disaster strategic planning
  • Small business continuity, support and preparedness
  • Assistance/access to capital and disaster relief resources
  • Communications before, during and after a disaster

Originally streamed March 21st, 2017


Smart Economic Development with the Strategic Planning and Performance Measurement Toolkits - Local Leaders Series

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Description: We all know strategic plans are important, but it can be challenging to dedicate the resources to develop something that all-too-often stays on the shelf.
The Economic Development Division has developed a Strategic Planning Toolkit and accompanying Performance Measurement Toolkit that will help you build a concise, measurable and immediately actionable plan that won’t collect dust.

Provincial staff will demonstrate how the tool’s self-assessment, planning templates, facilitation materials, and discussion guides will save you time and money in developing a strategic economic development plan tailored to your community’s needs.

Originally streamed March 16th, 2017


Business Retention and Expansion Basics

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Description: A vibrant business community is at the core of every community’s economic success – it contributes to a better quality of life for residents, and supports visitor and investment attraction. How well do you know the businesses in your community? How are they doing? Are there challenges they face, such as regulatory roadblocks to expansion or signage issues? Does your community have the workforce your businesses need to succeed?

In this webinar, you’ll learn the basics of a Business Retention and Expansion Program – what it is, why it’s important, who should be involved, and how to build relationships with your business community to help them thrive and contribute to the success of your local economy.

Originally streamed March 13th, 2017


Economic Development 101 - Local Leaders Series

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Description: Economic development is essential to the vibrancy and resiliency of every community. Local government has an important role in positioning communities for success when it comes to growth, diversification and increasing economic benefits.

Join us for an engaging dialogue on the key drivers of economic development and why they are critical to realizing your community’s potential. By exploring topics such as business retention and expansion, investment readiness and regional collaboration, you will walk away with a deeper appreciation of the what and the why of economic development, and ideas on how you can accelerate efforts in your community.

Originally streamed March 9th, 2017


Smart Economic Development Development with the Strategic Planning Toolkit

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Description: We all know strategic plans are important, but it can be challenging to dedicate the resources to develop something that all-too-often stays on the shelf. 

The Economic Development Division has developed a Strategic Planning Toolkit and accompanying Performance Measurement Toolkit that will help you build a concise, measureable and actionable plan that won’t collect dust. 

Provincial staff will demonstrate the ease and power of the tool’s self-assessments, planning templates, facilitation materials, and discussion guides that will save you time and money in developing a strategic plan tailored to your needs. 

You’ll also hear from two Economic Development Officers, who will share their experience collaborating on the development of the tool, why strategic planning is so important, and how they will implement the tool in their own communities. 

Originally streamed March 2nd, 2017


Geothermal: Heating up Rural Economic Development

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Description: Direct-use geothermal heat resources have the potential to drive rural economic development opportunities and offset greenhouse gas emissions, but are currently underutilized in BC. 

In this webinar, you will be introduced to a project funded by Geoscience BC and the Province of British Columbia that identified and evaluated Direct-use geothermal resources in BC.

You’ll learn what geothermal energy is and how BC communities can evaluate this cost-competitive and sustainable heat source. Geothermal heat can be used for natural hot spring areas, space conditioning, greenhouses, fish farming, breweries and more. 

You’ll also hear from communities of The Xa’xtsa-Douglas First Nation and Valemount, who will share how their communities are currently evaluating and moving forward with geothermal energy opportunities.

Originally streamed February 28th, 2017


Save Money by Connecting Asset Management to Land use

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Description: This webinar will provide local government staff with tools, processes and funding opportunities to help address the challenges related to the increasing financial burden of infrastructure servicing, maintenance, renewal and development over the long-term.

Hear how the award winning Community Lifecycle Infrastructure Costing Tool (CLIC Tool) has enabled the City of Prince George to take a more integrated approach to planning by connecting asset management to land–use, which can help:

  • Save money
  • Support sustainable assets and service
  • Encourage integrated decision making
  • Achieve sustainable land-use policies

You’ll also hear about the Town of Gibson’s Eco-Asset Management approach, which recognizes and values the services natural assets can provide: leading to a more efficient and cost-effective service delivery.

Originally streamed November 24th, 2016


Youth Entrepreneurship: Raising Business in your Community

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Description: Retaining and attracting youth can be a challenge for rural communities, with employment opportunities being a key factor. In this webinar, you’ll learn some of the ways communities can drive youth entrepreneurship and foster the next generation of business owners.

Hear from two organizations that support young entrepreneurs, ranging from elementary school all the way to 39 years young. You’ll also hear two young entrepreneurs share their stories of success, and what Junior Achievement BC and Futurpreneur has done to help them realize their business dreams in their home community.

Originally streamed November 23rd, 2016


Attract Investment and Promote your Community with BritishColumbia.ca

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Description: In this webinar, you’ll learn how you can leverage BritishColumbia.ca to attract investment and promote your community to the world. This session will include an overview of the public facing Community Profiles and Opportunities Section of the BritishColumbia.ca site.

We will also cover some of the common challenges faced by local EDOs when promoting your community online, including a demonstration of how you can make your BritishColumbia.ca community profile stand out.

BritishColumbia.ca is a digital hub that promotes your community to the world by providing an up-to-date, free and customizable online presence. BritishColumbia.ca integrates:

  • Customizable community profile pages
  • Investment opportunities listings
  • Information about key sectors
  • Success stories

Originally streamed November 15th, 2016


The BC Rural Dividend Fund: Q&A II

September 15th recording | October 6th recording

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Description: The BC Rural Dividend is a program aimed at assisting rural communities with a population of 25,000 or less. The programs will be providing $25 million a year for the next three year towards the purpose of reinvigorating and diversifying the economies of rural communities across British Columbia.

In this webinar, hear about the details of the BC Rural Dividend, and explore some of the frequently asked questions received by program staff. The session will include an overview of applicant and project eligibility, program funding streams, and selection criteria. Participants will also have the chance to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

This webinar is a follow-up of the previously held May 17th event, and will cover program improvements and lessons learned from the last intake. The new program guide as a result of these changes will be reviewed. 

Originally streamed September 15th, 2016


The BC Rural Dividend Fund: Q&A

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Description: The BC Rural Dividend is a program aimed at assisting rural communities with a population of 25,000 or less. The programs will be providing $25 million a year for the next three year towards the purpose of reinvigorating and diversifying the economies of rural communities across British Columbia.

In this webinar, hear about the details of the BC Rural Dividend, and explore some of the frequently asked questions received by program staff. The session will include an overview of applicant and project eligibility, program funding streams, and selection criteria. Participants will also have the chance to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

Originally streamed May 17th, 2016


Navigating Performance Measurement in Local Economic Development

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Description: Economic development practitioners are increasingly asked to track and report on metrics related to their economic development work. This can be challenging, however, when resources are limited, or if there is a lack of clarity around how or what one should be tracking.

In this webinar, we explore performance measurement in a B.C. local economic development context, including how to overcome some of the barriers faced by communities across the province.

The session will include an overview of what performance measurement really means, and how it can benefit your community and enhance your economic development work. The majority of the webinar will consist of an orientation to the Province’s new performance measurement toolkit. The toolkit features a step-by-step process for creating a measurement work plan and reporting strategy, including templates, tips and many examples

Originally streamed May 16th, 2016


The Power of Buying Local

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Description: For every $100 spent at a local business, $46 recirculates in the local economy - which means each local purchase has 2.6 times the economic benefit.

In this webinar, hear from an organization working with communities to encourage buying local, in addition to businesses, elected officials and municipal staff. Together, they’ll share the importance of buying local, some ways to promote buying local in your community, and tips and tricks from their success stories.

Shifting just 1% of purchases to B.C. owned businesses can generate 3,100 jobs and $94 million in wages in the B.C. Economy. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn how you can boost your community’s economy by highlighting existing businesses.

Originally streamed April 26th, 2016


Working with Aboriginal Businesses: Building Partnerships in Tourism

Promotional PDF | Presentation Slides [15MB] | 'Wi'la'mola Accord Document 

Description: First Nations are stepping up and assuming a leadership role in all aspects of B.C. society, including business. In the world of tourism, businesses and First Nations have tested a wide range of approaches to working together. In this webinar, the owner of a leading West Coast resort and his First Nations neighbours discuss the special agreement they launched to help them work together for mutual benefit.

The session will include background on the major role tourism now plays in B.C.’s economy, the steps First Nations are taking to get into the tourism game in a big way, the practical lessons of a resort-owner working in a First Nations Territory, and some advice from a respected Aboriginal leader on how non-native businesses can work successfully with First Nations to grow new and better tourism operations.

Originally streamed April 12th, 2016


Building community through Social Media

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Description: Social Media can be used in a myriad of ways, but one of its most powerful abilities is building relationships and online communities. Staying in touch and actively engaging with the citizens who live in your physical community is essential to building social licence and trust: critical pieces of the economic development puzzle.

Hear from Neil Judson, community manager for @TranBC who will show you how he has built a community of engaged drivers throughout B.C. He’ll also share wise practices on how to scale your social media efforts to best meet the needs of your community. 

Originally streamed March 31st, 2016


Back to Basics Refresher on CARIP: Carbon Neutral Reporting

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Description:  Local government staff who want to become more familiar with the CARIP - Carbon Neutral reporting process will learn about:

  • Climate Action Charter and the Green Communities Committee (GCC)
  • CARIP reporting requirements and deadline
  • Carbon neutral reporting process

Climate action is a key provincial priority and local governments are a key partner. The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) is a conditional grant that provides funding to eligible local government signatories to the Climate Action Charter, equivalent to one hundred percent of the carbon taxes they pay directly. Under CARIP, local governments are required to report on their climate actions and progress towards carbon neutrality on or before June 1, 2016. This webinar will provide attendees with an opportunity to ask questions related to the CARIP reporting requirements. 

Originally streamed March 3rd, 2016


Development Approvals Made Easy

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Description:  Property close to major B.C. highways and roadways make for prime commercial real estate and economic development. If the property meets certain conditions, however, such as being within 800m of an intersection on a controlled access highway - some additional approvals are required from the Ministry of transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI). In this webinar, Senior District Development Technician Ryan Evanoff will guide you through the approval process to make sure your future development projects go as smoothly as possible. Avoid costly construction delays and learn the ins and outs of MoTI approvals!

Originally streamed October 29th, 2015


Attracting International Students to your Community

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Description:  International students spent close to $2.3 billion in B.C. in 2012/13, which supported almost 25,500 jobs and contributed $1.63 billion to our economy. Our most recent figures indicate that 114,600 international students attended all levels of education in B.C., up 22% since 2009-10.

Representatives from the City of Kamloops and Thompson Rivers University will present collaborative efforts to create a welcoming environment that attracts international students and also encourages residency in the community following graduation. A representative from the Ministry of Advanced Education will present how the Province of British Columbia supports the international education sector.

Originally streamed October 1st, 2015


Growing Export Markets in Agrifoods Manufacturing

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Description:  Growing into foreign markets or expanding distribution can be a challenge - fortunately the B.C. Government offers a range of resources that can help B.C.’s manufacturers of any product grow their export markets. Representatives from the Ministry of International Trade and Small Business BC will share the export-related services they can offer businesses to help sustainably grow distribution.

Whether you’re brand new to exporting or looking to further expand your international presence, your business can benefit from our presenters’ expertise.

Originally streamed June 25th, 2015


Social Enterprise and Enterprising Non-Profits

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Description: A social enterprise is a business producing goods and services for sale and earning revenue - but with a primary purpose of directing revenue toward social and environmental goals. They range from thrift stores to farmers markets to businesses that provide skills training, affordable housing and jobs for people with disabilities. They can also be a for-profit business that is focused entirely on social objectives. What connects them all is that their primary purpose is a social one.
Learn about the tools, resources and grants available to foster the growth of these triple-bottom-line businesses in your community - and the visible benefits they provide.

Originally streamed June 11th, 2015


British Columbia Economic Atlas

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Description: The BC Economic Atlas is a user-friendly web based mapping application that draws from an extensive library of economic and natural resource data sources to conveniently create custom maps. Users can layer data from a variety of sources (including user imported data) and use mark-up tools to produce a customized map of relevant economic and natural resource data for informational, investment or decision-making purposes. 
Hear from economic development experts on how to use and effectively leverage this free tool - including live-demonstrations and walk-throughs.

Originally streamed May 28th, 2015


Resources from Small Business BC

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Description: Small Business BC is British Columbia’s key resource centre for small businesses, delivering knowledge based products and services. Small Business BC’s innovative approach and programs to support entrepreneurs in every stage of the business cycle have been recognized by several national and international awards, solidifying its reputation as an exceptional business resource. Learn how your business can benefit from Small Business BC’s services. Hear from Small Business BC’s CEO and Client Services Manager, and from a company that is thriving following their involvement.

Originally streamed April 23, 2015


Ideas for Engaging Neighbourhoods on Affordable Market Housing

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Description: Communities throughout B.C. experiencing population growth are increasingly seeking to reinvest in existing neighbourhoods and infrastructure.  Learn how an innovative online tool called PlaceSpeak offers new options for building trust and transparency in the public engagement process, and how a developer works to balance the creation of affordable housing while respecting community interests.

Originally Streamed November 27, 2014


Technology: The BC Venture Acceleration Program

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Description: The BC Venture Acceleration program fosters a disciplined approached to growing a technology company. Providing strategic leadership with an Executive in Residence and valuable networking opportunities, the program helps grow tech-startups in their own community. The new virtual program means any community, rural or urban, can be an innovative technology hub. Hear from the experts who deliver the program, and a community and company that are thriving following their involvement

Originally streamed November 13, 2014


Rental Renaissance: How to support a flourishing rental housing sector in your community

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Description: There is a growing need for purpose-built, affordable housing in many communities – providing an opportunity for development. Hear how the City of New Westminster has responded to this opportunity through its Secured Market Rental Housing Policy. As well, we’ll hear from a developer about the opportunities and obstacles when working to build new rental housing in B.C.

Originally streamed October 30, 2014


Growth Pressures: Housing Needs in Communities Experiencing Industrial Growth

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Description: Some B.C. communities are preparing for incredible growth as large industries explore options for development. With development comes demand on the local housing stock and affordability. So what is the response? Hear from a local government and a major industry player on how housing challenges are being met in the District of Kitimat in Northwest B.C.

Originally streamed October 2, 2014


Finding the Right Balance: Community Amenity Contributions and Affordable Housing

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Description: The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development details using community amenity contributions in a legally sound, balanced way that supports good planning and housing affordability. A local government describes their experience with using these contributions and best-practices to help guide your community.

Delivered in partnership with the Office of Housing and Construction Standards.

Originally Streamed June 19, 2014


Green Energy as an Economic Development Tool

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Description: Green energy has a great potential for rural communities to offset community costs, and even generate revenue. Case studies will be presented outlining the experience and lessons learned by municipalities and First nations in developing small scale hydro electric and biomass electrical generating projects.

Originally streamed February 20, 2014


Secondary Suites: What Works, What Doesn't?

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Description: Secondary suites are discussed, providing an overview of the BC Building code and best-practise presentations from two local-governments who share their challenges, set-backs, solutions and successes with secondary suite bylaws and regulations.

Delivered in partnership with the Office of Housing and Construction Standards

Originally streamed January 30, 2014


Where do Housing Costs Come From: A Developer's Inside Peek

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Description: Hear from industry experts on what contributes to the cost of building affordable housing – elements that make or break a project and development cost calculations are explained. Also hear from a local government about the challenges they face in supporting affordable housing.

Delivered in partnership with the Office of Housing and Construction Standards.

Originally Streamed November 28, 2013


Drivers Affecting Housing Affordability

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Description: This webinar sets the context for the series by exploring the economic and other drivers that affect housing affordability. We will hear from the BC Real Estate Association’s chief economist as well as the mayor of a northern community affected by these larger drivers.

Delivered in partnership with the Office of Housing and Construction Standards

Originally Streamed October 23, 2013