Rural Economic Development

The Government of British Columbia is committed to working with our rural communities to strengthen their resilience, create jobs and build unmatched economic opportunities while enriching the unique lifestyle advantages that rural B.C. has to offer.

Rural communities are the backbone of British Columbia’s economy and way of life. At a time when B.C. is leading Canada in both economic growth and job creation, the B.C. government is exploring new ways to ensure all British Columbians share in this growth and prosperity regardless of where they live in the province.

The Province's commitment to rural B.C. has been demonstrated through:

  • the creation of the Rural Advisory Council in 2015; 
  • the launch of the 3 year $25 million per year BC Rural Dividend Program in 2016;
  • the appointment of Donna Barnett to the position of Minister of State for Rural Economic Development in 2016; 
  • the release of Building on our Rural Advantages: B.C.'s Rural Economic Development Strategy in 2017: and
  • the extension of the $25 million per year BC Rural Dividend Program for a fourth year.

Rural Economic Development Strategy

Building on our Rural Advantages: B.C.'s Rural Economic Development Strategy focuses on government’s efforts in three key areas—building capacity so rural communities can attract new investment and residents; strengthening opportunities so that rural communities can attract and retain the people who will support economic growth; and diversifying rural economies to improve community resilience. And, as a key part of the BC Jobs Plan, this strategy will evolve to seize new opportunities and respond to emerging challenges.

Building on our Rural Advantages: B.C.'s Rural Economic Development Strategy