Pillar 1: Build Rural Community Capacity and Competitiveness

We want to build the capacity of rural communities so they can attract new investment and residents.

In 2016-17, the B.C. government has invested close to $1.7 billion in initiatives building community capacity including infrastructure projects, and plans are in place for additional investments of more than $100 million by April 2017.

B.C. is able to invest in its people, environment, communities and businesses thanks to government’s fiscal discipline and strong economic leadership. This is a tremendous success story, one that allows government to work with all of B.C., including rural communities, to ensure the province can compete in a rapidly changing and often uncertain global environment.

father and son with bikes, looking over city from hill

The Rural Economic Development Strategy builds on work that began in 2014 with the release of Supporting Rural Development: Creating a Voice for Rural British Columbia at the Union of BC Municipalities convention. That document articulated government’s promises to rural B.C., including a commitment to give rural communities a stronger voice and opportunities to develop local solutions to meet their specific needs.

The BC Jobs Plan created an economic strategy that is growing B.C.’s economy and supporting long-term job creation. The Rural Economic Development Strategy complements this, so those living and working in rural B.C. can benefit from this important work.

READ the full Rural Economic Development Strategy here