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.
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.