Pillar 3: Diversify and Sustain Rural Economies

We want to improve community resilience by expanding economic diversity.

Government is exploring new ways to work directly with rural communities so they can be engaged in and informed about new work on the land base in their regions and how this might affect them.

Rural communities have made significant contributions to B.C.’s economy, building on the province’s many unique advantages—especially in the natural resources sectors such as forestry, agriculture, tourism, mining and oil and gas.

Government is leveraging these strengths to help rural B.C. attract new investment. With advice from the Rural Advisory Council it is exploring new ways to work directly with rural communities so they can be engaged in and informed about new work on the land base in their regions and how this might affect them.

Government remains committed to improving B.C.’s business-friendly climate by cutting red tape and attracting new investment, making it easier to start and grow a small business. It is looking for ways to encourage the development of new technology and innovation in rural communities, which are closest to resource industries such as forestry and agriculture.

READ the full Rural Economic Development Strategy here