B.C.’s Rural Economic Development Strategy
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.
That’s the goal of the Rural Economic Development Strategy. It 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.
Our Three Pillars
B.C.’s Rural Job Makers
This 20-year-old saw an opportunity to fill a niche market in Prince George, and used the training he got from the Junior Achievement program to help him draft up a business plan.
Trinity Post and Panel, based in 100 Mile House, started in 2009 with five shareholders and a working crew of two people. They’ve grown a lot since then.
Jody Mitchell of Tumbler Ridge has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. With the downturn in the coal industry, Mitchell decided to open Filaprint 3D in the basement of her home.
With the help of one full-time and two part-time employees, Oliver’s Tracy Lydiatt bakes, packages and ships Great Bear Paleo Bites to retailers across western Canada.
Barry Bulmer, president of Bartek Wireline Services Ltd., operates a wire slickline service which provides professional, safe expertise for the natural gas industry in northern B.C.
In August of 1996, Elana Rosenfeld sold her first pound of Kicking Horse Coffee. It quickly became Canada’s number one certified organic, fair trade coffee.
Bryan Fogelman of REO Rafting has been in the business for 32 years — tweaking and shaping his company to reflect changing times.
When Britco signed an agreement with the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, they were quickly introduced to new customers, elected officials and other stakeholders.
Rob Couturier, president and founder of Summit Electric in Quesnel, along with his partner Trevor Streek, grew their company by enabling their staff to make the right decisions.