Northern Development Trust Researching Transportation Solutions

Northern Development staff are in the midst of travelling over 4,900 highway kilometres throughout the Trust’s service region to gather insights into long distance transportation needs and services in Northern B.C. What is learned during this time will be used in developing the Request for Proposals for long haul transportation services through the Northern Passenger Continue reading


House Sales Are Booming in Rural BC

House Sales Are Booming in Rural BC — and Renters Are Getting Slammed A July 2021 article by Alex Cosh in “TheTyee.ca” discusses how increasing house prices in many smaller rural communities are causing problems for renters and long-time residents. Read the article here.


New Rural Dividend announces new intake

New Rural Dividend Intake Begins June 1, 2018, July 31 Deadline

New Rural Dividend Intake Announced The BC Rural Dividend provides $25 million a year to assist rural communities with a population of 25,000 or less to reinvigorate and diversify their local economies. It was developed to recognize both the contribution rural communities have made to B.C.’s economy, and the unique challenges they face to diversify Continue reading


Tale of Three... tech creates rural jobs

Tale of Three Cities — Rural BC Tech-Based Innovation

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Tale of Three Cities — Rural BC Tech-Based Innovation
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Innovation is about staying relevant. We are in a time of unprecedented change. As a result, what may have helped a community or organization be successful in the past could potentially be the cause of their failure in the future. Communities and companies need to adapt and evolve to meet the ever changing needs of Continue reading


Small Town Love works!

Small Town Love Campaign Spreads in Northern BC

Love Northern BC had its beginnings in Quesnel, B.C. with the launch of Small Town Love in 2011. Quesnel entrepreneur Amy Quarry developed a vision through her company, Small Town Love Media Inc., to help small businesses hold their own against the onslaught of chain stores and online competition, and to inspire communities to support Continue reading


Asset based community development guru Peter Kenyon

Peter Kenyon Coming to BC!

The BC Rural Centre is very pleased to be bringing Peter Kenyon back to BC, to deliver a series of asset based community development (ABCD) workshops in multiple towns across BC, starting May 30th. The workshops will be led by Peter Kenyon, the renowned Director of the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. (Initiatives for the Development of Continue reading


ABCD Toolkit

ABCD Toolkit

In this toolkit by DePaul University’s ABCD Institute, Dan Duncan sets out the concept of asset-based community development, or “ABCD.” Duncan argues that, to improve individual and family well-being, communities, neighbourhoods and their residents need to be involved as co-producers of their own and their communities’ well-being. Everyone has something to contribute, Duncan asserts, and Continue reading


Cormac Russell on ABCD

Cormac Russell Explains Asset-Based Community Development

Cormac Russell is Managing director of Nurture Development, one of eleven strategic partners of the ABCD Institute, and the lead partner in Europe. Russell and his Nurture Development colleagues have worked as ABCD social explorers, trainers, mentors, facilitators, researchers, and consultants with change partners and disruptive innovators around the world. These include communities, charities, NGOs/NPOs, faith-based organizations, Continue reading


BC Rural Centre’s Recommendations for Rural Development

What kind of provincial policies and tools would help us with rural development in BC? This is an issue the BC Rural Centre/SIBAC has spent a lot of time and effort researching. We have developed a brief document (see below) that provides a summary discussion of the top five recommendations the BC Rural Centre would Continue reading