Housing Shortages and Rural Migration

When non-metropolitan communities do not have enough housing supply, or not enough appropriate housing, community and economic development faces challenges, and social and economic momentum can be lost. Attracting new residents, housing a larger workforce, and enabling seniors to comfortably age in place, all while maintaining a high quality of life for all residents, becomes Continue reading


Farmers Enhancing Riparian Areas – Kootenay Program Expands to New Regions

Farmers and ranchers in the Columbia Valley will continue to see rewards for taking action to conserve and enhance important riparian areas on their farms. The Windermere District Farmers’ Institute (WDFI) was one of nine groups named in January to receive a share of $133,600 this year through the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund for Continue reading


A New Hotline for Rural BC!

The BC Rural Centre has a new direct phone number to call when you need to talk to someone about Rural Issues, Challenges, Opportunities, and Inquiries. Over the past few months, the BC Rural Centre has been adjusting to a few key changes, new staff, including a new Executive Director and a revisit of the Continue reading


Rural Development Success Story

Originally Posted on: Nelson Chamber of Commerce   Over the last five years, Canada has been a high-tech job creation machine. Year after year, the Toronto area alone has generated more technology jobs than San Francisco, Seattle or any other U.S. city. Vancouver has seen a similar economic boom. Both cities, with top universities and hospitals, Continue reading


Yarmouth Organizations Team Up to Tackle Shortage of Doctors, Housing

A success story posted by Preston Mulligan of CBC Nova Scotia tells about how the housing shortage in Nova Scotia has created another hurdle in the struggle to attract doctors, but the business community in Yarmouth thinks it may have come up with a solution. Read More…


Keeping Doctors in Communities — a Success Story in BC’s North

Train your doctors locally, give them lots of community support, and more often than not, they’ll stay – that seems to be a successful formula for attracting and keeping physicians in rural areas, according to the head of a program doing just that in Northern BC. Back in 2000, thousands of residents rallied in Prince Continue reading


Youth take climate action

How to Tackle Climate Change: A Youth Labour Force

You’re never quite sure what you’re walking into the first time you try something. That was certainly the case for 14 adventurous young adults who applied to be crew members of the inaugural Youth Climate Corps (YCC) in the fall of 2020. Pitched as a climate-solutions program, the plan was simple: give young adults meaningful Continue reading


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Shifting Into (Electric) Gear

Steve Elder was born in New Zealand and lived there until he moved to sunny Los Angeles in the 1970s, eventually finding his way north to greater Vancouver, which he now calls home. However, summers spent vacationing at Christina Lake with his family is something that always brings back good memories for Steve. Perhaps that Continue reading


Living Here

New rural journalism project launches in the Kootenays

Local media are sorely lacking in many rural communities. In the absence of reliable, shared stories and information, communities often miss opportunities to effectively address challenges and seize opportunities. The West Kootenay Eco Society is doing something about that. They’ve launched an  online publication, livinghere.ca, that highlights the positive solutions coming out of  rural communities, Continue reading


Brad Pommen

Brad Pommen and Smrt1 Technologies — an Example of a Rural Success Story

Over the last five years Canada has been a high-tech job creation machine. Year after year, the Toronto area alone has generated more technology jobs than San Francisco, Seattle or any other U.S. city. Vancouver has seen a similar economic boom. Both cities, with top universities and hospitals, a high quality of life and an enormous Continue reading