Forest Employment Program Provides Jobs, Supports Communities

Forestry workers and communities in the Thompson Okanagan region are benefiting from economic opportunities created through the Province’s Forest Employment Program (FEP). In the past year, the Province has invested $1.87 million in 22 projects in the B.C. Interior, employing local contractors and workers and focusing on wildfire risk reduction and improving outdoor safety and Continue reading


Top Takeaways from BC’s Budget 2022

The province has released the 2022-23 budget, outlining the NDP’s spending priorities for B.C. Though the budget is largely business as usual, there are some key takeaways to focus on. 1. Deficits in the years ahead This year’s deficit is projected to be $483 million, a dramatic reduction from the projected $9 billion back in Continue reading


A Memorandum of Understanding on Local Government Financial Resiliency

The Province and Union of BC Municipalities will work together to review the local government finance system in B.C. to ensure that municipal governments and regional districts remain resilient in the face of economic changes. Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne, Finance Minister Selina Robinson, and UBCM President Laurey-Anne Roodenburg have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Local Continue reading


More Funding, Better Use of Indigenous Practices Could Prepare Communities for Future Crises

First Nations and Indigenous communities in Canada need more support from the federal government to cope with future disasters related to climate change, according to a new report on Canada’s disaster resilience. Although people living in these communities are more likely to experience climate-related disasters, experts say not enough is being done to help them plan Continue reading


Regulations Urged for Short-term Rentals

The Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) has made 13 requests of the province to consider in order to establish a regulatory framework for the short-term accommodations industry, similar to those in place for ride-hailing and other regulated industries.  Read The Report Here


Butchart Gardens

BC Government Provides $50 Million for “Anchor’ Attractions to Help Get Through 2nd Pandemic Summer

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver is an example of an urban ‘anchor’ attraction that could benefit from the new grant program. (H.R. MacMillan Space Centre) The province has launched a $50 million grant program aimed at helping B.C.’s major “anchor” tourist attractions and tour bus companies weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Premier John Horgan and Tourism Continue reading


Ravi Kahlon

Grants for BC Small Businesses — a conversation with Minister Ravi Kahlon

The Hon. Ravi Kahlon, British Columbia’s Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery, and Innovation, chatted with BC Rural Centre Communications Director Randy Morse recently. The conversation focused on Covid-19, its impact on small and medium-sized businesses, and steps the BC Government is taking to help those most affected, cope. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant Continue reading


BC business recovery grant

New Support Programs for Small & Medium-Sized Businesses

Help BC small and medium sized businesses bounce back and build for the future with Government of BC non-repayable grants of up to $30,000 for eligible businesses, and up to $45,000 for eligible tourism businesses. Spread the word and apply at gov.bc.ca/businessrecoverygrant.   For more detail information, click here.    


Government Takes Action on Abbott/Chapman Report

The Government of BC has released its action plan in response to the government-commissioned, independent Abbott/Chapman report on the unprecedented 2017 wildfire and flood seasons in British Columbia. The plan outlines actions taken and underway, and identifies next steps to address the report’s 108 recommendations. It also considers recommendations from other recent reports, such as Continue reading