BC Government Going Foward With Site C

Terminating project would cost at least $10.2B, B.C. government says The Site C dam on the Peace River in northeastern B.C. is estimated to cost about $16 billion, nearly double the originally approved budget of $8.8 billion in 2014. (Submitted by Amnesty International) British Columbia is forging ahead with the Site C dam — the largest public 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.    

2020 year in review

BC Rural Centre’s Last Year in Review

2020 was a certainly a memorable year. The COVID-19 pandemic drastically altered our lives and created significant social and economic challenges for many. Unfortunately, it also resulted in personal loss and grief for many BC families. To those families, our deepest sympathies for your loss. Despite the impact of COVID, 2020 was a busy year Continue reading

community paramedics

Community Paramedicine in rural BC, what it is & why it happened — interviews with Nancy Kotani & Amy Poll

BC’s Community Paramedicine Program, the first of its kind in Canada, provides rural residents with access to information and care previously lacking in many small, remote communities. Nancy Kotani, former Chief Transformation Officer for British Columbia Emergency Health Services, led the development and implementation of BC’s Community Paramedic project, the first province-wide initiative of its Continue reading

BC's top doctor says school system won't close

B.C.’s top doctor doesn’t ‘foresee a situation’ where the school system shuts down again

In this Global News report (Sep.10, 2020), British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says she does not foresee a situation where the province shuts schools down as was done in March. The province’s top doctor says there could be situations where COVID-19 forces some students to isolate or potentially leads to a school Continue reading

News for Rural Employers re. CEWS Expansion & Extension

The BC Rural Centre has just received this letter from Kirsten Mattison, Canada’s new Director General for Rural Economic Development. It includes potentially important information for rural employers and their employees.   Good morning, As the new Director General of the Centre for Rural Economic Development supporting the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Continue reading

BC Rural & First Nations Health & Wellness Summit

Add your voice to improve rural healthcare!   Collaboration can be a powerful tool for change. In January 2019, provincial healthcare partners met to explore how to work together to improve and transform rural healthcare in BC. Since that time, several innovations were developed to improve healthcare services in rural communities and First Nations. The Continue reading