Rural revitalization is a major challenge for many rural regions and communities across BC — and elsewhere in Canada and abroad — as they see their populations both ageing and shrinking.

Here you’ll find information, examples, and advice regarding how rural communities go about renewing themselves, in the process retaining current citizens and attracting new ones, enhancing their built environments, and appropriately leveraging their natural and cultural assets.

Attracting and retaining young people is a particularly vexing challenge for many rural communities. In Rural Renewal: Attracting Millennials to Rural Places, a BC Rural Centre publication, you’ll find useful information on this issue , as well as insights into what some rural communities have done to make their towns more attractive to young newcomers..


Rural renewal is a major challenge