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


Website Expands Public Review of Crown Land-Use Applications

A new government website expands access to information and public engagement on applications for Crown land use in B.C. Applications for Crown land use range from recreational to industrial use. Given that 94% of B.C.’s land base is considered Crown land, the public has an important say in how it is managed. The ministry sees Continue reading


Canada, BC Support Agriculture in Indigenous Communities

  The provincial and federal governments have announced a new program to assist Indigneous communities in BC interested in expanding their agricultural businesses and supporting local food security. Under this new initiative, professional and qualified business consultants with experience in building agriculture ventures are able to provide site-specific guidance on the types of crops or Continue reading


Cannabis clarity

Cannabis Clarity from the BC Government

  Cannabis clarity is the goal of the BC Government’s official web page on the new cannabis situation. Given that non-medical cannabis is now legal in Canada, this is a useful resource for anyone in the province unclear about the legal and health implications of the new law for British Columbians.     https://cannabis.gov.bc.ca/   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


Government invites submissions

B.C. Government Invites Rural Strategy Suggestions

If you’re concerned about the future of rural B.C.’s communities and First Nations, you’ll be interested in the following invitation from B.C. Government to share your ideas and suggestions. Note that the deadline for submissions is February 28.     The B.C. Government is committed to developing a new, long-term, durable Rural Development Strategy that works for 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


Enderby wants ride-hailing

Enderby Hails a Ride

As B.C. mulls the future of ride-hailing services like Uber, one small town — Enderby — is making the case to welcome the service with open arms. Much of the ride-hailing discussion in our procince has been focused in big cities like Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna — where Uber plans to focus its activity. But this week, a councillor Continue reading


Province Partners with CBT for New Affordable Housing

People struggling to find an affordable place to live in the Columbia Basin region will have access to new rental housing, thanks to a partnership announced between the BC government and Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), part of the government’s larger, province-wide goal of creating  114,000 new units of affordable market rental, non-profit, co-op, supported social Continue reading


BC Rural Dividend grants

BC Rural Dividend grants over $10 million

On Friday, October 13, the BC Government announced over $10 million in new grants to rural communities through the BC Rural Dividend. Here’s the official press release:   The B.C. government is distributing $10.1 million in new grants to help rural communities stabilize their economies and create long-term local employment, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Continue reading