BC Rural Network

Welcome to BC Rural Network

Established in 2004, the BC Rural Network (BCRN) is a coalition of organizations, communities, and individuals who share a commitment to building the capacity of British Columbia to develop responses to rural and remote community issues. The Network dialogues with rural communities and organizations across BC through a series of annual regional forums, the Biennial BC Rural Communities Summit, an annual province-wide Members‘ Workshop, an e-mail list, regular newsletters, and this website.

New Developments

LIRN BC – Limited time for Expression of Interest (EOI) – Deadline: Friday, July 3, 2015 

LIRN BC is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities. LIRN BC can bring trainers and facilitators to your community to deliver a learning event for residents.

The support offered by LIRN BC generally includes: event planning, workshop and/or dialogue design, facilitation, training, and reporting services that are related to each learning event. The community (through a local steering committee) is expected to help with planning, marketing, providing a venue, and providing catering if needed (this can be through charging admission). LIRN BC does not provide direct funding or cash.

For more information please contact Jim Sands at jsands@sparc.bc.ca or click here for more information and a link to the application form.

Project Comeback

Project Comeback

BC Rural Network (BCRN) has wrapped up a great initiative—Project Comeback—working to engage youth and enable them to make a permanent home in rural communities. With help from Fraser Basin Council, Project Comeback has been piloted in five BC communities: the City of Williams Lake, Smithers District Chamber of Commerce, the Regional District of Mount Waddington, and the communities of Chase and Kaslo. The pilot ran over a two year period–ending November 2014. Learn more

Rural Youth Diversity Project

Rural communities across British Columbia face a twin demographic challenge of a loss of youth through out-migration and an aging baby-boomer population. To ensure rural communities are desirable and welcoming places to live in now and into the future, they must identify what it is that young value in their communities and how these values translate into a sense of place that young people want to live in or come back to. Learn more

Connect with BC Rural Network

MembershipMembership is open to all organizations and individuals that serve a rural constituency, and/or whose mandate is concerned with issues of interest and relevance to rural citizens and communities. Members now receive exclusive access to the BCRN e-News updates. Become a member of BCRN. 


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