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.


BCRN Supports CRRF 2017 Conference in Nelson, BC, Sept 20-23

The BC Rural Network will not be holding a Rural Communities Summit in 2017. Instead, the board is very excited to have partnered with the Canadian Rural Revitalization Federation to support their upcoming conference, Different By Design: Exploring Innovation for Rural Prosperity, in Nelson, BC, September 20-23, 2017. Find out all about the conference and how you can get involved here.

Quesnel Explores Youth Attraction and Retention with Project Comeback

The City of Quesnel has received a BC Rural Dividend grant to begin the process of assessing their community’s youth retention and attraction situation, using the foundations established by the BCRN’s Project Comeback. Stay tuned for updates on their progress!

BCRN Welcomes New Board Members

The BC Rural Network welcomes Gordon Yusko, Danielle Robinson, and Nicole Vaugeois to the board of directors! Joining Eleanor Taylor and Richard Toperczer, the BCRN is seeking new direction and exploring the best way to advocate for all things rural in our province. Stay tuned!

Membership Renewal

Is your membership up to date? Don’t miss out on the event listing and funding opportunities covered in the montly BCRN eNews – renew here.

Past Projects

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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