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.
BC Rural Communities Summit 2017
The BC Rural Network is excited to announce that plans for the next BC Rural Communities Summit are underway. Stay tuned for details on the event and make sure to add it to your calendar – it’s sure to be a lively get-together of BC’s rural advocates, all gathered to discuss and advance rural issues – and network with one another face-to-face!
We are recruiting!
The BC Rural Network is currently recruiting new members to sit on our Board of Directors. Are you passionate about rural issues and interested in becoming a key player in our network? Find out more here.
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
Membership 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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