As defined by Western Economic Diversification Canada, community economic development is recognizing local challenges and opportunities, and using the knowledge and resources already in the community to stimulate growth. The links on these pages are good places to start when working on your community's economic development plan.
Project ComeBack is a pilot project aimed at helping rural communities connect returning residents with local small business opportunities. Project ComeBack engages youth in the community to find ways to promote local small business opportunities alongside the other benefits of living in rural communities (quality of life, low cost of living).
The Canadian CED Network is a member-led organization committed to strengthening communities by creating economic opportunities that improve environmental and social conditions. Check out the toolkit and be sure to visit the B.C. and Yukon region page.
The federal government's Rural Secretariat aims to improve the quality of life in rural communities so these regions can compete in the global economy. Look for information about the Secretariat's grants and programs, and download the The Rural British Columbia Profile: a Ten-year Census Analysis (1991-2001) and Rural Canadians' Guide to Programs and Services
The Economic Developers Association of Canada and the Economic Development Association of British Columbia support professional development of economic development officers.
The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training creates, leads and implements strategies to build a strong, globally competitive provincial economy.
Invest British Columbia is a partnership of provincial, federal and local economic development organizations working together to expand business investment in British Columbia.
Planning Institute of British Columbia is an association of professional planners who work in a wide variety of fields, including land use planning, environmental resource management, land development, heritage conservation, social planning, transportation planning and economic development.
B.C.'s economic trusts have great economic development resources for communities.
Be sure to visit the economic development pages of the Local Government section on this website.