Gabriolans asked to help build a rural development strategy for B.C.

Sounder News

Tuesday, February 6 2018

Gabriolans are being asked by local organizations to go online and give their input on the Government of British Columbia’s new rural development strategy.

“This consultation process gives Gabriola and many other rural communities an opportunity to give feedback on the issues they are facing,” said Gabriola Chamber of Commerce President Gloria Hatfield. 

“Gabriola and the other gulf islands are unique in their rural nature. Issues involving youth, a thriving business community, housing and the attraction and retention of families are not unique to Gabriola. But dealing with those issues as an island is.

 “I look forward to seeing Gabriolans engaging with government to inform and help shape the plan.”

Doug Donaldson, BC Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development said in announcing the consultation, “Coming from a rural community, I know first-hand the challenges facing rural B.C.”

The strategy’s foundation will be based on the principles of community economic development (sustainable, participatory, asset-based, self-reliance and community-based), which will ensure a broader and more-inclusive approach to rural development.

British Columbians are invited to share their comments and ideas on rural development until 4 p.m. (Pacific time), on Feb. 28, 2018.

Government will be holding a number of targeted face-to-face sessions with community partners around the province. All feedback gathered will help define the framework for the rural development strategy, which will support ongoing dialogue between rural British Columbians and government.

After the public feedback process, government will analyze the results and make a summary report available to the public.

The public can contribute feedback online: