Community Economic Development

Current Policy & Initiatives

Forest Policy Decision-Making

UBCM surveyed BC local governments in December 2015, to learn about communication and consultation between forest tenure holders and local governments, and the impact of forestry decisions upon local governments. Responses confirmed that better forestry decisions could be made if communities were consulted, and that community engagement can help minimize negative environmental impacts, poor community-tenure holder relations, and land use conflicts. UBCM has conveyed its report on the survey data to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and shared the information with the Minister's Advisory Council on Forest and Range Practices.

Forest Policy Decision-Making: The Case for Greater Community Consultation and Engagement [PDF - 2.5 MB] - Mar 2016

Local Economic Development Survey

In collaboration with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and the Economic Development Association of BC, UBCM is surveying local governments to gain further insight into how BC communities approach economic development. Local governments are encouraged to complete the survey by Friday, April 1, 2016.

Survey link:

Information from the survey results will improve our understanding of the opportunities, challenges and unique activities being undertaken across the province.

Local governments will be able to compare the local economic development landscape and current activities with the data from the original survey on local economic development conducted by UBCM in 2009:

Evaluating the Economic Development Role of BC Local Governments [PDF - 1.4 MB] - 2010

Summary Report: UBCM Economic Development Survey of Local Governments [PDF - 1.7 MB] - 2010

Building Officials Association of BC: Estimated Costs for Building Official Qualifications

The Province is alerting local governments to potential increased costs, starting in the 2016 fiscal year, resulting from the new mandatory qualifications for building officials in the Building Act.

BOABC Estimated Costs for Building Official Qualifications [PDF - 168 KB]

Liquefied Natural Gas

UBCM President, Director Rhona Martin, spoke on May 22, 2014 at the second annual International LNG in BC Conference, as part of a panel on Communities' Perspectives.

Presentation to LNG in BC Conference [PDF - 267 KB]

Special Committee on BC Ferries

UBCM members endorsed a policy paper [PDF - 1.7 MB] at the 2014 UBCM Convention that presented a socioeconomic impact analysis of BC ferries.

The policy paper drew on the work commissioned by the Special Committee on BC Ferries.
Report on Socio-Economic Impacts of BC Ferries Service Reductions [PDF - 2 MB]

Policy Scope

The Community Economic Development Committee works on behalf of UBCM members to improve regional economic development opportunities for local governments. The Committee acts as an advocate for communities on resource issues through monitoring, developing and making recommendations on policy regarding fish, forests, energy, mining, agriculture and water (as a commodity) that have the potential to impact the stability, viability and sustainability of BC communities. The Committee also works to connect communities to emerging economic development opportunities such as value-added, tourism, technology sectors, arts, culture and heritage—and advocates for greater provincial support for job and skills training and retraining efforts.


Marie Crawford
Associate Executive Director
604-270-8226 ext. 104

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