Community Economic Development

Current Policy & Initiatives

National Energy Board Modernization

Expert Panel Consultations
The Minister of Natural Resources has been mandated by the Prime Minister to modernize the National Energy Board (NEB) and to ensure that its composition reflects regional views and has sufficient expertise in such fields as environmental science, community development and Indigenous traditional knowledge. An expert panel has been established to consult with intersted parties as part of the review.

UBCM has conveyed a submission [PDF - 400 KB] to the NEB, based on the resolutions and policy positions that have been adopted by the UBCM membership.

Social Procurement

At the 2016 Annual Convention, UBCM members endorsed resolution B76, asking UBCM to advance the use of social procurement practices by local governments. The Community Economic Development Committee is pleased to provide the following links as a starting point for interested communities. This list is by no means exhaustive, and we would encourage those interested to reach out to individual local governments for further information.

Presentation on Social Procurement by Sandra Hamilton
Presented to the Association of Vancouver Island & Coastal Communities, April 2016

BC communities practicing social procurement:
Village of Cumberland
Town of Qualicum Beach
City of Victoria

Private Moorage Policy

Amendments to Provincial Moorage Program
Notice of amendments to the Private Moorage Program [PDF - 137 KB] - Jan 2017

Effective January 17, 2017, amendments to the Private Moorage Program will allow for more residential docks to be eligible to be authorized under a “General Permission” rather than an application-driven Crown land tenure. The conditions and requirements are outlined in a notification to UBCM from the Land Tenures Branch at the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

Forest Policy Decision-Making

Round Table Discussion
Round Table Discussion Summary Document [PDF - 1.9 MB] – Nov 2016

At the 2016 UBCM Convention over 200 participants from local government, the Province, forest industries and associations contributed to the discussion at the Monday pre-conference session on forest policy decision-making. A summary document of the round table discussion highlights the feedback from participants when asked the following question:

What steps or actions can communities, industry, and the Province take to improve consultation and engagement opportunities with respect to forest policy decision-making?

The summary document will continue to guide the Community Economic Development Committee in its outreach and engagement activities.

Communication Between Tenure Holders & Local Governments
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 June 2016, UBCM with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training (MJTST) and the BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA), jointly released the results of a survey on local economic development. The survey data helps all three organizations better understand where we can support communities in their local economic development efforts.

Local Economic Development in BC: 2016 Survey – Summary Report [PDF]

The three partners (UBCM, MJTST, BCEDA) surveyed local governments on their economic development practices. With over 400 respondents, the survey data provides an excellent overview of different approaches to economic development; how communities support, plan and monitor economic development; and how they identify challenges, opportunities, and areas of focus.

MJTST has made available on their website background information about the economic development survey.

This survey data can be compared to 2009 survey data from UBCM:

Policy Scope

The Community Economic Development Committee works on behalf of UBCM members to improve regional economic development opportunities for local governments. As such, the Committee continues to represent and acts as an advocate for communities on economic development issues by monitoring, developing and making recommendations on policy regarding fish, forests, energy, mining, agriculture and water; by connecting communities to emerging economic development opportunities (e.g. value-added, tourism, technology sectors, arts, culture and heritage); and advocating 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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