Community Economic Development


The Community Economic Development Committee works on behalf of UBCM members to improve the regional economic development opportunities for local governments. Through the Committee UBCM represents and is an advocate for communities by monitoring, developing and making recommendations on policy regarding fish, forests, energy, mining, agriculture and water (as a commodity). UBCM keeps a close watch on these resource issues because they have the potential to impact the stability, viability and sustainability of BC communities. UBCM also works to connect communities to emerging economic development opportunities such as value-added, tourism and the technology sector.

Current Policy & Initiatives

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]

Amendments to Local Government Statutes
Bulletin - Miscellaneous Statues Amendment Act

Healthy Forests - Healthy Communities

A Conversation on BC Forests

Community Capacity Building Webinar Proposal [PDF - 151 KB]

Draft Integrated Geoduck Management Framework [PDF - 166 KB]

Fisheries Act Amendments

Special Committee on Timber Supply
UBCM Submission to Special Committee on Timber Supply - 2012 [PDF - 196 KB] - 2012

BC Hydro Integrated Resource Plan
Response to BC Hydro Integrated Resource Plan Consultation Process [PDF - 142 KB] - 2011

Economic Development Report
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

Other Economic Development Work
See the Economic Development Policy & Initiatives page for more information on UBCM's current work on a wide range of economic development issues, including:

  • Economic development & local governments
  • Wood First legislation
  • Response to Working Roundtable on Forestry
  • Aquaculture regulation
  • BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) - Long Term Transmission Inquiry
  • Offshore oil & gas
  • Independent power projects
  • Transforming Communities Through Tourism: A Handbook for Community Tourism Champions
  • Provincial Trails Strategy
  • Ranching Task Force


BC Hydro
BC Transmission Corporation
BC Utilities Commission
Business Improvement Areas of BC
Economic Development Association of BC
Fisheries & Oceans Canada
Ministry of Agriculture
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
Network BC


For more information or to obtain copies of documents not available online, please contact:

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

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