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BC Rural Network

The BC Rural Network strives to build stronger rural and remote communities across the province and promote a better understanding of rural issues.

The Network connects BC’s rural communities in several ways:

  • disseminating information, tools and resources of importance to rural and remote communities in BC
  • creating links between communities, rural organizations and policy-makers that work on issues of importance to rural and remote communities
  • providing a forum for rural and remote communities and organizations to voice concerns and issues, and learn from each other.

The Fraser Basin Council is one of the founders and a proud partner of the BC Rural Network, and our Cariboo-Chilcotin office serves as secretariat.


Project Comeback:
Communities Look at Ways to Have Young People Stay

project_comeback_350px.jpgIf you’re curious to know what young people think about living in BC’s rural communities, be sure to read the final report of Project Comeback: Project Comeback: Creating vibrant rural communities by retaining and attracting a young adult population.

Project Comeback was a two-year (2012-2014) project in BC rural communities, aimed at better understanding and meeting the needs of younger citizens. Many rural communities are struggling with the twin demographic trends of youth out-migration and an aging baby boomer population. These trends trigger concerns, including the prospect that some local businesses will close because there are fewer young people to take them over. Through Project Comeback, communities connected with youth through surveys, interviews and workshops for their views, and launched innovative pilot projects designed to help attract, engage and retain youth.

The project was managed by the BC Rural Network, with support from the Fraser Basin Council. Participating communities were:

  • Williams Lake (City of Williams Lake)
  • Smithers (Smithers District Chamber of Commerce)
  • Northern Vancouver Island communities (Regional District of Mount Waddington)
  • Chase (Village of Chase)
  • Kaslo (North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society).

The Project Comeback report is a valuable read for everyone in business, industry and government in BC’s smaller communities. Participating communities each faced some unique issues in attracting and retaining youth, yet common themes emerged. Young people said they value “a sense of community” and social activities and events, as well as opportunities for employment, training, recreation, access to health services and quality of life.

Thanks to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, primary funders of Project Comeback.


Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351