Welcome to the Community Development Institute (CDI) at UNBC

The CDI was established in 2004 with a broad mandate in community and economic development. We provide programs and services in four broad areas: community transformation and renewal, research, education, and dialogues and policy discussions.

We work in partnership with communities, industry, business, non-profit and community organizations, First Nations, and all levels of government, to develop and implement strategies for economic diversification and community resilience.

Our work focuses on the non-metropolitan communities across British Columbia’s northern and central regions – communities where more than 80% of the province’s export wealth is generated from natural resources.  The sustainability of these communities is a key factor in the prosperity of the province as a whole.