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.

  • SenatorYuenPauWoo
    Tuesday, July 16, 2019
    The Community Development Institute was honoured to host a visit to northern BC by member of the Senate of Canada, Senator Yuen Pau Woo. The visit was an opportunity to learn about issues important to the people, communities, and economies of northern British Columbia, to... more
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019
    As a continuation of the work that began in 2012, the Community Development Institute and the On the Move Partnership (OTM) have been conducting comprehensive studies of the spectrum of employment-related mobility in Canada from extended daily commuting to long distance travel... more
  • The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development
    Thursday, March 7, 2019
    On March 7, 2019, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development for the Government of Canada attended a series of rural development round table meetings with local elected representatives and academic faculty at UNBC. The purpose of these meetings was... more