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.

  • Laura Ryser and Dr. Greg Halseth
    Friday, September 22, 2017
    A new book written by University of Northern British Columbia researchers delves into the increasingly rapid pace of change resource-dependent communities are facing in the global economy. Geography Professor Dr. Greg Halseth and Research Manager... more
  • Marleen Morris and Laurie Gray
    Saturday, September 2, 2017
    Prince Rupert’s Third Avenue got a sharp new look this summer as it hosted British Columbia’s longest art gallery. Through a partnership with the University of Northern British Columbia’s Community Development Institute (CDI), the Ice House Gallery and the Tribal... more
  • Renee Laboucane
    Monday, June 5, 2017
    The Community Development Institute would like to welcome Renée to the team as the new Senior Facilitator in the new Fort St. John office. Renée has many years of experience in social and economic development. Prior to joining the CDI, Renee worked as the Manager... more