Resilience Through Partnership
The Rural Islands Economic Partnership (RIEP) promotes economic resilience across the rural islands of British Columbia. Together with Indigenous and settler businesses, community partners and supporters, RIEP fosters community engagement, coordination, and collaboration to achieve economic goals sustainably.
Collaborate Regionally, Achieve Results Locally
RIEP provides opportunities for communication, community engagement, information-sharing, and collaboration, through initiatives focused on the challenges facing rural island and rural coastal communities today. From the climate crisis and the need for economic resilience, to Reconciliation and the strengthening of BC's social safety net, RIEP’s programs promote regenerative strategies that support the socio-economic health of BC’s rural island and coastal communities.
Keep the Islands Vibrant
British Columbia’s rural islands are social and cultural gems. They are home to diverse communities of changemakers, innovators, and creators. RIEP serves rural island communities—including Indigenous communities with traditional and reserve lands—on Bowen, Broughton Archipelago, Cormorant, Cortes, Denman, Gabriola, Galiano, Gambier, Hornby, Lasqueti, Malcolm, Mayne, Pender, Quadra, Salt Spring, Saturna, Texada, and Thetis & Penelakut islands. Our Partnership includes individuals, businesses, organizations, and governments interested in fostering healthy and vibrant communities across the islands.
Join RIEP Today!
Together, we leverage our strengths and deliver meaningful results for all of British Columbia’s rural island communities—as a RIEP member, you can:
- Get discounted registration for the RIEP Forum, our 'unconference conference' consisting of inspiring presentations where we develop ideas for shared and addressing ways to overcome challenges, and engage in valuable networking and celebration of the creative fabric of our rural island communities.
- Participate in Connection Cafés, lively topical inter-island meet-ups where you can connect with fellow rural islanders to share ideas, provide mutual support, and strengthen connections.
- Take advantage of Rising Tide Business Services, offering affordable digital marketing tools and support for entrepreneurs and small businesses to discover new markets for their businesses.
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