Learning Initiatives for Rural & Northern BC

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC) builds capacity in rural and northern communities in British Columbia and promotes community-led learning and collaboration.


The 2017 call for submissions is open until Friday, June 16th.

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The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is proud to partner with Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC: a collaboration of roughly 10 agencies dedicated to building capacity in rural and northern British Columbia. The LIRN BC process encourages local government, provincial, federal, First Nations, non-government organizations (community-based, regional and provincial) and businesses to work together to plan, deliver and evaluate a locally relevant learning initiative.

To promote community learning and collaboration, the Learning Centre contributes to the annual LIRN BC multi-agency effort, providing workshops that engage communities in a meaningful dialogue about topics that matter to them.

Program Highlights

  • Ten community-based workshops: In June 2016 LIRN BC agencies approved 10 applications from rural and northern groups for learning events on topics such as identifying housing needs, engaging with youth and strategic planning for non-profits.
  • Community capacity building: In 2015, the Learning Centre co-funded a two-day workshop in Prince George for non-profit agencies, with tools and strategies for increasing their capacity.

To learn more about this program, look at the most recent call for proposals.