For rural communities to compete in our fast changing world, they must adopt new and focused economic development strategies. Successful rural communities are those which identify economic opportunities and then find unique ways to build upon what they already have. They use their existing assets, look for new ways to produce and market products and look to new global markets.

Our Community Futures plays a key role in working alongside other local and regional community leaders for the development of a sustainable future vision. Along with our community partners, we invest in activities and projects designed to allow our community to be resilient and successful.

Success Stories - under development


Gibsons Public Market

The public market will be a new community hub for the Sunshine Coast, opening in Fall 2016.

The Gibsons Public Market is a community project that will inspire and support economic activities in the region. The public market will be a destination for Sunshine Coast residents and visitors of all ages where all will be welcome to convene and learn, laugh, enjoy local food, fresh produce, art and entertainment. The public market will provide space for community activities, guest speakers, a marine education centre, a community kitchen, special events and a restaurant.





Rhiza Capital Inc.

Rhiza, Greek in origin, refers to a root structure.  Rhiza Capital is intent on growing local economies and healthy communities by connecting root capital to impact ventures. For more information, see

Rhiza Capital is a joint initiative between Community Futures Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Credit Union and Powell River Community Investment Corporation (PRCIC).

These three partners are working in collaboration to address the need for local equity-based investment. Moreover these partners are joining forces to raise local capital for investment in ventures that will add economic, social and financial value to our communities. 


The Barrie Wilbee Bursary for Sunshine Coast Entrepreneurs 

Community Futures Sunshine Coast, in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation, has created an endowment to honour long-time community and business leader Barrie Wilbee.
Funds accrued within the endowment will be awarded annually to Sunshine Coast residents who require funding to further their education and knowledge in community economic development, entrepreneurship and business skills.
The Barrie Wilbee Bursary for Sunshine Coast Entrepreneurs was seeded through a contribution from Community Futures Sunshine Coast, and matched by the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation. The endowment is set up to receive additional donations.
Wilbee has been with Community Futures Sunshine Coast as a volunteer since the organization started here in 1987 and served as board chair for four years. He is currently co-chair of the Investments and Loans Committee. He has been on the board of the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation since 2008, and is a strong believer in the benefits of organizations building sustainable long-term funding through the foundation model. Over the past 35 years, Wilbee has also held volunteer leadership roles with the Sunshine Coast Economic Development Commission, Sunshine Coast Employment Development Society, and the Area A Advisory Planning Committee. Barrie and his wife Beverly are long-time residents of Pender Harbour.
“Barrie is a tireless advocate for economic development, and generously shares his time, expertise and wisdom with individuals and organizations committed to ensuring a healthy and sustainable Sunshine Coast, said Janice Iverson, executive director of Community Futures Sunshine Coast. “He is a master collaborator and community connector. We are proud to partner with Barrie and his family in identifying and selecting bursary recipients through this endowment for many years to come.”
“With its close proximity to the Lower Mainland, the Coast is an attractive location for entrepreneurs including artisans, social enterprise and small business,” Shelley McDade, chair of the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation, said. “Over the years, Barrie’s dedication to creating a welcoming environment for this demographic has contributed to the economic health of our community. The Barrie Wilbee Bursary for Sunshine Coast Entrepreneurs endowment is important because it provides a way for anyone in the community to support the success of local entrepreneurs here on the Sunshine Coast.”
Western Economic Diversification Canada