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Northern Development approves $125,000 for Smithers Airport Terminal Expansion

Tuesday March 21, 2017  The Smithers Airport Terminal Modernization Project has gotten another boost in funding thanks to the commitment of $125,000 from Northern Development Initiative Trust. Northern Development’s board of directors approved the funding for the $8 million project through the Trust’s Economic Diversification Infrastructure program. The program specifically targets projects that significantly strengthen the local economy, that drive revenue and job creation through a major capital investment and provide a long-term asset for the community. The Terminal Modernization …

March 21,2017 | Read More »

Delegation from Denmark meets with Trust to discuss rural development strategies

A delegation from Denmark visited northern B.C. over the past two days to meet with regional leaders in rural economic development and education strategies. Northern Development representatives met with the seven members from the Danish Rural Districts and Islands committee yesterday to showcase a variety of our programs that support the economic growth and resiliency of communities throughout northern B.C. Pictured above is the delegation with Northern Development’s Chief Financial Officer, Brenda Gendron (sixth from the left), who was one …

March 09,2017 | Read More »

Barkerville lifts off a winter magic carpet ride

Barkerville, B.C. – February 9, 2017 Once winter hits, Barkerville transforms into a playground for recreational activities, and thanks to the efforts of the Barkerville Heritage Trust and Northern Development Initiative Trust you can now visit the historic town and take in a magic carpet ride. The Shamrock Lift and Tube Run is the newest activity in Barkerville where outdoor skating, backcountry snowshoeing, and sledding are already offered in the winter months. The Magic Carpet lift is a key feature …

February 09,2017 | Read More »

New clubhouse supports winter activities in Vanderhoof

Today the Nechako Valley Sporting Association officially unveiled their new clubhouse. The Nechako Valley Sporting Association offers rich programming using trails and shooting ranges at both recreational and competitive levels in biathlon and cross country skiing, The new clubhouse replaces an old shed which was rat infested, unheated and had no power and light. With new storage, office and event space, the building will provide the space needed to support not-only daily community use, but also the hosting of training …

February 07,2017 | Read More »

BC Hydro donates $45,000 to support non-profits in Peace Region

FORT ST. JOHN – BC Hydro’s Site C project has provided $45,000 in grants to support five non-profit organizations in the Peace Region through its Generate Opportunities (GO) Fund. The $800,000 GO Fund was established in September 2016 as part of the Site C mitigation measures to help support Peace Region non-profit organizations that provide services to vulnerable populations, including children, families and seniors. This is the first time that grants have been awarded from the Fund. Recipients include: • …

January 31,2017 | Read More »

Operational Upgrades Scheduled for Prince George Airport

Prince George, B.C. – January 25, 2017 The Prince George Airport will soon undertake renovations and operational upgrades valued at $683,886 to increase efficiencies and enable future growth for daily flights and new airlines thanks in part to the support of funding from Northern Development Initiative Trust. In 2016, Northern Development’s board of directors approved $368,418 in funding for the projects through its Economic Diversification Infrastructure program. The program specifically targets projects that significantly strengthen the local economy, that drive …

January 25,2017 | Read More »

Improved high-speed Internet comes to Lytton

LYTTON – Lytton area residents and businesses will be able to access reliable high-speed Internet following the completion of two Lytton Area Wireless Society (Lyttonnet) connectivity projects worth $624,586, which received $244,550 from the Connecting British Columbia program. Nearly 300 homes and many local companies are now better able to learn, do business, access services and stay connected through Internet speeds comparable with larger urban areas. The projects benefit the Village of Lytton, the Lytton First Nation, rural Lytton, and …

December 16,2016 | Read More »

High-speed Internet access coming to Poole Creek

The Connecting British Columbia program is providing $133,000 to Base Technology Ltd. to deliver Poole Creek residents with high-speed Internet access for the first time. An estimated 150 households will be better able to learn, do business, access services and stay connected through high-speed Internet access. Local emergency services will also benefit from open access to the new communications infrastructure and backup generators. Connecting British Columbia is a $10 million grant program funded by the Province and administered by Northern …

December 02,2016 | Read More »

Northern Development’s Forest Innovation Fund fully subscribed in first year

The local forest sector is harnessing opportunities to innovate thanks in part to Northern Development Initiative Trust’s Forest Innovation Fund. Within eight months of announcing the new funding program, $486,744 (97% of available 2016 funding) was approved to support the deployment of innovative technologies and new or improved products to help optimize the fibre supply in central and northern B.C. The funding was committed to 12 projects in communities throughout the region, including: Prince George, Smithers, 100 Mile House, McLeod …

November 25,2016 | Read More »

Connaught Youth Centre more accessible thanks to Trust funding

For many years, the Connaught Youth Centre has provided a warm facility for all cadet corps and a variety of community user groups. This year the Connaught Youth Centre’s request for funding to provide a wheel chair lift for the CYC was supported by Northern Development through a $30,000 grant. The funding was matched by the Province of British Columbia. “…It is essential that we improve accessibility in our community and province. The Connaught Youth Centre is an important and …

November 08,2016 | Read More »