"The retrofit of the Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre created a large investment in the community. Approximately two-thirds of the contracts for the project were won by local firms creating many spin off effects for local business. The public has received the facility well with swim lessons, fitness classes and specialty classes such as scuba diving or physio swims running. A large contingent of seniors uses the lazy river and main swim tank for exercise, preschool and school groups take lessons and the high school gym classes work on their lifeguarding skills. The pool has seen large groups from Prince Rupert to the Nass Valley to Prince George visit while they are in community. All of this contributes to the local economy in Kitimat."
Martin Gould Director of Recreation District of Kitimat
Fraser Lake, B.C. – Northern Development Initiative Trust’s board of directors has approved a $171,394 grant to support upgrades to Fraser Lake’s airport, which will position the community to better capitalize on nearby resource industry and tourism opportunities. The upgrades include new signage, security fencing and a mobile trailer, which will be utilized as an office.
In only five years, Northern Development Initiative Trust’s internship programs have generated rewarding careers for two-dozen recent University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) graduates. The programs – a six-month Economic Development Internship and a 12-month Local Government Management Internship – have built capacity to strengthen communities throughout central and northern British Columbia, and have ensured that students who are educated in the north find lasting careers in the north. In 2013, Northern Development launched the Local Government Management Internship program …
Central and northern B.C. – Small Town Love has been officially unveiled with roaring success in six communities across the region. In July, Northern Development Initiative Trust partnered with the District of Logan Lake, the District of Fort St. James, the District of 100 Mile House, the District of Vanderhoof, the Village of Valemount and the Village of Burns Lake to deliver a unique marketing campaign that celebrates locally-owned independent businesses with an aim to strengthen their competitiveness and keep more dollars in the local economy.
Quesnel, B.C. – Northern Development Initiative Trust’s board of directors has approved a $244,815 grant to support a major apron expansion at the City of Quesnel’s airport. The current apron is 52,500 square feet and is one of the smallest certified airport aprons in B.C., which means it cannot accommodate multiple aircraft effectively. The city plans to expand the apron by an additional 22,500 square feet (a 42% increase in size), which will provide access to a new multi-use hangar.
Northern B.C. – Northern Development Initiative Trust, in partnership with communities throughout northern B.C., has launched the Supply Chain Connector – an online procurement database that allows major industry, communities and government to quickly locate northern B.C.-based businesses to help them build major projects.
Fort St. John, B.C. – Northern Development Initiative Trust’s board of directors have approved a $250,000 grant to support significant parking lot upgrades at the North Peace Regional Airport. Higher demand at the airport in recent months, as well as the start of WestJet flights in the area, has pushed the parking lot beyond its current capacity.
Fort St. James, B.C. – Northern Development Initiative Trust’s board of directors has approved a $250,000 grant to help the District of Fort St. James develop a multi-purpose community centre that will provide space for recreational, cultural and community activities.
Village of Queen Charlotte, B.C. – Northern Development Initiative Trust’s board of directors have approved a $250,000 grant to support an expansion of the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society’s (HGHES) programs. HGHES is an enterprising non-profit organization committed to delivering community-based natural resource programs to university students.
Smithers, B.C. – Northern Development Initiative Trust’s board of directors in July approved a $250,000 grant to support the development of a new arena in the Town of Smithers. The recreation facility, which has been in planning stages for two decades, will cost approximately $4.7 million to build.