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Provincial government and Northern Development help Northwest B.C. communities plan for growth

November 24, 2015   TERRACE – Northwest B.C. communities are better positioned for growth and opportunity thanks in part to support from Asset Management Capacity Building Program grants, announced by Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, as he wrapped up his tour of the area today. Grants totalling $1 million were made available to northwest communities in 2014 to help them update their bylaws and official community plans, as well as review and assess local infrastructure needs to prepare for economic growth. …

November 24,2015 | Read More »

Mentor Program North will support 25 women entrepreneurs across Northern B.C.

VANCOUVER, B.C. (November 17, 2015) The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) and Northern Development have partnered to launch the inaugural FWE Mentor Program North, which will provide business mentors to 25 women entrepreneurs from across Northern B.C. Women who are running their own businesses – and are driven to gain valuable insight and business expertise from successful mentors – are eligible to apply now. The program is open to female entrepreneurs located in B.C.’s Northwest, Northeast, Cariboo Chilcotin and Fraser …

November 17,2015 | Read More »

LovePrinceRupert.com launches with marketplace event showcasing local businesses

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – Northern Development is helping the “shop local” movement gain momentum on the North Coast with the launch of www.LovePrinceRupert.com – a new platform that promotes the region’s independent, locally-owned businesses. The launch of the new site, financially supported by Northern Development, coincides with a marketplace event being held on Saturday November 14th from 11am to 3pm at the North Coast Meeting & Convention Centre (below Chances Gaming Centre). The marketplace event will showcase a host of unique …

November 10,2015 | Read More »

Skaters pumped about Robson Valley recreation centre upgrades

Skaters and hockey players in the Robson Valley can look forward to first-class ice conditions at the Robson Valley Recreation Centre this winter with the installation of new brine pumps. The Trust has approved a $30,000 grant through its Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program to upgrade a 32-year-old system of heat and circulation pumps. The pumps are crucial to ensuring the community of McBride can continue to host hockey tournaments, figure skating events and curling bonspiels. The installation of the new …

November 03,2015 | Read More »

Northern Development launches new Festival and Event funding program

Up to $2,500 in annual grant funding now available for Northern B.C.’s unique festivals and events A new source of funding will help unique festivals and events throughout Northern B.C. grow and support local economic diversification beginning in 2016. Northern Development announced today the launch of its Fabulous Festivals and Events program, which provides non-profit organizations with up to $2,500 in annual grant funding to support unique events and festivals throughout the region that contribute to service sector revenues in the local economy. The grants …

September 24,2015 | Read More »

Mountain bike tourism supported throughout the region

Northern Development has approved more than $90,000 in grants through its Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program to support the development of bike infrastructure in Vanderhoof, Houston, Smithers and Fraser Lake. The Trust has approved a $12,268 grant for the Rip’n the North Trail Expansion project in Vanderhoof. The project means improvements to the town’s existing trails, including culvert upgrades, new berms, improved drainage and new jumps. The project also includes a new trail that will include hip jumps, drops and …

August 21,2015 | Read More »

Masich Place Stadium upgrades aim to boost sport tourism in Prince George

                        Athletes could soon have yet another reason to train and compete in Prince George with upgrades to Masich Place Stadium. Northern Development’s board has approved a $250,000 grant to support upgrades at the stadium, which was built in 1990 as a premier track and field venue to serve both Prince George and the surrounding region. After 25 years, improvements are needed at the stadium in order for it …

August 12,2015 | Read More »

August Newsletter: Residents across Northern B.C. to benefit from facility upgrades

“Without Northern Development this station would probably still be a shell.” – Marion Cousineau, president, Dunster Community Association. “I’m so excited for that (kitchen/washroom addition) to be completed. I can hardly wait.” – Milly Durban, regarding renovations at the Wistaria Community Hall in Burns Lake. “The Northern Development Initiative Trust was created by our government more than 10 years ago with the belief that economic development decisions for the North should be made in the North. This funding is a great …

August 11,2015 | Read More »

Major marina expansion underway in Prince Rupert

Sailors and cruisers along B.C.’s North Coast will soon have a new place to tie-up for the night thanks to a major expansion of the Cow Bay Marina in Prince Rupert. Northern Development has approved a $250,000 grant to help develop a new 51-slip marina located adjacent to the existing Prince Rupert Yacht Club in Cow Bay, the city’s shopping and tourism district. In addition to the moorage space, the city plans to build a 700’ x 12’ breakwater wharf that …

June 11,2015 | Read More »

Internet providers can apply early for B.C. grant program

Internet service providers can submit their applications for project funding starting today for the upcoming Connecting British Columbia program. Submissions will be accepted by Northern Development Initiative Trust now in advance of the program’s launch later this summer…

June 08,2015 | Read More »