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The sky is the limit for Lillooet with new funding approved to support airport upgrades

LILLOOET – Funds approved through Northern Development’s Economic Diversification Infrastructure program will transform the Lillooet Municipal Airport into a long-term asset that will generate benefits for the local economy. The Trust’s Board of directors approved $122,786 in funding for the airport, which will be used for repairs, a revamping of the fueling system and an updated pilot lounge. The upgrades mean Lillooet can promote the airport to a wider range of users, contributing to increased air traffic in the area …

February 25,2016 | Read More »

Dinosaur Discovery Gallery gets a boost in Tumbler Ridge

TUMBLER RIDGE – Tumbler Ridge’s efforts to build a robust tourism sector were given another boost this week thanks to Northern Development. The Trust’s board of directors has approved a $250,000 grant for the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation to support renovations at the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre that also includes the public interpretive exhibits, which showcases British Columbia’s rich collection of dinosaur bones, tracks and other fossils. $250,000 grant approval for museum will help cement Tumbler Ridge’s reputation as …

December 10,2015 | Read More »

The Love continues for local businesses in Northern B.C. with the launch of Love Chetwynd and Love Mackenzie

PRINCE GEORGE – The “shop local” movement continues to gain momentum in Northern B.C. with the launch of two online platforms that promote the region’s independent, locally-owned businesses: LoveChetwynd.com and LoveMackenzie.com. The launch of the new sites, financially supported by Northern Development Initiative Trust, coincides with community events showcasing a host of unique, local businesses and entrepreneurs who will be available to the public to talk about the stories behind their homegrown businesses and the products they sell. LoveChetwynd.com and LoveMackenzie.com are …

December 08,2015 | Read More »

Connecting more students with skills training and mentorship in northern B.C.

QUESNEL – More students in B.C.’s north will connect with the skills and experience they need for the jobs of the future through an expanded $4.9 million Shoulder Tappers program announced today by the B.C. Government and the Northern Development Initiative Trust. Minister Mike Bernier and Northern Development board chair Evan Saugstad made the announcement while touring Quesnel’s Correlieu Secondary School with officials from the Quesnel School District and community leaders. Photo credit: Paul Alberts Shoulder Tappers are career coordinators …

December 07,2015 | Read More »

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 »