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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 »

Community halls and recreation facilities can now access funding multiple times from Northern Development

Community halls and recreation facilities can now receive up to $30,000 in funding multiple times from Northern Development. In the past, proponents and facilities could only access the maximum $30,000 grant from Northern Development’s Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program once per facility. But, in recognition of Northern Development’s 10th anniversary in 2015, the Trust’s board of directors voted unanimously at its most recent meeting to alter the program and make it available on a continual basis to halls and facilities that …

May 07,2015 | Read More »

Boat launch and marketing funding will support recovery efforts in Likely and other grant approvals

Northern Development has approved a $30,000 grant to upgrade the boat launch and shower house at Cedar Point Provincial Park in the community of Likely. The grant was approved through the Trust’s Community Halls and Recreation Facilities funding program, and is part of the economic development recovery efforts underway to support the community following the tailings pond breach at the Mount Polley Mine. The boat launch upgrade will make it easier for visitors and campers to launch from Cedar Point, …

May 04,2015 | Read More »