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Trust recognised for commitment to business development

On September 22nd, Community Futures British Columbia presented Northern Development with a recognition award for outstanding contributions towards supporting business development in Northern B.C. The Trust was recognised as playing a vital role in supporting business growth through the delivery of the Competitiveness Consulting Rebate Program and Forest Innovation Fund. Both of these business initiatives help build the capacity and growth of businesses in Northern B.C. The Awards Dinner was part of the Annual Community Futures Conference which was focused …

September 26,2016 | Read More »

Love Northern BC shop local campaign expands in the Northeast and Central Coast

Locally owned, independent businesses in Taylor and throughout the central coast of B.C. are the latest to join the Love Northern BC program (www.lovenorthernbc.com), continuing to build the regional shop local campaign. The Love Northern BC shop local program is funded by Northern Development Initiative Trust. The program showcases more than 1,400 businesses across 34 communities throughout central and northern B.C. With the launch of Love Taylor BC (www.lovetaylorbc.com) on September 18th, and the Love Central Coast BC (www.lovecentralcoastbc.com) on …

September 19,2016 | Read More »

BC Hydro establishes $800,000 fund to support non-profits in Peace Region

FORT ST. JOHN – BC Hydro today launched an $800,000 fund to support Peace Region non-profit organizations. The Generate Opportunities (GO) fund will be distributed over an eight-year period to organizations that provide services to vulnerable populations including children, families and seniors. “We recognize the important role that non-profit organizations play in providing programs and services to the community,” said Jessica McDonald, CEO of BC Hydro. “We’re really pleased to establish the BC Hydro GO Fund to support Peace Region …

September 13,2016 | Read More »

Trust funding will allow Barkerville to expand visitor centre

Barkerville Historic Town & Park will be able to expand their visitor centre and off-season programming, thanks in part to Northern Development Initiative Trust. The Trust’s board of directors approved $181,491 in grant funding to support the project at their most recent board meeting. The historic site is located 81 kilometres east of Quesnel at the end of Highway 26 nestled in the foothills of the Cariboo Mountains, and is a popular destination for both tourists and locals from surrounding …

September 08,2016 | Read More »

Northern Development board selects new CEO

Earlier this year, Northern Development Initiative Trust announced that our current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) would be retiring this fall and that the Trust would commence the search for her replacement. The Trust’s Board of Directors has selected a new Chief Executive Officer to succeed retiring CEO Janine North and ensure a smooth transition of leadership this fall. Joel McKay, the Trust’s Director of Communications, will succeed Ms. North as CEO beginning October 3rd, 2016. McKay joined the Trust’s executive …

August 15,2016 | Read More »

Trust approves $250,000 for event facility at Peace Island Park

A covered event facility will be built at Peace Island Park along the south banks of the Peace River later this summer, thanks in part to help from Northern Development Initiative Trust. The Trust’s board of directors approved a $250,000 grant to support the project at their most recent board meeting. The new multi-purpose facility would provide a weather-proof building suitable for hosting more events such as weddings, family reunions and club and community gatherings held annually. Construction of the …

August 11,2016 | Read More »

Love Lillooet: Regional shop local campaign comes to Lillooet

Lillooet is the latest community to join the shop local movement and largest shop local marketing campaign in Canada with the launch of Love Lillooet (lovelillooet.com) on Friday July 29th. Love Lillooet promotes the area’s independent, locally-owned businesses with an aim to strengthen the local economy. The program provides participating businesses with a digital presence and on the ground marketing support.  These resources showcase businesses, their owners and the products and services they offer through first-rate photography and storytelling. Not …

August 02,2016 | Read More »

Northern Development and Commonwealth Campus reach settlement

Northern Development Initiative Trust and Commonwealth Campus have reached a settlement to end a legal proceeding regarding development lands in the 400 block of George Street. The development of these lands can now proceed and can be positioned for additional investment in a part of the city’s downtown that has been transformed in recent years to include new shops, new restaurants, a renovated Ramada Hotel and the internationally renowned Wood Innovation and Design Centre. The terms of the mediated settlement …

July 29,2016 | Read More »

Northern Development helps Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre reach fundraising goal

Over 25 years of community efforts came together today in Vanderhoof as the goal of $12 million in funding was successfully raised for a project that will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike for many years to come. The Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre has been a much-needed facility for the community, for both recreation and rehabilitation. $250,000 has been committed to the project through Northern Development’s Economic Diversification Infrastructure program, in addition to funds from numerous other supporters, fundraising, federal and …

July 05,2016 | Read More »

Marketing initiative will help more disabled persons enjoy Northern B.C.’s outdoor amenities

JULY 4, 2016  |  A new marketing initiative aims to showcase Northern B.C.’s accessible recreation sites in an effort to help more disabled people enjoy the region’s outdoor amenities. The Trust has approved $80,000 through its Marketing Initiatives program to support Spinal Cord Injury BC’s plan to create an online database that showcases the region’s accessible outdoor recreation sites. Through the Trust’s support, and additional government funding, more than 150 provincial and regional parks, trail systems and roadside heritage attractions …

July 04,2016 | Read More »