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Ancient Forest research will support conservation and tourism development

Northern Development has approved a $27,540 grant to support a UNBC biodiversity assessment Northern Development has approved a $27,540 grant to support a UNBC biodiversity assessment. The Ancient Forest will be the subject of biodiversity research this summer that will help protect the area and support its development as a significant tourist attraction, thanks to support from Northern Development Initiative Trust. At its April meeting, the Trust’s board of directors approved a $27,540 grant for the University of Northern British …

April 27,2016 | Read More »

Tourism gets a boost in Fraser Lake

Tourism will get a boost in Fraser Lake this summer after Northern Development’s board of directors approved a $208,000 grant to upgrade and move the community’s museum and visitor centre. The goal of the project is to create a more visible welcoming museum and visitors information centre in Fraser Lake, which will draw more tourists as they pass through the village. The project includes moving the historic museum building across Highway 16 to the southside subdivision, which is adjacent to …

March 22,2016 | Read More »

Northern Development CEO Janine North to retire this fall

After a distinguished career of service, Janine North, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Development Initiative Trust, has indicated her desire to retire in the fall of 2016. The Trust’s Board of Directors supports her decision, and will determine the process and timeline for selecting and hiring a new CEO at its next meeting in April. Ms. North will remain CEO until her replacement has been selected and hired, and will work with her successor to ensure a smooth leadership transition. “Janine’s …

March 09,2016 | Read More »

Forest Innovation Fund will provide support for small business

Up to $1 million two-year fund will provide $50,000 grants to support research and development, new technologies and techniques Forest sector research and development is getting a boost with the help of Northern Development Initiative Trust’s new Forest Innovation Fund. The fund will provide up to $1 million in grants over a two-year period for small and medium-sized companies and community forests engaged in resource extraction, resource processing and supply chain activities related to the forest sector. The Forest Innovation …

March 04,2016 | Read More »

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 »