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Northern Development’s Forest Innovation Fund fully subscribed in first year

The local forest sector is harnessing opportunities to innovate thanks in part to Northern Development Initiative Trust’s Forest Innovation Fund. Within eight months of announcing the new funding program, $486,744 (97% of available 2016 funding) was approved to support the deployment of innovative technologies and new or improved products to help optimize the fibre supply in central and northern B.C. The funding was committed to 12 projects in communities throughout the region, including: Prince George, Smithers, 100 Mile House, McLeod …

November 25,2016 | Read More »

Connaught Youth Centre more accessible thanks to Trust funding

For many years, the Connaught Youth Centre has provided a warm facility for all cadet corps and a variety of community user groups. This year the Connaught Youth Centre’s request for funding to provide a wheel chair lift for the CYC was supported by Northern Development through a $30,000 grant. The funding was matched by the Province of British Columbia. “…It is essential that we improve accessibility in our community and province. The Connaught Youth Centre is an important and …

November 08,2016 | Read More »

Enhanced gym floor at City’s recreation complex the result of community partnership

PRINCE RUPERT – The City of Prince Rupert’s Recreation Complex today celebrated a newly-refinished playing surface for the Russell Gamble Gymnasium. The project was completed at a cost of $74,000 through funding provided by partners including the Port of Prince Rupert, Northern Development Initiative Trust, and the City of Prince Rupert. The floor’s commissioning took place at the Gymnasium today with a pick-up game of basketball between local participants in the All-Native Basketball Tournament, and members of the Charles Hays …

November 08,2016 | Read More »

A couple of signs for a vibrant downtown

Two new welcome signs were officially unveiled today welcoming residents and visitors alike into Prince George’s downtown core. The project was part of a $1 million Placemaking Enhancement Initiative by the Prince George Downtown Business Improvement Association, which included $250,000 in funding from Northern Development. The project began in 2014 as part of the preparations for the 2015 Canada Winter Games, the city’s 100th Anniversary and UNBC’s 25th Anniversary. The project included the installation of wayfinding signs, landscaping, public art …

November 04,2016 | Read More »

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 »