Strategic Plan and Board Governance

Overview and Mandate of the Northern Development Initiative Trust

Northern Development Initiative Trust (Northern Development) was established in November 2004 (with Act amendment in September 2005) by the provincial government to foster economic development and job creation in central and northern British Columbia.

It is a catalyst for communities to reach their economic potential. The Northern Development Initiative Trust covers more than 70% of the province, from Lytton to Fort Nelson and from Valemount to Haida Gwaii, including thirty-nine incorporated communities, nine regional districts, one regional municipality and eighty-eight First Nations communities.

By legislated mandate, Northern Development project investments must fall within one of the following ten primary investment areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Economic Development
  • Energy
  • Forestry
  • Mining
  • Olympic Opportunities
  • Pine Beetle Recovery
  • Small Business
  • Tourism
  • Transportation


Northern B.C. has world-class industries, diversified regional economies and growing, energetic communities.


To be a catalyst for northern B.C. to grow a strong diversified economy by stimulating sustainable economic growth through strategic and leveraged investments.

Organizational Objectives

  • To govern a sustainable and responsive organization
  • To support the development of resilient and profitable businesses
  • To stimulate welcoming, thriving communities
  • To enhance regional capacity, investment and opportunities for growth

Corporate Ethics

As stewards of a public trust incorporated under legislation by the Province of British Columbia, we promise to:

  • Dedicate ourselves to building economic capacity and sustainability throughout the Trust area.
  • Responsibly steward a capital base to support Trust area communities in perpetuity.
  • Develop strong partnerships throughout the region and uphold the values of the communities and businesses we work with.

But not to;

  • Favour one region, community or business over another
  • Adopt or promote a political affiliation
  • Put our interests ahead of central and northern B.C.’s interests

Board Governance

Board Attendance Record