Northern Inter-Community Transportation Study

Northern Development has sought input from communities, organizations and residents from across Northern B.C. to better understand passenger transportation needs and opportunities. The study is focusing on the connections between Northern B.C. communities and in rural areas not served by existing public transportation.

Read the Northern BC Inter-Community Transportation Study:

About the Project

A range of inter-community travel options already exists in Northern B.C., including BC Bus North service and 18 community shuttle services already receive funding through the Northern Passenger Transportation Service funding program, administered by Northern Development.

Through the Northern Inter-Community Transportation Study now underway we are looking for feedback on these existing transportation options, plus also gathering information on what additional transportation priorities should be considered.

The project also seeks to understand potential roles that area Indigenous and local governments and
community organizations could play in future transportation improvements, with the goal of continuing to create a more prosperous and connected Northern B.C..

Existing Passenger Transportation Services

Did you know… Northern Development currently provides funding for 18 separate passenger transportation services throughout its service area, including the existing BC Bus North service and 17 community shuttle services.

We Want to Hear from You!

We would like to hear from Indigenous and local governments, service operators and the community about what’s working, priorities for change and their potential roles in future transportation. There are several ways to participate:

Come see us in person at one of our open houses:*

  • Williams Lake Farmers’ Market, Friday, May 26, 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • Terrace Skeena Mall, Sunday, May 28, 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • Fort St. John Fort St. John Farmers’ Market, June 3, 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Fort Nelson Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship Society, June 6, 11:30am-1:30pm
    Early Years Health Round Up, June 7, 9:00am – 1:00pm
  • Valemount Valemount Farmers’ Market, June 15, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

*Note that open house dates and times may be adjusted based on the emerging wildfire and flood situations.

Join us for a virtual roundtable discussion

to be held with decision makers and staff of Indigenous and local governments and existing transportation service providers. These sessions will be held in late May and June.

Prizes are available to survey respondents and open house attendees who can enter their names in a draw. One $500 Visa gift card is available to the winning online survey respondent and one gift basket valued at $100 will be available at each open house for one winning visitor.

Next Steps

In addition to collecting feedback from community leaders and the public, the Northern BC Inter-Community Transportation project is also looking at how population changes, economic development and other community health and social initiatives may change the needs and opportunities for transportation in the coming years.

The results of this research and outreach will be summarized so that Northern Development can gain a better understanding of what is working well for passengers and where improvements are possible.


To find out more about this project or sign up to participate in a virtual round table session, please contact the project team:


Phone: Call 250-561-2525 and ask to speak to someone about the Inter-Community Transportation Study.


If you’d like to discuss your project in further detail with Northern Development staff, please contact us by email, phone, or filling out the form below. Also, we encourage you to reach out to us if you think you are eligible for funding for categories that are not specified here.



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