NORTHERN PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION SERVICE

INTER-CITY PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION SERVICES FOR NORTHERN BC (IPTS)
PROGRAM OVERVIEW

(no longer accepting applications)

This program aims to provide safe, reliable and affordable transportation for rural communities in Northern B.C., to improve those services and integrate them to the extent reasonable.

This competitive proposal-based program provides grant funding for service providers who are qualified and experienced public passenger transportation companies to manage and operate inter-city passenger transportation services for routes in Northern B.C. This requires service providers that are skilled in managing efficient and effective inter-city passenger services that support growth strategies and lead to long-term independent viability.

Currently, Northern Development provides funding for 19 separate passenger transportation services throughout its service area, including the existing BC Bus North service and 18 community shuttle services.

INTER-CITY passenger TRANSPORTATION SERVICES FOR NORTHERN BC PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:
  • To provide inter-city scheduled passenger transportation service, through the operation of a safe, efficient, reliable and customer-service orientated passenger transportation management company with well-trained, supervised, managed and motivated professional drivers, maintenance staff, dispatchers, management and supporting staff using clean and well-maintained vehicles
  • To deliver services in a manner that maximizes ridership, increases passenger revenues, considers route efficiencies, deceases the need for passengers to stay overnight and find accommodation, demonstrates coordination of passenger connectivity to other service providers where applicable including pick up and drop off points, maximizes positive customer comments, minimizes negative customer comments, minimizes fuel consumption, works diligently to protect the environment and provide these services at a reasonable cost
  • To provide experience and knowledge in the development and/or operation of new revenue generating or cost reduction proposals to improve the affordability of inter-city passenger transportation services within the region, thereby supporting the long-term sustainability and viability of inter-city passenger services in Northern B.C.

INTER-CITY PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION SERVICES FOR NORTHERN BC (IPTS)

APPLICATION MATERIALS

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REPORTING MATERIALS

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APPLY FOR FUNDING

It is anticipated that there will be approximately $2,500,000 available through the program.

This funding program closed to applications on August 29, 2022.

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NORTHERN COMMUNITY SHUTTLE
PROGRAM OVERVIEW

(no longer accepting applications)

This program provides grant funding for passenger transportation services that help northerners access services and amenities, visit friends and family and connect to long-haul transportation options along major highway corridors.

The funding is available through a partnership between the Province of B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Northern Development Initiative Trust who recognize the continued challenges northerners face accessing safe, reliable transportation options. The program is a successor to the Ministry’s Highway 16 Community Transportation Grant Program, which provided $2.6 million to 12 community transportation services.

Eligible service types:

NORTHERN COMMUNITY SHUTTLE

APPLICATION MATERIALS

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NORTHERN COMMUNITY SHUTTLE

REPORTING MATERIALS

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FOCUS 2021

In 2021, the focus is to provide dollars for transportation services that connect people to regional centres to support labour mobility; access to education and training; maintain contact with family and friends and access to health services.

FOCUS 2022

In 2022, the focus is to provide dollars for transportation services that provide long-distance connections to support labour mobility; access to education and training; maintain contact with family and friends and access to health services. 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

An Advisory Committee has been established to help oversee the funding agreement between the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Northern Development Initiative Trust to ensure the programs delivered meet the intent and goals of the fund.

In June 2021, the Advisory Committee’s Terms of Reference were finalized, and its membership outlined as follows:

From the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure:

  • Reg Bawa, Assistant Deputy Minister, Transportation Policy and Programs, Advisory Committee Co-Chair
  • Jodi Dong, Executive Director, Transit Branch
  • Trish Rorison, Executive Director, Programs and Corporate Initiatives
  • Ellen Slanina, Executive Director, Financial Policy, Compliance and Governance

From Northern Development:

  • Joel McKay, CEO, Advisory Committee Co-Chair
  • Ben Campbell, CFO
  • Christine Gagne, Director, Partner Programs
  • Jordan Barrett, Partner Programs Coordinator
  • Kurtis Caston, Financial Analyst

From the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation:

  • Juanita Berkout, Executive Director, Economic Partnerships, Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

From BC Transit:

  • Chris Fudge, Director of Government Relations

Members at Large:

  • Paulette Flamond, Executive Director, Northeast Aboriginal Business and Wellness Centre, Fort St. John
  • Vince Prince, Executive Director, Prince George Aboriginal Business Development Centre, Prince George

CONTACT US

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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