NORTHERN PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION SERVICE

NORTHERN COMMUNITY SHUTTLE
PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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:

  • Community transportation service using multi-passenger vehicles
  • Transportation services that serve to minimize hitchhiking
  • Transportation services that address identified needs within communities and focus on vulnerable populations with limited safe transportation alternatives
  • Transportation information websites, mobile applications, printed material; booking systems and call centres
  • Training and education for planning and delivering community transportation services, for example, developing budgets for operating expenses; scheduling drivers; trip and route planning; and vehicle repair and maintenance scheduling
  • Development of local transportation hubs where passengers can conveniently connect between a local transportation services and long-distance services

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS:

  • Local governments, 
  • First Nations bands or community organizations, 
  • Non-profit organizations 
  • Small and medium-sized businesses

Eligible applicants do not include the Province of B.C. or any of its Crown corporations or agencies.

*All applicants must be located within Northern Development’s service region

APPLICATION MATERIALS

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REPORTING MATERIALS

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APPLY FOR FUNDING

Please review all program documents in detail as incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Complete application forms with all required attachments should be provided electronically to Northern Development by email.

Application deadline: December 23, 2021 at 5:00pm

transportation@northerndevelopment.bc.ca

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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.

*Transportation within individual communities or between communities with a distance less than 300 kms. 

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. 

**Transportation between communities with a distance of more than 300 kms.

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in Northern B.C.

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, Senior Partner Programs Manager
  • 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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