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Government of Canada and Northern Development Invest in New Biomass Company in Cariboo

Williams Lake, BC – Pioneer Biomass, a new subsidiary of the Pioneer Group, will soon be operational with funding support from the Government of Canada’s ‘Community Adjustment Fund’ and Northern Development Initiative Trust’s ‘Capital Investment and Training Rebate’ program.  The Pioneer Group is a family owned business that includes log homes, land development, logging, trucking and forest management. The Government of Canada, through the Community Adjustment Fund, provided $1,150,000 toward the project as part of the $20 million repayable loan …

December 18,2009 | Read More »

Northern Development Catalyst for Job Creation in Northeast BC

Dawson Creek, BC – Northern Development Initiative Trust announced today that Greensmart Manufacturing Ltd. has been approved for funding under Northern Development’s Capital Investment and Training Rebate program to support the creation of fifty-three new jobs to bring the manufacturing enterprise to approximately 200 jobs, a major driver in the Peace Region economy. Greensmart Manufacturing Ltd. manufactures modular homes, well site office structures, commercial buildings, hotels, motels and affordable living complexes.  Over the past several months, production has increased substantially …

December 15,2009 | Read More »

Government of Canada and Northern Development Invest in Northeast Livestock Industry

Dawson Creek, BC – The Dawson Creek Exhibition Association plans to rebuild the Northeast Regional Auction Mart with funding support from the Northern Development Initiative Trust and the Government of Canada’s Community Adjustment Fund.   The auction facility, which started operation in 1957 and services the whole northeast region of British Columbia, was destroyed by fire in 2004.  The rebuilding project will provide a key agricultural service to ranchers in northeast BC. The Government of Canada, through the Community Adjustment Fund, …

December 15,2009 | Read More »

Northern Development Supports North Peace Agricultural Producers

Fort St. John, BC – A loan of nearly $1 million from the Northern Development Initiative Trust will help the North Pines Farmer’s Institute purchase and operate a grain elevator and rail head, creating jobs and supporting agriculture producers in the North Peace Region. “Agriculture is the essence and the foundation of the community,” stated Larry Houley, President, North Pines Farmer’s Institute. “The ability to load out bulk commodities like grains, oilseeds, peas, and unload bulk fertilizer eliminates trucking costs …

December 11,2009 | Read More »

Northern Development Announces Funding for Two Northeast Projects

Fort St. John BC – Northern Development Initiative Trust Chair Evan Saugstad and members of the Northeast Regional Advisory Committee met today and are pleased to announce funding for two projects in northeast BC. “The communities of northeast British Columbia continue to diversify and develop their economies,” stated Northern Development Chair Evan Saugstad.  “These projects create employment and enhance the experiences of both residents and visitors to our region.” The Dawson Creek Golf and Country Club has been approved for …

December 11,2009 | Read More »

North Pacific Cannery Project Featured On CFTK-TV

CFTK-TV News featured the Port Edward Historical Society’s major historical renovation project at the North Pacific Cannery that was initiated this past summer with financial support from Northern Development Initiative Trust’s Community Halls and Recreation Facilities funding program.      In 2009, the Port Edward Historical Society initiated upgrades to the North Pacific Cannery for inclusion of a multi-purpose event space that will increase North Pacific Cannery’s roll as a cultural “nexus” in the region and create a new platform …

December 09,2009 | Read More »

Northern BC Companies to Benefit from Proposed Pine Pass Improvements

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Recently completed studies led by the Northern Development Initiative Trust and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure highlight the opportunities for economic growth in northern BC if improvements are made to several structures in the Pine Pass. The studies focused on eight low clearance overhead railway crossings and the Salmon River and Parsnip bridges located between Quesnel and Dawson Creek. For years, industry has stated that the existing height and width constraints hamper their ability …

November 30,2009 | Read More »

Northern Development Board Appoints New Chair and Approves $3 Million in New Investments

Northern Development Initiative Trust announced today the approval of eighteen community and industry investments totalling over $3.0 million in grant and loan funding toward new projects with a total value exceeding $9.4 million. A significant number of investments have been committed to in communities and rural regions throughout central and northern British Columbia, including job creation incentives approved-in-principle to two companies that are committed to creating 77 new manufacturing positions. Pioneer Biomass located in Williams Lake will use the Capital …

November 25,2009 | Read More »

Congratulations to Prince George Airport on Securing First 747 Landing

The Chair and Board of Directors of the Northern Development Initiative Trust are pleased to congratulate the Board and staff of the Prince George Airport Authority on the arrival of the first 747 aircraft that landed today for refueling. Prince George residents in cars lined the roads on the airport perimeter and dignitaries were bussed to the refueling pad, all with a front row seat to see the big bird land. The emotion in the crown was loud and proud with …

November 17,2009 | Read More »

Five Years of Northern Development Success

Northern British Columbia will soon celebrate five years of investments by the Northern Development Initiative Trust to help the regions’ communities reach their economic potential. In five short years, forty communities, nine regional districts and thirty-eight First Nations communities across 70% of BC have collectively seen 451 projects successfully funded by Northern Development. The return on the BC Government’s initial investment of $185 million will soon top 28%. Over $43 million in capital has been invested into communities and businesses …

November 06,2009 | Read More »

Technology scholarships offered in Central and Northern BC

View this article online:  Prince George Citizen Written by Bernice Trick – Citizen staff Published: Friday, 23 October 2009 Grade 12 students in B.C. central and northern school districts have a unique opportunity to win scholarship awards during competitions where new technologies are created. The program is a partnership between Northern Development Initiative Trust and B.C. Innovation Council which together have contributed $225,000 as winning scholarship money. The scholarships will be awarded through competitions called Idea Mashups in which the …

October 23,2009 | Read More »

Young Innovator Scholarship Fund to Award $225,000 to Innovative Students

PRINCE GEORGE, BC – Grade twelve students from central and northern British Columbia now have access to a $225,000 Young Innovator Scholarship Fund based on their winning ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship. The scholarship fund is a partnership between Northern Development Initiative Trust (Northern Development) and the BC Innovation Council (BCIC). BCIC has contributed $150,000 and Northern Development has contributed $75,000 in support of this program. The scholarships will be awarded through “Idea MashUP” competitions, where students in high schools across …

October 20,2009 | Read More »

CBC Radio 1 interviews CEO Janine North regarding Northwest Transmission Line

Northern Development CEO, Janine North, was interviewed by CBC Radio 1 regarding the Government of Canada’s announcement of $130 million in Green Infrastructure Funding invested in the Northwest Transmission Line. Janine discusses the transmission line project that would electrify Highway 37 could directly trigger up to 10 mines, 10,700 jobs, $15 billion in investment and potentially up to $300 million in annual tax revenues in the region. Download CBC Radio 1 interview (4.0 mb MP3)

September 18,2009 | Read More »

Northern BC Communities Electrified Over Federal $130 Million Investment in the Northwest Transmission Line

TERRACE, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Communities across central and northern British Columbia were unanimous in their thanks to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada for its announcement of $130 million to ensure that the Northwest Transmission Line is built along Highway 37. “This will enable tremendous industrial development and needed jobs in the northwest, as well as economic benefits to all of BC,” said Terrace Mayor Dave Pernarowski. He’s ecstatic that there is now a combined commitment of …

September 17,2009 | Read More »

Government of Canada Announces $130 million Investment in Northwest Transmission Line

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced funding for the construction of the Northwest Transmission Line in northern British Columbia, which could eventually connect with Alaska, reflecting Canada’s commitment to clean energy.  “Our government is supporting environmentally sound infrastructure and initiatives that promote cleaner, greener energy,” said the Prime Minister. “The Northwest Transmission Line will facilitate the development of green energy and help provide British Columbia’s northern and remote communities with more sustainable and affordable power.” The Government of Canada is supporting …

September 16,2009 | Read More »

Grant Writer Support Program Update

Grant Writer Support Program Update Many communities from across central and northern BC have achieved great success with the Grant Writer Support program.  Since the program’s inception in 2007, thirty-six communities have utilized $451,500 in Northern Development grants to hire sixty-one grant writers for four months each.  These grant writers applied for a total of $27.9 million in grants for small communities. Communities are achieving success rates of up to 91% in terms of grant applications made to the provincial …

September 01,2009 | Read More »

Government of Canada Works With Northern Development Initiative Trust to Invest in Over 1,100 Northern British Columbia Jobs

Prince George, British Columbia – On August 24, 2009, The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, The Honourable Jay Hill, MP for Prince George Peace River and the Leader of Government in the House of Commons, and Bruce Sutherland, Chair of Northern Development Initiative Trust announced business loan funding of almost $20 million towards seven businesses investing $67.8 million in capital improvements throughout central and northern British Columbia and creating many new jobs in resource dependent communities. The Government …

August 25,2009 | Read More »

$30 Million Federal Investment In Central and Northern BC

Prince George, BC – Today, the Honourable Jay Hill, Member of Parliament for Prince George – Peace River and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, along with Bruce Sutherland, Chair of Northern Development Initiative Trust, announced funding for communities across central and northern British Columbia through the Community Adjustment Fund. “There was a huge demand for the Community Adjustment Fund from central and …

August 12,2009 | Read More »

Northern Development Announces Grant Writer Funding for First Nations

PRINCE GEORGE, BC – Northern Development Initiative Trust will be broadening its Grant Writing Support program to include 85 First Nations from central and northern BC. “The Grant Writing Support program ensures that communities and First Nations will be able to hire a grant writer to access programs and dollars from any funding source to provide needed investments in community infrastructure and services. This program has the highest return on investment of any program offered by Northern Development,” said Northern …

July 06,2009 | Read More »

Communities Welcome Change of Leadership at Ridley Terminals

Communities across central and northern BC welcome the change in leadership at Ridley Terminals and look forward to a new era of cooperation between Ridley Terminals, resource industries and communities across western Canada. Ridley Terminals is a key asset of Canada’s ‘Northern Gateway’ port infrastructure. The terminal and deepwater port berths have the potential to dramatically expand Western Canada’s resource industry shipments of coal, wood pellets, sulphur and other bulk products to the world. We welcome Bud Smith as new …

July 01,2009 | Read More »

Ridley Terminals – Key to Northern BC’s Economic Future

Over 30 communities and 350,000 people are connected to the future of Ridley Terminals as a public asset that moves the resources that drive our economy to the world. Central and northern BC is the growth engine of BC’s economy producing two thirds of our provincial exports. Industries based in our communities depend on the Port of Prince Rupert and Ridley Terminals as key parts of our vision to be a ‘knowledge based resource economy connected to the world’. The …

June 02,2009 | Read More »

Northern Development Delivers $10 Million Community Adjustment Fund for Federal Government

Prince George, British Columbia – Today, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced funding for the Northern Development Initiative Trust to help communities across northern British Columbia take advantage of the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) aimed at helping create jobs and maintain employment in communities hard hit by the current economic slowdown. “Our Government understands that northern BC communities and families have been hit hard by the global recession,” said Minister of State Yelich. “That’s …

May 22,2009 | Read More »

Government of Canada Launches $1-Billion Community Adjustment Fund

Northern Development is pleased to advise that Western Economic Diversification is now accepting applications to the Community Adjustment (CAF) Fund Program. Direct website links for program information and application forms are provided below. Intake Deadlines Please take note of the CAF intake deadlines of June 5 and June 26, 2009. Projects received by June 5 may be reserved for consideration following the June 26 deadline. No more than 50 per cent of available funds will be allocated to proposals received by …

May 15,2009 | Read More »

Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Fund Now Available

Northern Development is pleased to advise that Western Economic Diversification is now accepting applications to the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program. Direct website links for program information and application forms are provided below. Municipalities, regional districts, First Nations and non?profit groups in central and northern BC can also access Northern Development’s Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program for RInC projects that focus on: improving or expanding existing facilities; increasing the number of events held annually in the community; and contributing to …

May 12,2009 | Read More »

All-Wood Fibre Adds Eleven New Jobs in Prince George

Prince George, BC – Northern Development Initiative Trust announced today that All-Wood Fibre Ltd. has been approved under Northern Development’s Capital Investment and Training Rebate program. All-Wood Fibre Ltd. is expanding their capacity to grind, chip and process fibre to supply the bio-energy sector in order to meet the increased demand in areas of central and northern British Columbia heavily impacted by the mountain pine beetle epidemic. With the support of Northern Development’s Capital Investment and Training program, All-Wood Fibre …

May 11,2009 | Read More »

Eighty Three Jobs in Northeast BC Created with the Support of Northern Development

Dawson Creek, BC – Northern Development Initiative Trust announced today that Greensmart Manufacturing Ltd. has been approved under Northern Development’s ‘Capital Investment and Training Rebate’ program. Greensmart Manufacturing Ltd. manufactures modular homes, well site office structures, commercial buildings, hotels, motels and affordable living complexes.  Production is being increased to meet the demands of new opportunities including pre-manufactured school buildings, projects in Fort McMurray and the 2010 Olympics. As a result, their existing facility will be expanded and 83 new full-time jobs …

May 06,2009 | Read More »

Financial Coordinator – Temporary Position – Career Opportunity

Do you have the analytical, problem solving and organizational skills to provide financial support to communities throughout northern BC? Will your skills strengthen a collaborative team of Northern Development staff and community economic development professionals focused on attracting investment and new business to the region? Providing superb accounting support and contract administration to over 40 communities and managing multiple project responsibilities while meeting challenging deadlines in support of a board responsible for this regional economic development corporation must be your …

May 02,2009 | Read More »

Northern Development’s Expanded ‘Community Funding Resources’ Section Now Online

Prince George, BC — May 1, 2009 — Northern Development Initiative Trust announced today that website upgrades including an expansion to the ‘Community Funding Resources’ section are now online. Included in the newly expanded ‘Community Funding Resources’ section is a vast selection of detailed funding program summaries to assist users in their quest for funding opportunities. Organization and navigation of the site has also been improved, and by organizing the information into five main sections, it will be easier to identify …

May 01,2009 | Read More »

Kitimat Officially Opens Multi-Use Recreation Facility

On April 4th, the District of Kitimat held the grand opening of the Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre. This major infrastructure project has been supported by Northern Development with a $1.65 million zero interest loan and a $30,000 grant via the Community Halls and Recreation Facilities funding program. The major renovation of the pool cost close to $15 million. The pool incorporates a state-of-the-art mechanical air handling system, electrical system, and most importantly, a water system which will help to conserve …

April 08,2009 | Read More »

Northern BC Enterprising Non-Profits Orientation Sessions Announced

Enterprising Non-Profits (ENP) has announced upcoming orientation sessions in March and April 2009 in Quesnel, Bella Coola, Kitimat, Burns Lake, and Vanderhoof.  ENP is a funding program that provides matching grants to non-profit organizations in BC that are planning for the start or expansion of a social enterprise business. To apply for funding, organizations are required to attend this one-day orientation session. Quesnel – Monday, March 30, 2009 Bella Coola – Tuesday, April 7, 2009 Kitimat – Tuesday, April 21, …

March 27,2009 | Read More »

Over $1.5 Million Invested In New Community Projects and Manufacturing Expansions

Prince George, BC – Northern Development Initiative Trust’s Board of Directors met on March 18th and are pleased to announce that a total of 44 new projects were approved for funding totalling $1,558,560 on a total project value of over $11.5 Million into the economy. Of the 44 projects approved, 34 new community projects will receive contributions of $1.3 Million on $8.5 Million of immediate spending in the central and northern BC economy. Four of the new community projects approved …

March 25,2009 | Read More »

Business Peace Cariboo Profiles Northern Development

By Goody Niosi Published by the Business Peace Cariboo – March 2009 visit the Business Peace Cariboo online The Northern Development Initiative Trust is proving to be a powerful catalyst for economic diversification and job creation in central and northern British Columbia. The trust is an independent regional economic development corporation established by the province of British Columbia in 2005. It is independently governed by a board of 13 regional directors composed of local business people, mayors and regional district …

March 24,2009 | Read More »

Vanderhoof Airport Improvements Create New Opportunities

Written by Kyle Storey Prince George Citizen – view this article online Published:  Sunday, 15 March 2009 Vanderhoof pins hopes to commercial pilot program Vanderhoof mayor Gerry Thiessen sees the possibility of a commercial pilot program as a major boost to his community. "We have a great facility here," Thiessen said. "The airport has lots of room and is open and accessible. We have no problems with mountains," or the ensuing air inversions which plague many B.C. airports. The community …

March 16,2009 | Read More »

Terrace Is Hockeyville

CBC News Published:  Saturday, March 7, 2009 | 9:14 PM PT Terrace, B.C., has earned the right to be called Kraft Hockeyville. The community of about 12,000 in the northern coastal area of British Columbia was announced as this year’s winner by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night after drawing the most votes in online, text and telephone balloting. More than 7,100 communities entered the contest but Terrace beat all of them, including …

March 09,2009 | Read More »

Vote Today For TERRACE As Canada’s Hockeyville 2009

The opening of the expanded Terrace Sportsplex, combined with a tremendous show of community and regional support, have placed the City of Terrace on the verge of being the first Western Canadian City to earn the coveted title of “Kraft Hockeyville 2009”. The contributed $3 million toward the $10 million Terrace Sportsplex project, which opened on November 7th, 2008 after many years of lobbying, referendums and planning by the City of Terrace. The project upgrades include a new building to house a …

March 03,2009 | Read More »

Premier Officially Opens 3rd Longest Runway In Canada

from:  Office of the Premier Published:  Friday, February 20th, 2009 PRINCE GEORGE – An expanded runway giving Prince George Airport the third-longest landing strip in Canada means more economic opportunities for northern and central B.C., Premier Gordon Campbell announced today. “Prince George is ready to move forward in becoming a major international gateway for passenger and cargo traffic,” said Premier Campbell. “The Prince George area MLAs, Shirley Bond, John Rustad and Pat Bell, were instrumental in pushing this project as …

February 20,2009 | Read More »

Facility Upgrades Increase Revenues for All Native Basketball Tournament

Up to 174 additional spectators will be able to attend the 50th All Native Basketball Tournament in Prince Rupert, Feb. 6-16. Northern Development Initiative Trust partnered with the City of Prince Rupert to modernize and increase the seating in the Russell Gamble Gymnasium, the main venue for the tournament. The gymnasium now seats over 900 people. Northern Development provided a $30,000 toward the nearly $350,000 project via its Community Halls and Recreation Facilities funding program. “It adds several thousand dollars …

February 06,2009 | Read More »

GLC Controls Expands, Takes Advantage of Northern BC Job Creation Incentive

Northern Development Initiative Trust announced funding approval today for GLC Controls Inc., a full service industrial automation and control systems integration company based in Prince George, under the Northern BC Business Advantage program. GLC Controls is hiring two new Automation Specialists as well as two new Wiring Technicians as part of its imminent expansion plans to extend the company’s market reach and diversify further into the oil, gas, and mining sectors while strengthening its position in Western Canadian pulp and …

February 05,2009 | Read More »

Entire Northwest Region to Benefit from Smithers Runway Extension

from Houston Today – view this article online Published: February 04, 2009 5:00 AM Smithers Mayor Cress Farrow, Telkwa Mayor Carman Graf, airport manager Kelly Zacharias, former Mayor of Smithers Jim Davidson, Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon, and many others from the community gathered at the Smithers Airport for the official declaration of completion of the runway extension on Monday, Jan. 26. “This airport is about tomorrow,” Davidson said. While Mayor Cress Farrow lauds Davidson for being entirely responsible for the …

February 04,2009 | Read More »

Northern Economic Summit A Resounding Success!

The Northern Economic Summit in Prince George that was held just a week ago, was a resounding success if you measure it by the early sell out; the addition of over a 100 wait-listed hopefuls to an audience exceeding 600; the high calibre of presenters and the valuable networking that happened. But the telling value was in the focused two days invested by the Premier, provincial Ministers and MLAs from both parties to sincerely listen to a powerhouse audience of …

January 30,2009 | Read More »

New Board Members Welcomed and Regional Project Funding Announced

Northern Development Initiative Trust Chair Bruce Sutherland today announced the appointment of eight new directors to the Northern Development Board. Northern Development is managed by a board of thirteen directors of which eight are elected officials and five are business leaders appointed by the Government of British Columbia.  The eight new directors join the five provincial appointees to the Board, which is comprised of: Bruce Sutherland, President – Wolftek Industries Ltd., Prince George, Chair Lita Powell – Licar Property Management, …

January 29,2009 | Read More »

Longer Runway Will Boost Business At Smithers Airport

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure – January 26, 2009 View this article online SMITHERS – Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Kevin Falcon, Smithers Mayor Cress Farrow and other dignitaries officially opened the extended runway at Smithers Regional Airport today, improving the airport’s ability to serve industry and residents in the Bulkley Valley. “The Town of Smithers recognized the need for improvements to the airport, and the Province and other partners supported its vision,” said Falcon. “These upgrades to Smithers Regional Airport …

January 29,2009 | Read More »

Free Press Editorial: Summing Up The Summit

By Bill Phillips – Prince George Free Press Published: January 27, 2009 4:00 PM There is no doubt that Janine North gave the speech of the Summit. The Northern Development Initiative Trust CEO’s ‘decade of the North’ line was perfect. She also outlined, better than anyone, what some of the challenges and opportunities are for us to thrive here in the North. And, she clearly outlined what needed to be done in a 15-point plan that includes cutting regulatory burdens …

January 28,2009 | Read More »

Geoscience BC Releases New Results from $5-Million QUEST-West Project

Geoscience BC released new data today at Roundup 2009, in hopes of attracting investment and exploration in central British Columbia. Data released includes the QUEST-West airborne time domain electromagnetic survey and geochemical reanalysis of some 3,500 archived stream sediment samples collected in the region. Lyn Anglin, president and CEO of Geoscience BC, was excited to provide industry with new mineralization information for a region of the province at the heart of the mountain pine beetle infestation. “This is a big …

January 27,2009 | Read More »

Training And Infrastructure Spending Urged At Northern Economic Summit

View this article online:  Prince George Citizen Written by Gordon Hoekstra Citizen staff Friday, 23 January 2009 Northern BC business and community leaders sent a message Friday at Premier Gordon Campbell’s economic summit that they are prepared to meet the current economic challenges head on, but expect the province to help by investing in infrastructure and training. Northern Development Initiative Trust CEO Janine North rolled out a 15-point plan which calls on the province to do everything from cutting the …

January 23,2009 | Read More »