Winter has arrived in the north but that doesn’t mean business is slowing down.
The rate of activity in rural B.C. couldn’t be more evident than along the stretch of highway that extends from Terrace to Iskut, where construction workers, contractors and major industry are hard at work building the Northwest Transmission Line. As detailed in this month’s issue of Building a Stronger North, the $561 million project is having major economic impacts on northwest B.C.
As you’ve no doubt heard by now, folks from Haida Gwaii to Dawson Creek are talking about the boom in the natural gas sector in northeast B.C. that has created thousands of jobs and pumped millions of dollars into provincial revenue streams that support healthcare and education services, among other things.
But what’s becoming more and more apparent, meantime, is how closely tied the long-term viability of the natural gas industry is to the slew of liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals proposed along the northwest coast. In fact, it’s not a stretch to say that the traditionally disparate economies of northwest and northeast regions of this province are more closely tied than ever before – working together to help this industry thrive for the long term.
That’s why we’ve decided to explore how these two regions are creating new political ties to achieve common goals in the latest edition of Building a Stronger North.
New web portal features major projects, and key community information to link potential investors with opportunities in north central B.C.
North Central British Columbia – The communities of north central B.C. have joined forces to launch a ground breaking investment portal to attract new business opportunities to one of the province’s fastest growing regions.
Northern Development offers a range of funding programs suited to a diverse set of economic development priorities in central and northern British Columbia. Please review our programs and get in touch with us if you have any questions or need any assistance in determining which program is best suited to your needs.
"When the Olympic/Paralympic Live Sites program was announced in 2005, Valemount's Council had a dream and saw the opportunity. But it was only with the contributions of Northern Development and the Columbia Basin Trust that this dream became a reality."
Silvio Gislimberti, Economic Development Officer, Village of Valemount
Valemount Entices Tourists With New Visitor Information Centre
The Village of Valemount's Visitor Information Centre is taking advantage of the 866,640 motorists who on average pass through the community each summer. Studies show that visitor information centres significantly increase the amount of visitor stops substantially, and the Village of Valemount is now taking advantage of this new community…