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Dinosaur Discovery Gallery gets a boost in Tumbler Ridge

TUMBLER RIDGE – Tumbler Ridge’s efforts to build a robust tourism sector were given another boost this week thanks to Northern Development. The Trust’s board of directors has approved a $250,000 grant for the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation to support renovations at the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre that also includes the public interpretive exhibits, which showcases British Columbia’s rich collection of dinosaur bones, tracks and other fossils. $250,000 grant approval for museum will help cement Tumbler Ridge’s reputation as …

December 10,2015 | Read More »

The Love continues for local businesses in Northern B.C. with the launch of Love Chetwynd and Love Mackenzie

PRINCE GEORGE – The “shop local” movement continues to gain momentum in Northern B.C. with the launch of two online platforms that promote the region’s independent, locally-owned businesses: LoveChetwynd.com and LoveMackenzie.com. The launch of the new sites, financially supported by Northern Development Initiative Trust, coincides with community events showcasing a host of unique, local businesses and entrepreneurs who will be available to the public to talk about the stories behind their homegrown businesses and the products they sell. LoveChetwynd.com and LoveMackenzie.com are …

December 08,2015 | Read More »

Connecting more students with skills training and mentorship in northern B.C.

QUESNEL – More students in B.C.’s north will connect with the skills and experience they need for the jobs of the future through an expanded $4.9 million Shoulder Tappers program announced today by the B.C. Government and the Northern Development Initiative Trust. Minister Mike Bernier and Northern Development board chair Evan Saugstad made the announcement while touring Quesnel’s Correlieu Secondary School with officials from the Quesnel School District and community leaders. Photo credit: Paul Alberts Shoulder Tappers are career coordinators …

December 07,2015 | Read More »

Provincial government and Northern Development help Northwest B.C. communities plan for growth

November 24, 2015   TERRACE – Northwest B.C. communities are better positioned for growth and opportunity thanks in part to support from Asset Management Capacity Building Program grants, announced by Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, as he wrapped up his tour of the area today. Grants totalling $1 million were made available to northwest communities in 2014 to help them update their bylaws and official community plans, as well as review and assess local infrastructure needs to prepare for economic growth. …

November 24,2015 | Read More »

Mentor Program North will support 25 women entrepreneurs across Northern B.C.

VANCOUVER, B.C. (November 17, 2015) The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) and Northern Development have partnered to launch the inaugural FWE Mentor Program North, which will provide business mentors to 25 women entrepreneurs from across Northern B.C. Women who are running their own businesses – and are driven to gain valuable insight and business expertise from successful mentors – are eligible to apply now. The program is open to female entrepreneurs located in B.C.’s Northwest, Northeast, Cariboo Chilcotin and Fraser …

November 17,2015 | Read More »

LovePrinceRupert.com launches with marketplace event showcasing local businesses

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – Northern Development is helping the “shop local” movement gain momentum on the North Coast with the launch of www.LovePrinceRupert.com – a new platform that promotes the region’s independent, locally-owned businesses. The launch of the new site, financially supported by Northern Development, coincides with a marketplace event being held on Saturday November 14th from 11am to 3pm at the North Coast Meeting & Convention Centre (below Chances Gaming Centre). The marketplace event will showcase a host of unique …

November 10,2015 | Read More »

Skaters pumped about Robson Valley recreation centre upgrades

Skaters and hockey players in the Robson Valley can look forward to first-class ice conditions at the Robson Valley Recreation Centre this winter with the installation of new brine pumps. The Trust has approved a $30,000 grant through its Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program to upgrade a 32-year-old system of heat and circulation pumps. The pumps are crucial to ensuring the community of McBride can continue to host hockey tournaments, figure skating events and curling bonspiels. The installation of the new …

November 03,2015 | Read More »

Northern Development launches new Festival and Event funding program

Up to $2,500 in annual grant funding now available for Northern B.C.’s unique festivals and events A new source of funding will help unique festivals and events throughout Northern B.C. grow and support local economic diversification beginning in 2016. Northern Development announced today the launch of its Fabulous Festivals and Events program, which provides non-profit organizations with up to $2,500 in annual grant funding to support unique events and festivals throughout the region that contribute to service sector revenues in the local economy. The grants …

September 24,2015 | Read More »

Mountain bike tourism supported throughout the region

Northern Development has approved more than $90,000 in grants through its Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program to support the development of bike infrastructure in Vanderhoof, Houston, Smithers and Fraser Lake. The Trust has approved a $12,268 grant for the Rip’n the North Trail Expansion project in Vanderhoof. The project means improvements to the town’s existing trails, including culvert upgrades, new berms, improved drainage and new jumps. The project also includes a new trail that will include hip jumps, drops and …

August 21,2015 | Read More »

Masich Place Stadium upgrades aim to boost sport tourism in Prince George

                        Athletes could soon have yet another reason to train and compete in Prince George with upgrades to Masich Place Stadium. Northern Development’s board has approved a $250,000 grant to support upgrades at the stadium, which was built in 1990 as a premier track and field venue to serve both Prince George and the surrounding region. After 25 years, improvements are needed at the stadium in order for it …

August 12,2015 | Read More »

August Newsletter: Residents across Northern B.C. to benefit from facility upgrades

“Without Northern Development this station would probably still be a shell.” – Marion Cousineau, president, Dunster Community Association. “I’m so excited for that (kitchen/washroom addition) to be completed. I can hardly wait.” – Milly Durban, regarding renovations at the Wistaria Community Hall in Burns Lake. “The Northern Development Initiative Trust was created by our government more than 10 years ago with the belief that economic development decisions for the North should be made in the North. This funding is a great …

August 11,2015 | Read More »

Major marina expansion underway in Prince Rupert

Sailors and cruisers along B.C.’s North Coast will soon have a new place to tie-up for the night thanks to a major expansion of the Cow Bay Marina in Prince Rupert. Northern Development has approved a $250,000 grant to help develop a new 51-slip marina located adjacent to the existing Prince Rupert Yacht Club in Cow Bay, the city’s shopping and tourism district. In addition to the moorage space, the city plans to build a 700’ x 12’ breakwater wharf that …

June 11,2015 | Read More »

Internet providers can apply early for B.C. grant program

Internet service providers can submit their applications for project funding starting today for the upcoming Connecting British Columbia program. Submissions will be accepted by Northern Development Initiative Trust now in advance of the program’s launch later this summer…

June 08,2015 | Read More »

Community halls and recreation facilities can now access funding multiple times from Northern Development

Community halls and recreation facilities can now receive up to $30,000 in funding multiple times from Northern Development. In the past, proponents and facilities could only access the maximum $30,000 grant from Northern Development’s Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program once per facility. But, in recognition of Northern Development’s 10th anniversary in 2015, the Trust’s board of directors voted unanimously at its most recent meeting to alter the program and make it available on a continual basis to halls and facilities that …

May 07,2015 | Read More »

Boat launch and marketing funding will support recovery efforts in Likely and other grant approvals

Northern Development has approved a $30,000 grant to upgrade the boat launch and shower house at Cedar Point Provincial Park in the community of Likely. The grant was approved through the Trust’s Community Halls and Recreation Facilities funding program, and is part of the economic development recovery efforts underway to support the community following the tailings pond breach at the Mount Polley Mine. The boat launch upgrade will make it easier for visitors and campers to launch from Cedar Point, …

May 04,2015 | Read More »

Northern Development funding boosts North Coast marine tourism and other news

Favourable winds are blowing for marine tourism along B.C.’s North Coast this year as two projects get underway that will help diversify the local economy. A major boat launch upgrade in Queen Charlotte and a marine ocean boating tourism marketing initiative will provide new incentives and infrastructure for boating and sailing enthusiasts keen on exploring B.C.’s world-class Inside Passage, North Coast and Haida Gwaii. Northern Development has approved $270,000 in grant funding to support both projects: $250,000 for the Village …

April 01,2015 | Read More »

Northern Development has approved $30,000 in funding for the Wells Community building and other news

Wells – Northern Development Initiative Trust has approved $30,000 in funding for the District of Wells to begin improvements on the Wells Community building. This project will include repairing old plumbing, modifying existing rooms, replacing end windows, and retrofitting existing lighting with energy efficient lighting. These upgrades could increase the value of the building, help attract new residents by making Wells a more attractive community, create a number of indirect full-time jobs, increase tourism, and ensure that residents continue to …

March 23,2015 | Read More »

Northern Development has approved $30,000 in funding to build two speedball fields and other news

Quesnel – Northern Development has approved $9,448 in funding for the Northern Strike Paintball Association to build two speedball paintball fields in Quesnel. The proposed project includes leveling a 400’ x 150’ playing field, removing stumps and clearing brush left from a logging operation. The Northern Strike Paintball Association hosts numerous tournaments and events throughout the year and attracts paintball enthusiasts and competitive teams from throughout British Columbia. The addition of speedball fields is designed to compliment and enhance the …

March 18,2015 | Read More »

Northern Development Initiative Trust has approved $30,000 for Morice Mountain Nordic Ski Club facility upgrades and other news

Vanderhoof– Northern Development Initiative Trust has approved $5,000 to assist the District of Vanderhoof to conduct a housing needs and demand study. The proposed study will help the community prepare to meet the demand for adequate and affordable housing in order to satisfy the growing population in Vanderhoof. The study will fund a demographic and economic profile, build an inventory of current housing needs and supplies and provide likely housing scenarios. This grant was approved through Northern Development’s Capital Investment …

January 13,2015 | Read More »

Northern Development has approved $30,000 to replace CN Centre’s ice plant condenser in time for the 2015 Canada Winter Games and other news

Prince George– Northern Development Initiative Trust has approved $30,000 in funding for the City of Prince George to replace CN Centre’s ice plant condenser, in preparation for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. The recently completed project will decrease the cost associated with operating the chiller; as well reduce the environmental footprint, by installing a more energy efficient model. This grant was approved through Northern Development’s Community Halls and Recreation Facilities Program. Prince George– Northern Development Initiative Trust has approved $30,000 …

January 12,2015 | Read More »