November 03

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 …

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September 24

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 …

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August 21

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 …

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August 12

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 …

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August 11

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 …

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June 11

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 …

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Holly Plato
Director, Communications and Marketing
Northern Development Initiative Trust