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First grants totalling more than $200,000 awarded to Peace Region agricultural projects; 2020 application intake now open

More than $200,000 awarded to agricultural projects in the Peace Region in 2019 through the BC Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund. Northern Development is now accepting applications for the 2020 intake.

December 02,2019 | Read More »

BC Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund – call for member-at-large

October 21 The BC Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund is a $20 million fund established by BC Hydro to support agricultural production and related economic activity in the Peace Region. This fund is governed by a regional decision-making board, responsible for overseeing the management and disbursement of the fund. They are seeking one member-at-large to serve on the board. To serve as a member-at-large, you must be an agricultural producer who lives in the B.C. Peace Region. Interested applicants are …

October 23,2019 | Read More »

Northern Development offers rebates to businesses affected by forestry downturn

August 12, 2019 Northern Development announced today that it will now offer a consulting rebate to small and medium sized businesses in its service region that may be affected by permanent mill closures or curtailments. The Forestry Affected Business (FAB) Consulting Rebate will reimburse small and medium sized businesses for contracted consulting services. A rebate of up to 75 per cent, to a maximum of $15,000, can be recovered for the cost of hiring a consultant to assist with business …

August 12,2019 | Read More »

Northern Development announces more than $500,000 for economic development projects in Northern B.C.

Northern Development Initiative Trust is pleased to announce it has approved over a half a million dollars for economic development projects in its service region. At their July 23 meeting, Northern Development’s board of directors approved the following projects through the Economic Diversification Infrastructure Program: $76,760 was approved for the Williams Lake Indian Band for renovations to the Elizabeth Grouse Gymnasium. This project will include the purchase and installation of new flooring, new air conditioning and heating systems, commercial grade …

August 08,2019 | Read More »

Northern Development announces initial intake for BC Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund

August 6, 2019 – On Friday, August 2, Northern Development began accepting applications to the BC Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund (PACF) – the $20 million fund BC Hydro established to support agricultural production and related economic activity in the Peace Region. The fund reflects BC Hydro’s recognition of the role agriculture plays in the Peace River region and the potential effects of the Site C project on agriculture. The initial intake allocation is $250,000 and is open to: Corporations, …

August 06,2019 | Read More »

Northern Development Initiative Trust approves nearly $1 million for economic initiatives in Northern B.C.

Northern Development approved four major projects in its service region that will support and strengthen the local economy through its Economic Diversification Infrastructure Program. At their April 24 meeting, Northern Development’s board of directors approved funding for the following projects: $250,000 was approved for Coast Mountain College (CMTN), Terrace Campus, for the construction of a new community recreation centre. This centre will be accessible by the public and will provide cardio machines, free weights, an open workout zone and a …

May 01,2019 | Read More »

Northern Development board acclaims new chair, committee members

From left: Wendy Benyk, Joel McKay, Margo Wagner, Lori Ackerman and Carol Leclerc April 26, 2019 – Prince George | Northern Development Initiative Trust announces the acclimation of three new executive members to its board of directors, voted in at the Trust’s annual general meeting on April 24, 2019. For the first time since the inception of the Trust, the board has a female chair and an all-female executive committee. New board chair Margo Wagner is the newly acclaimed Chair …

April 26,2019 | Read More »

New Housing Programs to assist Northern communities with residential development

A suite of Housing Programs will support local governments in the creation of new, market-based housing units across Northern B.C.
The Housing Needs Assessment Program, the Community Planning for Housing Program and the Northern Housing Incentive Program are designed as a step-by-step process that will assist local governments in all aspects of new residential development.

April 03,2019 | Read More »

Province of B.C. announces $50M investment in rural internet service

March 8, 2019 – Government is making the largest investment in connectivity in the province’s history, with $50 million to expand high-speed internet service for people living in approximately 200 rural and Indigenous communities. “High-speed internet provides the foundation for British Columbians to access online learning and telehealth care, conduct business and be alerted in an emergency,” said Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services. “Connectivity helps small communities grow and prosper by creating jobs, attracting new residents and enabling more …

March 11,2019 | Read More »

New and improved Love Northern BC website champions local businesses

Upgraded web platform connects shoppers with independent, locally-owned businesses in Northern B.C. February 6, 2019 – Prince George, BC Northern Development has successfully launched a brand-new, mobile-friendly Love Northern BC website to better connect 1,600 businesses with customers. The original website was designed to be viewed on a desktop to support one community and 50 businesses. However, a 2017 site analysis revealed that nearly 50 per cent of web traffic came from mobile or tablet devices. The site is now …

February 06,2019 | Read More »

Second annual State of the North economic report released

State of the North 2018 reveals renewed strength in energy and gas sector, forestry facing challenges January 23, 2019 – For Immediate Release The second annual State of the North economic report has been released and offers insight into the current fiscal state of Northern B.C. and what is trending for the future. Highlights from the State of the North Report include: The unemployment rate in Northern B.C. has begun to trend lower, and increases in employment in the North Central, Cariboo-Chilcotin …

January 23,2019 | Read More »