May 04

New business liaison program will allow communities to provide regional business support services

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Northern Development announced today that it is offering a new Regional Business Liaison (RBL) program. This program encourages Community Futures Development Corporations, Chambers of Commerce, local governments, community economic development entities or regional destination marketing organizations to hire locally based talent to provide business support services for the region. Funding will be made available to support up to three regional business liaison positions per Northern Development region (Northeast, Northwest, Prince George, and Cariboo-Chilcotin/Lillooet), for a total of …

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April 29

Northern Development announces over $1.8 million in approved funding for economic development projects in Northern B.C.

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Northern Development today announced the approval of $1,872,266 for 10 projects throughout its service region that seek to strengthen their communities and the economy. At its April 22 meeting, Northern Development’s board of directors approved the following projects through the Economic Diversification Infrastructure Program. $75,000 was approved for the Vanderhoof Flying Club for the acquisition of an airport aviation fuel system currently located at the Vanderhoof Airport. To enable present and future aviation operations in Vanderhoof, …

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April 27

Northern Development partners with Support Local BC for gift card program to assist Love Northern BC businesses

PRINCE GEORGE B.C. – Northern Development announced today that it has partnered with Support Local BC to promote the purchase of gift cards from Love Northern BC (LNBC) businesses. Support Local BC provides a place for communities and businesses throughout the province to support each other. It connects all regions and is a platform where you can support your favourite local businesses by purchasing gift cards for future use. You can choose businesses in your own community or you can …

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April 08

Northern Development adjusts rebate program to support COVID-19-affected businesses

PRINCE GEORGE B.C – Northern Development announced today that it has adjusted the Forestry Affected Business (FAB) Consulting Rebate to include businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The newly named Small Business Recovery (SBR) Consulting Rebate program is designed to help businesses access the professional support they need to weather the current economic downturn. The SBR Consulting Rebate will reimburse small and medium sized businesses (operators) for contracted consulting services. Businesses that are impacted by the economic downturn in Northern …

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March 30

Peace Region agricultural projects benefit from BC Hydro Agricultural Compensation Fund

FORT ST. JOHN B.C. – Northern Development Initiative Trust announced today that nine Peace Region agricultural projects will receive approximately $190,000 in funding through the BC Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund (PACF) This is the second time grants have been awarded from the $20 million bi-annual fund, which was established in 2018. 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 the industry. …

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March 18

Open letter regarding COVID-19 response

Open letter to residents, communities and partners in central and northern B.C. regarding COVID-19 response March 18, 2020 With the ever increasing impact of COVID-19 on our province, we want to take this opportunity to confirm our commitment to the people and communities in central and northern B.C. We appreciate these are uncertain times and we are here to provide additional support to our recipients and partners. We encourage you to reach out to the staff at the Trust should …

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Holly Plato
Director, Communications and Marketing
Northern Development Initiative Trust