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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March 04

Northern Development approves over $1.4 million in economic development projects in Northern B.C.

Prince George, B.C. – Northern Development today announced the approval of $1,424,018 for eight projects in its service region that seek to enhance and diversify the economy. At its February 26 meeting, Northern Development’s board of directors approved the following projects through the Economic Diversification Infrastructure Program: $250,000 was approved for the Prince Rupert Curling Club for facility upgrades. These upgrades will include a full replacement of the ice making plant facility, which will comply WorkSafe regulations. The club remained …

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March 02

Village of Clinton joins Love Northern BC

Prince George, B.C. – A new community has officially joined the Love Northern BC website. The Village of Clinton, located approximately 400 kilometres south of Prince George, is now the 32nd community on the site under the official web address: Love Northern BC began in 2011 as Small Town Love, a Quesnel-based grassroots initiative. Its purpose was to create an online platform to showcase and support local businesses competing against chain stores and online retail. In 2016, Northern Development …

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January 30

Northern Development commits $1.1 million to support business recovery and innovation in Northern B.C.

PRINCE GEORGE – Northern Development today announced its continued support of small businesses in Northern B.C. by committing $1.1 million in grant funding for 2020. The Competitiveness Consulting Rebate (CCR), along with the Northern Industries Innovation Fund (NIIF), are programs that directly support businesses in Central and Northern B.C that implement projects to create measurable economic benefit for the region. Northern Development has committed $600,000 to the CCR program and $500,000 to the NIIF program. Competitiveness Consulting Rebate The Competitiveness …

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January 30

Northern Development releases 2019 State of the North Economic Report

Northern Development CEO, Joel McKay, presents the 2019 State of the North Economic Report at the B.C. Natural Resources Forum Thursday morning in Prince George. Report sheds light on the positive impact of major energy projects in the region, but indicates ongoing challenges in forestry and highlights the transitioning rural economy January 30, 2020 PRINCE GEORGE – The 2019 State of the North Economic Report published today highlights a wealth of new data on Northern B.C.’s key sectors, including regional …

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January 29

Northern Development introduces Business Development Internship program with Community Futures Development Corporations

From back left: Darrin Rigo, internships program manager, Northern Development; Minister Bruce Ralston, minister of energy, mines and petroleum resources; Joel McKay, CEO, Northern Development; and John Farrell, general manager, Community Futures Pacific Northwest. From front left: Kim Martinsen, general manager, Community Futures Nadina and Margo Wagner, chair, Northern Development. January 29, 2020 PRINCE GEORGE – Following in the footsteps of the successful Local Government and First Nations Government internship programs, Northern Development Initiative Trust has established the Business Development …

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Holly Plato
Director, Communications and Marketing
Northern Development Initiative Trust