Second annual State of the North economic report released

January 23, 2019

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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:

Read the full report here.


Joel McKay, CEO, Northern Development Initiative Trust
This report truly highlights that while much of the economic growth in British Columbia is centered in the southern portion of the province, the north is continuing to make economic strides. Significant infrastructure projects such as the Site C dam, highway upgrades, the construction of a propane export terminal, among others, have helped to off set declines in natural resource industries and will serve to grow our Northern B.C. economy.

Susan Mowbray, senior economist, MNP
The North is very large and geographically diverse, which has a significant influence on economic opportunities. Rather than approaching it as a single entity it is best viewed as a collection of individual regions that are both economically distinct and inter-related. The State of the North report was designed to reflect this and provide meaningful data to support local and regional decision-making. With each iteration the factors relevant to each region and the trends underlying them become clearer.

About the Report
The State of the North report includes traditional economic indicator information, overviews of core economic sectors such as forestry, agriculture, mining and energy and regional profiles for the Northwest, Northeast, North Central and Cariboo-Chilcotin/Lillooet areas.
The State of the North report has been designed to be a tool that communities, businesses and not-profit organizations can use as they develop and deploy strategies to create jobs, generate new wealth and advance northern communities. The State of the North report is an impartial third-party report with data collection and interpretation provided by MNP. The report follows a similar model to the State of the Island report published annually by the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance.

About Northern Development Initiative Trust
Northern Development has a passion for growing the economy of central and northern British Columbia. Communities, First Nations and businesses of the north are leaders in creating jobs, new revenues and improving the quality of life in the region, and the Trust is dedicated to supporting their growth. The Trust combines funding with smart thinking and since 2005 has found more than 3,300 ways to say “yes” to projects that help the region thrive.

About MNP
MNP is a leading national accounting, tax and business consulting firm in Canada. With four locations in central and northern B.C. and more than 60 locations across the country, MNP combines the expertise and resources of a national firm with an on-the-ground understanding of our local communities and market conditions. As your partner in business, MNP’s professionals provide clear, straight forward business advice from a local perspective to help you succeed.


Holly Plato
Director of Communications and Marketing
Northern Development Initiative Trust

Susan Mowbray
Senior Economist