February 19, 2015

Watch our 2015 Games wrap-up video to see how Northern Development’s decade of investment helped deliver a first-class Games and build a stronger north.

The 2015 Canada Winter Games are over but the legacy they leave behind will generate dividends for the economy for years to come. For the last decade, Northern Development has partnered with communities and non-profits to invest in facility upgrades throughout central and northern B.C. that help make major events like the 2015 Canada Winter Games a reality. 2015 is Northern Development’s 10th anniversary.

As the north’s only sustainable public trust dedicated to strengthening the economy, our board and regional advisors have approved more than $2.5 million in grant funding that directly supported the Games’ facilities. That funding, and millions more in previous investments by the Trust, upgraded 11 venues used during the Games, including a technical building at Otway Nordic Centre, the development of the Northern Sport Centre and a runway expansion at Prince George Airport, to name a few. Those upgrades helped ensure 2,400 athletes from across the nation and thousands of officials and spectators had a first class experience in northern B.C. – and they will leave a lasting legacy for the region to prove that a grassroots, community-led approach to economic development helped Northern Development deliver on its mandate: to build a stronger north.

Check out our 2015 Games wrap-up video above to see how Northern Development’s decade of investment helped deliver a first-class Games and build a stronger north. This video is the first in a series of six videos the Trust will produce in 2015 that show how Northern Development’s community-based approach to economic development has had a meaningful impact on communities, businesses and residents throughout central and northern B.C. Below you’ll find a list of all the investments the Trust has made that have supported the Games.

Projects that the Trust has supported to help prepare Prince George for the 2015 Canada Winter Games:

Northern Sport Centre
Construction of facility – Grant: $1,200,000 Loan: $3,000,000

Otway Nordic Ski Facility
Construction of Technical Building – Grant: $30,000

Tabor Mountain Ski Facility
Construction of Multi-Use Clubhouse – Grant: $30,000

CN Centre Arena
CN Ice Plant Condenser – Grant: $30,000
CN Overhead Display System – Loan: $520,000
Prince George Skate Oval Pavilion – Grant: $30,000

The Prince George Curling Club
Commercial Real Estate Development – Loan: $150,000
Renovations to the Prince George Golf and Curling Club – Grant: $30,000
Prince George Tennis Court Relocation – Grant: $30,000

Coliseum Arena
Coliseum Arena Light Replacement – Grant: $30,000

Canada Winter Games Plaza
Civic Plaza Enhancement – Grant: $30,000
Lheidli T’enneh Aboriginal Pavilion – Grant: $30,000 – Construction of Pavilion

Civic Centre
Furniture Replacement for Civic Centre – Grant: $30,000

Prince George YXS Airport
Prince George Airport Expansion – Loan: $11,000,000

Aquatic Centre
Equipment Replacement – Grant: $30,000

Downtown Revitalization
PG Business Façade Program and Placemaking Enhancement Initiative – Grant: $304,788
Love Downtown PG – Grant: $25,000


Joel McKay
Director, Communications
Northern Development Initiative Trust