Invest in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako

British Columbia, Canada


Economic Development Contact

Corrine Swenson | Regional Strategic Development Analyst
250-692-3195 |  


The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako is home to eight municipalities and surrounding rural areas. It is centrally located between Prince George and Prince Rupert, boasting a connected transportation and communication network, prosperous forestry, mining, agriculture, and tourism industries and extensive year-round recreational opportunities for residents. Timber harvesting and lumber production are the dominant components of the local economy. There are many new opportunities to diversify the forest sector including pulp and pellet plant operations, bioenergy facilities, and value added wood production including furniture manufacturing, cabinetry, fence posts production and many others, all waiting to be further explored.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako is well positioned to support and expand the existing mining sector. It has well developed transportation and industrial infrastructure including close proximity to a deep water port, a well maintained highway system and CN Rail lines that link our Region to terminal ports across North America. This coupled with the Province of BC’s attractive energy costs, well-trained and experienced labour force and untapped mineral resources makes this region full of unexplored mining opportunities.

Agricultural activities in the Region related to dairy, livestock and forage production. There is opportunity for growth in the beef and cattle industry as the long history of ranching in the area has developed much of the required infrastructure for successful farming. The opportunities for large scale greenhouse operations are also on the rise in the Region, due to the growing bioenergy sector which provides low cost heating alternatives.

Tourism opportunities within the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako are limitless. Tourism resources include high quality recreation fishing opportunities, abundant and diverse wildlife, high mountainous terrain for trail development and climbing, swift flowing rivers and beautifully calm lakes. Given the diverse geographic terrain, location on a main transportation corridor and robust natural beauty, future growth in the tourism sector is projected.


Local Investment Opportunities

The Vanderhoof Airport Aviation Business Park will be located adjacent to the Vanderhoof Airport. The Vanderhoof Airport is less than 3km out of downtown Vanderhoof. The airport features two grass runways that are 3200 and 5200 ft. long as well as a 5000 ft. long paved runway. With their new lighting system, it is now able to handle night flights, and as such is open 24 hours a day.

The development park borders Highway 16 West and is centrally located near the downtown core of Fraser Lake, providing direct access to local industrial facilities, international shipping via the Port of Prince Rupert, and international air transportation via Prince George International Airport.

Local Infrastructure Projects

The geophysical study has identified the mineral potential of over 40,000 square kilometers from Vanderhoof to Fort St. James and Terrace to Kitimat. The QUEST-West region has excellent potential for molybdenum, copper, gold and silver mineralization.

The improvements include a 2km auxiliary passing lane, and intersection improvements on Highway 16, approximately 68km east of Vanderhoof. Highway 16, known as the Yellowhead Highway, is the only direct link of the National Highway System to the Asia-Pacific Region through the Port of Prince Rupert and is also the primary east/west route through Northern B.C.

The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development is providing $500,000 to the District of Vanderhoof for a multi-use community centre. The facility will be the first of its kind in the rural community north of Vanderhoof.

The Province of BC and the Stuart Nechako Regional Hospital District will be investing approximately $50 million to build a new hospital in Burns Lake.  The hospital will improve health services to residents and create local jobs. 

The geophysical study has identified the mineral potential of over 40,000 square kilometers from Vanderhoof to Fort St. James and Terrace to Kitimat. The QUEST-West region has excellent potential for molybdenum, copper, gold and silver mineralization.

The Province is investing $14.3 million in 14 different highway infrastructure improvements in the Nechako Lakes region, to improve safety for local residents and commercial drivers.

As part of the ongoing community rebuilding effort, the Province of BC is providing $2.4 million to expand a recreation centre in Burns Lake that will create jobs and support healthy family activities.


Community Economic Development Contact

Corrine Swenson
Regional Strategic Development Analyst
Regional District of Bulkley Nechako
250-692-3195

www.rdbn.bc.ca


Community Contacts

Community Contact

Gail Chapman
Chief Administrative Officer
Regional District of Bulkley Nechako
250-692-3195

www.rdbn.bc.ca

Bill Miller
Chair, Board of Directors
Regional Distric of Bulkley-Nechako
250-696-3211
 
www.rdbn.bc.ca


Chamber of Commerce Contact

Fort St. James Chamber of Commerce
www.fortstjameschamber.ca
250-996-7023

Fraser Lake Chamber of Commerce
www.fraserlake.ca
250-699-6878

Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce 
www.vanderhoofchamber.com
250-567-2124

Community Futures Contact

Keith Federink
Community Futures Stuart Nechako
250-567-5219

www.cf-sn.ca