A new website was launched on October 4 that is aimed to tell the world about the more than $15 billion in projects planned for the northwest and the investment opportunities in the area.
Those who log on to investnorthwestbc.ca will be greeted with a map of the area west of Burns Lake and north to Dease Lake, with dots at various locations listing the different projects being proposed. Some places, like Prince Rupert, list multiple projects and clicking on the name of a project will provide details about what is being proposed, who the proponent is, the expected cost, the expected completion date and who to contact to get more information.
“It’s encouraging to see the number and value of transportation related projects proposed throughout the North Coast,” said Mayor Jack Mussallem.
“It demonstrates our ability to reach markets faster, safer and more efficiently than any other ports on the Pacific Coast due to our proximity to Asia. This type of collaboration between each community’s economic development offices is a step in the right direction for working together to promote and grow our region.”
As well as information on the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Northern Transportation Corridor, the website also includes profiles for each community and region in the area where investors can find information on demographics, the labour force, payroll costs, eduction, transportation, land use, government, housing, taxation and the quality of life. The site also lists incentive programs investors can take advantage of.
“Premier Christy Clark recently stated BC’s northwest will be the backbone of the provincial economy…The over 15 billion dollars worth of projects that are featured on this site validates the Premiers comments and will support further interest and investment in our region,” added Economic Development Officer Derek Baker
The website is a partnership between the Prince Rupert and Port Edward Economic Development Corporation, other economic development agencies in the region and the Northern Development Initiative Trust.