Finding opportunities for northern communities





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Uploaded on Jan 17, 2012

The Government of British Columbia is partnering with communities along the Barriere to McBride corridor in one of three regional economic development pilot projects as part of Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan.

The Regional Economic Investment Pilot is aimed at attracting investment, identifying opportunities, economic diversification and job creation in areas consistent with the BC Jobs Plan. On January 16, 2012, the Barriere to McBride corridor held a forum in Valemount, hosted by Pat Bell, the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation. The pilot area corridor includes the traditional territory of the Simpcw First Nation, which has several ongoing business relationships with companies in forestry, mining and hydro power production.

These forums will include representatives from local government, business, industry, First Nations and education. Through sharing ideas on investment opportunities and overcoming barriers, an inventory of potential projects will be created, as well as an action plan detailing how the provincial government will assist communities to capitalize on opportunities.

The North Fraser communities of Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Mission were the first to participate in a forum and attracted over 100 participants. The Campbell River forum has been scheduled for Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. A decision on a fourth community, a First Nation, will be announced soon.

Learn more about the BC Jobs Plan:

View photos and video from the first forum in Maple Ridge: http://www.jti.gov.bc.ca/economic_pil...

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