Regional Pilot Communities in Nechako

The Nechako region stretches from the B.C.–Yukon border in the north down to the central Lakes District of the province and is separated from the northeastern section of the province by the Rocky Mountain Trench. It is an area of vast and remote wilderness that includes mountains, glaciers, valleys, and plateaus. This makes it popular with outdoor enthusiasts and those who enjoy rural living.
 
Natural resources have historically played a critical role in the area's economy, which also includes forestry and logging with support activities, transportation and warehousing, health care and social assistance, construction, and retail trade.

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Participating communities in the Nechako region:

Bulkley-Nechako

Community Description:
The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako needs entrepreneurs to establish agriculture businesses that support regional food security, or manufacturing businesses that increase diversity within the forestry industry and include value-added production.

Prices for land in Bulkley-Nechako are very affordable, making it an advantageous area to live and work. In addition, building permit processing times are short, especially when compared to larger urban centers.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has a myriad of outdoor recreation activities, and all the benefits of four distinct seasons. Its small, friendly communities are welcoming, and residents enjoy a wonderful work-life balance.

Looking to the future, Bulkley-Nechako is working to improve cellular and high-speed internet access, so that all rural residents can have these essential services.
 
Priority Sectors:
111 - Crop production (Areas A, B, C, D, E, F, G)
112 - Animal production and aquaculture (Areas A, B, C, D, E, G)
1131 - Timber tract operations (Areas C, D, G)
1132 - Forest nurseries and gathering of forest products (Areas C, D, G)
1133 - Logging (Areas C, D, G)
1151 - Support activities for crop production (Areas A, E)
1152 - Support activities for animal production (Areas A,E)
1153 - Support activities for forestry (Areas A, E)
3211 - Sawmills and wood preservation (Areas B, C, D, E, F, G)
3212 - Veneer, plywood and engineered wood product manufacturing (Areas B, C, D, E, F, G)
3219 - Other wood product manufacturing (Areas B, C, D, E, F, G)
3391 - Medical equipment and supplies manufacturing (Areas A, B, C, D, E, F, G)
3399 - Other miscellaneous manufacturing (Areas A, B, C, D, E, F, G)
7139 - Other amusement and recreation industries (Area B)
7211 - Traveller accommodation (Area A)
7212 - Recreational vehicle (RV) parks and recreational camps (Area A)
7213 - Rooming and boarding houses (Area A)
 
Population: 39,713
Website: www.rdbn.bc.ca
Contact: Entrepreneur@rdbn.bc.ca


Burns Lake

Community Description:
The Village of Burns Lake is well situated to provide services to tourists, and has the natural and developed assets to support these businesses, including forests, a mountain bike park, a cross country ski area, and many lakes with public access. The community is especially seeking entrepreneurs who could operate sightseeing transportation (both on land and water), amusement parks, and RV parks and recreational camps. It is also seeking entrepreneurs interested in automotive sales leasing and services for rail transportation.
 
Burns Lake is a business-friendly community with a “lets make it happen” attitude, and the ability to accommodate entrepreneurial ideas. It has an established Chamber of Commerce that works with business owners to address their concerns and work together. 
 
The community and its surrounding area offer many outdoor opportunities including a world class mountain biking park, cross country ski trails, and many lakes to kayak, canoe or fish. Visitors often describe the people of the area as “very friendly.”
 
The Lakes District is an example of northern regeneration, drawing visitors and residents with its outstanding outdoor recreation, culture, and quality of life. The region’s future goals for economic development include promoting economic diversity, increasing jobs and businesses, attracting residents, and enhancing local quality of life.
 
Priority Sectors:
4872 - Scenic and sightseeing transportation, water
4882 - Support activities for rail transportation
4871 - Scenic and sightseeing transportation, land
7139 - Other amusement and recreation industries
7212 - Recreational vehicle (RV) parks and recreational camps
 
Population: 1,869
Website: https://www.burnslake.ca
Contact: edo@burnslake.ca