Regional Pilot Communities in the Northeast

The Northeast economic region shares a border with Alberta and the Yukon, and is part of the Peace River Basin. It is separated from the northwestern part of the province by the Rocky Mountain Trench. It's a vast and remote area of mountains, foothills, forests, lakes and the Peace River valley. Residents enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, snowmobiling, camping and fishing.
 
The region's economy includes natural resources like mining and oil and gas extraction, as well as construction, retail trade, health care and social assistance, and professional, scientific and technical services.

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Participating communities in the Northeast region:

Fort St. John

Community Description:
Fort St. John is looking for entrepreneurs who can fill its downtown store fronts with businesses such as restaurants, specialty food and convenience stores, bookstores, florists, personal care services, and office supply and gift shops.

As the largest city in Northeastern B.C., Fort St. John has a sizable economy centered on oil, natural gas, forestry, and agriculture. Fueled by ongoing activity in those sectors, the city and its supply of retail and other businesses continue to grow. The local government has prioritized upgrades and investments that support local business and downtown economic revitalization. 

Fort St. John is a great place to visit and play, and it offers a uniquely rich concentration of cultural activities and outdoor adventures, creating a fantastic combination for many to call home. It boasts top notch recreation facilities, and has hundreds of events taking place every year that entertain people of all ages and interests.

Looking to the future, Fort St. John has an economic development framework that recognizes how social and economic development are intimately intertwined and mutually supportive. Broken into 15 social and economic action areas identified through extensive community input, it sets the stage for all facets of the community to embark on a journey together; to seize opportunities, address challenges, and navigate change.
 
Priority Sectors:
722 - Food services and drinking places
4452 - Specialty food stores
44512 - Convenience stores
44619 - Other health and personal care stores
4481 - Clothing stores
4482 - Shoe stores
4513 - Book stores and news dealers
4531 - Florists
4532 - Office supplies, stationery and gift stores
8121 - Personal care services

Population: 22,283
Website: https://www.fortstjohn.ca/EN/main/business/economic-development.html
Contact: economicdevelopment@fortstjohn.ca