Historically, commercial fishing, logging, and mining have been very important to the North Coast economy. The area is home to mills, manufacturing facilities, and hydro projects and has become an emerging hot spot for aquaculture, and cultural and ecotourism. It is ideally situated for wind and tidal power generation, and the nutrient-rich waters of the North Pacific are an ideal location for shellfish aquaculture. People choose to live in the North Coast region for its easy access to outdoor pursuits, wildlife, relaxed lifestyle, and growing economy.
The 14-mile harbour in Prince Rupert is the deepest harbour in North America and the third-deepest natural ice-free harbour in the world.
Well developed rail, road and port infrastructure supports the movement of goods and services from British Columbia to North American and Asian markets.
With a population of 59,000 spread over nearly 20,000 square kilemet, the North Coast region offers space for a wide range of lifestyles. Prince Rupert is a gateway for Asia-Pacific trade and Terrace, a service hub in the region, with opportunities that attract industry, tourists, and businesses. Terrace is positioned to take advantage of the major developments in mining, green energy, and LNG , making it the location of choice for established businesses and entrepreneurs. Prince Rupert is a welcoming, friendly, safe, and affordable place, with state-of-the-art transportation and abundant natural resources, and countless business development opportunities related to port development.
Economic Development Organizations
There are 23 First Nation communities in the North Coast region, with a population of 35,299, making up nearly 63% of the region’s population. First Nations play a large economic role in the North Coast Region as both project proponents and stakeholders, developing and advocating for socially and environmentally prudent projects with the goal of improving quality of life in the Region.
Economic Development Associations
The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) is a research-intensive public university with a campus in Terrace.
Coast Mountain College is an accredited post-secondary institution that serves the rich and diverse communities and learners of B.C.’s beautiful Northwest region.
Regional experts can help familiarize you with the amenities, infrastructure, and opportunities in each region. They can introduce you to the economic development offices and industry associations that will support the integration of your business into the province.