Northeast, British Columbia

Tumbler Ridge Meadow

The Northeast is one of the fastest growing thanks to the rapid development of the energy sector. The Northeast region boasts the province’s highest rate of employment and there is a high demand for skilled and level entry workers.

The Northeast’s economy is based on natural resources, particularly natural gas production, agriculture, forestry, and coal mining. Power-generating projects, planned and in progress, include hydroelectric dams and wind farms. Affordable housing and unlimited recreational opportunities attract and retain an active and exciting community of adventurers, entrepreneurs, tradespeople, clean energy, and resource professionals.

Regional Advantages

MILE ZERO CITY

The 2,000km stretch, from Dawson Creek to Alaska, services the communities and mining operations in the northern region of the province, as well as Alberta, Yukon, Northwest Territories and the state of Alaska.

LOW COST & HIGH STANDARD OF LIVING

Families in Fort St. John have the highest average household income in B.C. and the fifth highest in all of Canada.

THE ENERGETIC CITY

The largest city in B.C. along the Alaska Highway, Fort St. John, is called The Energetic City due to its wealth resources, as well as a younger population than the rest of the province.

NORTHERN INDUSTRIES INNOVATION FUND

Provides funding for SME’s in eligible industries for applied research and development, new or improved products, and services and testing of innovative technologies.

Communities

This region is bordered by the Yukon and Northwest Territories in the north, the Rocky Mountains to the west and Alberta to the east. It’s a vast and remote area of mountains, foothills, forests, lakes, and the Peace River valley. The main population centres in the region are Fort St. John and Dawson Creek with smaller communities such as Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Fort Nelson, Pouce Coupe and Taylor contributing to the region’s rapidly growing natural resource-based economy.

Economic Development Organizations

First Nations

There are nine First Nations communities in the Northeast region of B.C., with a population of 4,712; approximately 7% of the region’s population of 65,700. The region shares a border with Alberta and the Yukon and is part of the Peace River Basin.

Economic Development Associations

Educational Institutions

The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) is a research-intensive public university with a campus in Fort St. John.

Northern Lights College empowers and enhances the local workforce through a wide range of professional programs, including business management, oil and gas field operations, and trades.

Connect With A Regional Expert

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.