List of Participating Communities for BC PNP Regional Pilot

Cariboo

  • Mackenzie
  • Prince George
  • Quesnel
  • Williams Lake

Kootenay

  • Castlegar
  • Kimberley
  • Nelson
  • Regional District of Central Kootenay (Area J)
  • Rossland
  • Trail

Mainland/Southwest

  • Gibsons
  • Sechelt
  • Squamish
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – Egmont and Pender Harbour (Area A)
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – Halfmoon Bay (Area B)
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – Roberts Creek (Area D)
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – Elphinstone (Area E)
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – West Howe Sound (Area F)

Nechako

  • Burns Lake

North Coast

  • Terrace

Northeast

  • Tumbler Ridge

Thompson-Okanagan

  • Barriere
  • Merritt
  • Vernon

Vancouver Island/Coast

  • Comox
  • Comox Valley Regional District – Baynes Sound – Denman/Hornby Island (Area A)
  • Comox Valley Regional District – Lazo North (Area B)
  • Comox Valley Regional District – Puntledge – Black Creek (Area C)
  • Courtenay Port Alberni Powell River

Community Profiles (alphabetically listed):

Barriere

Information: 
Population: 1,763
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Priority Sectors: 
321 – Wood product manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries (excluding 7132 – Gambling industries)
Community Description:
A beautiful place to raise a family, start a business or retire in an affordable, safe community. Abundant recreation is at your doorstep in a relaxing home-town atmosphere. Just 45 minutes scenic commute to the city of Kamloops.Community website: http://www.barriere.caTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/thompson-okanagan/thompson-nicola/barriere/

 

Burns Lake

Information:
Population: 7,500
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Priority Sectors:
111  – Crop production
238 – Specialty trade contractors
339 – Miscellaneous manufacturing
Community Description:
Burns Lake and the greater area known as the Lakes District is an example of northern regeneration. The economy is diversifying, building on our strength in forestry, while encouraging growth in tourism, agriculture, technology and small business.Community website: https://www.burnslake.caTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/nechako/bulkley-nechako/burns-lake/

 

Castlegar

Information:
Population: 8,000
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Contact:
Priority Sectors:
113 – Forestry and logging
453  – Miscellaneous store retailers
484 – Truck transportation
Community Description:
Located halfway between Calgary and Vancouver, Castlegar is projected to be the Kootenay’s fastest growing community in the next 20 years. Castlegar is home to Selkirk College. The region’s main economic drivers are Forestry, Education and Transport.Community website: https://www.castlegar.ca | https://www.caded.caTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/central-kootenay/castlegar/

 

Comox

Information:
Population: 14,850
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Priority Sectors:
311 – Food manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721  – Accommodation services
Community Description:
Comox is the second-largest municipality in the Comox Valley (CV) and contains a multitude of economic assets that are significant on a regional scale, including a vibrant harbour and adjacent waterfront areas, the downtown, 19 Wing Comox and the CV Airport (YQQ).Community website: https://www.investcomoxvalley.comTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/vancouver-island-and-coast/comox-valley/comox/

 

Comox Valley Regional District – Baynes Sound – Denman/Hornby Island (Area A)

Information:
Population: 7,213
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Contact:
Priority Sectors:
311 – Food manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721  – Accommodation services
Community Description:
Baynes Sound – Denman/Hornby Islands (Electoral Area A) begins at the southern boundary of Courtenay and stretches south to Cook Creek, the most southerly boundary of the CVRD. It includes Royston, Union Bay and Fanny Bay, and both Denman/Hornby.Community website: https://www.investcomoxvalley.comTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/vancouver-island-and-coast/comox-valley/comox/

 

Comox Valley Regional District – Lazo North (Area B)

Information:
Population: 7,095
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
311 – Food manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721  – Accommodation services
Community Description:
Lazo North (Electoral Area B) includes the Comox Peninsula, Little River, Balmoral Beach Area, Point Holmes, Bates Beach, Huband Road and the Tsolum regions.Community website: https://www.investcomoxvalley.comTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/vancouver-island-and-coast/comox-valley/comox/

 

Comox Valley Regional District – Puntledge – Black Creek (Area C)

Information:
Population: 8,617
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
311 – Food manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721  – Accommodation services
Community Description:
Puntledge – Black Creek (Electoral Area C) includes Merville, Black Creek, Dove Creek, Saratoga Beach, Mount Washington, and northern boundary of the Oyster River for CVRD.Community website: https://www.investcomoxvalley.comTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/vancouver-island-and-coast/comox-valley/comox/

 

Courtenay

Information:
Population: 27,146
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
311 – Food manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721  – Accommodation services
Community Description:
Located on the East coast of Vancouver Island, Courtenay is in the heart of some of the Island’s most beautiful farming land. The City is a bustling metropolis with galleries, theatres, shops and restaurants.Community website: https://www.investcomoxvalley.comTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/vancouver-island-and-coast/comox-valley/courtenay/

 

Gibsons

Information:
Population: 4,605
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
339 – Miscellaneous manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
611  – Educational services
Community Description:
Gibsons is a coastal community located in southwestern British Columbia, Canada on the Strait of Georgia, approx. 40 km northwest of Vancouver. The Town’s compact boundaries encompass only 4,600 residents.Community website: https://www.gibsons.caTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/lower-mainland-southwest/sunshine-coast/gibsons/

 

Kimberley

Information:
Population: 7,425
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
321 – Wood product manufacturing
339  – Miscellaneous manufacturing
611 – Educational services
Community Description:
Kimberley is a growing community located in southeastern British Columbia with easy access to major markets by road or the Canadian Rockies International Airport (15 min drive from city). Kimberley offers low land cost, no development cost charges.Community website: http://www.kimberley.caTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/east-kootenay/kimberley/

 

Mackenzie

Information:
Population: 3,883
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
115 – Support activities for agriculture and forestry
213 – Support activities for mining, and oil and gas extraction
721  – Accommodation services
Community Description:
Mackenzie is a friendly community of about 3,700 residents nestled between the Rocky and Omineca Mountains. We are open for business and willing to work with potential investors. We invite you to explore the opportunities Mackenzie has to offer!Community website: https://www.districtofmackenzie.caTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/cariboo/fraser-fort-george/mackenzie/

 

Merritt

Information:
Population: 7,526
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
484 – Truck Transportation
453 – Miscellaneous store retailers
493 – Warehousing and storage
Community Description:
The City of Merritt is located at the hub of major transportation routes, offering direct links to provincial and international markets, education facilities, a youthful labour force, while providing residents with mild winters and warm summers.Community website: www.merritt.ca
Trade and Invest website: www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/thompson-okanagan/thompson-nicola/merritt/

 

Nelson

Information:
Population: 10,572
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
321 – Wood product manufacturing
339 – Miscellaneous manufacturing
541  – Professional, scientific and technical services
Community Description:
Nelson and area is one of B.C.’s richest resource regions. Nelson’s climate, location, & quality workforce have helped create a robust diverse economy including tourism, retail, food & beverage, education, health services, manufacturing, and technology.Community website: http://www.nelson.cahttp://www.discovernelson.comTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/central-kootenay/nelson/

 

Port Alberni

Information:
Population: 17,678
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
321 – Wood product manufacturing
541  – Professional, scientific and technical services
721 – Accommodation services
Community Description:
Centrally located on Vancouver Island. Forest industry has been primary economic driver; community now diversifying into other sectors. Breakbulk seaport; regional airport; midway between 2 tourism powerhouses.Community website: https://www.portalberni.caTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/vancouver-island-and-coast/alberni-clayoquot/port-alberni/

 

Powell River

Information:
Population: 13,157
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
311 – Food manufacturing
541  – Professional, scientific and technical services
611 – Educational services
Community Description:
Located on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, Power River offers an amazing mixture of nature, culture and industry. The region has become a hotspot for businesses, families, and retirees relocating from centres across North America and the world.Community website: https://powellriver.info/liveinvest/Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/vancouver-island-and-coast/powell-river/

 

Prince George

Information:
Population: 74,003
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
448 – Clothing and clothing accessories stores
493 – Warehousing and storage
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries (excluding 7132 – Gambling industries)
Community Description:
Located in central British Columbia on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, Prince George has a population of 74,003 and serves a region of nearly 320,000 people.Community website: https://www.princegeorge.caTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/cariboo/fraser-fort-george/prince-george/

 

Quesnel

Information:
Population: 10,378
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
311 – Food manufacturing
541  – Professional, scientific and technical services
722 – Food services and drinking places
Community Description:
Located in the central interior of British Columbia, in Quesnel, we live life to the fullest. With affordable housing costs, accessible amenities, and short commutes, we’re able to get out and enjoy the nature that surrounds us.Community website: https://www.quesnel.caTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/cariboo/cariboo/quesnel/

 

Regional District of Central Kootenay (Area J)

Information:
Population: 3,500
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
113 – Forestry and logging
236 – Construction of buildings
623  – Nursing and residential care facilities
Regional Description:
The Regional District of Central Kootenay – Area J includes the communities of Ootischenia, Robson, Renata, Deer Park, Brooklyn, Shields, Raspberry, Syringa and Fairview.
Community Description:
Located across the river from Castlegar, Area J is projected to be among the Kootenay’s fastest growing communities in the next 20 years. The region’s main economic drivers are Forestry, Education and Transport.Community website: https://www.rdck.ca | https://www.caded.caTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/central-kootenay/

 

Rossland

Information:
Population: 3,904
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
236 – Construction of buildings (2361 – Residential Building Construction only)
518 – Data processing, hosting, and related services
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries (excluding 7132 – Gambling industries)
Community Description:
The City of Rossland, tucked high in the Monashee Mountains, is known as both “Canada’s Alpine City”. Slightly higher, Red Mountain Ski Resort’s an incredible tourist destination for world class skiing in winter and mountain biking in the summer.Community website: https://www.rossland.caTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/kootenay-boundary/rossland/

 

Sechelt

Information:
Population: 10,216
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
115  – Support activities for agriculture and forestry
236 – Construction of buildings
238 – Specialty trade contractors
Community Description:
The District of Sechelt is the largest population centre in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. Located about 30 km north of the ferry terminal that connects the Sunshine Coast to the Lower Mainland, Sechelt has a population of 10,216.Community website: https://www.sechelt.caTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/lower-mainland-southwest/sunshine-coast/sechelt/

 

Squamish

Information:
Population: 20,799
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Contact:
https://squamish.ca/business-and-development/economic-development/bcpnp/
Priority Sectors:
321 – Wood product manufacturing
511  – Publishing industries
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
Community Description:
Nestled between the west coast metropolis of Vancouver and the world-famous resort of Whistler, Squamish has access to global markets, and a strong workforce without the congestion and aggravation of urban life.Community website: https://squamish.ca/business-and-development/economic-development/bcpnp/Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/lower-mainland-southwest/squamish-lillooet/squamish/

 

Sunshine Coast Regional District – Egmont and Pender Harbour (Area A)

Information:
Population: 2,624
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
321 – Wood product manufacturing
623  – Nursing and residential care facilities
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries (excluding 7132 – Gambling industries)
Regional Description:
Located at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast Peninsula, the Pender Harbour area is a complex maze of inlets, islands, coves, and lakes. The scattered community of settlements includes Madeira Park, Beaver Island, Garden Bay and Irvines Landing. To the north are Kleindale, Sakinaw Lake, Ruby Lake, Earl’s Cove, Egmont, Skookumchuck Narrows and the waterways up Jervis Inlet.
Community Description:
The Egmont/Pender Harbour area is home to several marinas and numerous tourist accommodations, artists’ studios, local shops, restaurants, a health centre and the School of Music.Community website: http://www.scrd.ca/Area-A—Pender-Harbour–Egmont

 

Sunshine Coast Regional District – Halfmoon Bay (Area B)

Information:
Population: 2,726
Regional District Map
Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
321 – Wood product manufacturing
623  – Nursing and residential care facilities
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries (excluding 7132 – Gambling industries)
Regional Description:
The Halfmoon Bay (Area B) includes includes Porpoise Bay from Tuwanek to the Skookumchuk, Salmon and Narrows Inlet, Redrooffs, Welcome Woods, Halfmoon Bay, Secret Cove and Wood Bay. It also includes the Trail Islands, Merry Island, Franklin Island, North Thormanby Island, South Thormanby Island, Bertha Island, Capri Isle, France Islet, Grant Island, Jack Tolmie Island and Turnagain Island.
Community Description:
The Halfmoon Bay Area has gentle bays and coves that provide several protected harbours for marine traffic; the area includes several parks as well as diving spots, hiking and mountain biking trails.Community website: http://www.scrd.ca/Area-B—Halfmoon-Bay

 

Sunshine Coast Regional District – Roberts Creek (Area D)

Information:
Population: 3,421
Regional District Map
Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
321 – Wood product manufacturing
623  – Nursing and residential care facilities
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries (excluding 7132 – Gambling industries)
Regional Description:
Roberts Creek is a residential and beach area located between the Elphinstone area and the District of Sechelt.
Community Description:
Roberts Creek includes a paved bike path that runs parallel to the highway; a golf course, Cliff Gilker Park, a family-oriented hiking area. Roberts Creek is also the location for several important regional amenities.Community website: http://www.scrd.ca/Area-D—Roberts-Creek

 

Sunshine Coast Regional District – Elphinstone (Area E)

Information:
Population: 3,664
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
321 – Wood product manufacturing
623  – Nursing and residential care facilities
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries (excluding 7132 – Gambling industries)
Regional Description:
Elphinstone is a small, but populated area surrounding the north, west and south of Gibsons.
Community Description:
The southernmost area in the SCRD, Elphinstone is home to an agricultural plateau where early farm settlements are still operational. Elphinstone also includes large tracts of undeveloped land, small businesses, residential areas, parks and a pioneer cemetery.Community website: http://www.scrd.ca/Area-e—Elphinstone

 

Sunshine Coast Regional District – West Howe Sound (Area F)

Information:
Population: 2,043
Regional District Map
Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
321 – Wood product manufacturing
623  – Nursing and residential care facilities
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries (excluding 7132 – Gambling industries)
Regional Description:
The communities of West Howe Sound stretch along the lower roadway (Marine Drive) from Gibsons, to the ferry terminal, past the ferry terminal towards Port Mellon, and up the ferry bypass route into Upper Gibsons and Area E – Elphinstone.
Community Description:
The West Howe Sound area includes Langdale, Port Mellon, Williamson’s Landing, Granthams Landing, Soames, Hopkins Landing, and Gambier and Keats Islands. Although this is the most lightly populated area in the SCRD, it has the highest growth rate in the Regional District.Community website: http://www.scrd.ca/Area-F—West-Howe-Sound

 

Terrace

Information:
Population: 13,000
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
115 – Support activities for agriculture and forestry
213 – Support activities for mining, and oil and gas extraction
339 – Miscellaneous manufacturing
Community Description:
Centrally located in Northwest B.C., Terrace is home to many of the regions business and government services. The City is situated along the Skeena River with excellent access to neighbouring communities and major urban centres by road, rail and air.Community website: https://www.terrace.ca https://terrace.ecdev.orgTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/north-coast/kitimat-stikine/terrace/

 

Trail

Information:
Population: 8,122
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
332 – Fabricated metal product manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
562 – Waste management and remediation services
Community Description:
The City of Trail, also known as “the Silver City”, is nestled along the mighty Columbia River. It was settled in the 1890s and is home to one of the world’s largest metallurgical complexes because of the historical mining industry in the region.Community website: http://www.trail.caTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/kootenay-boundary/trail/

 

Tumbler Ridge

Information:
Population: 2,130
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
611 – Educational services
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries (excluding 7132 – Gambling industries)
721 – Accommodation services
Community Description:
The second of three Global Geoparks in North America, our spectacular mountain wilderness setting of forests, waterfalls, rock formations, dinosaur footprints, lakes, canyons and caves provide spectacular associated business start-up opportunities.Community website: https://www.InvestTumblerRidge.ca | https://www.TumblerRidge.ca | https://www.DistrictOfTumblerRidge.caTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/northeast/peace-river/tumbler-ridge/

 

Vernon

Information:
Population: 42,574
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
311  – Food manufacturing
452 – General merchandise stores
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
Community Description:
Vernon is surrounded by three lakes and is known for its hot summers and mild winters. Vernon’s casual lifestyle, rich agricultural bounty and spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities has attracted residents from across the globe.Community website: https://www.vernon.ca/pnp

 

Williams Lake

Information:
Population: 11,359
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Contact:
[email protected]
Priority Sectors:
561 – Administrative and support services
611 – Educational services
722  – Food services and drinking places
Community Description:
Williams Lake is the “hub” of the Cariboo and a vital part of the Hwy 97 Cariboo Connector – the gateway to Northern B.C.  Less than 600KM from Vancouver, Williams Lake serves as the business centre for much of the Cariboo-Chilcotin region.Community website: https://www.williamslake.caTrade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/cariboo/cariboo/williams-lake/