Regional business liaison positions approved across Northern B.C.

Northern Development has approved 13 applications for regional business liaisons across nine organizations in B.C.
A forest on a forest service road with mountains in the background.
(Jordan Prentice,

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Northern Development has approved 13 applications for regional business liaisons across nine organizations in B.C.

The liaisons will offer one-on-one support for rural businesses and communities impacted by forest policy changes.

The program was made possible by a $1.5 million investment from the provincial government to support regional business liaison positions throughout Northern B.C. for a one-year term.

“As rural communities and businesses in B.C. look to create sustainable, diverse and inclusive economies, these new community advisors will play a pivotal role in providing access to supports needed during this transition,” said Brenda Bailey, Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation. 

“We’ll continue working collaboratively with Northern Development Initiative Trust on building a stronger, more resilient future for everyone across central and northern B.C.”

The intake for the fund opened on April 3rd and closed on April 28th.

Community Futures Peace Liard was approved to hire two regional business liaison positions.

The complete list of organizations receiving funding can be viewed below:

  • Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin (two positions)
  • District of Fort St. James
  • Community Futures Peace Liard (two positions)
  • Community Futures North Cariboo
  • Community Futures Nadina (two positions)
  • Community Futures Sun Country
  • Community Futures Fraser-Fort George (two positions)
  • First Nations Business Development Association
  • Community Futures Pacific Northwest

For more information, visit Northern Development’s website. 

Over the past year, the Chetwynd pulp mill has shut down, and the Taylor pulp has suffered from many curtailments, with Canfor saying it “doesn’t see a path forward.”

Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier attended a rally for the forestry sector in Merrit in March to support workers struggling to keep their jobs.


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