North Island Economic Forum and Implementation

Regional District of Mount Waddington

Sources of Funding
ICET:$15,000
Province of BC - JTST:$15,000
Total Budget: $30,000

In response to the unforeseen curtailment of operations at Neucel Mill, the Regional District of Mount Waddington (RDMW) held an Economic Development Forum to support economic development solutions in the region. Complementary to existing individual community economic development strategies (including the related Port Alice Economic Development Strategy), the Forum was intended to be a broader, coordinated effort, with a regional focus.  The funding for this project was provided as part of a joint Province of BC and ICET intervention to support short term economic response to the industrial curtailment.

This project convened North Island communities in a North Island Economic Forum that focused on identifying a strategic development plan for the tourism sector in the North Island. The regional strategies identified build on the Vancouver Island North Tourism Committee (VINT), the North Island Regional Protocol, the BC Jobs Plan, and stated community values.

The Community-to-Community Forum was held in March, 2016, and had more than 110 registrants, with presenters from Tourism Vancouver Island and the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada. The forum helped establish a priority list of tourist sector development initiatives that have the support and backing of all communities in the RDMW and to identify key action areas and a plan for implementation of regional sector strategies.

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$236
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$50.5
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2018-19 Annual Report

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