Innovations in Modern Forestry Exhibit

BC Forest Discovery Center

Sources of Funding
ICET Contribution:$400,000
Provincial Government Funding:$5,000
Private Sector Contributions:$744,500
Private Sector In-Kind:$117,000
Applicant's Equity:$10,000
Total Budget: $1,276,500

The BC Forest Discovery Center (BCFDC) has educated visitors about the BC Forest Industry’s past, present and future for over half a century. While forestry has advanced over the decades, the BCFDC exhibits had not been updated since 1978. 

This project, led by the BCFDC and supported by private sector forestry partners, created a new “Innovations in Modern Forestry” exhibit to showcase modern forestry on Vancouver Island. The new exhibits highlight advancements in forestry technology, harvesting practices, processing and product development to the public. In addition, the project modernized the museum entry and façade, and developed an interactive mobile app to engage visitors across the outdoor exhibits. The center also serves as a new tourism hub for forestry-related tourism activities – directing visitors to interpretive walks, lumber mills, logging operations and other points of interest throughout the region.

Opened to the public in May 2019, the new exhibits will attract a wider range of visitors such as forestry workers, potential job seekers and people interested in modern day forest management. The project is expected to double the length of the operating season, and is estimated to increase visitor traffic to over 100,000 annually (43,000 increase). Anticipated outcomes include direct job creation from the increased operating season, as well as direct and indirect benefits to hospitality and tourism-related businesses. The project will also support forest sector recruitment and benefit regional manufacturers through the promotion of locally made wood products.

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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