Training and Advanced Education


We focus our investments into business accelerators and infrastructure or equipment projects that enable organizations to deliver new training, skills development, and certification programs in our region for in-demand jobs or to prepare local residents for employment in new economic sectors.

We welcome proposals for infrastructure or equipment investments that will enable organizations to establish new training and upskilling programs, equipping residents to meet the demands of the job market or to transition into emerging economic sectors.

We encourage proposals for programs that directly engage developing companies in emerging or low carbon economic sectors with mentorship, investment opportunities, and other vital supports that help them evolve into stable, self-sufficient businesses.

Project Highlight

Start-up of North Island Driving School

In 2023, the ‘Namgis Business Development Corp. and the Trust invested in the start-up of an Indigenous-owned driving school to deliver ICBC-certified drivers’ training and licencing support for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents within North Island communities. Since its start-up, this community-owned enterprise has expand its instructor team and enabled more than 80 residents, from seven communities, take the first steps towards licencing.

Learn More About the Project

Project Impact Story:

Driving Opportunities for Economic Development and Expansion in Rural and Remote Areas
The ‘Namgis Driving School is the first Indigenous-owned and operated driving school in the region.

News Release:

New Indigenous-Owned Driving School to Help Strengthen Economic Opportunities 
Social enterprise to deliver ICBC training in unique and culturally adapted manner.


North Island Driving School:

Drive North Island
The North Island Driving School is owned by the ‘Namgis First Nation and offers both driving lessons and classroom instruction.

More Training and Advanced Education Projects

A group of students attend class at the Seafood Business Incubator

News Release:

New Seafood Business Accelerator to Provide Valuable Food Business Supports
Inaugural program targets small-scale harvesters in promoting innovation and sustainability.

Campbell River through a telephoto lens, compressing the city streets with the largest mountains on Vancouver Island.

News Release:

New Programming to Strengthen Campbell River’s Growing Innovation Economy
Latest initiatives include entrepreneur-focused podcast, speaker series, virtual business hub and hackathon.