Department Contacts

Corrine Swenson
Manager of Regional Economic Development

Lindsey Larsen
Regional Economic Development Coordinator

Nellie Davis
Grant Writer

View Our Other Sites and Projects

miningLarge Icon tourismLarge icon BusDirectoryLarge icon FarmersMarketIcon BusinessForumIcon SkillsGapIcon StartupIcon FacebookIcon 

53Economic Development
Economic Development Home
4Assistance For Business
Resources - Business
Business Financing
Wage Subsidy Programs
Business Tax Credit Programs
5Assistance for Non-profit Societies
1Grant Writing Assistance
Request for Assistance Form
3Find a Grant
Local Government Grants
Not for Profit - Community Group Grants
Other Grant Links
1Resources - Non-Profit
GST-HST for non profit organizations
27Regional Information
15Regional Profile
7Electoral Area Information
Electoral Area A, Smithers Rural
Electoral Area B, Burns Lake Rural
Electoral Area C, Fort St James Rural
Electoral Area D, Fraser Lake Rural
Electoral Area E, Francois/Ootsa Rural
Electoral Area F, Vanderhoof Rural
Electoral Area G, Houston Rural
8Municipality Information
Burns Lake
Fraser Lake
Fort St James
Census Data
Tax Rates
Labour Statistics
4Industry Sectors
Industrial Land Inventories
Bulkley-Nechako Directory
Community Initiatives
8RDBN Business Events
4RDBN Business Forum
2014 RDBN Business Forum – Fort St James
2012 RDBN Business Forum – Smithers
2011 RDBN Business Forum –Vanderhoof
2010 RDBN Business Forum – Burns Lake
4Start-Up Business Contest
2017 RDBN Start-up Business Contest
2013 RDBN Start-up Business Contest
2012 Start-Up Business Contest
2011 Start-Up Business Contest
4Economic Development Projects
RDBN Image Bank
Regional Skills Gap Analysis
Regional Photo Contest
Action Plan
Economic Development Contacts

November 15, 2017

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) is pleased to announce that under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, Fort Fraser has been approved for $3.1 million in federal-provincial funding for the design plan and replacement of the majority of the community’s water distribution system. This funding will allow for the project to begin immediately.

We would like to recognize the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada for their commitment to investing in projects that will improve essential services in B.C. communities. For communities such a Fort Fraser that have a low tax base, accessing funds to complete a project of this scale makes it possible to maintain a sustainable taxation rate for the community.  This is an important factor in creating stability and encouraging growth in this rural community.

The awarded funds are a major contribution to the Fort Fraser Infrastructure Improvement Project, a project that is vital to the community due to the fact the current infrastructure has reached its end of useful life, creating the potential to disrupt essential water service, as well as create health and safety concerns for the community.

This project includes the development of a detailed design plan and replacement of a majority of the water distribution system in the community. The new design plan will accommodate the current user capacity and allow for future infill in the community. It will also ensure adequate firefighting services for the community.

This project is one of 144 projects announced on March 17, 2017, funded through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

A Request for Proposal was issued, and applications are now being reviewed. The multiphase project is estimated to begin with detailed design work in summer 2017 and construction planned for 2018.

The RDBN would also like to acknowledge the support of the Fort Fraser Local Commission, whose advocacy and commitment to their community were key factors in the successful completion of this funding application. 


Quick facts

  • The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund provides a total of $373.6 million in senior-government funding to support rehabilitation of critical infrastructure – $225.1 million from the Government of Canada and $148.5 million from the Province of B.C.
  • Approved projects are cost shared 50% by the Government of Canada, 33% by the Province of British Columbia, and the remaining 17% from the local government.
  • In March 2017, 144 new projects received approval under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. This is in addition to the 36 projects approved in 2016. 
  • The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • $21.9 billion of this funding will support green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

“Investing in water and wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintaining a healthy environment and providing access to clean, reliable drinking water. The Government of Canada is working with provinces, territories and municipalities across the country to support important projects like the Fort Fraser Infrastructure Improvement Project, which ensure that Canadian communities are healthy and sustainable now and for years to come.”

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities


“Improving the quality of drinking water and the reliability of wastewater systems are critical to maintaining the health and safety of our communities. Through this funding, we are making investments in infrastructure upgrades for residents in our region in order to provide improved services for residents.”

Hon. Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

“After much hard work, it is with great pleasure that we celebrate the partnerships that have made this project possible.  We are excited about the long-term benefits for the community”

Bill Miller – Board Chair RDBN

“The community of Fort Fraser is pleased to see this project underway.  Safe, reliable water distribution services are essential to quality of life, and these upgrades will benefit residents for a long time to come.”

Mark Parker – RDBN Director for Electoral Area “D” (Fraser Lake Rural)

Associated links

Media contacts:

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
250 952-0617


Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Infrastructure Canada
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
Twitter: @INFC_eng
Web: Infrastructure Canada






2018 Funding Now Available nditrdbnlogo

Many municipalities in our region have, or are currently , participating in the Building Façade Improvement Program.

The RDBN is pleased to partner with NDIT to ensure that unincorporated communities along Highway 16 will also be eligible.

If you have a business in a commercially zoned building in Topley, Fort Fraser or Endako, funding is now available for improvements to your building façade. Grants for projects meeting the eligibility criteria are available on a first come– first served basis.

Grants for up to $5,000 are available

For up to 50% of the budget for projects that increase the appeal of your business.

Q: Does my business qualify?
A: Give us a call, we can certainly let you know.

Q: What kind of improvements can I make?
A: A complete list can be found in our guidelines, but projects can include new siding, paint, awnings, and other architectural features.

Q: What about accessibility projects, will they qualify?
A: Yes, accessibility projects can qualify for this funding if they are part of a larger improvement project.

If you  have any questions please email