Local businesses in Fort St. James will receive an extra boost in the coming months as part of a “Love Fort St. James” buy local campaign piloted by Northern Development Initiative Trust. The project will celebrate home grown businesses and their contributions to the local economy, while encouraging citizens to consider the wide variety of products available in town. The program will also help celebrate the personal connections which take place between consumers and business owners when they support independent businesses. The Northern Development-led pilot program supports the development of strongly branded buy-local campaigns for six communities including Fort St. James, Vanderhoof, Burns Lake, Logan Lake, 100 Mile House and Valemount. Each community will have their own website that will promote local businesses through high-end photography. A website to support Fort St James’ involvement will be located at www.lovefortstjames.com in the coming days. To fund the website development and graphic [...]
The District of Fort St. James has retained a qualified consultant to prepare a comprehensive Trails Master Plan that supports active modes of transportation. Important goals of the plan are to foster the usage of active transportation while providing for population and industry growth, the development of a high quality of life for residents, and to assist with municipal efforts to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions. The primary objective of the Trails Master Plan is to provide set municipal development goals and actions for connected active transportation and to support sustainable economic and community development through trails and transportation planning. Included in the Trails Master Plan will be a map (both hard copy and electronic) which will highlight local and regional trails in our area. Some limited trails signage will be implemented as a component of this project. We anticipate completion of the master plan by late September 2013.
As a result of funding from the federal government, the District of Fort St. James has been able to further protect the safety and health of its citizens during emergencies and disasters. For more information visit https://fortstjames.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=15816
The District of Fort St. James Mayor & Council recently approved a tax exemption program for commercial and light industrial infrastructure improvements. This program follows close on the heels of the successful "Industrial Tax Exemption" program which saw $30 Million in upgrades completed at a local sawmill. Under the newly extended program, commercial and light industrial properties which implement property upgrades that result in increased property value assessments, will be exempt from paying increased municipal property taxes for a period of time following the upgrade. Details on the bylaw can be found here. An additional program offered by Northern Development Initiative Trust can help property owners to leverage the tax exemptions into up-front loans which can be used for the upgrade itself. Proponents interested in taking advantage of this additional opportunity are encouraged to contact Northern Development Initiative Trust at 250-561-2525 and the District's Economic Development Officer, Emily Colombo at [...]
MEDIA RELEASE AUGUST 1, 2012 At a Special Council Meeting held on July 31, 2012, Mayor and Council of the District of Fort St. James unanimously voted to adopt a resolution declaring their opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project. The District of Fort St. James is one of the first municipalities located along the proposed pipeline route to take a formal stance on the project. The decision to oppose the project was based on the results of a public opinion poll, numerous presentations by Enbridge, concerns raised by a local Fort St. James Sustainability Group, conversations with members of the public and the personal opinions of Council members. At the special meeting, Mayor MacDougall articulated Council’s rationale for speaking against the project: “We feel we have listened objectively to the presentations made by Enbridge, the Fort St. James Sustainability Group and the public. We have taken the time to [...]
A targeted campaign which began in February to bring much-needed physicians to Fort St.James has garnered results, with the recent signing of 3 physicians to service the community and surrounding area of nearly 5000. The community would like to extend a huge thank you to Dr. Paul Stent, who has managed as the sole physician for the last five months, as well as the efforts of Northern Health, the Fort St. James Medical Clinic, Stuart Lake Hospital, Nak'azdli Health Centre, visiting locum physicians, and the ever-resilient members of the community who have worked hard to make this happen. A full copy of the Northern Health press release can be found at the link below. http://northernhealth.ca/Portals/0/NewsAndUpdates/2012-07-24_20120724_NR_Fort%20St.%20James%20Physicians%20recruited.pdf