Minister Sajjan announces new PacifiCan service in Northern B.C.

News release

An aerial image of hills in nothern B.C. Text reads: PacifiCan is open for business in the North.

Expanded footprint will better support local economic development for British Columbians in the North

November 17, 2022 – Prince George, British Columbia – PacifiCan

From the Port of Prince Rupert to the Alaska Highway, British Columbians across Northern B.C. are coming together to build their businesses and create vibrant communities. PacifiCan is here to help.

PacifiCan is the new federal economic development agency dedicated to British Columbia. PacifiCan works with partners who are building innovative businesses, creating quality jobs, and supporting inclusive growth across our province.

Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan) announced the official opening of new offices in Prince George, Prince Rupert and Fort St. John, serving businesses and communities across Northern B.C.

With the fastest trade route to Asia, the youngest population in the province, an abundant resource base and nature that the world wants to visit, Northern B.C. has unparalleled assets on which to build. PacifiCan’s expanded footprint will help British Columbians in the North build a stronger economy, with increased access to high-impact local investments and quality advice.

At a launch event for the new service today in Prince George, Minister Sajjan also announced over $3.1M in PacifiCan funding for 13 projects in 11 communities across Northern B.C. This includes over $2.5M for six projects funded through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF), and $588,251 for seven projects funded through the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF). These investments will enable the upgrade of public spaces and enhancement of tourism experiences in many communities spanning from Prince George to 100 Mile House, Tumbler Ridge to Dawson Creek, and more. 

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Minister Sajjan shakes hands with a funding recipient at a podium in front of PacifiCan banners and a Canadian flag.
Minister Sajjan shakes hands with a funding recipient at a podium in front of PacifiCan banners and a Canadian flag.
Minister Sajjan stands at a podium with PacifiCan signage in the background, while delivering remarks.
Minister Sajjan stands at a podium with PacifiCan signage in the background, while delivering remarks.

Quotes

“There is an amazing story unfolding here in Northern B.C. Canada and the world needs more of what British Columbians have to offer. Today’s announcement is about working closely together in supporting the growth of businesses and responding to priorities in these communities. Thank you for welcoming us and we look forward to helping you succeed.”
- The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan)

“Northern Development is passionate about the communities and businesses that make Northern B.C. a unique and vibrant region. We welcome the opening of the three new PacifiCan offices and applaud the federal government for its dedication to economic growth and diversity in the north.”
- Joel McKay, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Development Initiative Trust

“Funding from Pacifican helps University of Northern British Columbia researchers acquire the equipment and attract the highly qualified personnel they need to investigate pressing challenges and discover solutions that will impact our country and world. We look forward to working with Pacifican as they continue to invest in northern British Columbia.”
- Dr. Geoff Payne, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Northern British Columbia.

Quick facts

  • In Budget 2021, the Government of Canada provided funding for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) to transition into two new Regional Development Agencies – PrairiesCan – serving the Prairies, and PacifiCan, serving British Columbia.

  • In August 2021, the Government of Canada launched PacifiCan and announced the plan to open new offices in Campbell River, Cranbrook, Fort St. John, Kelowna, Prince George, Prince Rupert and Victoria. PacifiCan has an existing office in Vancouver and a liaison office Ottawa. PacifiCan will open a new head office in Surrey.

  • This enhanced footprint will improve responsiveness to local needs and deepen connections with communities and businesses.

  • PacifiCan is growing its culture of service excellence and supporting clients through four key roles: investor, pathfinder, convenor and advisor.  

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Contacts

Haley Hodgson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Development and Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan)
haley.hodgson@international.gc.ca

Ben Letts
Senior Communications Advisor
Pacific Economic Development Canada
ben.letts@pacifican.gc.ca

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