Port Alice Economic Development Strategy

Village of Port Alice

Sources of Funding
ICET:$15,000
Province of BC - JTST:$15,000
Total Budget: $30,000

In response to the unforeseen curtailment of operations at Neucel Mill, the Village of Port Alice created an Economic Development Strategy and Implementation Plan, titled Port of Potential: Port Alice’s Economic Development Strategy. The purpose of the strategy and implementation plan is to continue the process of economic diversification and resiliency by creating a strong economic base that can better leverage opportunities and community assets.  Funding for this project was provided as part of a joint Province of BC and ICET intervention to support short term economic response to the industrial curtailment.

This project included community and business surveys, a community open house, and consultations with Steering Committee members, Village staff, and other key stakeholders. The strategy resulted in six focus areas complete with short, medium, and long-term actions for each of the strategic focus areas. Actions to reduce the Village’s dependence on the local pulp mill, support the development of local employment, and support a more diverse tax base within the Village were also developed.

Port Alice’s Economic Development Strategy has provided the community with a road map toward economic diversification and will support the Village’s efforts to attract and retain the amenities that make Port Alice a desirable location to live and work, assisting in the attraction and retention of skilled workers.

2,580
person years employment created (construction phase)
50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together
$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated
2,615
post completion jobs created
$4.7
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested
$278
million leveraged into the region
$47.9
million disbursed
$49.7
million committed
170
economic development projects
130
projects completed
38%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities
50+
communities with ICET projects

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