Finance Committee recommends investing in northern development

It makes 75 recommendations for next year's budget, based on the priorities of those who participated.

"We heard about opportunities to help diversify our economy, spur development and job creation, as well as the need to protect program spending," said Committee Chair Rob Howard.


The Committee recommends streamlining the process to obtain permits and regulations and bridging the skills gap to promote jobs and economic growth. Also included in the recommendations is prioritizing healthcare, education at both a K-12 and post-secondary level, as well as enhancing court services and resourcing community services.

Notably, there are 7 recommendations specifically designed for investing in northern development, including reducing travel time to the Horn River development, and starting a Fair Share program in Fort Nelson, something that has already been initiated.

As a part of its Budget consultations, the Committee travelled to 13 cities as well as held two video conferences covering an additional 8 areas. Members of the public were encouraged to participate by send a written, audio or video submission, or filling out a survey online.

The full report is available for download below.