Fort St John

The City of Fort St. John is actively working to attract those who want to relocate to northeastern B.C. to plant roots and raise families

The motto for Fort St. John is “The Energetic City,” and it lives up to it both in its booming energy sector and in the relative youth of its workforce and community.

The City of Fort St. John is actively working to attract those who want to relocate to northeastern B.C. to plant roots and raise families. It’s the youngest community in B.C. with its impressive average annual household income of $105,000. When you factor in house prices that average about $370,000, its extra appeal is obvious.

As well as the oil and gas industry, Fort St. John has thriving forestry and agricultural industries. There is also an interest in alternative energy: the city has the northernmost passive house in North America and there is a micro-hydro project that generates energy.

Ryan Harvey, the communications director for the City of Fort St. John, says embracing both the traditional industry and the alternatives is important.

 “We, as a community, realize our greatest resource is conservation, and anything we can do to reduce our reliance is good. But we also realize that you can’t live in a world without oil products. It’s not realistic,” he says.

“We’re the NG (natural gas) in LNG. It will be liquified in Kitimat (where it will be exported), but it is coming from our region.”

Harvey says that in light of the recent LNG Canada announcement about a plant in Kitimat, growth is already taking place.

Fort St. John is a winter city, Harvey says, and they factor that into their growth strategy. Tourism and community is being energized, too, with Fort St. John taking part in an international program, the Winter Cities microproject, which has led to practical programs to support community liveability throughout the winter, along with fun projects such as the creation of an outdoor skating loop and a large winter festival.

To learn more, please visit: fortstjohn.ca/economic-development.