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PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA

2016 COMMUNITY PROFILE

MAYOR’S WELCOME
On behalf of City Council and the citizens of Prince
George, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our great
city. We are proud to be located in the heart of the
province and on the traditional territory of the Lheidli
T’enneh.
The Prince George area is rich in natural resources
and the forest industry lies at the foundation of our
diverse manufacturing sector and increasingly
diversified economy. We are connected to the
world by modern telecommunications, road, air,
and rail, which make the city an ideal location for
manufacturing, transportation, logistics and export
operations.
The diversification and growth of the city is also
enabled by our two great post-secondary facilities:
the College of New Caledonia and the University of
Northern British Columbia. No city of our size in Canada
has the same diversity of educational programs and,
in fact, UNBC, which is known as Canada’s Green
University, was recently recognized by Maclean’s magazine as the top small university in Canada.
Prince George is very competitive when it comes to attracting new business. We have innovative
downtown incentive programs to stimulate development on a variety of projects in Prince George.
Council recently approved an exciting multi-family housing incentive to encourage new home
construction in the city centre, along major thoroughfares, and near busy retail centres.
We strive to support existing businesses, grow and diversify our economy through our Business
Retention and Expansion program, and work closely with many local business organizations.
We celebrated our centennial in 2015 and we have seen many big economic changes in recent
years. Since 2012, more than a quarter of a billion dollars has been spent on significant projects and
developments in Prince George.
It is an exciting time for Prince George. Great things are happening here, and I hope that you choose
to become a part of our wonderful city.

Mayor Lyn Hall of Prince George

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.0 INTRODUCTION 6.0 GOVERNMENT
1.1 Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 6.1 Municipal Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
1.2 Economic Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 6.2 Regional District . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
6.3 Provincial Government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
2.0 DEMOGRAPHICS 6.4 Federal Government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
2.1 Population . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
2.2 Population by Age Characteristics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 7.0 UTILITIES
2.3 Language & Immigration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 7.1 Telecommunications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
7.2 Waste Management & Recycling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
3.0 LABOUR FORCE 7.3 Natural Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
3.1 Industry Structure by Employment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 7.4 Electricity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
3.2 Employment and Unemployment Rates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
8.0 BUSINESS CLIMATE
4.0 REAL ESTATE 8.1 City of Prince George Tax Rates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
4.1 Non-Residential Building Permit Values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 8.2 Development Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
4.2 Commercial and Industrial Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 8.3 Development Cost Charges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
4.3 Residential Market Trends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
9.0 QUALITY OF LIFE
5.0 TRANSPORTATION 9.1 Climate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
5.1 Road Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 9.2 Airshed Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
5.2 Air Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 9.3 Communications & Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
5.3 Rail Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 9.4 City Living . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
5.4 Marine Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 9.5 Health & Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
9.6 Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

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1.0 INTRODUCTION
Welcome to Prince George, British Columbia, the largest city in one of Wholesale & Retail Trade
the fastest growing regions in Canada. Prince George offers diverse Employment in Wholesale & Retail Trade increased 29% between
employment opportunities and an affordable quality of life, where 2005 and 2015, reflecting the establishment of new businesses and
four-season recreation opportunities amidst the natural beauty of the the continued growth of the Cariboo development region and Prince
outdoors are complemented by a full range of urban amenities. These George as the service and supply centre for communities across
qualities differentiate the community from other locations, making Prince northern BC.
George a preferred location to live, work, play, invest and study.
Manufacturing
1.1 LOCATION Manufacturing remains one of the largest sectors in Prince George,
Prince George is situated in the heart of the province, 800 km north of with a broad range of production activities including wood products,
Vancouver, British Columbia and 740 km west of Edmonton, Alberta. machinery & equipment, chemicals & plastics, and food & beverage
Located at the junction of major provincial Highways 16 & 97, Prince manufacturing.
George is also located at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers. Healthcare & Social Assistance
Established on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, Prince George
is surrounded by vast natural beauty, yet offers full urban amenities and Over the past decade, employment in the Healthcare & Social Assistance
superior connectivity to global destinations. sector has remained steady. Significant investments have been made to
expand health services in the city over this time, including the BC Cancer
1.2 ECONOMIC OVERVIEW Agency Centre for the North, which is the most recent investment in
The Prince George economy is well-diversified across all sectors. Over 71,363 71,363
healthcare infrastructure in Prince George
recent decades, Prince George has developed from a mainly forest-based CITYAccommodation CITY & Food Services
economy to a city that has a strong natural resource base, but also supplies
83,823 83,823
74%74%
 Accommodation & Food Services sees consistent employment
goods and services for a broad range of sector activities throughout numbers and contributes to the overall economic growth in the city,
northern BC, within Canada and internationally. Prince George is the largest CENSUSand is indicative
CENSUSof a growing tourism industry across northern BC.
city in the Cariboo development region. Its estimated population of 71,363 AGGLOMERATIONAGGLOMERATION
makes up 46% of the total Cariboo population.
The Cariboo development region’s five largest employment sectors are: REGIONAL
91,277 91,277
Construction
Construction remains one of the key employment sectors in Prince
DISTRICT
REGIONAL DISTRICT
George and the Cariboo region, due both to capital investment in
320,221320,221YOUNG POPULATION
Wholesale & Retail Trade; Manufacturing; Healthcare & Social Assistance;
YOUNG POPULATI
Accommodation & Food Services; and Construction. Over the past decade, Prince George and local companies providing support to major
combined employment in these sectors has seen consistent growth, SERVICEprojects AREA throughout northern BC.
SERVICE AREA
increasing the relative presence of the sectors and contributing to the (Under 55) (Under 55)
economic strength and diversity of the region and city’s economy.

PRINCE
GEORGE 6.4%PRINCE
GEORGE 6.4% PRINCE
GEORGE
PRINCE
GEORGE 65.6% 65.6
BC 6.2% BC 6.2% BC 59.5%BC 59.5%
CANADA CANADA 6.9% 6.9% CANADA 61.3%
CANADA 61.3%

47,0006.4%
6.4% 65.6%
65.6%
ANNUAL UNEMPLOYMENT
UNEMPLOYMENT EMPLOYMENT
EMPLOYMENT
EMPLOYMENTRATE (2015)
RATE (2015) RATE (2015)
RATE (2015) M

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2.0 DEMOGRAPHICS
2.1 POPULATION 2.3 LANGUAGE & IMMIGRATION
The census agglomeration population of Prince George was estimated Prince George’s diverse population includes a large Francophone
to be 83,823 in 2015; the population in the Regional District of Fraser-Fort community and a number of established and growing immigrant
George was estimated at 91,277. BC Stats estimates that the population of communities. In 2011, more than 80% of immigrants had called Prince
the region will increase over coming decades. George home for 13 years or more.

POPULATION NATIVE TONGUE % OF TOTAL POPULATION


AREA
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 English 88.2%
Prince George 73,803 73,509 73,850 73,321 71,363 Panjabi (Punjabi) 1.8%
Regional Distric of French 1.5%
93,887 93,452 93,712 93,288 91,277
Fraser - Fort George German 1.5%
SOURCE: BC Stats
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 0.5%
Northern BC’s population was estimated to be 320,221 in 2015 and includes Cantonese and Mandarin 0.5%
eight Regional Districts: SOURCE: Statistics Canada

REGIONAL DISTRICT POPULATION (2015)

71,363
Fraser-Fort George 91,277
Bulkley-Nechako 39,997
Cariboo 62,263
Kitimat-Stikine 38,621
CITY
Northern Rockies
Peace River
Stikine
5,957
63,918
655
83,823
CENSUS
Skeena-Queen Charlotte 17,533 AGGLOMERATION
TOTAL 320,221
SOURCE: BC Stats
91,277
2.2 POPULATION BY AGE CHARACTERISTICS REGIONAL DISTRICT
The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George and Prince George have a
relatively young population in comparison to BC as a whole, with 30.9% of 320,221
the population aged 24 or younger. Given the trend of the aging population SERVICE AREA
30% in North America, Prince George is well positioned toBritish
provide a relatively
Columbia
productive workforce in the coming years.
25%

71,363
British Columbia Fraser-Fort George

20% British Columbia Fraser-Fort George Northern British Columbia

15% 30%Fraser-Fort George CITY


Northern British Columbia
British Columbia

83,823
74%
10% Northern British Columbia
25%
Fraser-Fort George
5%
CENSUS
PRINCE
GEORGE 6.4%
20% Northern British Columbia
0%
0-14 15-24 25-44 AGGLOMERATION
45-64 65+
Age Groups BC 6.2%
91,277
24 25-44 45-64 65+
15%
Age Groups

6.9%
65+
CANADA
10% REGIONAL DISTRICT

320,221
6.4%
5%

0% SERVICE AREA YOUNG POPULATION


0-14 15-24 25-44 45-64 65+
(Under 55)
SOURCE: BC Stats
Age Groups
UNEMPLOYMENT
RATE (2015)
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Business, Building, and Other Supportive Services


3.0 LABOUR FORCE

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services


Forestry, Fishing, Mining, Quarrying, Oil & Gas

Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing


EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY (2015)
3.1 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE BY

Information, Culture and Recreation


EMPLOYMENT

Accomodation and Food Services


Healthcare and Social Assistance

Transportation and Warehousing


Wholesale and Retail Trade
In the Cariboo development region,

Public Administration
Educational Services
service-producing industries
provide the majority of employment,

Other Services
Manufacturing

Construction
employing 72% of the workforce.
Goods-producing industries employ
the remaining 28% of the workforce.
17.6% 11.8% 11.2% 8.2% 8.1% 7.3% 6.4% 5.4% 5.1% 4.6% 4.0% 3.7% 3.3% 3.2%
3.2 EMPLOYMENT AND
UNEMPLOYMENT RATES 0
SOURCE: Statistics Canada
101

Prince George consistently maintains a higher employment rate than the province of BC and Canada as a whole. High employment rates and low
unemployment in recent years indicate the strength of the local economy and reflect the resilience of the economy throughout economic cycles.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (%) EMPLOYMENT RATE (%)


9% 72%
2015 2015
8% 70%
2014 68% 2014
7%
6% 2013 66% 2013
5% 64%
2012 2012
4% 62%
2011 60% 2011
3%
2% 58%

1% 56%

0% 54%
Prince George BC Canada Prince George BC Canada
SOURCE: Statistics Canada SOURCE: Statistics Canada

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4.0 REAL ESTATE


4.1 N
 ON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PERMIT VALUES ($000) 4.3 RESIDENTIAL MARKET TRENDS
Building activity has been strong over the last few years in Prince George, Stable growth in demand for new single and multi-family housing units
with non-residential permits making up the majority of construction has kept annual housing starts steady in recent years. Given projected
permits issued. population and economic growth, the housing market is expected to
remain strong. Housing prices have been rising steadily in the city; since
TOTAL PERMIT NON- %NON- 2009, housing prices have increased by 20.9%, which is an indicator of the
YEAR
VALUE RESIDENTIAL RESIDENTIAL
attractiveness of the community and the confidence in the local economy.
2015 $88,216 $33,652 38.1%
However, Prince George is still one of the most affordable cities in Canada,
2014 $125,612 $76,770 61.1%
2013 $102,429 $64,951 63.4% both for home ownership and rental accommodation.
2012 $117,571 $73,595 62.6%
2011 $97,807 $59,554 60.9%
HOUSING STARTS IN PRINCE GEORGE
2010 $126,097 $81,814 64.9% 300
SOURCE: BC Stats 269 2015

4.2 COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT 250


2014
213 211
Prince George offers a number of development opportunities with a good
200 195
selection of affordable land and properties in various areas of the city 2013
suitable for commercial, residential, and industrial projects. 157 158
150 2012
Official Community Plans (OCPs) for the Regional District of Fraser-
Fort George (www.rdffg.bc.ca) and the City of Prince George
(www.princegeorge.ca) outline land use policy (present and future). 100 2011

Proposed development must be consistent with the OCPs and local


development guidelines. For more information on commercial and industrial 2010
50
development refer to the Prince George Business Investment Guide at
www.investprincegeorge.ca.
0
SOURCE: The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

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MLS® AVERAGE HOME SALE PRICE The percentage of household income required to finance home
$1000000 ownership in Prince George is considerably lower than in other areas of
$902,801
the province (28.3% in Prince George compared to 87.1% in Vancouver).
$800000
$622,046 HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX
YEAR
$600000 $521,616 PRINCE GEORGE NORTHERN BC VANCOUVER
2015 28.3% 27.9% 87.1%
$369,536
$400000 $326,398
$284,611 2014 29.0% 29.1% 82.6%
$200000
2013 31.5% 31.9% 81.6%

$0 2012 31.6% 31.6% 82.2%


Prince Kamloops Victoria, Greater Greater Edmonton,
George, & District, BC Vancouver, Toronto, AB 2011 31.4% 30.2% 90.6%
BC BC BC ON
SOURCE: BC Northern Real Estate Board
SOURCE: BC Northern Real Estate Board, The Canadian Real Estate Association, Kamloops & District Real Estate Association

AVERAGE MORTGAGE PAYMENTS ACROSS CANADA AVERAGE RENT IN DIFFERENT CITIES ($/MONTH, 2 BEDROOMS)
$1800
20% Down Payment
$3500 25yr Amortization $3,308 $1600
$1400 $1,375
$3000 5yr Closed Term Mortgage $1,261 $1,286
2.7% Interest Rate $1200 $1,129
$2500 $2,279
$1,911 $1000 $928
$2000 $806
$800
$1500 $1,354
$1,196 $600
$1,043
$1000 $400
$500 $200

$0 $0
Prince Kamloops Victoria, Greater Greater Edmonton, Prince Kamloops, Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, Toronto,
George, & District, BC Vancouver, Toronto, AB George, BC BC BC BC AB ON
BC BC BC ON SOURCE: The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
SOURCE: Scotiabank, BC Northern Real Estate Board, The Canadian Real Estate Association,
Kamloops & District Real Estate Association

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5.0 TRANSPORTATION DISTANCE TO MAJOR


CITIES BY HIGHWAY KILOMETRES MILES
Prince George offers superior transportation connectivity for local FROM PRINCE GEORGE
businesses and residents via road, air, rail, and marine infrastructure. This
transportation network gives Prince George businesses and residents easy Vancouver, BC 786 488
access to anywhere in the world.

5.1 ROAD TRANSPORTATION Calgary, Alberta 793 493

Prince George is located at the junction of the north-south Highway 97


and east-west Highway 16. The provincial and federal governments have Edmonton, Alberta 742 461
made considerable investments into road infrastructure in northern BC,
including widening the 440-km portion of Highway 97 between Cache Creek
Prince Rupert, BC 722 449
and Prince George to four lanes and improvements to the Pine Pass. The
competitive advantages of Prince George’s transportation infrastructure
are enhanced by the wide variety of transportation service providers Fort St. John, BC 458 285
located in the city.

Nunavut

Yukon
Territory Northwest
Territories
Yellowknife
Anchorage
Whitehorse
C A N A D A
Fort Nelson

British Manitoba
Columbia Alberta
Prince George Saskatchewan
Prince George Airport (YXS)
Prince Rupert Kitimat
Edmonton Newfoundland
&
Saskatoon Labrador
Ontario
Quebec
Kamloops
Calgary Regina Winnipeg
Victoria Vancouver Thunder Bay
Seattle New P.E.I.
Ottawa Brunswick
Portland Saint Paul
Montreal Nova Scotia
UNITED STATES Toronto Halifax
Detroit Boston
Salt Lake City Omaha
Chicago
Denver Kansas City New York
Sacramento Reno
Washington
San Francisco
Albuquerque Memphis
Legend
Los Angeles Phoenix Dallas Atlanta Railroad
Austin Highway
Jacksonville
Prince George Airport (YXS)
San Antonio Houston Shipping
Miami

Transportation in Prince George


• Prince George International Airport (YXS)
• CN Intermodal: Prince George Distribution Centre
• Provincial Highways 16 and 97
• 800 km from the Port of Prince Rupert
• 800 km from Port Metro Vancouver

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CITY

2016 COMMUNITY PROFILE 83,823


CENSUS
AGGLOMERATION 74%
5.2 AIR TRANSPORTATION
91,277
REGIONAL DISTRICT

320,221
5.3 RAIL TRANSPORTATION
4
YOUNG POPULATION
SERVICE AREA
The Prince George International Airport (YXS) has the fourth longest runway Prince George is the divisional
(Under 55) headquarters and regional operations E
in Canada (11,450 ft) and provides domestic and international air service for hub for CN Rail’s activities in northern BC. With its transcontinental rail

$98,060
passengers and cargo. Air Canada, Central Mountain Air, Pacific Coastal and network, CN offers the shortest and fastest routes connecting domestic
WestJet operate out of YXS with multiple flights every day to Vancouver, and international markets. This gives Prince George a strategic position to
Calgary, Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops, Smithers, Terrace/Kitimat, Fort Nelson facilitate the export of containerized products to Asia via the Port of Prince

connects6.4%
PRINCE
access to the world. Northern Thunderbird AirGEORGE the north and BC’s increased export demand.PRINCE
65.6%
71,363
and Fort St. John. Direct access to major hubs gives Prince George residents Rupert. CN’s Prince George intermodal facility recently expanded to meet
GEORGE CITY
interior through charted flights. The Prince George International Airport
BC 6.2%
83,823
VIA Rail serves a growingBCvisitor market, providing passenger service from
59.5%

MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME


also handles international travel with scheduled seasonal flights to Mexico. Prince Rupert to Jasper via Prince George. CENSUS
More than 470,000 passengers pass through the airport on an annual basis
6.9% AGGLOMERATION
CANADA
CANADA 61.3%
www.pgairport.ca. 5.4 MARINE TRANSPORTATION
91,277
6.4%
YXS is the Transpacific Logistics Alternative, located on the Great Circle
Route between major Asian and North American markets.
Visit www.pgairlogistics.ca for more information.
65.6%
Prince George is strategically located along the Northwest
REGIONAL

$98Y
Transportation
DISTRICT
corridor, with road and rail access to the Port of Vancouver and the Port of
320,221
Prince Rupert (the closest Northern American port to Asia) for trade directed
UNEMPLOYMENT EMPLOYMENT SERVICE AREA
east. Lack of urban congestion and plenty of rail capacity along the northern
RATE (2015) RATE (2015)
mainline facilitates the high-speed movement of goods between Prince MEDIAN FA(U
Rupert and all points east. The Port of Prince Rupert is currently undergoing
construction to expand its capacity from 750,000 TEUs to 2,000,000 TEUs.

Fort Nelson
PRINCE
6.4%

WHERE 82
GEORGE PRINC
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17
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PRINCE RUPERT

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CANADA 6.9% CANAD

12-40 HOURS CLOSER TO


ASIA THAN OTHER Smithers

6.4% 6
WEST COAST PORTS
Terrace -

470,849
Kitimat

12-26 TRUCK HOURS


ACCESS TO NORTH
AMERICAN MARKETS

Smithers CONNECTED TO DOMESTIC


UNEMPLOYMENT EM
Terrace - & INTERNATIONAL MARKETS RATE (2015)YXS
YEARLY RA
Kitimat PRINCE PASSENGERS
GEORGE
Van
Victoria

Pue

82RAIL HOURS
FROM CHICAGO
17RAIL HOURS FROM
PRINCE RUPERT

UNBC12-40
Over 4k STUDENTS
HOURS CLOSER TO
ASIA THAN OTHER
WEST COAST PORTS
Kamloops
CNC 12-26
47
TRUCK HOURS

Over 5k STUDENTS
ACCESS TO NORTH
Vancouver AMERICAN MARKETS

Victoria Kelowna
CONNECTED TO DOMESTIC
& INTERNATIONAL MARKETS
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
P
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6.0 GOVERNMENT
6.1 MUNICIPAL COUNCIL 6.2 REGIONAL DISTRICT
In its 2016-2018 priorities, Prince George City Council is focusing its attention The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George’s number of Elected Officials is 14.
on four key initiatives which include Social Development, Environment,
Economic Development and City Government. With focus on these DIRECTORS (RDFFG) MUNICIPALITY/ELECTORAL AREA
initiatives, Council hopes to, among other things, address homelessness, Warren Wilson “A” Salmon River - Lakes
improve air quality, grow affordable and accessible housing, diversify and Lara Beckett “C” Chilako River - Nechako
grow the economy, and improve employee engagement. Bill Empey “D” Tabor Lake - Stone Creek
Council’s Vision: To be a high functioning, focused, effective, efficient, Art Kaehn “E” Hixon - Woodpecker
responsive, productive, and accountable Council. Kevin Dunphy “F” Willow River - Upper Fraser
Council’s Mission: To provide high quality services and good governance for Terry Burgess “G” Crooked River - Parsnip
the City of Prince George within available resources. Danielle Alan “H” Robson Valley - Canoe
Mayor Lyn Hall City of Prince George
TITLE NAME
Mayor Lyn Hall Murry Krause City of Prince George
Councillors Frank Everitt Frank Everitt City of Prince George
Garth Frizzell Albert Koehler City of Prince George
Albert Koehler
Murry Krause Mayor Pat Crook District of Mackenzie
Terri McConnachie Mayor Loranne Martin Village of McBride
Jillian Merrick Mayor Jeannette Townsend Village of Valemount
Susan Scott
Brian Skakun 6.3 PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT

PREMIER
Name Christy Clark
Party Affiliation Liberal
Re-elected May 14, 2013
MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
Electoral District Prince George – Mackenzie
MLA Mike Morris
Party Affiliation Liberal
Electoral District Prince George – Valemount
MLA Shirley Bond
Party Affiliation Liberal

6.4 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

PRIME MINISTER
Name Justin Trudeau
Party Affiliation Liberal
Elected November 4, 2015
MINISTERS OF PARLIAMENT
Riding Name Cariboo - Prince George
Ministers of Parliament Todd Doherty
Party Affiliation Conservative
Riding Name Prince George - Peace River
Ministers of Parliament Bob Zimmer
Party Affiliation Conservative

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7.0 UTILITIES
7.1 TELECOMMUNICATIONS 7.3 NATURAL GAS
Prince George’s high quality, reliable telecommunications infrastructure Fortis BC (www.fortisbc.com) delivers natural gas to homes and businesses
ensures that residents and businesses are well-connected. Wireless and in Prince George. For more information, refer to the rate schedule that
fixed-line telephone and broadband services are available through several applies to the Inland region for residential buildings. These rates are
providers. updated quarterly and available through the For Homes section of the Fortis
BC website.
7.2 WASTE MANAGEMENT & RECYCLING
7.4 ELECTRICITY
The Province of British Columbia has introduced the new Multi-Material
BC (MMBC) recycling program to provide curbside recycling collection of BC Hydro (www.bchydro.com) supplies electricity for residents and
packaging and printed paper for residents who currently receive curbside businesses in Prince George. BC’s electricity rates are amongst the lowest in
garbage collection (www.multimaterialbc.ca). Additional recycling depots North America. Electricity rates depend on three factors: demand, supplied
and the regional landfill are managed by the Regional District of Fraser- voltage and customer load.
Fort George. Business waste management infrastructure and policies vary RESIDENTIAL AVERAGE PRICES (IN ¢/KWH)
depending on the characteristics of the operation. The City of Prince George $0.30
(www.princegeorge.ca) or the Regional District Fraser-Fort George (www.
rdffg.bc.ca) can be contacted for more information. $0.25

$0.20

$0.15

$0.10

$0.05

$0.00
Montreal Prince Calgary Seattle Toronto San New
George Francisco York
SOURCE: Hydro-Quebec 1,000 kWh/Month

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8.0 BUSINESS CLIMATE


8.1 CITY OF PRINCE GEORGE TAX RATES 8.2 DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
The City of Prince George features residential property taxes and The City’s Official Community Plan (OCP) establishes the framework for
comparatively lower housing prices that have provided a lower tax burden directing future growth and land use in the City of Prince George. The
and stable housing environment over the last five years. OCP provides for long-term land use in terms of residential, commercial
The City of Prince George also features property taxes that are competitive and industrial development, as well as parks and recreation, green space
with other municipalities in BC, making the city a great place for finding a and agricultural land. A complete copy of the OCP is available on the
high quality of life and business opportunities. City’s website: www.princegeorge.ca. A number of development review
processes are required by the City, including: Development Permits,
TOTAL RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TAXES ($)* (PER $1,000 OF ASSESSED VALUE) Building Permits, Development Variance Permits, Business Licenses
13.00 and Land Use Changes, such as rezoning. Any proposed land use or
12.75 development must be consistent with its OCP designation and meet zoning,
12.50 other city bylaw and safety requirements. For more detailed information
12.14078 12.2049 12.11744
12.25 contact the City of Prince George Development Services Department
11.98593 11.94087
12.00 (www.princegeorge.ca).
11.75 In order to ensure that the City’s municipal land use regulation, building
11.50 and fire codes, and other community safety requirements are followed,
11.25 businesses operating in the City of Prince George need a valid business
11.00 license. The cost of a license depends on the type of business, and licenses
2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
SOURCE: City of Prince George
must be renewed annually. A complete listing of Business License Fees is
available on the City’s website (www.princegeorge.ca).
2016 MUNICIPAL PROPERTY TAXES ($)* (PER $1,000 OF ASSESSED VALUE)
8.3 DEVELOPMENT COST CHARGES (DCCS)
70
59.98351 There are four area-specific DCC rates (A, B, C, and D), with rates reflecting
60 52.21349 a truer cost of servicing development in the outer lying areas of the city.
50 Lower DCC rates are applied for certain development conditions in
36.33719
40 order to encourage sustainable growth. DCC rates are area specific to
25.04869 reflect a truer cost of service development. Specific inquiries should be
30
20 made to the City of Prince George Development Services Department.
12.25493 10.02343
(www.princegeorge.ca)
10
0
Utility Major Light Business Recreation Farm
Industry Industry
SOURCE: City of Prince George

AREA A* AREA C* AREA D*


(INCLUDES THE BCR, (INCLUDES THE PRINCE (INCLUDES THE
TYPE OF DEVELOPMENT DANSON AND CARTER
AREA B* GEORGE AIRPORT DOWNTOWN CENTRAL
INDUSTRIAL AREAS) AUTHORITY) BUSINESS DISTRICT)

Single-Family/Two-Family Residential (per parcel) $3,529 $6,578 (See Note 1) (See Note 1)

Higher Density Single/Two-Family Residential (per parcel) $2,899 $5,370 (See Note 1) (See Note 1)

Multi-Family Medium to High Density (per unit) $2,295 $4,283 (See Note 2) $229

Commercial (per m2) $32.28 $61.08 $35.33 $2.85

Industrial (per ha) $53,250 $98,483 $51,448 $5,282

Institutional (per m2) $24.31 $46.11 $26.72 $2.10


Note 1: If a development deemed to be single-family/two-family residential proceeds in Areas C or D, rate calculated for the corresponding land use in Area A will apply.
Note 2: If a development deemed to be multiple-family residential proceeds in Area C, the rate calculated for the corresponding land use in Area A will apply.
SOURCE: City of Prince George

* Rates current at time of publication

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9.0 QUALITY OF LIFE

AVERAGE* JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC
Temperature (°C) -8.0 -3.9 -0.9 6.1 11.0 14.4 16.5 16.0 11.3 5.7 -1.6 -6.5
Rainfall (mm) 10 9 16 28 45 63 56 49 50 51 22 9
Snowfall (cm) 44 23 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 22 43
SOURCE: The Weather Network
*30 year average

9.1 CLIMATE 9.3 COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA


Prince George has a moderate climate due to its central location in BC. 9.3.1 LOCAL RADIO & TV STATIONS
With an average of 2,000 hours of sunshine per year, residents of the city
experience all four seasons and enjoy the outdoors all year round. The Prince George has seven local radio stations which offer a variety of
average summer temperature (June to August) is 15.6 °C with an average different genres of music and talk programming for their listeners.
high of 22.1 °C, and the average winter temperature (December to February) Prince George’s local TV station (CKPG) provides residents with
is a moderate -6.1 °C with an average high of -2.2 °C. popular programs and up-to-date news airing at numerous times
throughout the day.
9.2 AIRSHED MANAGEMENT
9.3.2 NEWSPAPERS
Prince George is committed to ensuring good air quality for residents. The
Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable (PGAIR) researches, monitors The Prince George Citizen is Prince George’s daily newspaper. They
and implements air quality improvements in order to reduce the emission provide print and online issues.
of air contaminants that cause air quality concerns, and prevent air quality
9.3.3 NEWS WEBSITES
problems from developing. The roundtable requires the cooperation of all
levels of government,industry, communitystakeholders and the general public Prince George has one online news source called Opinion 250.
(www.pgairquality.com).

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9.4 CITY LIVING


In Prince George, a full range of urban amenities complement four-season Further proof of the city’s winter sports know-how was made clear when
recreation found in the natural beauty of the outdoors. Prince George is a Prince George was chosen to host the 2015 Canada Winter Games. From
growing city that offers an abundant selection of activities for residents and February 13 to March 1, 2015 the city hosted 2,400 athletes, 1,000 coaches
visitors alike. Recreation, dining, culture, and entertainment opportunities and officials, up to 4,500 volunteers, hundreds of media, and thousands of
abound, facilitating community involvement and contributing to the quality visitors.
of life in the city.
9.4.2 DINING OUT IN PRINCE GEORGE
9.4.1 RECREATION & SPORT Prince George is home to a top-notch food community with highly
Prince George is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, with 120 parks within awarded restaurants and diverse festivals. As the major service centre
city limits, campsites, golf courses, and many other outdoor facilities. for northern BC, Prince George has the chain restaurants that one
A ten-minute drive in any direction brings residents and visitors in would expect in a larger city, from fast food to formal dining. Meanwhile,
contact with numerous hiking and biking trails, fishing spots, and the downtown core offers a wide breadth of local options. There’s
swimming holes. In fact, there are over 1,600 lakes and rivers within an plenty to choose from whether you crave upscale Persian, romantic
hour’s drive of Prince George; the city is perfect for a weekend getaway! Mediterranean, craft beer and farm fresh foods, barbeque platters and
Prince George’s world class sport facilities provide a wide range of brisket, or fine dining delicacies.
sporting activities, with 18 outdoor and six indoor soccer fields, over Throughout the year, the people of Prince George are treated to
30 tennis courts, seven indoor ice rinks, two aquatic facilities (one numerous food festivals, including the Theatre Northwest Wine
deemed world class), gyms (one with the largest indoor running track Festival, Kiwanis Ale Festival, Summerfest Taste Pavilion, Taste of India,
in BC), curling rinks, and numerous other sporting facilities. A truly four- and Vaisakhi Sikh Parade.
season recreation city, Prince George boasts spectacular cross country
skiing trails, a world class biathlon range, challenging downhill skiing
and snowboarding, and a 400 metre outdoor ice oval. In fact, the city
is the home of The Prince George Iceman, the only winter multisport
event of its kind. Prince Georgians definitely don’t hibernate in winter!

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9.4.3 CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT


Prince George has a thriving arts scene, and those searching for a An active arts community made up of writers, artisans, and craftspeople
cultural experience won’t be disappointed. The city has a professional of all kinds enhances life in Prince George by facilitating a broad range
theatre company (Theatre Northwest), a first-class symphony (Prince of unique artistic experiences. Many downtown boutique shops feature
George Symphony Orchestra), incredible art museums (The Two Rivers locally made artwork, handcrafts, and traditional Native arts and
and Groop galleries), and many innovative dance companies. The the city’s series of fall arts fairs are considered “must attend” events.
Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre is always a delight with Shopping opportunities in Prince George abound with many national
its informative and entertaining exhibits and the Railway and Forestry and international retailers and two large shopping malls featuring
Museum offers an educational step back in time and is even dog friendly. popular brands and a vibrant downtown core with unique, locally
Not to mention Huble Homestead, only 40 km from downtown, which owned shops lining the streets.
offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history of Sports fans will have a great time taking in the local talent. The
the early 1900s. University of Northern British Columbia’s Northern Sports Centre is
Prince George also enjoys a growing music scene. Since 2008, the home to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) division men and
annual Coldsnap Music Festival has been warming up both residents women’s Timberwolves soccer and basketball teams. The Coliseum,
and visitors every winter as one of Canada’s premiere winter music located downtown, is the host arena of the city’s Junior “A” Hockey Club,
festivals. The Casse-Tête Festival, a three-day showcase of experimental the Prince George Spruce Kings; meanwhile, the CN Centre is home
music, is going strong after its inaugural year in 2013. Many local pubs to the Western Hockey League’s Prince George Cougars and is also a
and restaurants host touring and local musicians as well as open-mic venue for big name performers of every variety, having hosted both
nights, so live music is never hard to find in Prince George. Elton John and the Cirque du Soleil.

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9.4.4 MEETINGS AND CONVENTIONS 9.4.5 VISITOR SERVICES


Prince George is the natural meeting place for rivers, highways, and The Prince George Visitor Information Centre is located at 101-1300
– most importantly – people! The city offers exceptional value with all First Avenue, near downtown along Highway 16. The Centre is a
the comforts and amenities necessary to host an unforgettable event. welcoming place, providing free wireless Internet access, a guest
As the hub for northern BC, Prince George is host to many industry, lounge area, free computer use, restroom facilities, a gift shop, and
corporate, association and community meetings and conventions. displays from various local artists. You can even borrow bicycles and
The Prince George Civic Centre is the city’s premiere meeting and fishing rods at no charge. The Visitor Centre staff will be delighted
conference venue. With 40,000 square feet of flexible space and a to help you find anything you need to know about Prince George.
reputation for exceptional service, the venue hosts an average of 500 (www.tourismpg.com)
events each year with over 150,000 individual attendees. Those looking 9.4.6 DOWNTOWN PRINCE GEORGE
for something out of the ordinary will find many other venue options
in Prince George. CN Centre’s Ice Lounge, the Bentley Centre at the Downtown Prince George is a hub for a variety of professional service
University of Northern British Columbia, and the brand new Northern organizations including banks, law firms, insurance companies,
Lights Estates Winery are just a few examples of unique spaces. engineering firms, accounting services and more. The downtown core
is also home to several locally owned boutiques, restaurants and pubs.
With more than 1,100 hotel rooms right in the downtown core along with Locals who live downtown enjoy the ease of walking to work and the
an additional 15,000 square feet of meeting space there is something for convenience of public transportation.
everyone. An additional 800 hotel and motel rooms are just within city
limits. The city’s many expert event planners and service providers are Featuring several development incentives and some of the lowest
always available to ensure successful execution that is sure to leave a development cost charges in the city, the downtown core is an ideal
lasting impression. location for both commercial and residential development. To connect
with the Downtown Business Improvement Association, please visit
their website. (www.downtownpg.com)

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9.5 HEALTH & SAFETY


9.5.1 NORTHERN HEALTH 9.5.2 RCMP POLICE SERVICES
The head office for Northern Health (NH), which is responsible for the The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are contracted to be the municipal
delivery of healthcare across northern BC, is located in Prince George. police force and serve the community of Prince George and the Regional
Within NH, there are 25 acute care facilities, 14 long-term-care facilities, and District of Fraser-Fort George. During the spring of 2014, a new $38.9M
many public health units and offices providing specialized services. Prince RCMP Detachment facility opened in downtown Prince George, and the
George is also home to the region’s largest and only teaching hospital, the North District Main RCMP Detachment is located at 5th and Ospika.
University Hospital of Northern British Columbia (UHNBC). NH’s operating
budget for the 2013/2014 fiscal year was $737.5M. More than 7,000 people 9.5.3 FIRE PROTECTION AND AMBULANCE SERVICES
work for NH, holding approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent positions. The Prince George Fire Department has four fire halls strategically
(www.northernhealth.ca) located throughout the city to provide optimum coverage for the
The BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North and its supporting facility, community. The Fire Department has formed and trained special
The Kordyban Lodge, became operational in November 2012 and March rescue teams to handle highly technical and large-scale rescues and
2013 respectively, representing an estimated $100M+ investment in emergencies.
healthcare infrastructure in Prince George. This new facility brings The BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) Northern Region Administrative
cancer services closer to home for residents living across northern BC, Office is located in Prince George and serves 34 ambulance stations
so that patients and their families do not have to travel as far to access across the Northern region. BCAS flight centres support the AIRVAC
specialized cancer care. The Kordyban Lodge offers a comfortable and and Critical Care Transport Program, which provides necessary
welcoming “home away from home” for out-of-town patients receiving transportation linkages between hospitals and referral centres across
care at the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North, and their the province.
caregivers.

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CANADA 61.3%

6.4% 65.6% $98


2016 COMMUNITY PROFILE UNEMPLOYMENT EMPLOYMENT
RATE (2015) RATE (2015) MEDIAN F

9.6 EDUCATION


9.6.1 UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIARAIL HOURS
The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) was ranked
82
9.6.3 SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 57
FROM CHICAGO
School District No. 57, covering the boundaries of the Regional District WHER
#1 among small universities in Canada for 2015. UNBC is a leader
research and has received more than $190M in research awards since
RAIL
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PRINCE 17
HOURSofFROM
RUPERT Fraser-Fort George, currently enrols more than 12,500 students
and employs more than 2,000 teachers and support staff. The District
WE FL
its establishment. UNBC is internationally recognized and, along with
Harvard, was ranked #1 for sustainability projects in North America in
12-40
HOURS CLOSER TO
consists
ASIA THAN OTHER of thirty one elementary schools, eight secondary schools,
WEST COAST PORTS
and one centre for learning. The Board of Education and seniorTerrace -
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Kitimat
2010 for the campus bioenergy plant and its ability to connect teaching
and research. 12-26
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HOURS
ACCESS TO NORTH
AMERICAN MARKETS
are accountable to the families and communities they
serve and manage an annual budget of just over $145M (2015/2016).
UNBC offers more than 60 academic programs leading to certificates, (www.sd57.bc.ca)
CONNECTED TO DOMESTIC
YEARLY YXS
diplomas, and degrees, including Masters and PhDs. Included in MARKETS
& INTERNATIONAL 9.6.4 SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 93
the university’s diverse program offerings is the Northern Medical

In the 2013/2014 academic year, there were more than 4,000 students
PASSENGERS
program, a partnership with the University of British Columbia (UBC). The Conseil Scolaire Francophone (CSF) is the only school authority in
British Columbia to offer the complete Francophone Education Program. Victoria
enrolled at the university. (www.unbc.ca) The francophone program in Prince George enrolls 99 students from
P
kindergarten to grade 12; kindergarten to grade 7 students attend l’école
9.6.2 COLLEGE OF NEW CALEDONIA Franco-Nord and grades 8 to 12 are completed at Duchess Park. (www.
The College of New Caledonia (CNC) is committed to providing csf.bc.ca)
educational opportunities designed to meet the unique needs of the
residents of central and northern BC. More than 5,000 students are

Over 4k
enrolled at the college each year, including international programs. The
College offers more than 50 programs at six campuses including health UNBC
sciences, trades, university studies and career access. CNC recently STUDENTS

Over 5k CNC
built a new $19.7M Technical Education Centre to provide a range
of trades training opportunities to its students. CNC offers one of the
lowest tuition rates in BC and has provided education to over 100,000 STUDENTS
students since its inception in 1969. (www.cnc.bc.ca)
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Tel. 250.561.7633
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