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Harjit Sajjan opens PacifiCan office in Prince George

Harjit Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, opens a PacifiCan office in Prince George. Government of Canada photo

PacifiCan, a new federal economic development agency dedicated to British Columbia, officially opened an office in Prince George Thursday.

Harjit Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, was in town to announce the official opening of new offices in Prince George, Prince Rupert and Fort St. John, serving businesses and communities across northern B.C.

“There is an amazing story unfolding here in northern B.C.,” he said at the ceremony at UNBC. “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.”

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, he said. 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.

Sajjan also announced more than $3.1 million in PacifiCan funding for 13 projects in 11 communities across northern B.C. This includes more than $2.5 million for six projects funded through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF), and $588,251 for seven projects funded through the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF). This funding 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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