Located in central British Columbia (BC) on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, Prince George has a population of 74,003 and serves a region of nearly 320,000 people. Prince George's real GDP growth expanded by 1.3 per cent in 2018 and is expected to pick up the pace and expand by 1.5 per cent in 2019 and 1.7 per cent in 2020.
Prince George offers many opportunities in a number of priority clusters:
- Forestry, Wood Products, and Bioproducts
- Transportation, Warehousing and E-commerce
- Manufacturing: Machinery, Chemical, and Food
- Professional Services: Engineering, Environmental Services, and Resource Management
- Construction: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, and General Contractors
Development charges in Prince George (among the lowest in Canada), a healthy economy, excellent transportation connectivity, an abundance of affordable land and competitive tax rates make Prince George a preferred location for businesses to establish or expand their operations.
The Economic Development Division
Prince George is the catalyst of the modern Canadian North. Founded in its rich, natural resources and a proud industrial heritage at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako rivers, today's Prince George values its residents, its downtown, and its natural beauty. Prince George's future will be shaped by the resiliency, imagination and innovation of a 21st century business community that provides every resident and enterprise the opportunity to thrive and scale.
The following values set a foundation for the Economic Development strategy for the City of Prince George and inform the priorities and investments needed to support value job creation, and a resilient, prosperous future.
- Honour legacy and encourage innovation and imagination.
- Focus on family-supporting jobs.
- Support continuous up-skilling and training.
- Maximize quality of place.
- Embrace engagement and partnerships.
Informed by a rigorous data analysis and community engagement process, the following five guiding principles have shaped the vision and strategy. They also serve as a framework to help guide future decisions on priorities, investments and partnerships.
- Industry cluster-driven.
- Prioritize existing businesses.
- Focus on entrepreneurship.
- Match and build skills with opportunities.
- Promote and develop place.
Contact the Economic Development Division for support related to:
- Investment Attraction
- Development Incentives
- Site Selection
- City Tours
- Statistics and Research
- Business Support
- Advisory Services
- Workforce Recruitment and Retention
The Economic Development team is also proud to offer various videos about living, working and investing in Prince George.