Invest in Smithers
British Columbia, Canada
Quality of Life Capital of BC
Economic Development Contact
Allan Stroet, Economic Development Officer
Tel: 250-847-4355 |
The Town of Smithers is situated at the gateway of Northwest British Columbia. It is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the mining and exploration activities taking place in the region. The town has strong ties to mineral exploration and is mining friendly. Another bonus to resource based enterprises are the regional government offices centred in Smithers.
Smithers has a strong track record of producing successful businesses. Bandstra Transportation Systems, Hy-Tech Diamond Drilling Ltd., All-West Glass, and Central Mountain Air all have their head offices in Smithers. All were started in Smithers and have grown into regional, interprovincial and international operations.
The growth of these companies is due in part to the highly educated workforce in Smithers. The community has approximately 150 skilled trades businesses currently in operation. The number of PhD’s per capita in Smithers is 2nd in the province only to Victoria and 1st of any town in BC. The natural beauty and vibrant downtown core results in that many individuals choose to live here, work in the community and import their salaries from other parts of the world into Smithers. The result of this influx of income is that the local economy is very stable relative to the other communities in the Northwest. Property values are often retained and not subject to the fluxuations that can occur in neighbouring communities. Smithers also boasts the most doctors per capita with 24 doctors serving a population of 5600. That is over twice the national average of doctors per capita.
The Town of Smithers is serviced logistically by air via the Smithers Regional Airport. The airport has direct flights to Vancouver and also serves as a key jumping off point servicing the mining operations nearby. Smithers is also located on Trans-Canada Highway 16 as well as on the CN Rail line servicing the Port of Prince Rupert.
Local Investment Opportunities
Huckleberry Mines Ltd. operates the Huckleberry Mine, located 86 kilometers south of Houston, British Columbia, that has a resource of 11.75 million tonnes grading 0.359% copper.
The Town of Smithers has recently rezoned 53.5 hectares of land at the Smithers Regional Airport to accommodate future airport industrial development.
Hudson Bay Mountain Resort Inc (HBMR) owns land on the Mountain with zoning permitting development real estate involving the construction of 56 single family residences, 77 townhomes, and 107 condominiums. Hudson Bay Mountain is in the "Snowbelt" of the Province with some of the consistently best conditions in North America. The Town of Smithers is increasing capacity of its Regional Airport to support additional winter traffic. The Mountain Real Estate has already completed a first phase of 16 home lots in what is now called Hudson Bay Mountain Estates. With beautiful mountain homes already in development, there are plans for future phases of new development. The Hudson Bay Mountain Estates team is looking for development and hospitality partners for these future phases.
Local Infrastructure Projects
The Town of Smithers undertook a significant infrastructure project in 2006 to extend the runway at the Smithers Regional Airport from 5,000 feet to 7,500 feet. Extending the runway enables a regular commuter jet service to Smithers, supporting development of both the regional tourism industry including the Hudson Bay Mountain Ski Resort as well as increased access to the region for the developing mining sector.
- Smithers Regional Airport Development
53.5 hectares of land has been recently rezoned to accommodate future airport and airport industrial development. The two new zones, Airport (AP-1) and Airport Industrial (AP-2), allow for a range of airport-related uses. Lease areas are a mix of serviced and unserviced lots.
The Smithers Mountain Bike Association upgraded existing trails and technical trail features such as bridges, trestles, jumps and other features in the Bluff Trail Network so that these routes would meet safety guidelines. The project enhanced and expanded mountain biking opportunities to further develop Smithers as a mountain biking destination.
In response to the training needs of northwest communities and the mining and mineral exploration industry, Northwest Community College and its industry partner Smithers Exploration Group have developed the School of Exploration and Mining. The School of Exploration and Mining serves employers, learners and funders.
The Town of Smithers 5 Year Plan includes improvements to buildings and facilities, roads, parks and utilities.
Community Economic Development Contact
Economic Development Officer
Bulkley Valley Economic Development Association
Town of Smithers
Acting Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Smithers
Chamber of Commerce Contact
Smithers District Chamber of Commerce
Community Futures Contact
Community Futures Nadina
Tourism ContactTourism Smithers