General Area Information
NorthEast BC Realty office is located in Fort St John BC
As a hub community, Fort St John plays a major role in the infrastructure of north east British Columbia. Over 61,000 people live and work in the trade area within the communities of Fort St John, Dawson Creek, Taylor, Chetwynd, Hudson Hope, Tumbler Ridge, Fort Nelson plus surrounding rural areas. The 2021 census indicates a population growth over the past decade from 60,082 to 61,532.
According to census information, the city of Fort St John population center in 2016 of 20,026 increased to 21,123 in 2021. This represents a land area size of 14.89 square kilometers (approximately 3,680 acres). The City of Fort St John incorporated lands since the last census to a mass of over 8,000 acres. These additional lands were incorporated as part of the City’s long term plans for anticipated growth over the next 50 years and includes a mix of residential, commercial and industrial development opportunities.
Fort St John’s economy is driven by the energy sector, power, forestry and agriculture.
The industrial footprint of the area is made up of companies such as Canfor Peace Valley OSB plant, Spectra Energy Transmission – Taylor complex/McMahon plant, natural gas processing plants, disposal management facility and BC Hydro power generating stations including Site C located just minutes from Fort St John along the Peace River. The liquified natural gas industry has continued to play a significant role in the area’s continued growth.
Northern Health operates the Fort St John Regional Hospital and Residential Care Facility. The $300+ million dollar complex opened in June 2021 and continues to grow with the additions to equipment to meet the needs of the area.
North Peace Regional Airport, located only minutes from Fort St John’s city center, delivers corporate, industrial and personal air travel with services provided from independent helicopter service, private air lines and commercial jet services.
Over the past 10 years the City of Fort St John has invested in a number of new developments including;
· $44 million, 140,000sf recreational center boasting a two hockey rinks, suspended walking paths and an indoor long track speed skating oval,
· New 18,000sf Firehall to accommodate the investment in newer equipment and fire trucks,
· New 44,000+sf RCMP station estimated at over $50 million currently under construction, and
· major street and park improvements including Centennial Park Festival Plaza and Kin Park upgrades.
School District #60 has invested in two new schools to accommodate the increasing size of kindergarten to Grade 12 students. Margaret “Ma” Murray Community School opened in 2018 and boosts an open concept design and community gymnasium. Anne Roberts Young Elementary opened in 2020.
NorthEast BC Realty specializes in commercial real estate and is the only office in north BC set up specifically to focus on commercial real estate. Over the years NorthEast BC Realty has played a major role with our client’s selling, purchasing or leasing of such entities as; oil & gas industry head offices, retail and commercial businesses, light and heavy industrial companies, residential and industrial land development and more.
We have and will continue to “invest our energy in the north”.
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