Agricultural Web-Based Enterprise Tool
The Marketplace BC website is a direct result of a combined effort
between various community partners including Community Futures Cariboo
Chilcotin (CFDC), the Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition
(CCBAC), Agriculture Enterprise Centre (AEC) and the Ministry of
The use of a web based tool was the direction given to CCBAC by local
area agriculture businesses to analyze the business opportunities in
various product lines including berries, fruit, vegetables, livestock
and field crops. Basically, this tool will allow agriculture producers
the ability to research market demands to more accurately target which
crops will improve their productivity and stimulate new opportunities
in the struggling agriculture sector.
Visit website at http://www.marketplacebc.ca/
Read news release here http://www.c-cbac.com/news-media-releases.html
CCBAC contribution: $100,000 • Project total: $260,000
Art is Your Business Conference
Art is Your Business Conference in Wells BC this October is designed to enhance the business skills of artists. By bringing instructors and industry professionals from throughout the province to the central Cariboo town of Wells, emerging and professional artists from the entire area can come together and learn how to more effectively run their arts based business. The overall goal is to create a stronger, more diverse arts sector and economy.
Funding partners: Community Futures Quesnel, Island Mountain Arts, local businesses.
CCBAC contribution: $4,000 • Project total: $25,800
Barkerville Travelling Exhibit to China
Barkerville is developing an Exhibit to travel to China as the result of a cultural exchange trip by Barkerville in 2009. The goals of this Exhibit are to build upon our significant regional history to enhance awareness of Barkerville and the Cariboo in China, help develop the Chinese tourism market and strengthen academic and museum collaborations. This will provide new opportunities to learn about the deep Chinese history and connection of the Cariboo Region to China.
CCBAC Contribution: $50,000 Total Project goal: $443,000.00
For more information or to get involved please visit www.barkerville.ca/china.htm
Download a project overview summary with output and outcome highlights.
BC Street Olympic Oval Venue 2010
The BC Street-Olympic Oval Venue in 2010 in partnership with the CRD, marketed the Cariboo-Chilcotin to the world.
For more information please view the BC Street PDF.
Big Creek Watershed Storage Assessment Project
The Big Creek Watershed Storage Assessment project will determine the feasibility of increasing the storage of water to enhance the availability of water later into the year for the benefit of agricultural operations, wildlife, waterfowl and fish. This project will focus on the water flow within the Big Creek tributaries (Bambrick, Twinflower, Mons, Copper, Tete Angela and Ray Creeks).
The project will also provide an operational template that can be used where mountain pine beetle impacts need to be mitigated in order to sustain rural business (water flows for agriculture, recreation and wildlife values), which is a significant long term driver of the local economy.
In addition to the funding from CCBAC, the Big Creek Watershed Storage Assessment project is supported by: Ducks Unlimited Canada; Cariboo Region of the Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations; Yunesitin Government Office, Williams Lake Timber Supply Association, and Big Creek Livestock Association.
CCBAC contribution: $30,000
Linking Resources for Community Forests is intended to assist community forests and woodlots to develop and access appropriate tools, information and relationships that will increase movement of fiber to the value added sector and to stimulate new business opportunities. To date, ten workshops have been held around the province to inform stakeholders about the project and to initiate networking and potential partnerships. A project coordinator has been hired and web design is well underway. Outreach activities will continue this fall. This includes a public launch of the new website that took place on October 12, 2011 at the Tourism Centre, Williams Lake. The project is on schedule and progressing per deliverables.
Funding Partners: Province of BC, Rural Economic Diversification Initiative of British Columbia, Northern Development Initiative Trust, Federation of BC Woodlot Association, BC Community Forest Association, CCBAC, Omineca Beetle Action Coalition, Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition.
Other Partners: Community Futures Cariboo-Chilcotin
CCBAC contribution: $10,000 • Project total: $200,000
An explanation of the Bridges Project, developed by Community Futures Development Corporation. Watch here on YouTube.
For more information, please visit www.woodsource.bc
Cariboo Central Interior Poultry Producers (CCIPPA) project intends to create economic diversification in communities by developing the poultry and rabbit sectors. A mobile abattoir has been in full production for a number of weeks. This initiative generates income that has the potential to support other mentoring and administrative services. Training and support services will be provided throughout the fall with the intent of engaging more farmers in the poultry and rabbit sectors.
Funding partners: CCBAC, North Cariboo Community Futures, Cariboo Central Interior Poultry Producers
CCBAC contribution: $30,000 • Project total: $75,000
For more information, please view this CCIPPA.pdf
Green Energy Economic Development
The primary objectives of this Green Energy as a Rural Development Tool project are to create and disseminate information and tools that will help rural communities better understand the opportunities surrounding the Green energy sector; and to directly assist a number of communities in the mountain pine beetle epidemic zone with further development of their green energy ideas or projects.
A new dedicated website for the Green Energy as a Rural Development Tool Project was launched in May 2012 for rural communities and First Nations to access new information and tools to help them explore green energy opportunities - see www.ruralbcgreenenergy.com.
In the Cariboo Chilcotin region funding to develop potential green energy projects is under development and more information will follow soon.
Funding Partners: Federal Rural Secretariat-Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic Response Division, Columbia Basin Trust, Omineca Beetle Action Coalition, Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition, and CCBAC.
CCBAC contribution: $25,000 • Project total: $250,000
To view the Green Energy as a Rural Development Tool Project handout, please view this.
Read news release about the website launch here.
For more information, please view this.
Green Heat Initiative Project
For the CCBAC region pilot area it has supplied support for Green Heat Initiatives in the form of locally developed alternative heating projects for Alexis Creek and Tatla Lake Schools. These plans have resulted in construction and installation of biofuel heating systems for these rural schools. Other projects include analysis and evaluation for potential bio-energy projects in Tsilhqot’in and Ulkatcho First nations communities which are either completed or underway and a Likely wood value added company for a potential system to supply heat for building and kilns. This a two year project.
CCBAC contribution: $35,000 • Project total: $138,000
More information on this project will be posted when available.
Log Home & Timber Frame Building Manufacturers Business & Market Expansion Initiative
BC’s Log Home and Timber Frame building industry is a marquee value-added product for BC providing employment throughout the province. Several studies indicate that BC enjoys an international competitive advantage in log home and timber frame construction and that there are considerable market expansion opportunities. As a result, CCBAC has partnered with the BC Log Home and Timber Building Industry Association, the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition and the Pine Beetle Epidemic Response Branch of the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training to implement a project that identifies and implements actions that will expand markets for the sector. Such market expansion would help drive an expansion of BC’s Log Home and Timber Frame building sector, resulting in more value-added employment in Cariboo communities.
Funding Partners: Province of BC, Government of Canada (Western Economic Partnership Agreement), Northern Development Initiative Trust, Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (SIBAC), Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition (CCBAC)
CCBAC contribution: $25,000 • Project total: $263,000
For background information on this project please click here.
For an update about this project please click here.
Mountain Bike Tourism Initiative
In the spring of 2010, a group of business owners from 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Quesnel and Wells formed a consortium with two primary goals. First of all, to grow the economic impact of mountain biking by 25% over the next two years, and secondly, support and grow a vibrant mountain bike culture throughout the Cariboo region. These goals are supported by the building of a unique website that profiles the region’s world class riding. The business awareness campaign builds partnerships across the service sectors, and provides a strategic investment in riding infrastructure which is the core of a wicked riding experience. With CCBAC’s funding, and further leveraged funding from Northern Development Initiative, the consortium is well on its way to growing that economic contribution through a dedicated group of regional partners.
Phase I is nearing completion and conditional funding has been examined for Phase II, subject to increased community work with First Nations and other regional local government. The project timeline goes to spring 2013.
Phase I funding partners: CCBAC, Northern Development Initiative Trust
Phase II funding partners: CCBAC and Regional Business Community
CCBAC contribution: Phase I – $50,000; Phase II - $50,000 subject to partner funding at a 0.6 leverage ratio.
To read more on this proposal, click here.
Click here to view the Mountain Bike Tourism Initiative web site.
View a project overview summary with output and outcome highlights.
Rural BC Project
The Rural BC Project, with the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition as secretariat, was designed to stimulate discussion and understanding of the challenges facing rural BC and what actions need to be taken to help rural BC communities succeed. The goal is to recommend a long-term strategy for rural BC to be self-determining and have the tools and investment to succeed socially and economically. Project timeline is two years.
Funding Partners: Omineca Beetle Action Coalition, Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition, CCBAC, and the Real Estate Foundation of BC
CCBAC contribution: $20,000 • Project total: $80,000
To Read more about What does Rural BC Need to Succeed, click here.
Trades and Techology LEAP Programming
In January 2011 a community workshop was hosted for adults and youth interested in Agriculture and Horticulture.
More information on this project will be posted when available.