Purpose, Mission and Goals - 2016

Purpose of the Coalition

Natural resource development should sustain communities and provide citizens with a high quality of life through the provision of services that ensure safety, education, health, economic vitality and a healthy natural environment.

Members of the NEBC Resource Municipalities Coalition plan to advance common interests through education, research and analysis and monitoring industrial development and associated impacts in the Northeast.

Concepts for pooling our energy and resources, in a manner complementary to existing planning processes include:

  • Education and dialogue on the status of and trends in resource development across the region
  • Identification of cross-boundary sustainability issues for Northeast communities
  • A cumulative impacts assessment flowing from resource development
  • A regional economic diversification strategy
  • Protocols, agreements and best practices for community-to-industry relations
  • Research, strategies and additional investments needed to advance such issues as:
    • Recruitment, retention and training of workers
    • Building a resident workforce
    • Housing
    • Telecommunications
    • Health of the air, watersheds and environment
    • Human health issues, addictions and medical care

Coalition Mission

The mission of the NEBC Resource Municipalities Coalition is to protect and enhance existing resource municipalities and rural communities of Northeastern BC

  • The overarching objective of the Northeast B.C. Resource Municipalities Coalition is to protect and enhance existing resource municipalities and rural communities so that they continue to develop as permanent, sustainable and vibrant communities providing a high quality of life for existing and future residents. While the Resource Municipalities Coalition supports the important role that the resource municipalities and rural communities play in supporting existing and future resource development, the resource municipalities and rural communities cannot be defined solely on the basis of their service centre function but must be seen as economically diversified and socially vibrant municipalities and rural communities that will continue to develop and prosper in the long term.

Coalition Goals

The goals and objectives of the Coalition were initially adopted in June 2014 by all Municipalities in the NEBC excluding Hudson’s Hope.  These original goals and objectives have been refined and adopted as of January 11th, 2016 and will be used for all communications and strategies.

1.  Maximize local supply of labour, goods and services utilized in resource development

  • The Resource Municipalities Coalition will work with Energy Services B.C., Chambers of Commerce and Trucking Associations to advocate to industry and senior levels of government the goal of maximizing local content of goods and services utilized in resource development in Northeast B.C.

2.  Increase the proportion of workers and their families that will take up permanent residence in the Northeast resource municipalities and rural communities

  • The Resource Municipalities Coalition will work with industry and the provincial government to increase the proportion of workers and their families that permanently reside in the region as a whole.

3.  Provide a unified voice for local governments, businesses and citizens on all aspects of sustainable development for Northeastern BC.

  • Ensure that all resource municipalities and rural communities are involved and consulted in all resource development decisions that impact them directly or indirectly
  • The Resource Municipalities Coalition will advocate that resource municipalities are involved and consulted in all resource development and policy decisions that directly or indirectly affect their interests.

4.  Advocating for timely Provincial investments to expand community and regional services and infrastructure that are a Provincial responsibility.

  • The Resource Municipalities Coalition will advocate for the provincial government to make timely investments in the expansion of provincial services and infrastructure within Northeast B.C.

5.  The Coalition will monitor and advocate for equitable levels of industrial property tax base support for NEBC local governments and for maintenance and extension of provincial grant in lieu programs.

  • The funding provided through the Peace River MOU negotiated between the provincial government and resource municipalities and the Peace River Regional District must be protected and extended. This is required to ensure adequate tax base or revenue support to address the financial impacts on the resource municipalities as well as the need to provide for the economic sustainability of the resource municipalities. The NRRM IDCA negotiated between the provincial government and the NRRM must be fully implemented and revised to address not only natural gas development but resource development in general.

6.  Protection of the environment.

  • The Resource Municipalities Coalition will work to ensure that the resources are developed in a manner that protects the natural environment and the safety and health of the residents of the region as a whole.

7.  Collaboration and partnerships with First Nations.

  • The Resource Municipalities Coalition and the individual resource municipalities will work to sustain and further develop relationships with the First Nations of Northeast B.C. to address issues of mutual concern related to provision of local government services and future resource development within the region.

8.  The coalition will undertake research, analysis and economic projections related to all aspects of resource development in Northeastern BC.

  • Guiding Principles:
    • The Coalition will advocate for a consensus with the Provincial Government on broad goals for regional resource and economic development which is vital to the achievement of economic and financial benefits.
    • Impacts of resource development on the resource municipalities must be addressed to protect the quality of life within the municipalities and region as a whole and to enable the municipalities to support development.
    • The cumulative impacts of resource development on the resource municipalities and the region as a whole must be identified and addressed through appropriate mitigation.
    • Local and regional economic benefits associated with resource development must be optimized.
    • The plans, policies, initiatives and investments of the Provincial Government, the resource municipalities, rural communities and industry must be coordinated and aligned to enable the full benefits of regional resource development to be realized.

9.  Address the impacts of worker accommodations on municipal services and infrastructure.

  • The Resource Municipalities Coalition will work with the Provincial Government and industry to ensure that worker accommodations are well planned and serviced and that any impacts on the services and infrastructure of the resource municipalities are mitigated.

10.  Mitigate negative impacts of development on resource municipalities and rural communities

  • All short and long term economic, social, community, financial and environmental impacts incurred by the resource municipalities of Northeast BC attributable to future industrial development, including the cost to municipal infrastructure and services, must be fully mitigated by the senior governments and by industry.