Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Regional Economic Strategy Project

The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality has been developing a Regional Economic Strategy with the goal of stabilizing, diversifying and rejuvenating our economy. The exercise has been guided by the questions:

  • Where are we now?
  • Where do we want to be?
  • How do we get there – what’s our strategy?
  • What will success look like as we implement our plan?

Engagement with the Community, Business, Not-for-Profits and Industry has taken the form of surveys, interviews, and multiple focus group and working group sessions.


“Mayor and Council have committed to bringing change to the economy of the Northern Rockies and this Regional Economic Strategy is the beginning of that change,” said Mayor Foster of the project. In keeping with this commitment, Regional Council has been actively involved throughout the process.


Response has been enthusiastic and constructive. Input from the exercise has been combined with background research into the Forestry, Oil and Gas, Tourism, Agriculture and other sectors, to create the proposed Regional Economic Strategy, to be put into action beginning this Spring.


The success of any undertaking such as this depends on participation and effective partnerships that include Governments, the Private Sector, Not-for Profits and the community at large…AND YOU!  We hope to see you at the


Open House and Presentation

of the proposed


Phoenix Theatre, Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Doors open: 6:30 pm

Presentation & Discussion: 7:00 – 8:30 pm



Since late 2018, the Regional Municipality, assisted by Lions Gate Consulting, has been taking a comprehensive look at all aspects and sectors of the NRRM’s economy to provide a foundation for a strategy to stabilize, rejuvenate, diversify and grow a sustainable future for the Northern Rockies.

Using effective partnerships that include Governments, the Private Sector, Not-for Profits and the community at large, a representative Working Group has been established to provide insight and guidance and to encourage critical stakeholder engagement.

Opportunities for participation have taken the form of Focus Groups, Interviews, Surveys and Workshops, focused on Tourism, Forestry, Oil & Gas, Agriculture, Retail/Commercial business, the Public Sector, Not-for-Profits, General Business, and Transportation and Home-Based Businesses.

The Regional Economic Strategy will be a roadmap written by the community and the Regional Council of the Northern Rockies. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much is the Regional Economic Strategy going to cost?

The NRRM has undertaken the development of a Regional Economic Strategy with a fully grant-funded budget (Federal Gas Tax of $45,305) for which Lions Gate Consulting was selected with approval by Council to lead the project, consistent with the NRRM Purchasing Policy. Preliminary approval was also provided to support the future implementation of the Strategy once complete, for an additional (and optional) $10,000 (also grant funded).

Is any of the consulting going to be completed by local service providers? 

Supporting Lions Gate on the ground in Fort Nelson is sub-consultant Sonja Leverkus, who has been actively reaching out to business leaders (including the Chamber of Commerce) to begin asking some of those important questions noted in the news release.  

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