A Time For Action

The region's local governments have worked together, with the Province and local stakeholders to produce a Blueprint for Action. Consisting of a set of capstone objectives and eight regional strategies, the blueprint describes what must be done to maintain the regions' community and economic strength in the face of changing circumstances. Many exciting initiatives are taking place in the region and more is possible when we all pull together.
The Coalition continues to work with governments, private and public sector enterprises, and others on the challenging work of implementation.

OBAC Mandate

To fulfill its mandate to provide leadership and oversight to mitigation strategies, ensuring sustainable development and resiliency in the region, the Coalition will have consistent and strategic communications with the Provincial Government.

The regional sector strategies documented objectives identified by the region’s communities. They provided an initial menu of opportunities for specific action by the provincial government and others. The strategies will continue to be used to support the activities and advocacy of the Coalition. The Capstone Objectives describe success at the 10-15 year mark.

It is recognised that restoring and growing the prosperity of the region is a long-term endeavor, requiring a high level of collaboration and effort.

Identified key priorities:

  1. Bring attention to and move forward on the Rural BC Project’s Recommendations.
  • That the Province creates a BC Community Economic Development Investment Fund (CEDIF) program, modeled on the Nova Scotia CEDIF program
  • Engage and consult with rural communities and surrounding First Nations on development of a rural dividend to assist rural communities with economic development and diversification utilizing a share of natural resource revenues
  • That the Province create a Rural Advisory Council to (i) provide a rural lens on government policy and (ii) to make recommendations to government that will help develop new ideas, opportunities, actions, policies and legislation that will further rural development and sustainability

That the Province work with the recommended Rural Advisory Council to develop an over-arching rural strategy that would apply a rural lens to government decision-making and programming and facilitate coordination and strategic direction to agencies on advancing rural development.

  1. Innovation and Education: Working with others, support and grow the capacity for innovation in the region.
  2. Sustainable Development: Working with others bring greater certainty to communities, citizens and business by defining the approach to development in the region.
  3. Community Social Services and Supports
  4. Staff and Directors will continue to pursue and provide support for projects and collaborations already on going.

The Coalition provides a forum for local governments working to respond to the effects of the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic within the region. By having all sectors working together, and in partnership with neighbouring regions, senior governments and others, we can strengthen the framework upon which our future success will be built by providing a:

  • Common voice;
  • Capacity and enablement through pooled resources and knowledge;
  • Improved economic and service synergies between communities and across the region; and
  • Capacity to build relationships with external organizations.

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Who We Are

The Omineca Beetle Action Coalition includes the region from Valemount to Mackenzie and west to Smithers, led by a Board of the region's Mayors and Regional District Chairs.The members of the Coalition are:

The Village of Burns Lake
The District of Fort St. James
The Village of Fraser Lake
The Village of Granisle
The District of Houston
The District of Mackenzie
The Village of McBride

The City of Prince George
The Town of Smithers
The Village of Telkwa
The Village of Valemount
The District of Vanderhoof
The Regional District of Bulkley - Nechako
The Regional District of Fraser - Fort George.

Each member local government is represented on the OBAC Board by its Mayor or Chair, or by an elected official designated by the Mayor and council.