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FORT ST JOHN

City of Fort St John    Community Fact Sheet    School District No. 60
InvestBC Community Profile    StatsCan Community Profile 2006

Peace River Regional District    PRRD Community Fact Sheet    PRRD Socio-Economic Profile


The city of Fort St John is the hub of the Northeast, serving an area population of over 50,000. For the outdoor lover, the areas around Fort St John abound with endless opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, skiing and more. Fort St John is 75 km (47 mi.) north of Dawson Creek on Highway 97 and 88 km (55 mi.) east of Hudsonís Hope on Highway 29. Fort St John is the oldest non-native settlement in the BC mainland.

POPULATION

Fort St John has a population of 18,609 (2011 Census). According to BC Stats, the population was estimated at 20,992 (in 2012).

MAJOR EMPLOYMENT AREAS

The three industries employing the majority of people in the Fort St John area are: retail trade, accommodation, food & beverage, and construction. There are many other robust industries and businesses including oil & gas, forestry, guiding & outfitting, transportation & storage, as well as agricultural specialty crops and livestock.

Oil and Gas

Fort St. John is home to the British Columbia governmentís Oil and Gas Commission.

The development of oil and natural gas resources in the early 1970s fuelled a development boom. For the past several years, exploration and production activity moved at a record-setting pace, with much of the regionís natural gas deposits Ė estimated at among the largest in North America Ė still untapped. About 450 billion cubic meters of marketable gas reserves have been identified so far and an estimated 650 billion cubic meters have yet to be discovered. Natural-gas production greatly exceeds provincial demand, with most of the oil and gas exported to markets in Canada and the U.S.
Expertise can be found amongst the city's wide range of skilled, energy sector professionals.

Hundreds of large and small pipeline, well site construction, trucking and seismic companies are at work in the city, providing crucial support to the industry.

Agriculture

With more than 16 million hectares for active farmland, Fort St. Johnís economy is bolstered by agriculture. The region produces more wheat, barley and grass seed than any other region of the province. The North Peace River regionís expansive prairie land base supports some 1,700 farms that generate total revenue of $77 million per year.

Forestry

The forestry industry directly employs more than 600 people and contributes $90 million per year to the local economy. Surrounded by a 4.5 million-hectare timber supply, Fort St. John embraces its responsibility as a guardian of the forest by developing the Fish Creek Community Forest and reforestation initiatives that have planted more than 50 million trees in the past 20 years.

Forestry has room to grow in Fort St. John: the Allowable Annual Cut - key to the industry's survival - is set to increase substantially.

The Canfor sawmill near Fort St. John turns out high-quality, finished lumber products. The Canfor Taylor Pulp mill converts sawmill wood waste into saleable wood fibres, marketed as far away as Japan and Germany.

More than 350 trucking and logging contractors back up these major operators. Spin-off from the forestry sector provides jobs and income for countless local businesses and has established the industry as a key component of Fort St. John's diversified economy.

According to Statistics Canadaís Census, the industries employing the majority of people in the Fort St John area are mining & oil & gas extraction, retail trade, construction, accommodation & food services, education, and transportation & warehousing.

For more information about Fort St John, please contact the City office at:

City of Fort St John
10631-100 Street
Fort St John, BC  V1J 3Z5
Phone:  250-787-8150
Fax:  250-787-8181
Email:  info@fortstjohn.ca