City of Fort St John
Community Fact Sheet
School District No. 60
InvestBC Community Profile
StatsCan Community Profile
Peace River Regional
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
Fort St John, BC V1J 3Z5