City of Fort St. John including Canfor mill in boundary expansion

The city is moving ahead with Canfor mill’s request to be included within the municipal boundaries.

Council agreed to amend the city’s proposed boundary extension area to include the industrial facility just outside of Fort St. John’s eastern borders at its Monday meeting.

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City spokeswoman Julie Rogers said the process is a long one, and that the decision is only a preliminary step.

“We’ve asked people if they want to have a conversation about being included, so Canfor has expressed interest about being included, and so now we will begin the process,” she said.

After receiving a petition from 17 landowners requesting incorporation into the city in July, staff solicited letters of interest from other property owners who would consider incorporation.

Canfor, currently in the Peace River Regional District, responded favourably. Having Canfor within city boundaries will likely affect the Peace River Agreement (Fair Share) funds the city receives from the provinces, Rogers said.

“Everything impacts the (funding) formula... your population goes up, you get more. If you have more industry within the city, you get less,” she said.

Canfor spokeswoman Corrine Stavness said the mill wants to be covered under the city’s fire services.

“This pertains to discussions we have been having with the city regarding fire protection, and our request to the city was to amend the boundary for fire protection only so we can pay to receive those services,” Stavness said in an email.

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