Help us pick the NEW City Mascot
The City of Fort St. John is seeking public input into a new mascot for the community. Over the coming weeks citizens will be asked to think about how they would like the community represented. There is an online survey on the city website and paper surveys will be provided ad City Hall and the Visitor Centre in the Pomeroy Sport Centre.
- First, we will ask what animal or figure will best represent Fort St. John and decide the elements of the mascot. Elements might include: Hockey jersey? Coveralls? Skates or snow shoes? Sunglasses? Some kind of hat?
- Then we get to name it. We will ask the community for suggestions and we will take the top three names to Council for a decision.
The survey is now closed.
Fort St. John is a growing community and is working with industry to plan for future growth.
The City of Fort St. John works in partnership with the North Peace Economic Development Commission to encourage economic development projects that diversify and strengthen the economy of the North Peace region.
Residents of Fort St. John epitomize the spirit of innovation and opportunity. The Energetic City and has capitalized on the work ethic of citizens. Fort St. John grew from a pioneer village to a city without ever losing its sense of community. Fort St. John will continue to grow and attract people to the beautiful North Peace Region. The City and its citizens create a high quality of life by fostering a safe, secure, inclusive and prosperous community for all to call home.
Originally established in 1794 as Rocky Mountain Fort, it was used as a trading post for the Beaver and Sikanni First Nations and as a supply depot to further expeditions into BC. Since then, Fort St. John has undergone five location changes to adapt to the needs of a growing community. Although there is no absolute record, Fort St. John is thought to have been named when one of the Hudson’s Bay Company posts was opened on Saint Jean Baptiste Day.
In its present location, Fort St. John has seen the majority of its development. In 1923, up on a flat away from the river, C.M. Finch built his store that became the center of the community in the years that followed. It was located at what is now 100th Street and 100th Avenue — city centre to this day.
A large influx of people came in the 1930’s when the Peace River area was opened for homesteading. Farming then replaced trapping as the main industry at the time. Many farming families came from the Prairies during the “Dirty 30’s” to find new opportunities in the Peace Country. You will find many of those same families, now into their third generation, still farming in the surrounding area.
The building of the Alaska Highway (also known as the Alcan or Alaska – Canadian Highway) brought the next big rush of people to the area.
In the 1950’s, the first oil well was drilled near Fort St. John, bringing in a whole new era and helping to shape the community to what you see today.
The forests around Fort St. John are a mix of trees that are a part of Canada’s vast Boreal forest, supporting a vigorous forest industry. In 2005, the largest Oriented Strand Board mill of its kind in North America was opened in Fort St. John at a cost of over $200 million dollars.
With a youthful community, Fort St. John now boasts over 21,000 residents, having grown over 49% in the last 25 years.
The Northeast region of British Columbia has been involved in resource extraction for over 60 years. In 1955 the West Coast Transmission Company Ltd. (now Spectra Energy Inc.) began construction on a 24-inch pipeline from Taylor, BC to the USA and construction of a pipeline across Canada began in 1957.
The community of Fort St. John has grown with industry and because of industry.
Fort St. John is BC’s Energy Capital with energy production in:
- Oil & Gas,
- Wind and,
- Geothermal, ground source heat.
Natural Gas will continue to be one of the drivers of Fort St. John’s economy in the coming decades:
- 2,933 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of Natural Gas in place in BC
- Montney Play has 1,965 tcf
- In fiscal 2012/13 BC produced 1.2 tcf of marketable gas
- Total demand for LNG is projected to increase by 121% from 2015 to 2045
Fort St. John is an ‘upstream’ community. This means it is where the product is extracted or ‘mined’. Fort St. John provides all of the services needed to produce that product; from roads and pad construction to drilling and biologists.
Agriculture remains an integral part of the Northeast regional economy. With close to 2.5 million acres in production, the Northeast region is the largest agricultural region in B.C., and home to some 1,800 farms, producing well over $100 million worth of product annually. The region produces 90% of the grain crops and 95% of the canola in B.C. The Peace River Region also produces some of the world’s highest rated honey. With the average honey yields of 200lbs per colony the region is one of the most productive regions in the world. Livestock activity is dominated by cattle ranching.
Northeast B.C. is active in the forestry sector. The area covers three timber supply areas with combined annual allowable cut of 5.6 million dry cubic meters2 and is home to multiple processing mills that produce lumber, pulp and paper, and oriented strand board (OSB).
Areas of growth and diversification for the sector include livestock finishing, dairy and eggs, and expanded game farming.
Northeast BC has 2% of the B.C. workforce but is responsible for 9% of the province’s GDP annually.
Fort St. John lies within the traditional lands of the Dane-zaa First Nation. The Dane -zaa traditionally used the lands in around Fort St. John for hunting and trapping. In 1899, the Dane-zaa First Nation became a signatory to Treaty 8. Treaty 8 covers 840,000 square kilometers and includes Northern Alberta, the Northeastern quarter of B.C., the Northwestern quarter of Saskatchewan, and the area south of Hay River and Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories. First Nations continue to have a significant role in the culture of Fort St. John.
Official Community Plan
Fort St. John will be a community where nature lives, businesses prosper, and families flourish. To guide the growth of the community decisions are made based on the following four guiding principles:
- Economic Prosperity: The economic prosperity of Fort St. John is directly linked to the health of the oil and gas industry as well as the innovation and opportunities that are prevalent in our region. Economic prosperity refers to an economy that balances local employment with a healthy and vibrant quality of life. A prosperous economy has a diverse cross-section of employment sectors including industry, agriculture forestry, retail, and tourism; however, a prosperous economy must also recognize and support existing industry and business.
- Environmental Sustainability – Environmental sustainability refers to living within the means (or carrying capacity) of the local, regional and global ecosystems. For Fort St. John, this means understanding how the City contributes and works within the region regarding impacts on water and air, and how the city’s green space and natural environment is tied together. This is essential for creating a healthy and livable community
- Social Inclusion – Social inclusion encompasses the notion of “community.” It is the essence of a safe, healthy, accessible and friendly city. Social inclusion recognizes and values diversity and emphasizes individual belonging by increasing social equality and the participation of diverse and disadvantaged populations.
- Cultural Diversity – Cultural vitality is a rich and diverse culture that has thriving traditions, heritage and arts. Another aspect of culture is inherent in the nature of residents, many of whom are renowned for their ability to be innovative and seize opportunities. This cultural environment creates a key sense of place and is what gives Fort St. John its heart.
After completing the community survey, Staff presented to Council the findings at the regular council meeting on December 11, 2017. At that meeting, Council directed staff to update the Frozen John mascot and provide concepts at a future meeting. Staff are currently obtaining a concept to replace the current Frozen John mascot with an updated one and will present the new designs to Council in Spring 2018.