This section provides information for Peace Region residents, Aboriginal groups, communities and property owners.
As part of the Site C Agricultural Mitigation and Compensation Plan, BC Hydro has established a $20 million fund to support agricultural production and related economic activity in the Peace Region.
The BC Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund is governed by a regional decision-making board, responsible for overseeing the management and disbursement of the fund.
The 10-member board is comprised of six members that are appointees of regional agricultural associations or the Peace River Regional District (PRRD), one member who is a Peace River Valley agricultural producer and three members-at-large.
The three members-at-large are all agricultural producers in the B.C. Peace Region and were appointed for different length terms, to ensure that one member-at-large position is open each year.
The Agricultural Fund is administered by Northern Development Initiative Trust on behalf of BC Hydro. Applications for funding are accepted on an ongoing basis and funds are distributed on a bi-annual basis.
The board and Northern Development Initiative Trust worked together in fall 2018 to develop a financial management plan for the fund, with a goal of preserving the $20 million capital investment and using investment returns for grants for the first five years.
To apply, visit the Northern Development Initiative Trust website.
As of March 2020, $399,128 has been distributed to 16 projects.
On March 30, 2020, Northern Development Initiative Trust announced the recipients of the second round of BC Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund grants.
On December 2, 2019, Northern Development Initiative Trust announced the first recipients of BC Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund grants.
Rick Kantz, B.C. Grain Producers Association
Heather Fossum, Peace River Forage Association of B.C.
Howard Goertz, Peace River Regional Cattlemen's Association
Connie Patterson, B.C. Breeder and Feeder Association
Blair Hill, Peace Region Forage Seed Association
Angela Watson, Peace River Regional District
Travis Winnicky, member-at-large (two-year term)
Malcolm Odermatt, member-at-large (three-year term)
Gene Gladysz, member-at-large (three-year term)
Colin Meek, Peace River Valley agricultural producer (two-year term)