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Prince George is connected to global markets with speed and reliability by superior road, rail, marine and air infrastructure. Prince George will be the New Transpacific Logistics Alternative.
BC Hydro provides high-value, reliable power to fuel economic growth in British Columbia. As the third largest electric utility in Canada, BC Hydro serves customers in an area containing over 94% of British Columbia's population. BC Hydro endeavours to provide energy solutions to its customers in an environmentally and socially responsible way by balancing British Columbians' energy needs with the concerns of the environment.
The Fortis energy companies in British Columbia provide electricity, natural gas, piped propane and alternative energy solutions. Delivering more energy than any other utility in the province – approximately 21 per cent of the total energy consumed in BC – the companies employ more than 2,000 people and serve more than 1.1 million customers in 135 communities.
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers with solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone services, wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and voice over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications technology (ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual Chief Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs).
For more than 100 years, Telus has been delivering innovative telecommunications solutions to Canadians. Their dedication to improving the lives of Canadians has helped spread their roots from British Columbia and Alberta to become the country's second largest telecommunications company. Today, Telus is unleashing the power of the Internet to deliver the best solutions to Canadians at home, in the workplace and on the move. They provide a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, wireless, entertainment and video.
Rogers Communications Inc. is a diversified Canadian communications and media company engaged in three primary lines of business. Rogers Wireless is Canada's largest wireless voice and data communications services provider and the country's only national carrier operating on both the world standard GSM and HSPA+ technology platforms. Rogers Cable is the second largest Canadian cable services provider, offering cable television, high-speed Internet access, and telephony products for residential and business customers, and a retail distribution chain which offers Rogers branded wireless and home entertainment services. Rogers Media is Canada's premier group of category-leading broadcast, specialty, print and on-line media assets with businesses in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazine and trade journal publication and sports entertainment.
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company that specializes in several primary lines of business. Shaw provides residential and business customers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunication services, satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw also offers integrated on-board computing technology and wireless data solutions for the Canadian transportation, mobile workforce and logistics industries. Shaw made its first cable connection in 1971 and now serves 3.4 million Canadian customers through an extensive network comprised of 625,000 kilometres of fibre.
Rail & Intermodal Service
Prince George is a major transportation hub for western and northern Canada. The city, located at the intersection of the north-south Highway 97 and the east-west Highway 16, has abundant road, rail and air infrastructure that gives it a strategic role in the transfer of products from the northern heartland to domestic, U.S. and Asian markets.
Prince George is the divisional headquarters and main operations hub for Canadian National [CN] Rail, which operates an international rail system of over 20,000 miles east-west across Canada and north-south through the middle of the United States which connects the city to key global trade markets. CN has created a shipping network that places Prince George on the shortest and fastest routes to key North American and Asian trade markets. CN WorldWide provides seamless, door-to-door transportation across the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, serving all major ports in North America, Europe and Asia.
The CN Intermodal and Distribution Centre has an 84,000 square-foot warehouse, ten acres of outside storage and a full range of services. The facility has an annual throughput of 25,000 containers, with potential to expand, and has a significant role in generating backhaul traffic destined for Asian markets via the Port of Prince Rupert. CN provides direct, daily rail service from the Prince George facility to the Port.
Air Cargo Service
The Prince George Airport (YXS) connects Prince George and the region to major markets in North America and around the globe, facilitating global trade opportunities for businesses in and around the region. The airport is located on the Great Circle Route between major Asian and U.S. airports, and is ideally located for cargo or corporate aircraft requiring technical stop services when crossing the Pacific Ocean.
The Prince George Airport has been approved to participate in Transport Canada's international air cargo transshipment program; the completion of the extension of the main runway to 11,400 feet allows the airport to accommodate the large cargo aircraft attracted to the airport as a result.
The Business and Logistics Park currently under development at the airport provides significant opportunities for the development of warehousing facilities, aviation service centres, cargo support centres and other facilities. 688 hectares (1,700 acres) of land is currently available for development at the airport for commercial or light industrial use.
The airport supports international tourist and business passenger travel between Northern BC and points around the globe. Canada's two largest air passenger carriers, Air Canada and WestJet, as well as several smaller regional carriers, connect Prince George to the rest of North America and the world.
Port of Prince Rupert
The Port of Prince Rupert is 1,000 nautical miles and fifty hours closer to Asia than other west coast marine ports and Prince George is the port's closest rail and road access point. Prince Rupert is more than a day's sailing time closer to Asia than Vancouver and Seattle and nearly three days closer than LA / Long Beach.
The Port, strategically located directly on the Great Circle Route, and serving as the North American entry point of the North West Transportation Corridor, is a strong link between Asian and North American markets.
The port has year-round, ice-free access to the deepest natural harbor in North America (with a berth depth of 18.7 metres) that can easily accommodate the largest container vessels. The current capacity of the port's Fairview Container Terminal is 500,000 TEUs, with plans for further expansion. Port facilities feed directly into a modern, uncongested rail and road network engineered and built to carry massive volumes of cargo with a high level of speed, efficiency and dependability to all points throughout North America.
With modern high-throughput terminals and the availability of vast industrial development property, Prince Rupert offers shippers and producers many competitive advantages in the international marketplace.
Prince George Airport
The Prince George Airport is part of the National Airport System (NAS). The NAS comprises 26 airports that link the country from coast to coast and internationally. The NAS includes those airports considered essential to Canada's air transportation system, supporting both domestic prosperity and international competitiveness. The Prince George Airport Authority assumed operational control of the airport on March 31st, 2003. The Authority immediately set into motion an aggressive business plan with the main focus on building an airport which supports the needs of its region's residents, facilitating growth in tourism and industry, while attracting air services long considered necessary for this region's growth.
Greyhound Canada is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in Canada. It provides scheduled services to nearly 300 BC cities and towns, as well as connections throughout Canada and the US. Greyhound provides direct service from Vancouver and Edmonton, Alberta, to Prince George and from Edmonton and Whitehorse, Yukon, to Dawson Creek. Connecting services are available to other cities and towns around Northern British Columbia.
BC Transit provides municipal public bus transportation in many northern cities and towns, including Prince George, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Terrace, Kitimat and Prince Rupert.
VIA Rail Canada operates the national passenger rail service on behalf of the Government of Canada. An independent Crown Corporation established in 1977, the company provides Canadians with safe, efficient and environmentally responsible public transportation. VIA consistently ranks as one of the most trusted transportation companies in Canada. In Leger Marketing's 2007 Top 100 Companies in Canada survey, VIA ranked 2nd among transportation companies and enjoyed the largest increase in reputation score.
VIA operates up to 503 trains weekly on 12,500 kilometres of track, and serves 450 communities across the country, from coast to coast and north to Hudson Bay. VIA carried close to 4.2 million customers in 2007.
VIA's fleet includes 396 passenger cars and 78 active locomotives. In addition to 159 railway stations, VIA operates four modern maintenance facilities, and employs some 3,000 people. While VIA owns 223 kilometres of track, most of the infrastructure used by the passenger service is owned and managed by the freight railways, including ten different national and short-line operators.
Solid Waste Services staff is responsible for the collection of residential garbage within the boundaries of The City of Prince George. With approximately 23,000 homes to collect from the City of Prince George implemented an Automated Garbage Collection system that has completely changed the face of Solid Waste Services.
City of Prince George drinking water comes from 6 municipal wells that draw 17.8 billion liters of water each year from underground aquifers. The City of Prince George operates and monitors the water system for the entire region within city limits.