PORT McNEILL, B.C.
ROOM TO GROW
Northern Vancouver Island is a growth area in British Columbia. Resource rich and set in a rugged landscape, the Town of Port McNeill is a diverse community with room to grow. We are home to great people who value natural beauty and a freer lifestyle.
So are you considering starting a business, relocating or finding employment on the North Island? The Chamber of Commerce can connect you to community.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Community is key in COVID-19 recovery through 2020/2021
June 10, 2020
To our Chamber Members and Community, Gila'kasla.
The Port McNeill Chamber of Commerce is working with Government, business, and non-profit organizations to understand the impact of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. There is no doubt about the harsh realities rural British Columbia and our communities are facing, and now is the time to pull together in business and community for the greater good. On the Chamber front, our Board of Directors and membership has volunteers with extensive knowledge in Community Economic Development, finance, and business, and we are collaborating to ensure we take a cohesive and streamline approach to business recovery. We aim to take action in areas supported and guided by the direction shown all levels of Government, and perform advocacy and policy recommendations in areas where we see the need.
While we aim to serve and promote access to resources, your best most up-to-date information on financial supports, health information, and more comes directly from the Government of Canada, Province of British Columbia, Island Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control who update information daily. Locally, we will be working to find ways to best communication opportunities and options to support you, our business community, the backbone of society.
Please feel free to volunteer, reach out, ask questions, and engage during this time. We can use "all hands on deck" in our regional economic recovery. Action and success only occurs as a result of effort. We acknowledge people are tired. We acknowledge the Forestry labour dispute in 2019 followed by COVID-19 was an unprecedented economic blow to our community. That being said, we maintain an abundance of hope. We are a resilient community in one of the most ecologically abundant regions in the world. We have increasingly inclusive communities, and we are focused on reconciliation and equitable business for all. We are entering a new age. Together we can optimize and maximize opportunities that are still present in times of hardship.
Please, have a look at the resourced we have compiled for business and community, keep in touch with your local Chamber of Commerce, and be inspired by the strength of collective action and the gritty determination found in the heart of the entrepreneur.
Port McNeill Chamber of Commerce
HOUSING QUICK FACTS
In 2020 the Community of Port McNeill partnered with the Regional District of Mount Waddington and local communities to undertake a Housing Needs Assessment. The Port McNeill Chamber of Commerce supports action that leads to understanding BC Housing crisis and developing long-term strategies to deal with this issue. Community engagement is ongoing through 2020 - Visit the news feed on our home page and search "housing" for information pertaining to this important work.
Did you know that in 2016:
The average value of a home in Port McNeill is $235,000 (although you can pay more or less if you please.)
The average rent is $800
Port McNeill accommodation features a huge number of properties with ocean views - the town was built in the early to mid twentieth century to support the forest sector. Since that time town has grown. The ocean view, pure drinking water, fresh air, access to social and environmental resources and diverse economy make this a great place to live, retire, or raise a family. Explore the Undiscovered Coast's Blog on the Town of Port McNeill to get a sense of our town's history or read freelance writer Karen Stewart's blog This is Port McNeill to learn more about business, tourism & culture.
Port McNeill is home to many great realtors, please check out our real estate business listings, or contact our feature member, Sandra Masales with Royal LePage Realty.
460 Realty - Lynn Wilson 250 230 0050
Royal Lepage - Lynn Iskra 250 230 0402
For rental needs contact:
General Properties 250 956 4444
White Cap Ventures 250 230 040
WANT MORE STATS?
Visit the Statistics Canada website for info and census information.
The Port McNeill Chamber of Commerce has been supportive and collaborated in various local and regional studies undertaken to define healthy, strategic growth in our communities in response to changing resource economies. For more information on economic outlook and community goals explore the following links.
PORT McNEILL, B.C.
ROOM TO GROW
COMMUNITY FUTURES MOUNT WADDINGTON
Community Futures Mount Waddington is a non-profit organization that works with the community and Chamber of Commerce to help support and finance business startups, expansion, and restructuring. Professionally staffed and supported by a board of volunteers from the region who provide governance, the organization has a mandate to support innovation and economic development. CFMW knows the community and the business climate, and can help any entrepreneur with their business and financing needs.
#14 - 311 Hemlock Street
PO Box 458
Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0
250 956 2221
Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
BANKS & CREDIT UNIONS
Traditional lending and banking organization in our community are the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Coastal Community Credit Union. Both of these organizations are members and have staff dedicated to helping you with your business banking and business financing needs.
Coastal Community Credit Union (CCCU)
250 956 3972
Canadian Imerpial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
250 956 3351
ACCESSIBILITY TO COMMUNITY - GETTING HERE.
Mount Wadddington Transit: Schedules
Regional bus transportation connectes Sointula, Alert Bay, Port McNeill, Port Hardy and Woss. A bus to the local skill hill, Mount Cain runs on weekends in the winter.
Tofino Bus: Schedules
Tofino Bus replaced the Greyhound Bus service on the North end of Vancouver Island. They offer once daily North and Southbound trips connecting Port McNeill and the communities at the North end of the Vancouver Island to Campbell River, Comox, Courtenay, Nanaimo, Victoria and all points between.
AIR TRAVEL IS EASY.
Port McNeill is 30 minutes by car from Port Hardy's Federal Airport, where Pacific Coastal Airlines runs flights to Vancouver 3 times daily. YVR to YTZ is 55 minutes - there is no better way to get to the city and all points beyond, fast! Port McNeill hosts a large number of Lower Mainland ExPats and locals who use this service weekly for business, family, and to access entertainment, hockey games and cultural events.
Reservations & General Enquiries
1 (800) 663 2872 www.pacificcoastal.com
Call Centre hours (PST): Monday to Friday 06:30 – 20:30 | Saturday 07:30 – 18:00 | Sunday 07:30 – 20:30
YOUTH EDUCATION OPTIONS
Northern Vancouver Island's public education system has been on the forefront of strategic learning and multi-cultural programs for several years. Visit the School District 85, Vancouver Island North (SD85) webpage for more information about youth learning and the public school system.
POST SECONDARY EDUCATION, DISTANCE LEARNING & SKILLS TRAINING
North Island College maintains campus locations in our region, but that's not the only option for Post Secondary Education. Island based Royal Roads University offers a blended learning model which allows students to study from afar. Vancouver Island University, has program offerings in the region, and which the addition of high-speed fibre optic internet to the region, there is room for growth in the distance and online education sectors.
North Island Employment Foundations Society (NIEFS) has jobs boards, postings, and assistance available online and through their regional office, which is associated with WorkBC.
ARTS & CULTURE
MUSIC, THEATRE, DANCE & SPECIAL EVENTS
Arts & culture thrive in small communities. Our close relationship to the land, sea and abundance natural resources provide inspiration for artists in the Port McNeill & District region. The North Vancouver Island Artists Society is instrumental in supporting artists in our region. Our local Gatehouse Theatre has a deep history in the roots of the community, and is currently being operated by the Gatehouse Theatre Society, a non-profit organization.
Annual community events such as logger sports, OrcaFest, Fall Fair, Halloween fireworks, Christmas Craft Fair, North Island Concert Series, Curling Bonspiels, and Hockey tournaments are examples of event mainstays in our community. There are dozens of ways to get involved in experiencing North Island culture - check out event calendars provided by Vancouver Island North Tourism, the local Visitor's Centre managed by the Town of Port McNeill, and our events calendar are all manners of keeping up to date on the many going-ons in the community.
Port McNeill features numerous community and recreational special interest groups. Explore everything from Girl Guides to Rangers, figure skating to Rotary Club, and the Legion to Tai Chi, the Happy Gang and Flying Club.
The attached list, produced by the Town of Port McNeill can put you in touch with the people in the know.
Things to do; hiking, fishing, camping, exploring.......just to name a few!
THE PEOPLE OF OUR COMMUNITY
Social Media presents a great way to get connected with the heart of the community. Assistance in finding rentals, clubs, services and general assistance is available through community members. We've attached some of the most commonly used Facebook Groups here for your convenience. Please note the PMCC is not responsible for any connect of comments posted by any third parties. :)
Dog Owners Group: Dogs of Port McNeill
Vancouver Island North Tourism Association (VINTA) is the regional tourism marketing body that represents our region and regional stakeholders.
VINTA provides tons of information on ways to explore and enjoy the North Island. Check out their website and explore the many day trip, camping adventures, and amazing guided activities that you can do on the North Island from your base in Port McNeill.
NEWS & MEDIA
North Island Gazette
7305 Market Street
PO Box 458
Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0
North Island Eagle
Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0
1240 Coast AM
7035 A Market Street
Port Hardy BC, V0N 2P0