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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
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March 30, 2012

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

 

 

FrontCounter BC opens office in Campbell River

 

CAMPBELL RIVER – Residents on the North Island will now find it even easier to access government services with the official opening of a brand-new FrontCounter BC office in Campbell River, Minister of Agriculture and MLA for Comox Valley Don McRae announced today.

 

The Campbell River location is the sixth FrontCounter BC office to open this year, and the 18th since January 2011. The expansion of the FrontCounter BC program is a key part of the Province’s integrated approach to the natural resource sector and will provide residents and businesses on the North Island with a local office to conduct their natural resource business.

 

The opening also supports the ‘Canada Starts Here: BC Jobs Plan’ by providing easier access to government services that will help to enable quicker job creation and support regional economic development in the natural resource sectors.

 

FrontCounter BC is a single-window service for clients of the natural resource sector. FrontCounter BC was created in 2005 with eight locations, a dedicated call centre and online applications.

 

FrontCounter BC, 370 S Dogwood St., Campbell River: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcgovphotos/6881200244/

 

 

Quotes:

 

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson –

 

“FrontCounter BC embodies the vision of this ministry – it’s client-centred and regionally-based.”

 

“By bringing government services into communities like Campbell River, we’re supporting economic development in B.C.”


 

 

Don McRae, Minister of Agriculture and MLA for Comox Valley –

 

“The natural resource industry is really embracing FrontCounter BC because it’s a one-stop shop for all their permitting and authorization business needs.”

 

“This new office is about saving entrepreneurs time and helping local small businesses create jobs quicker. This is great news for Campbell River and the North Island.”

 

Larry Fedorkie, RFT, general manager, Capacity Forest Management Ltd. –

 

“In the past, forest licensees had to submit applications to several different agencies for the necessary approvals. Now that we have a FrontCounter BC office in town, staff working in one office handle all forestry-related authorizations. This ‘one-stop shop’ model has proven to be much more effective and efficient.”

 

 

Quick Facts:

 

·         FrontCounter BC offers more than 130 natural resource-related permits and authorizations at each location.

·         FrontCounter BC provides services on behalf of 16 additional partner agencies.

·         Since Jan. 1, 2005, over 47,000 authorizations have been processed.

·         The FrontCounter BC call centre handles more than 21,400 inquiries annually.

 

 

Learn More:

 

The BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

 

Find a FrontCounter near you: http://www.frontcounterbc.gov.bc.ca/contact/locations.html

 

FrontCounter BC: http://www.frontcounterbc.gov.bc.ca/

 

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations: http://www.gov.bc.ca/for/index.html

 

 

Contact:

 

Brennan Clarke

Media Relations

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

250 356-5261

 

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect