ABOUT US

The Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance (RBA) is a group of local governments committed to achieving fair revenue sharing for the region through negotiations with the provincial government.

The RBA was formed in 2014 by the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, the City of Terrace, the Districts of Kitimat, Stewart and New Hazelton, the Village of Hazelton, and all RDKS Electoral Area Directors.

In July 2015, the RBA was expanded with the addition of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and the North Coast Regional District, as well as all of their member municipalities and Electoral Areas. That brought the RBA membership to all 21 local governments across the Northwest from Masset to Vanderhoof.

A situation that was urgent in 2014 has only become increasingly difficult for Northwest BC communities as development has proceeded but the region has been left worse off.

We Deserve Our Share

Revenue sharing is not a new concept.

The Columbia Basin and Northeast regions of BC have had regional resource revenue sharing arrangements with the provincial government for decades. That additional revenue has enabled them to successfully access cost-shared federal infrastructure funding that is twice what the Northwest has received on a per capita basis.

The provincial government has negotiated many community-specific benefits agreements related to all sorts of developments throughout the province.

The RBA believes that a regional approach is needed in the Northwest because of our region’s unique situation:

• The nature of past and future development is incredibly industrially diverse

• Most of the development projects affect several communities at once, but fiscally benefit none, and

• The whole region deserves a share of the wealth generated in the region.


We are committed to a regional revenue sharing arrangement that would:

• Ensure negotiations begin no later than September 9, 2017;

• Provide a share of the provincial revenue generated over the past five years to give local governments the capacity to prepare for future development and deal with the most urgent infrastructure needs;

• Provide a proportionate share of ongoing revenues to offset ongoing service and infrastructure costs associated with future projects;

• Leave the region better off through significant legacy resources; and

• Enable local governments to determine how contributions under the agreement will be distributed.

RBA Key Event Timeline

May 2013

Premier Christy Clark promised the NWBC revenue sharing negotiations during the 2013 provincial election.

May 2013

BC Liberal Government re-elected.

July 2014

The Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance is formed by the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, the City of Terrace, the Districts of Kitimat, Stewart and New Hazelton, the Village of Hazelton, and all RDKS Electoral Area Directors.

September 2014

RBA meets Premier, Minister Oakes and Minister Coleman at UBCM, they reaffirm commitment and advise ready to negotiate.

December 2014

RBA develops negotiation timetable and framework.

January 2015

RBA meets with Premier's Chief of Staff, BC government commits to interest-based negotiations.

April 2015

Provincial government rejects commencement of revenue sharing and capacity funding, stating negotiations premature.

May-June 2015

RBA Chairs send letter to the Premier urgently requesting meeting, Premier states Minister Oakes would follow up.

June 2015

The RBA expands to include the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and the North Coast Regional District, as well as all member municipalities and Electoral Areas. This brings the RBA membership to include all 21 local governments.

September 2015

Meeting with Minister Fassbender at UBCM to ask provincial government to honour January 2015 commitment to start negotiations.

December 2015 - March 2017

RBA and Ministry continue exchanges over an extended period of time. RBA submits Case Report in Jan 2017, Minister sends acknowledgment letter Mar 2017 advising report under review with staff.

April 2017

Province continues to defer negotiations, no revenue sharing agreement in place.

April 28, 2017

RBA issues news release: New poll results find Northwest B.C. residents want a revenue sharing agreement.

May 1, 2017

Follow-up letter sent to party leaders requesting promise and confirmation response that negotiations will begin no later than September 9, 2017.

May 3, 2017

RBA issues formal statement: NDP’s John Horgan Supports Revenue Sharing.

May 6, 2017

RBA issues formal statement: Christy Clark says NO to the RBA.

May 9, 2017

The 41st British Columbia general election was held to elect members of the Legislative Assembly to serve in the 41st B.C. Parliament.

May 17, 2017

RBA issues formal statement: Statement: RBA Invites Newly Elected MLAs to Work Together.

August 9, 2017

Meetings in Victoria with Hon. Doug Donaldson, Hon. Selina Robinson, Hon. Carole James, Jennifer Rice, Geoff Meggs and Andrew Weaver.

August 14, 2017

RBA issues news release: NDP Government Reaffirms Commitment to Revenue Sharing for Northwest BC.