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Peace River district: Resource base and Site C fuels faith in Northeast

The Peace River Regional District is punctuated by its agricultural capital Dawson Creek and the province's oil and gas industry hub, Fort St. John
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The Peace River region punctuated by the cities of Dawson Creek and Fort St. John has seen an increase in construction employment largely due to development on the $10.7-billion Site C dam project. The success of the construction sector has cushioned the impact of modest employment declines in the region’s mining & natural gas sectors, according to Northern Development Initiative Trust’s State of the North report. Dawson Creek is home to approximately 10 multinational oil, has and energy companies contributing to the city’s economy. Major gas plant and clean energy projects from B.C. Hydro and the Cutbank Ridge Partnership are leading developments in and around the city, while Northern Lights College continue to drive Dawson Creek’s educational workforce base. Surrounded by ALR land, agriculture plays a big part of the city's economic success. The average price of a single-family home in Fort St. John’s has increased nearly 9 per cent over 2016 to $208,879 – about $100,000 less than the average home price of North Central region city of Prince George.