What if we could achieve the exceptional as a community? What kind of community do we want to leave behind for our children and grandchildren? How do we create the transformative in our plans that help get us to our aspirational horizon line?


The City of Fort St. John is creating an Economic Development Strategy that aims to answer these questions.

Economic Development Strategies speak the language of job creation, workforce attraction, and workforce retention – which is the heartbeat of community vibrancy. But it also speaks the language of broader community development and the joy we seek in life well-lived - from placemaking to downtown vibrancy to housing choice and affordability. An Economic Development Strategy can be the ONE plan that answers the question: who is Fort St. John in future and why does it matter to investors, residents, potential new residents, and visitors?

Workshop engagement to date has highlighted: workforce attraction and retention challenges; opportunities to help entrepreneurs develop and grow businesses; and opportunities to grow key economic sectors – including energy and forestry.  

Where we can really use your help is to better identify specific workforce challenges, and to identify solutions. Your input and ideas are important to the City’s future! This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and is open to all City of Fort St. John residents.

Thank you in advance for spending your valuable time completing this survey. All responses are confidential and only aggregate results are used to inform the creation of the Economic Development Strategy. The survey will remain open until January 31, 2023.

The City of Fort St. John is committed to protecting your privacy. Any personal information you provide to us is collected pursuant to 26(c) and 26(e) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of administering City services. Should you have any questions about the collection of this personal information please contact the Corporate Officer.

Win a $100 gift card to a Fort St. John business of your choice! Entry of your first name and phone number in the space provided below, and full completion of a survey, will automatically enter you in a random draw (one winner). No linkage will be made between a phone number and response content. There is no requirement to enter your phone number/draw.

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* 1. Enter to win a gift card!

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* 2. How long have you lived in Fort St. John?

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* 3. What attracted you to Fort St. John vs other places you have considered living? (choose up to your top 3)

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* 4. What makes Fort St. John different/better than other places when it comes to working? (choose up to your top 3)

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* 5. What makes Fort St. John different/better than other places as a matter of lifestyle? (choose up to your top 3)

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* 6. Do you know people who have left Fort St. John? Why did they leave?

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* 7. How long do you intend to stay in Fort St. John?

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* 8. What needs to be done to attract people to, and have people stay long-term, in Fort St. John? (choose up to your top 5)

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* 9. Are there any other specific initiatives / actions / facilities / opportunities / recreation or other amenities, and/or "fixes" that would encourage more people to live in Fort St. John longer?

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* 10. Imagine Fort St. John 2032 has achieved something exceptional. What BIG IDEA(S) did the City and its residents implement?

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* 11. Using 25 words or so, what is your vision for the future of Fort St. John?

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* 12. How likely is it that you would recommend the City of Fort St. John as a place to live and work to a friend or colleague?

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* 13. Do you have any other comments or suggestions that would help the City of Fort St. John achieve an ambitious future?

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