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Being positioned on the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the District of Chetwynd acts as a natural entrance to the Peace region and is a model representative to the area.  With growing industries including mining, oil and gas, and forestry products, Chetwynd can see growth long into the future.  Located near two commercial airports-Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, intersected by both Highway #97 and #29, and located on the CN rail mainline Chetwynd is a natural transportation centre in the Peace region.  Resource rich, economically strong, naturally beautiful, it’s no wonder SmartGrowth BC ranked Chetwynd as one of the most livable places in BC. 


Chetwynd is prosperous in its natural resources, the projected amount of investment in Chetwynd’s resource infrastructure is over $600 million.  Pipeline construction and oil and gas drilling is being managed by five major multinational companies who are continuing to expand their activities in the area.  Western Canadian Coal Corp., Canadian Dehua and First Coal Corp are involved in coal mining operations in the Chetwynd area with projects lasting 20 to 30 years and employing some 600 people.  The major companies found in the district are CN Rail, Canadian Forest Products, Chetwynd Forest Industries (West Fraser), Spectra Energy, Enersul Operations, Talisman Energy, Tembec and Western Canadian Coal.  Chetwynd also has the amenities to support these industries by having 18 restaurants, 10 hotels and three Bed and Breakfasts.

Chetwynd also accommodates the recreation and leisure lifestyle.  The Chetwynd Recreation complex hosts various sporting activities ranging from curling, hockey, and figure skating to swimming, softball, and beach volleyball.  Forests, rolling foothills, snow covered mountains, and endless systems of lakes and rivers provide continuous outdoor adventures.


The ever-increasing resource economy in the region is creating more and more opportunities in Chetwynd.  A stable economy is present in Chetwynd which is provided by the four largest employers: Tembec Pulp Mill, Chetwynd Forest Industries, Spectra Energy, and Western Canadian Coal Corp.  Ranching and Tourism are also part of the list of industries in Chetwynd and contribute to a diverse economy in the area.  The need for employees in forestry, mining, oil and gas, and commercial services is on the rise.  Along with the need for employees is the requirement for new retail and commercial services to support the growing economy.  To aid in the need for services and more business the District of Chetwynd has passed a by-law where no new development will be subject to Development Cost Charges. 


The Industrial Impact Assessment was updated recently and projected new coal mines, increases in timber supply, oil and gas expansion, new business opportunities, wind power projects- like the Dokie Wind Project- and new employment opportunities to take place in the near future in Chetwynd.  With an increase in population over the last three years, Chetwynd is on the move and progressing with a strong future.

Links & Resources

2016 Community Business Directory (PDF Document)

Investment Ready - Chetwynd Community Profile (PDF Document)

Civic Info (link opens in new window)

Community Fact Sheet (PDF Document)

District of Chetwynd (link opens in new window)

Stats Canada Census Profile 2011 (link opens in new window)

Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Championships


Ellen Calliou
Economic Development Officer
District of Chetwynd
Ph: 250.401.4113