As of December 31, 2023, the Resource Municipalities Coalition (RMC) will be no more. The announcement was made in a press release by the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM), who’s been a supporter and partner of the initiative since it began in 2014.
The decision to end the coalition follows the October 2022 local governments elections, with many communities, councils, and coalition members in the Northeast shifting their priorities, notes the press release.
“The Resource Municipalities Coalition has been a valuable organization for our communities to work together on issues of our region’s development and sustainability. It is disheartening to see it come to an end,” said Northern Rockies Mayor Rob Fraser in the release.
“We are grateful for the support and partnership we shared with our fellow member municipalities over the years,” he added.
The coalition was a partnership which included the municipalities of the NRRM, District of Taylor, District of Tumbler Ridge, and District of Mackenzie, and was established to address issues regarding resource development, cumulative impacts, regional economic diversification, recruitment, retention and training of workers, and health.
Ongoing operations and financial commitments will be completed by November 30, 2023.
“While the coalition’s existence will come to an end, the shared goals among these communities will continue to serve as a testament to the importance of regional collaboration in addressing resource development issues,” notes the release.