DAWSON CREEK -- Business owners in Dawson Creek are voicing their concerns to local government, arguing not enough is going done to bolster economic development in the city.

They’re pointing to a lack of new business start-ups and concrete tourism strategy as to why the business sector is not growing fast enough.

The Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce confirming they’ve heard from a minority of business owners about the current pace of economic development.

“These concerns often revolve around the need for increased infrastructure investment, access to skilled labour, and support for local businesses to thrive in a competitive market,” said Executive Director Stewart Forrest in a statement to CJDC TV.

The chamber is encouraging the city to continue exploring ways of attracting new business.

“We at the Chamber remain committed to understanding and addressing the needs and aspirations of our local business community,” said Forrest.

The chamber expressed their approval of a partnership between Northern Lights College and the city to develop a skilled work force, and applauded their engagement with local developers and business owners through roundtable discussions and increased investment.

The chamber highlighted the city’s commitment to streamlining bureaucratic processes through the redevelopment of airport lands, and enhancing infrastructure with the downtown business façade grant.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the city to proactively engage with stakeholders and create an environment that encourages economic growth and prosperity for all,” said Forrest.

Water restrictions due to drought in Dawson Creek also taking a toll on local business.

In a letter dated March 5th, 2024, and presented during a regular council meeting on March 11th,  Curtis York Trucking said they’re losing a significant amount of revenue to outside competitors during their peak season for oilfield services due to ongoing stage-two water restrictions.

The restrictions went into effect February 5th, 2024.

CJDC TV reached out to Mayor Darcy Dober, but he was not available for comment.